dinner in a flash

18 May

Okay, so I promise no posts with strawberries for awhile. πŸ™‚

We are gathered here today to celebrate the quick meal. The effortless menu you can lean on after a long day at work. The dinner you can throw together in a flash, especially if you’ve planned and have some choice ingredients ready to go. With a little assistance from my friend, Trader Joe, of course.

Eggplant thing

A jar of some eggplant caponata from TJ’s, sauteed with some fresh zucchini and served with quinoa on the side. Light, summery and fresh, what more can you ask for? I did dishes while the quinoa cooked in the rice cooker, let it sit while sauteeing the zucchini, then added the caponata to the zucchini and let it simmer for a few minutes. Dinner was served, tangy and flavor.

bindhi ricotta

This was a “what do we have that requires minimal effort?” meal. I knew I wanted to make my tofu ricotta because we hadn’t had it in awhile. I had to modify a little because I had no tahini and no basil, but it worked. After a little rummaging, some whole wheat pasta was unearthed, along with a jar of garlic tomato sauce. Bindhi initially gave it her seal of approval. When something smells good enough to please her feline sensibilities, she air-chews, making this odd little noise you might make if you were pretending to eat something crunchy. Here, she is in mid-chew. After being allowed to try a piece of pasta, though, she retracted the air-chew.


Trader Joe’s recently started carrying a new aseptic soup called “Garden Patch Veggie Soup”. Essentially, it’s V-8 in soup form. I’m not a big fan of things so tomato-based, but decided to give it a try. It’s a consistently thick, pureed soup, so I jazzed it up with some onion, zucchini, green beans, and carrots. It was alright, but probably won’t be made again, as we’re just not big fans of tomato in that form. On the side you see my Green White Bean Spread, paired up with some crusty artisan bread. Ooh, baby. I could eat a vat of it with chewy, yeasty bread. Heavenly.

Green White Bean Spread

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 head roasted garlic
1/4 teas. salt

In a pan, sautee spinach in olive oil on medium heat. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted. Add cannellini beans, mixing to combine. Add unpeeled garlic cloves. Cook until heated through. Remove from heat and add salt. Process mixture in a food processor until processed through and creamy, adding water one tablespoon at a time if needed.

Serve with crudites and bread. Yields: 1 1/2 cups.

Further proof that I do indeed eat more than just baked good and, now, strawberries and rhubarb.


6 Responses to “dinner in a flash”

  1. JD May 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    I will have have to remember you caponta and zucchini idea. I just rejoined the ranks of the employed and it has been a long time since I had to cook a quick meal in the evening.

  2. Cyn May 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    I can’t believe your cat does that! That’s so cute. And that pasta definitely looks worth air chewing.

  3. shellyfish May 19, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    That green white bean spread sounds excellent!

  4. Courtney May 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Strawberries are *always* welcome in posts, if you ask me!

    That bean spread sounds really good…I love roasted garlic and don’t use it nearly enough, for some reason. Thanks for the reminder!


  5. Vegetation May 20, 2009 at 1:01 am #

    Mmmm I love fast eats!

    And hahaha Bindhi is a crack up! You have to love the odd little habits our furry one’s have!

  6. Wheeler's Crew May 24, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    All these dishes look so good! (Even the cat wants some!) πŸ™‚

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