Thursday, August 4, 2011

pantry eats

A typical day in the life of Lisa often begins with a car ride. I throw on a pair of shoes [these are my current favorite wedges, thanks to Kristen for encouraging their purchase!], hop in the car with my driver husband, and end up at work, a donut shop, or church [depending on the day]. Later we come home, eat dinner, and either take it easy or tackle the project list. We're pretty low-key!

One place I've been avoiding lately is the grocery store. As part of the adventure that is budgeting, creativity's been the name of the game as I seek to use only what's in the house. You'd be surprised at what you can come up with using the contents of your pantry!

For instance, for this Moroccan-inspired dish you saute carrots, onions, garlic, and a banana pepper [freshly picked from our garden! :-)]

Add a can of whole tomatoes, a can of chickpeas, some garam masala, and you're done! Serve over couscous for a simple, yet tasty, meal.

While we're eating it, I asked my husband what I should call it. You can thank him for the title [it made me laugh, so I'm sticking with it]. Also, yes, I could have Photoshopped that chip on the plate. Just keepin' it real, folks. :-)

"Call it Bffffff"

1 Vidalia onion, diced
4 carrots, diced
1 banana pepper, diced
2 tsp. minced garlic
28 oz. can whole tomatoes
16 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tsp. garam masala
Salt & pepper to taste

Couscous, prepared according to package directions

Saute the diced vegetables and garlic until vegetables begin to soften, about 5-10 minutes. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, and garam masala. Heat to a simmer, crushing the tomatoes with your spoon in the meantime.  Serve over couscous.


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