Monday, December 8, 2008

I'm Larry

Dun Dun Dun… It’s finals week!!! I haven’t started studying yet, but I plan on it sometime today haha I am the worst student ever!!! I just have better things to do than studying… like cooking, workout out, watching tv, twiddling my thumbs, and cleaning, just to name a few. I’m a good crammer though, so I’m not too worried. On Tuesday, I have American Literature to the Civil War. We get to use our notes (Thank God!!) so that right there is already saving my butt. On Thursday, I have Religions of the World and Biology; therefore, my Tuesday night and Wednesday will be devoted to those. I already know that they are going to demolish me haha. I’m so good at being optimistic. I just feel like I’ve listened really well all year in each of my classes, so stressing out about a few little tests would just be a waste of time.

As for the food I’ve been making to feed my non-studying mind, I have a recipe that I just made up. I was really hungry and just threw a bunch of pantry items together. I love when a random meal turns out really good. I would call this a noodle bean stew. That name cracks me up for some reason haha I really liked it. The only problem is that it’s all gone now, so I’ll be living off of apples until I make something else.

Here’s the recipe:

Noodle Bean Stew
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup carrots, chopped
¾ cup onion, chopped
1 ¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup corn, frozen or canned
½ tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp paprika
1 cup water
1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
1 ½ Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp soy sauce
1 cup shell pasta (I used brown rice)

Directions: Sautee carrots and onion in olive oil for 6-7 minutes on medium-high heat. Add ½ cup veg. stock and cook for 2 minutes. Add corn, garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and rest of veg. stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Add cumin, paprika, water, beans, molasses, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce and bring to a boil. When it’s boiling, add pasta, reduce heat to medium-high, cover, and cook for 12-15 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooking. This will thicken up the mixture so it’s stew-like.


Michelle said...

You are such a good cook! Good luck with your finals! I have something for you on my blog. Come and get it! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey! I emailed you:]
Ooo what kind of polenta do you make? I like mine with just salt and garlic, but I have never tried it with anything else!
And thansk for the sweet comment on my site:]
Argh, Good luck with those finals! I hope everything goes well!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Pot meals are always the best :)

Noodle stew sounds great! Good luck with your finals girl!!

Finla said...

Wow this is really a very halthy and wholsome dish.

jessy said...

what a tasty & fun stew! i love the name, too! our dog's name is julie - and her nick names are "stinky", "noodle", and "beans"! so i've totally gotta try your stew now 'cause the name is too awesome!

good luck with your studying & finals!

Gina said...

Haha, I love the little cartoon today.

Good luck on all your finals, I was the same way with studying. Luckily I don't have finals anymore...but while I let off the hook from studying, it ends up meaning more work because I have huge projects that I leave until the last minute. I think I'd rather just take a test!

Btw I totally cracked up when I read your comment on my blog about running through the park with your dog...too funny :)

Jenn said...

I love beans and pasta! Good luck with your finalls, Larry.

Jen said...

indeedy it's soup and sew season. i'm gonna try to make some spiced pumpkin stew on tuesday. good luck with finals, i don't miss that part of college one bit and i'm glad i'm done with all that happy crappy.

xo jen

Agnesss =) said...

Hey Hey JO!!

I'm sooo sorry for not commenting =(!! SCHOOL!!!!!! =_(

Well,I'm also in the last week of semester high school =))'s been a HORRIBLE TIME lately ..REALLY =(

I know you'll do everything great!! =DD It'll go great!! You'll see!! =D

OH JO.....bout you "COOKING OBSESSION"!! I CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND YOU!!!!!!!! =DDD I FEEL THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN EVERY SINGLE POINT!!!!!!!!! Hah..isn't it AMAZZZZING??!!!!!!!!! =D

Ok,soo..I'll write you a BIGGER EMAILL tommorow!! =D


fleur said...

Aww good luck

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

mmmmm looks great, joanna!

Reeni said...

I had a craving all day for pasta and beans! I love your creation. Finals, yuck, I had my Math today and it didn't go well. I'm just glad to get it over with. Good luck on yours.

funwithyourfood said...

Good luck with finals for sure!! I remember those stressful times... just think, in a week or so they'll be no classes for a month...

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

I love this soup, it looks so hardy! Good luck with your finals, and good luck with your thumb twiddling! :P

Bethany said...

ugh exams. a week of torture followed by letting off steam. bleah!

I used to clean the whole appartment as a way of avoiding studying for exams or writing a paper. I much preferred doing nerdy math assignments because they were "finite". ha ha ha. I'm a nerd.

at least you are eating well. noodle bean soup = yum!

Kelly said...

Good luck with the finals. That's one thing I certainly don't miss about college, though I do miss having the opportunity to sleep in late.

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