Posts Tagged ‘black beans’

Using Leftovers Pt. 1 – Vegetable Fajita Calzone

Continuing with the reducing waste theme, I used some leftover grilled vegetables and black beans to make a fajita style calzone for dinner and here’s how I did it.

First make a simple pizza dough.

First make a simple pizza dough.

let it rise

let it rise

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and roll out into a square shape.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and roll out into a square shape.

spread on black beans and sprinkle minced garlic on top

spread on black beans and sprinkle minced garlic on top

Get your leftover grilled vegetables out and chop them up.

Get your leftover grilled vegetables out and chop them up.

Spread out vegetables over beans.

Spread out vegetables over beans.

Close it up, trying to keep the dough even.

Close it up, trying to keep the dough even.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until the dough is lightly browned.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until the dough is lightly browned.

Slice and enjoy!

Slice and enjoy!

This turned out to be a great dinner for tonight. I was tired of fajita tacos and there were tonnes of vegetables left so this was a nice change but also helped use up some of the veggies. I also have made a Mexican style calzone before by cooking up some onion, bell pepper, whole black beans, corn and garlic and sticking that into the pizza dough. I really enjoy that recipe, so it kind of inspired this one.

Bento #24 – Grilled Veggies and Rice

I did a lot of snacking yesterday, so when dinner came I didn’t eat very much. When I started packing my bento, I thought it would be nice to be able to have some of the good food my Mom made for our dinner. So I placed some of the Spanish rice, black beans, and grilled veggies in my Lock & Lock and then sliced up some strawberries and added some almonds. This bento was very good!
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Bento #18

Yesterday Jason and I went to an oriental market that we had never been to before. It was large and I found lots of interesting things there and even got a few! I got some loose jasmine tea (my favorite), kimchi pot stickers, all sorts of canned mock meats (I thought they’d be interesting to try), and a Lock & Lock bento box. I even talked my boyfriend into getting one so I could make bentos for him and he wouldn’t have to worry about using one of my cutesy ones. So of course I had to them to make us bentos for lunch today.
So here they are! Jason found a ginger drink he wanted to try so I added that to the picture. Sadly is has honey so it’s not vegan, but it looks cool anyways.
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I made matching bentos for us, they both had brown rice with furikake, kimchi potstickers, black beans, and avocado. I just got finished with mine and it was very good. The Lock & Lock boxes are much larger than I’m used to though, so I couldn’t finish everything like usual. It was nice being able to heat my food in the microwave though, my other two boxes aren’t microwave safe.

And here’s a closeup of the ginger inside the bottle.
ginger drink

Quick and Easy Black Beans

Yesterday evening I wanted a simple snack, but I hadn’t been at my apartment in a while so there wasn’t much to choose from. When I found a can of beans I knew I was in luck since they’re my favorite type of bean.

Here’s how they turned out.
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Quick and Easy Black Beans

1 can whole black beans
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne *optional

In a medium saucepan, add olive oil and chopped onion and bell pepper. Once they have softened some, add the can of beans including the juice. If you want more soupy type beans, add a can of water, if not, just add half a can of water. Add spices and cook down until it is hot and becomes the desired consistency.

I ate mine with a piece of pita and it hit the spot!