Have you ever seen these A Man, A Can, A Plan books? They are basi­cally cook­ing pic­ture books. I feel like call­ing it cook­ing is even a stretch, as they are truly food assem­bly books– a can of this, a box of this and voilà! Dinner!

I used to scoff at them for their sim­plic­ity, but hon­estly who couldn’t use a can and a plan some nights? Time is short and get­ting a solid meal on the table in short time can be dif­fi­cult with­out plenty of plan­ning and prep. A short­cut meal that can be lit­er­ally made with just a glance is just what you need when your stom­ach (or your hus­band or kids) are calling!

Intro­duc­ing: A Nom! A Can and a Plan- 5 ingre­di­ents or less to a tasty, healthy dinner!

Mexi-Can Plan

2 bell pep­pers, sliced into half-strips
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1– 13 oz. jar of corn based salsa (if not avail­able com­bine 1 cup of reg­u­lar salsa with 3/4 cup sweet corn)
Grain of your choice (Quinoa, brown rice)
Other optional top­pings: vegan sour cream, salsa, crushed tor­tilla chips

Pre­pare grain accord­ing to pack­age direc­tions. In a large pot, sautee the bell pep­pers until fra­grant and slightly soft­ened, about 5 min­utes. Add the beans and corn salsa and mix to com­bine. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about 10 min­utes. Serve with sliced avo­cado and top­pings of your choice.

Yields: 4 servings

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8 Responses to mexi-can– in a flash!

  1. t says:

    I love this idea! And the first meal looks awesome!

  2. Josiane says:

    Fast food at its best!

  3. Jackie W says:

    Awe­some week­night din­ner idea! Just made it tonight. My fiance was very sur­prised I cooked din­ner for once. I also added limes and Trader Joe’s Chimichurri Rice from the freezer as my grain. YUM!

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  5. This looks deli­cious! Yum Yum Yum!