Protein Noodles

Protein Noodles
Sooo….sometimes I get a little lazy. I wait until the last minute to make my lunch for work, and then I’m too tired to make a real meal. This is one of the simple, and uh, interesting dishes I came up with. It’s ready in 10 minutes, can have as few as 3 ingredients (totally up to you), and it’s packed with protein. It’s also dirt cheap!

Protein Noodles
1 C prepared & drained elbow macaroni (or noodle of choice)
1/2 C prepared minced TVP
Frank’s Redhot Sauce

Prepare noodles according to instructions. Prepare TVP according to instructions. Season TVP to taste with hot sauce, then combine noodles & TVP. Eat.

You can liven it up by using a broth to rehydrate the TVP, adding more seasonings or nutritional yeast, adding vegan cheese, or minced veggies. But, although it’s not very exciting, I really did like this as it was. Nice and simple! And it’s oil free and perfect for a strict fasting day.

grandma’s super fast black beans & rice

So, there was a little miscommunication Sunday night. Mother was supposed to tell grandma we’d be in Marshall for dinner, but she accidentally told her “we’ll show up whenever.” So, we showed up after everyone had just finished eating little burned hot dogs at the cabin, but as soon as we all got back to the house grandma was ready to feed us in 10 minutes.

Now I’m not gonna lie, you won’t get the same black beans & rice in 10 minutes that you might get when you spend an hour or two cooking. But this is full of yummy stuff, and if you are super hungry and want to eat NOW this should do the trick.

We cooked the 5 Minute brown rice (for 5 minutes), then added a can of drained black beans. Season with taco bell seasoning mix, to taste. Add as much salsa as you want.

We threw on some red onions. Mumra likes them raw, but if I hadn’t been so hungry I would’ve sauteed them in oil. Then I would’ve added the onions, and all the oil they were cooked in, to the mix. I would also recommend eating this with tortilla chips, or if you want to keep it oil free for a fasting day, add some diced avocado for fat. Corn would also be a nice addition.

Meet my mother. This is her arm & fork.

The meal as-is is not only fast, it is fat free. Fat free and I have a love/hate relationship, but we get along all right sometimes. I guess this is one of those times.

Tomorrow I’ll post the banana bread recipe along with my experiment for banana bread French toast!