Okay, so I promise no posts with straw­ber­ries for awhile. :)

We are gath­ered here today to cel­e­brate the quick meal. The effort­less menu you can lean on after a long day at work. The din­ner you can throw together in a flash, espe­cially if you’ve planned and have some choice ingre­di­ents ready to go. With a lit­tle assis­tance from my friend, Trader Joe, of course.

Eggplant thing

A jar of some egg­plant caponata from TJ’s, sauteed with some fresh zuc­chini and served with quinoa on the side. Light, sum­mery and fresh, what more can you ask for? I did dishes while the quinoa cooked in the rice cooker, let it sit while sautee­ing the zuc­chini, then added the caponata to the zuc­chini and let it sim­mer for a few min­utes. Din­ner was served, tangy and flavor.

bindhi ricotta

This was a “what do we have that requires min­i­mal effort?” meal. I knew I wanted to make my tofu ricotta because we hadn’t had it in awhile. I had to mod­ify a lit­tle because I had no tahini and no basil, but it worked. After a lit­tle rum­mag­ing, some whole wheat pasta was unearthed, along with a jar of gar­lic tomato sauce. Bindhi ini­tially gave it her seal of approval. When some­thing smells good enough to please her feline sen­si­bil­i­ties, she air-chews, mak­ing this odd lit­tle noise you might make if you were pre­tend­ing to eat some­thing crunchy. Here, she is in mid-chew. After being allowed to try a piece of pasta, though, she retracted the air-chew.


Trader Joe’s recently started car­ry­ing a new asep­tic soup called “Gar­den Patch Veg­gie Soup”. Essen­tially, it’s V-8 in soup form. I’m not a big fan of things so tomato-based, but decided to give it a try. It’s a con­sis­tently thick, pureed soup, so I jazzed it up with some onion, zuc­chini, green beans, and car­rots. It was alright, but prob­a­bly won’t be made again, as we’re just not big fans of tomato in that form. On the side you see my Green White Bean Spread, paired up with some crusty arti­san bread. Ooh, baby. I could eat a vat of it with chewy, yeasty bread. Heavenly.

Green White Bean Spread

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
1 can can­nellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 head roasted gar­lic
1/4 teas. salt

In a pan, sautee spinach in olive oil on medium heat. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted. Add can­nellini beans, mix­ing to com­bine. Add unpeeled gar­lic cloves. Cook until heated through. Remove from heat and add salt. Process mix­ture in a food proces­sor until processed through and creamy, adding water one table­spoon at a time if needed.

Serve with cru­dites and bread. Yields: 1 1/2 cups.

Fur­ther proof that I do indeed eat more than just baked good and, now, straw­ber­ries and rhubarb.

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0 Responses to dinner in a flash

  1. JD says:

    I will have have to remem­ber you caponta and zuc­chini idea. I just rejoined the ranks of the employed and it has been a long time since I had to cook a quick meal in the evening.

  2. Cyn says:

    I can’t believe your cat does that! That’s so cute. And that pasta def­i­nitely looks worth air chewing.

  3. shellyfish says:

    That green white bean spread sounds excellent!

  4. Courtney says:

    Straw­ber­ries are *always* wel­come in posts, if you ask me!

    That bean spread sounds really good…I love roasted gar­lic and don’t use it nearly enough, for some rea­son. Thanks for the reminder!


  5. Vegetation says:

    Mmmm I love fast eats!

    And hahaha Bindhi is a crack up! You have to love the odd lit­tle habits our furry one’s have!

  6. All these dishes look so good! (Even the cat wants some!) :)