When I’m wiped out after a long day, I mix up half a can of black beans with some salsa (and some kernel corn if I have any), microwave, and top with skim mozzarella, skim soured cream, and chopped cilantro. If you have a few minutes, cooking the beans on a hob with some ham or bacon and adding some grilled chicken and homemade guacamole makes it really good. Last summer this was my meal pretty much every night, so I’d just grill a few chicken breasts at the weekend and make up a batch of guac every few days. Dee-lish.
I also make pseudo-migas a lot, which is pretty similar – just chop up some tortillas and toast in a frying pan, then add some eggs to scramble and mix in salsa. Served with black beans and grilled chicken, it’s pretty tasty and it takes all of twenty minutes. My fiance requests this every other night, I swear 🙂
Sometimes I’ll make up some black beans on the hob (with salsa, coriander, whatever I can find laying around that looks nice), and spread quark cheese (or cottage cheese, if you can’t find it) followed by the beans over tortillas, wrap them up like burritos and stick them in a baking dish. If I’m feeling decadent I’ll sprinkle some cheese over the top (but I still like it without, and don’t feel so guilty) and then bake for 10-15mins (but longer if there’s cheese, just cause I like it bubbly. Also yummy with some guacamole on top or grilled chicken inside the pseudo-enchiladas 🙂
I think my Texas roots have come out because I can’t find any Mexican food here in London! The black bean-salsa-grilled chicken combo is a staple of my diet, but it never ceases to make my belly happy.
Easy ratatouille with corgettes/zuchinni, crushed tomatoes (or fresh), carrots, onions (into heated olive oil, I put onions on to sweat, add carrots for a few minutes, then dump in zuchinni and tomatoes, lots of Italian-y herbs – the tomatoes are delicious if you stick a bay leaf in them for half an hour or so first – and let it cook down a bit; I don’t like it super soggy, so I take it off while there’s still a bit of crunch); nice with some whole wheat pasta but tasty on its own (and I hate zuchinni!)
Noodles/pasta/couscous/quinoa/polenta with gobs of chopped veg, whatever you can find in the fridge.
Soup! In the fall, I make one with a roasted butternut squash, applesauce and duck stock – it is sooooo good, and so easy. You can make up a big batch of soup at the weekends and add different things each day (there’s a soup diet that does exactly this, I think at Good Housekeeping?), or you can usually get some at the deli that aren’t so full of sodium as the canned version.
When I crave Indian food, I make a pizza-y thing with a little bit of korma sauce on a naan bread covered in veg (peas and onions are my favorite). It tastes good but isn’t quite so diet-busting as a big delicious korma. I secretly like it best as a cold leftover the next day (but I’m also a cold pizza lover) – my fiance makes “that’s so gross” eyes at me, though…
That’s all I can think of now. I use supercook.com when I have a bunch of random ingredients and can’t think of anything to cook with them, and I’m a fan of allrecipes.com too!