Vegan Black Beans with Quinoa & Zucchini Mix

Background Story

This past weekend was one of a lot of relaxation, mixed in with an onset of allergies that came crashing my way.  When my allergies get this bad, the best thing for me to do is to try to relax as much as possible, although this was my plan for the weekend anyway.  While relaxing, I got caught up on the episodes of Baked in Vermont and Focus on the Family that were sitting in the DVR box.  I am not a super sweets person.  However, by the time that you finish watching this show, you’ll be wanting to bake with whatever ingredients that you can get your hands on.

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On Sunday, I stopped at the grocery store after church to get the ingredients for this super quick vegan meal.  I love the challenge of making healthy meals involving all different kinds of beans and legumes.  One thing about this meal is that it only requires a few ingredients.  I made the same recipe a couple of weeks ago.  However, I used black-eyed peas instead of black beans.  Both meals were good and filling.  The black bean version kept me full longer.  If you decide to give it a try, send a comment down below, or an email with your thoughts on how it turned out.

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Here is the recipe:

Activity:  Making Vegan Black Beans with Quinoa & Zucchini Mix

Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 3 cans of organic black beans
  • 1 box of Earthly Grains Quinoa/Brown Rice Blend with Rosemary and Olive Oil (from Aldi’s)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or butter
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Directions:

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  • Place the three cans of black beans and the brown rice with rosemary packet into a pan of two cups of water. (I only used a fourth of the packet to cut down on sodium).
  • Add the onion powder.
  • Cut the zucchini into strips with a potato peeler.
  • Saute the zucchini strips.
  • Dump the zucchini into the pan after about 18 minutes, letting the mixture cook for another 12 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35, NIV

Have a blessed night!

 

Katina

Gemelli Pasta with Zucchini

As you all know, I like mixing all different ingredients together to see what kind of concoction that I can come up with.  The other night, I decided to make gemelli pasta with sauteed zucchini.  It was quick and tasty.  When the kids and I lived in our last place, I got the idea of using the potato peeler to peel my zucchini in strips, and then saute them.  On one particular night, I made zucchini strips, tried out a couple of strips, and then went upstairs to do something.  By the time I got back, all of the strips were gone.  My daughter said, “Oh, those were good”.  She had just told me that she didn’t want any.

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One thing about pasta is that it is inexpensive, and you have the option to do a lot of different things with it:

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  • eat it hot or cold
  • use salad dressing, butter, pesto, or pasta sauce as a topping
  • dump meat or vegan alternative to add protein
  • add vegetables to make it more colorful and exciting
  • season with pepper and olive oil to add more flavor

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Here is the recipe:

Activity:  Making Gemelli Pasta with Zucchini

Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • two teaspoons of onion powder
  • two teaspoons of italian seasoning
  • two teaspoons of garlic powder
  • two teaspoons of cumin
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 box gemelli pasta
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce

Directions:

  • Add pasta to boiling water.
  • Add olive oil to water so that the pasta won’t stick.
  • While the pasta is boiling, cut the zucchini into strips using a potato peeler.
  • Saute the zucchini, and rinse the pasta off using a colander.
  • Dump the zucchini, and all the rest of the ingredients into the pot and serve.
  • Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:4