Three Things to Do with Six Veggies

Today I’m going to give you three recipes that can easily be done with six cheap and delicious vegetables: Cannelloni Beans, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Zuccini and Onions.
And don’t they just look delicious!

Now, if you are feeling far more ambitious than I, you can buy the beans and chickpeas dried and soak them overnight. Bon apatite has some great tips if you want to learn how to do that.

Since I am abhorrently lazy, however, I buy my beans canned and will be using the 15.5oz standard Goya can as my standard system of measurement for all things bean related.

Anyhow, if you are like me and haven’t the desire to prepare the beans yourself, you can at least reduce your sodium intake (and, honestly, the salt that gets added to canned foods is the only reason I might maybe consider switching from canned to dried) by draining the beans and rinsing them in a strainer or a colander before adding them to your pot.

Rinse gently, to avoid breaking the beans. Seriously, broken beans are kinda nasty.

Go ahead and put all of your beans in the pot.

All of your beans in one pot is less of an issue than all of your eggs in one basket.

Now it’s time to attack your vegetables. I got mine from a local farmers market, but even if you get them from Costco, make sure they are ripe and healthy looking..

Avoid vegetables and fruits with obvious bruises and splotches. 
Cut them up into bite-sized portions, being sure to discard the nasty portions of each part, specifically: the skins tops and bottoms of the onions, the place on the tomato where the stem meets the fruit and the top and bottom of the eggplant.
I shed many tears to get the onions that perfect looking. Really, two onions is a great deal of onion juice.

 Once everything is in the pot, add liberal amounts of salt and pepper:

You also may want to use a bigger pot than I did

and enough water to fill the pot the rest of the way.

Stir very gently if you have a small pot like I do.

Bring to a boil and then lower the pot to a simmer for about twenty minutes and then you have your first dish, a fantastic vegetable soup!

If soup isn’t quite your speed, then you might want to try a slight modification.
Drain out the liquid from the soup (I used a cup measure, you don’t need to completely dry it out) and add about two to three tablespoons of olive oil.

Yes, I keep my oil in a wine bottle. What of it?

Let that simmer for another ten minutes until it is reduced by a third, add more salt and pepper and some chili powder, suddenly, you have vegan chili!

Oh my God! Amazing
But maybe you weren’t feeling chili either. Well that can be remedied if you have a half block of sharp cheddar.
Which, fortunately, I did
Since you will be adding it to your chili, cut it into small pieces, remember more surface area equals faster melting.

Throw that on top of your soon to be not-chili.

Mix that cheese in until it is completely melted

I really need to get a better camera, because this looked better in person.

Voila! you have a delicious three-bean cheddar dip. If you want to see more of this, please let me know!

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