Meatless Monday Round 1

3 Jan

More like Meatless Sunday and Monday. Last night, I whipped out my new William Sonoma Soup cookbook I got for Christmas and picked something I’ve never made before…..black bean soup! Are you shocked? I know you all haven’t seen my eating any beans at all in the past few days so why not? And yes, I know at the rate I am going I am going to morph into a black bean at any moment but I am willing to take a chance. I like to think of it as making up for lost years. My parents never made us eat beans while growing up and they still don’t eat beans to this day. Whenever we go out for Mexican food, they always order double rice instead of getting a side of refried beans (I still don’t know how some don’t like this, hello, it’s smothered in cheeeeeese!). But me, I love the frijoles. Black, white, garbanzo, dark kidney, chili, I’m equal opportunity to it all. I wanted to start doing Meatless Monday again so I could vary up my routine a bit from the usual chicken, pork or beef. One of my goals for 2011 is to cut down on my meat intake so this goes hand in hand with it.

Back to the soup, I can’t post the recipe for obvious reasons but I will show via pictures.

I felt like I was making chili but without tomato paste and less tomato. The recipe called for two cans of black beans and I used two and a half to beef it up a little more and cut down on the chicken broth by four cups.

 Instead of making the soup, then ladling the black beans into a food processor or blender, I put them in the magic bullet before making the soup to give them a soupy consistency.

I was skeptical about the recipe at first since it called for chipotle peppers in adobe sauce and I am not the biggest fan of the smokier flavored pepper but wanted to give it a shot. If you like chipotle, you will love this recipe as it seemed to highlight that flavor the most (besides the black beans, duh)

Even with cutting down on the chicken broth, this still made four huge portions as it was called for in the book. It was a perfect meal for a cold night and I’m stoked to have learned yet another soup to make. I didn’t think it was too spicy since the chipotle peppers are more a slow, smokey hotness but it had my eyes watering a bit. I put a dollop of sour cream in it and topped with green onions for a little more zing. I can’t wait to nosh on this throughout the week and even put a container in the freezer for some enjoyment later on. I don’t mind leftovers as all but three is my normal max number of times I can eat leftovers of one thing in a week.

And today was more meatless fun. I’ve tried to do the whole veggie thing in the past and didn’t succeed because I wasn’t prepared but was this time around. I hate some Chobani greek yogurt for breakfast and snacked on hummus and veggies in the afternoon. Lunch was leftover enchiladas

Being Monday and the first full week I’ve worked in forever and just wasn’t feeling the whole work vibe today….or doing anything for that matter. I ate lunch at my desk while catching up on world events celebrity gossip then took a 20 minute stroll just to get some blood flowing. Luckily, it was cold out and not a lot of people who were outside but the ones who were out there I would try to out walk out, without them know of course because I’m sneaky sneaky like that. I cut into Starbucks in the way back in to say hi since I haven’t been there in four days. Yes, you read right, I haven’t been to Starbucks in four days. One of my resolutions is to cut down on  the money I spend on coffee. I am not going to go cold turkey on the Buckies but really don’t need to be spending extra cash when I can bring my own every now and then. My baristas were excited to see me an asked where I’ve been so I told them the whole resolution thing and I don’t think they approved. So for that, they got me a grande pike with peppermint stat because they are cool like that. I love my baristas but I love free coffee even better!

After lunch, I was useless. I think I did ok with looking like I was busy or doing something work related but in reality, I was paying bills,  budgeting, finishing up what my goals are for the year (a little behind on that one). I got alot done in the morning but just felt unmotivated in the afternoon. No matter what I did, time seemed to creep by very slowly and was counting down the minutes until I could get out of there. For dinner, I had a fresh pack of Nasoya cubed tofu in the fridge and wrapped in paper towels last night and pressed a plate on top of it to get all the liquid out. I’ve tone sesame tofu, tofu tacos and bbq tofu but wanted to mix it up with a different sauce to try. Then I remember my Cloister Honey Arbol Pepper honey marinade!

I haven’t tried this yet but recalled the Cloister Honey dude telling me it would be great to cook on shrimp or scallops and figured it would be equally as great on chicken or beef so tofu cook this stuff couldn’t be bad. The hard task was mixing it up in the jar since all the pepper flakes were at the top and it was tough! Then I remembered it is honey and kinda difficult to mix up.

I spooned some on the tofu and let sit for a few minutes while I began chopping up mushrooms and broccoli and got some brown rice cooking. When I make stir fry I like to add some garlic, red pepper flakes, ginger, black pepper and salt but only added garlic and pepper this time since I didn’t want to take away from the flavor of the honey marinade.

Scrumptious! I topped with green onions and once I did, I remembered that I had chopped red peppers in the fridge that I was going to cook as well. I hate when that happens! Of course this was eaten with chopsticks to make it seem somewhat authentic plus that slows me down from scarfing the whole bowl down.

The rest of the night involves me, the couch, a dog and a man.

But which man?

Nights like this I miss my DVR.

PS-I emailed Groupon today along with the picture of the Groupon with Groupon misspelled. Subject line? Misspelling of Groupon on a Groupon–eek!

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36 Responses to “Meatless Monday Round 1”

  1. TheSceneFromMe January 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Oh, I have on The Bachelor too. Not for sure how much I’m digging Brad yet…
    I think your soup tastes fantastic!
    Happy Monday~Blah to the work week.

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

      I missed it, he can just keep his mouth shut while I stare at him. He is a handsome fella!

  2. Shanna, like Banana January 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Yum eats! I can eat veggie every day w/o problem…so many fun variations.

    I think I’ll be DVRing The Bachelor..too intrigued not to!

  3. nic - the auspicious squirrel January 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    You are seriously into those beans lately! 😀 The soup, enchiladas, and stir-fry look great!

    Glad to hear you are doing Meatless Mondays! So cool. Every little bit helps, but don’t beat yourself up or listen to the food police if you don’t eat every meal or every Monday meatless. Listen to your body.

    I didn’t go vegetarian overnight… and I don’t think it is wise to do so anyway. I didn’t go vegan overnight either. Both were a slow progression, and I think that’s the way to go. If you don’t go vegetarian, that’s ok too! Like I said, every little bit helps. But there is no need to go overboard. 🙂

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      I know, I cannot myself from the bean loving!

      I don’t think I could ever go vegetarian full on but I think it stems from wanting to try new things, eat a little healthier and cut down on spending so much money on meat. I figure if I could do one day out of the wk to explore my options, it can be more realistic and eye opening goal in the long run.

  4. Meesh January 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Don’t be afraid of the neti pot! It’s awesome.
    That soup looks amazing, I am a HUGE fan of beans and I think I’ll have to try this one sometime 🙂

  5. erica @ fashionmeetsfood January 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I`m going meatless on monday’s as well. All your eats look delish!

    xo

  6. thehungryscholar January 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    I am watching the Craigslist Killer and I have the following to say:

    * There are a lot of attractive people on Craigslist.
    * Is this what men do when they have “cold feet” ?
    * He seems so much nicer on Greek.
    * I am doing a background check on my fiancée.
    * The montage of juxtaposed images of him buying duck tape and her buying a wedding dress WAS HILARIOUS.

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

      Omfg thanks for the laugh, I needed it!

      How about at the end when he’s in the cell and she’s packing up the dress?

  7. emily (a nutritionist eats) January 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    I love freezing soups! They freeze so well, and I’m with you. I can only have leftovers or the same meal like 2x/week.
    Your tofu and broccoli looks amazing!

  8. Alex January 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    I gotta try your Black Bean Soup. Ever since I went to Which Wich and found out there was something called a Black Bean Patty, i’ve been all about it.

  9. dianacheung January 4, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    my dvr sucks! it didn’t get either recording! Gah! Iguess I’ll watch the bachelor on hulu…then proceed to drive to austin to stalk him. Love your resolution of less meat. I’ve been eating a ton lately…I guess I crave it? Either way hope work perks up for you. I was a crazy b*tch at work yesterday!

  10. Lisa Fine January 4, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I’ve never made a black bean soup before either, but since it’s one of my favorite things to order at Panera, I should probably try it. I’ll add it to my Monday Soup Night list of soups to try. (It’s funny – we just happen to have our vegetarian soup nights on Mondays – but every day in my house is meatless.) 🙂

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      It was really easy and not as labor intensive as I thought it would be. We just had a Panera open up near my work, I always get their broccoli cheese soup when I go there but may need to give the black bean a try!

  11. spabettie January 4, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I LOVE black bean soup… yours looks good!

    I’d be interested to hear what the Groupon response is! 😀

  12. Carly January 4, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Ha, I just realized I had a meatless Monday and didn’t even mean to. I think I just overdosed on bad food all of the Holidays that when I went grocery shopping I stuck to the produce section as much as possible. All your meals look delicious!

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

      Woo hoo, I love when that happens and I don’t even realize it until after!

  13. Amy @ Second City Randomness January 4, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I won’t judge your black bean obsession. A girl’s gotta get her protein!

    I’m a pro at “looking busy”. You’re in good company. :p

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      Next wk I’m sure I’ll find another bean to love. I love em and leave em!

  14. Kace January 4, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I love making soup this time of year, and chili. I’ve eaten it 4 days in a row and I’m sad its gone : (

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      Me too, I usually make about four servings and try to freeze one for later enjoyment.

  15. genesis January 4, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    um who are those two men?! lol…I kid. Who’s the first one.

    i love my barista too. she memorized my regular order 🙂 i feel so special. or maybe not.

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      I feel special when they do that. However, I like to switch up my order every now and then just to throw them off course!

      The first guy is the dude playing the Craigslist killer.

  16. Monique January 4, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    oh man! thats a lot of beans lol. I am jealous. I cannot consume beans in excess because I would be doubled over in pain and unable to feel releif. It sucks.
    But i love the sound of the recipe!
    I always look busy LOL

  17. This Italian Family January 4, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Christopher has decided to cut down the amount of money he spends on coffee as well. I think the people at Starbucks will be missing him soon, haha!

    Never forget that there is Hulu! I’m actually watching the Bachelor on Hulu right now! 🙂

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

      I havent used Hulu in forever–it’s free still yes?

  18. thefitacademic January 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I totally know what you mean! Isn’t it so hard without a DVR!? I’ve got one now, but I went a good solid 2 years without cable or DVR capabilities. I liked it at the time, but now I wonder how I ever went without! I just love being able to record shows to watch later, etc.

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      It is really difficult. I had it for about two yrs but then my cable bill got jacked up to $130 a month with internet so I decided to get rid of the box which I still kinda regret. When I get sad about it, I just tell myself I cut my bill in half by doing so!

  19. Jen January 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I recorded Craigslist Killer and The Bachelor last night. Just finished The Bachelor and will watch Craigslist Killer tonight after 3 little munchkins are in bed 🙂

    Loving your eats! It’s my daughters birthday today and she has requested steak, rice and lettuce for dinner tonight. I’m marinating a piece of tofu in the same stuff the steak is marinating in right now. I just don’t want to eat meat anymore, I just can’t do it.

    Jen

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

      Good for you~! Hope your daughter had a nice day!

  20. Laury @thefitnessdish January 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Great job on doing Meatless Mondays!! It’s a great way to cut back on your consumption, and do good for the environment 🙂

    The food looks scrumpt.

    • simplyshaka January 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

      You know it 😉 I need to scan your site for ideas!

  21. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Ugh this week has been ridic so far at work. So much to do but so little motivation. I need to get the momentum going again!

    I also wish I had a cool place to go on my lunch break. I don’t think it would be safe for me to take a lunchtime stroll in the ghetto.

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