Welcome to Kate's
"How To Make Fabulous Veggie Stew Without Really Trying" show!
First, have a look at my right hand! That's because I'm a lefty and can't seem to operate the camera with my right. These are some black-eyed peas that had been residing in a recycled Prego spaghetti sauce jar in my cupboard for... well, I have no recollection of having bought them, actually, so they're probably pretty old. I think I used about a cup.
|Now, get a load of the yellow lentils. Naturally, I realized that I was going to take photos AFTER I'd added several things to the pot, so I had to scoop some out. That's why the look all wet.|
|Oh, my sweet love. My darlings. My wonderful black beans. Also about a cup. Also? What in the name of all that is holy is that stuff in the upper left? Dried peanut butter? (I'm hoping just a plastic grocery bag)|
|Now, I'm all for good culinary practices in the kitchen (keep fingertips turned under while cutting, no squirrels in the microwave, and so on), but when it's gonna just get all mashed up later? Meh.|
|Aaaand FLOOP! Into the pot. I love pretty vegetables.|
|Here's what they look unwrapped. They are about half the size of a regular bouillon cube. As you can see, I used two.|
So let's review, shall we?
Ingredients: all the legume-ish things you have around, plus a grain of some sort. Totalling about 2 cups of dried clanky goodness.
[MINE INCLUDED: Wheatberries, yellow lentils, black beans, and black-eyed peas]
chunked-up vegetables, totalling about 4 cups
[MINE INCLUDED: Yellow squash, zucchini, hot and mild peppers, onion, carrot, cherry tomatoes]
ALSO: 2 little chipotle cubes, some water, maybe 2 tablespoons of beef base, and about a cup of shredded smoked pork.
Try not to eat it all at once.
You can add chunked avocado, some salsa, chopped raw tomatoes or peppers, some sour cream or cheese, or maybe some plain yogurt.
Time involved (had I not been taking pictures and such)
1 minute to raid cupboard for dried bean things, 1 minute to pour them all in the pot
1 minute to empty fridge of wilting veggies
3 minutes to cut off nasty spots, stems, and to chunk them up a bit
(then 4 hours of unsupervised cooking time, which doesn't count)
2 minutes of taste, season, and mash.
1 minute to chop pepper and avocado
I think that comes to... nine minutes.
So, nine minutes to fame and fortune, people.
Can you say, "New favorite for potluck"?