Thursday, November 11, 2010

Weeknight Dinner in 20!

It happens... Work late, get home after 7:00.  But let's face it, there are just some nights where (even I) don't feel like cooking.  I have a 50 minute ride home each evening, and on late nights, I often ponder stopping and getting and sandwich on the way home, OR playing Russian roulette with what's in my cubbords.

Last night, my frugal-self convinced me to: GO HOME, AND MAKE DO WITH WHAT'S THERE ^_^

So here we go:

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Mexican Rice - NO box :)

Mexican Rice - No box ;)
1 cup rice (Uncle Ben's converted)
1 tsp Earth Balance
1 1/4 cup water
1 cup medium tomato salsa
1/2 tsp seasoned salt (mine's from Atlantic Spice Co.)
*1 packet smokey fire sauce from typical Mexican chain restaurant (optional)

Sautee rice in earth balance over medium heat until golden; you'll be able to smell the nuttiness of the rice.  Add water, salsa, salt, and bring to boil.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. DONE!

Bean Burritos on the Fly

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While rice simmers, empty a can of vegetarian refried beans into a microwave safe bowl and add:
(this items were already in my fridge, so feel free to improvise)

1/4 of a red onion, minced (2 scallions would be nice as well)
1/2 lime, zest and juice
sprinkle or two of garlic powder
1 tsp taco seasoning (also from Atlantic Spice Co.)
Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until hot, stir and them add 1-2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Add some of the beans to a tortilla or lavash, top with some Cheddar Daiya and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted.  Add some lettuce, chopped tomato, and a dollop of tofu sour cream! YUM
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Tofu Sour Cream

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Bean Burrito with cheddar Daiya, lettuce, tomato and sour cream


  1. That looks yummy and beats any take out hands down. I really don't feel like cooking tonight but it doesn't help not having much in the cupboards. Need to go shopping tomorrow.