01 November 2008

Take one can of beans; add random ingredients

This is currently my signature dish: tying together various random ingredients with a can of beans. This dish was originally inspired by Liz Pearson and Mairlyn Smith's "Marvellous Mexican Beans," one of a trio of "Take One Can of Beans" recipes from their book Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health. The original recipe calls for chopped red peppers, diced onion, minced garlic, one can of beans in tomato sauce, salsa and diced cilantro. Whenever I tried to make it I was always missing at least one of the ingredients, and just started throwing in random ingredients instead. No matter what gets mixed in, it always turns out surprisingly good. Mix in various rerun episodes of Arrested Development playing in the background while cooking, and you have a typical Michelle evening of domestic bliss. Tonight's particular creation was served with buttered baguette slices.

1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
bunch of spinach
3 Tbsp marinara sauce
1 tsp sambal oelek
1 can Charro beans
cilantro, diced

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