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“The greatest dishes are very simple dishes.” … Virginia Woolf

I like this quote by the famous English writer, feminist and author of  A Room of One’s Own, but I’m not entirely sure what she meant by “greatest.” At face value you might assume that she just prefers the taste of dishes with the fewest ingredients/preparation, but since she was a feminist I am inclined to think that she also means that simple dishes are simply less time-consuming, and get you out of the kitchen faster and leave you with more time to do what you want in life.

There are literally hundreds if not thousands of sites by talented vegan and vegetarian cooks who post lengthy and complicated recipes that look amazing – this is not one of them!

I almost never make a long or complicated recipe – partly due to the fact that most fruits and vegetables are delicious with very little extra help, and partly because even when I do make a long recipe, it seldom turns out delectable enough that I think “gee, that was worth all that effort.”  And sadly, my family usually agrees!  But if you are a good enough cook that this is not the case for you – your cooking is delicious AND you enjoy the process of cooking along with the extra cleanup, shopping, etc. etc., I applaud you and I would never try to turn you away from your passion and talent.  That’s just not where my passion or talent lies, and I think it’s time that many of us women stop spending so much precious time in the kitchen and start doing more of what we came here on earth to do – whatever that is. Plant a garden, have coffee with friends, take a zumba class, write that novel, or discover a cure for cancer (oh wait – eating a lot of veggies helps with that!)

And what about our families? While most husbands and kids would no doubt prefer a great cook as a wife/mom, as long as we feed them healthy food in some fashion (or even better, teach them how KOCIS_Korean_vegetable_dish_(4553316183)to help out or do it themselves), they’ll survive.  We are also setting a good role model for our daughters that their self-esteem does not have depend on whether or not they can bake an amazing cheesecake, but rather on what other amazing things they can do.

So if you are like me and want to get out of the kitchen as fast as .possible (or never go in there in the first place!), I gotcha covered!  This website will contain tons of tips, tricks, resources, and uber-quick and easy recipes to make cooking – or not – easy breezy!  You’re welcome.

(And if there’s anything special you’d like to see in this site, or ways you’d like me to help you, please let me know! I am committed to making your life a breeze!)

Got Beans?

Got beans?

Then you’ve got the makings of a great easy breezy meal! There are SO many different quick and easy dishes that have beans as the major ingredient and I’m going to start posting some of my favorites – but first, let’s talk a little about how good are beans?  Let me count the ways:

  • They’re high in protein, vitamins and minerals.
  • They’re a great substitute for meat in almost any dish.
  • They are great for travel – most cans of beans will probably still be edible 100 years from now, don’t need any refrigeration, and some have an easy-opening tab on them.
  • They’re versatile – most beans can be swapped out for their kissin’ cousins in recipes.
  • They’re easily mashed since they’re small and soft, which makes them great for dips and sandwich, wrap and taco fillings.
  • They’re cheap.
  • They’re available everywhere! Have you ever been in a grocery store in any state or country anywhere that didn’t have them? I thought not.
  • There are probably more great things about them, but let me just cut to the chase and give you the dang recipe for today!

For each 2 or 3 sandwiches you will need:

The basics:

  • 1 can of chickpeas or kidney, pinto or navy beans
  • A couple Tablespoons of vegan mayo or to taste. Homemade mayo is your healthiest option (and I’ll be posting a recipe or two for it) but Tofutti’s Vegannaise or Just Mayo (easy to find now and may also be available in sriracha and other flavors) are both great storebought versions if you’re not trying to leave oil altogether out of your diet
  • Some nice whole grain bread – toasted or plain, or a wrap

Nice to have 1 or more of these:

  • A couple Tablespoons of some sort of onion – green, white, red, or yellow, shallots, etc. – wow I suddenly realize how many colors onions come in!)
  • Another vegetable such as shredded or diced carrots or celery, and
  • Some kind of seasoning – salt and pepper, garlic pepper seasoning, curry powder, sriracha, hot sauce, etc.

Let me know what your favorite sandwich combos are! Just use the “contact me” form.