While preparing dinner this evening, I found myself throwing ingredients in the pan as if on autopilot, and I realized I was making the same dish I used to make in college, when I was broke, or near broke, and hungry. (Even when you do have a little money in college, there are so many other “more important” things to buy than food.)
Friends became very familiar with the big pot in my fridge and everyone who came over would ooh and aah appreciatively. (And many tried to eat it straight from the pot, which is gross and a huge offense to proper food safety. Insist on individual bowls and spoons!) And not to worry–your vegan friends can eat it too! I was macrobiotic when I came up with this little number, in fact.
Anyway, the following soup is simple and cheap, and if you are a student who is truly desperate, you can literally find most every ingredient at the dollar store. In fact, let’s tip our hats to the good ol’ dollar store by naming it…
Warm in the Dorm “Do-Sto” Soup
1 large can of tomatoes (whole, sliced, diced, stewed, it doesn’t matter!)
1 can garbanzo (chick) peas
1 can kidney beans
1 can lentils or split peas or cannellini beans, or whichever ones you like
1-3 cloves of garlic (depending how much you like. Me? Me likey!)
In a large pot, stir-fry onions and garlic in oil. Add some salt and pepper.
Extra credit: if you have fresh veggies like zucchini, bell peppers or broccoli, stir-fry them now with the onions and garlic. If you have spinach, don’t add it until the very end.
When the onions are soft, open all the cans of beans and tomatoes and throw them in.
Now throw in a bunch of good flavor: dried basil, oregano, and paprika. Be generous, spice is good!
That’s it! Heat it up and eat. Please note–this is even better the next day. Make it before going to bed one night, then when you get home from class the next day, din-din’s ready and it’s sooo yummy, nutritious, filling, low-fat AND high in fiber and protein! Good stuff. Now get back to your studies.