Christmas was good to us this year. C and I picked thoughtful and useful gifts for the other person and we received some really nice gifts from C’s parents including my newest most prized possession – a K10 Mini Plus Keurig for my classroom…those poor kids, haha. 🙂
A gift that took the cake though was this…
Frankly, if it wasn’t for Pinterest, we wouldn’t eat new things, so I am always on the look out for new, easy recipes. This cookbook combines my crush on Trader Joes and my food allergy with short ingredient lists and healthy shortcuts.
A few nights ago, I made their Seafood Paella recipe with some modifications (saffron is, no joke, $10 per bottle) and last night, I made their black bean soup. Holy cow, this was delicious. It was the perfect blend of spices and flavors and was super filling. I only made one modification in that I added a tablespoon of fresh cilantro while the soup was simmering. I served mini quesadillas (complete with salsa & guac, natch) just in case, but we definitely didn’t need them to feel full.
Also, have you heard of Pop & Cook frozen spices? I remember reading about them on some blog (sorry I can’t remember it!) and then as I was purusing the aisles at the local Wal-Mart, I saw them in the frozen vegetable section. This? Is the lazy (& frugal) cook’s life saver. I’m notorious for buying fresh spices and using them in a couple of recipes, but then the rest goes to waste, which makes me really sad. In the soup recipe above, I used three cubes as one cube is equal to one teaspoon of fresh herb. So worth the $2 for the product! I know you can do this on your own, but I take baby steps towards doing a lot of things DIY.
Since it’s been so bloody cold out, soup is the only thing that I’ve wanted to make for a few weeks now. I’m going to make Le French Lentil Soup out of the same cookbook for dinner tonight, I’ll let you know how that goes.