I just celebrated a big birthday, and you all helped me out tremendously! I (shamelessly) asked for you to send me handwritten recipes that I could work my way through in 2014. I've got quite the stash going, though if you still wanted to send one my way I wouldn't protest.
Here's one that I tried today - black bean and quinoa soup - and I have to confess that it was a pretty stellar way to kick off the handwritten recipe project. So, without further ado ...
1 tsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. fresh tomato
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 c. quinoa
1 large carrot, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 bay leaves
4 c. vegetable broth
1 24-ounce can black beans
1/2 c. chopped cilantro
Saute onion in oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute. Stir in tomatoes. Add cumin, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Add quinoa, carrots, and bay leaves with 2 cups of the broth. Boil 5 minutes. Add remaining broth and the black beans, bring to a boil then simmer 10 minutes. Let sit for about 10 more minutes, remove bay leaves, and enjoy!
It was simple, delicious, and hearty! I definitely be making this again. As far as I can tell, it's vegan, which means it's also vegetarian. Nice one to have up my sleeve if the need arises!