Garbanzo Beans

Whether you call them garbanzo beans or chickpeas, these tasty little legumes are among the best ingredients to keep on hand for fast weeknight meals or those times when you just don’t feel like cooking. Not that I really need to tell you that.

And since curries made from canned tomatoes and canned garbanzo beans get old pretty fast (at least to me they do), I thought I’d share two of my favorite pilfered and adapted recipes. Both are great for leftovers.
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I just love almost every recipe I’ve tried from this website.  Yesterday, on the email list, she sent a recipe for coconut red lentil soup.  I made it for dinner last night and it was EXCELLENT! So, I thought I’d share it with you…

Photo and recipe from Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks

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Inspired by Jessica, and a lack of cash, I made a dinner from stuff I had in my kitchen. I was also starving, so instead of waiting 40 minutes for lentils and rice, I made this rösti; 5 minutes to prep and less than 10 to cook.

Cheap Eats Berlin-style
Cheap Eats Berlin-style

Grated potato, grated onion, held together with an egg, seasoned with salt and pepper, fried in oil and butter. Done like dinner.

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February has always been my least favorite month, and this February was no exception. Clients are taking forever to pay, I had to turn down much-needed work because of computer problems, and now I’m trying to play catch-up while sick. Given that things are tight right now, I’m trying to limit my trips to the grocery store and cut out eating out for the next two weeks. On the menu tonight: Texas-style beans and grapefruit-avocado salad. Coleslaw to be added to the menu later in the week. Continue reading “Cheap Eats”

Sauce al Leftovers From Making Bolognese for 10. Serves 1.

Last night I and seven guests enjoyed the traditional recipe for bolognese. It was pretty good, and I recommend it.

The “dinner party” itself was also a success, in that I provided pasta with sauce, but salad, wine, bread and dessert magically presented themselves by way of guests. My investment in food and time was repaid in fine company and leftover wine, which is what we all hope for in a successful dinner party.
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