A Five Minute Meal

Seriously. I don’t know how it all came together or what the inspiration was, but we’ve managed to come up with a pantry meal that takes no time flat, is good for you and can be adjusted to suit just about any taste.

Intrigued?

One of our favorite last minute meals.

One of our favorite last minute meals.

The main stars of this dish are:

Add a little shrimp and garlic and that's all folks.

Add a little shrimp and garlic and that's all folks.

  • couscous (we like tri-color, ’cause it’s pretty)
  • fire-roasted tomatoes
  • canellini beans

If you’re feeling adventurous, and you have a little bit of time on your hands, start by heating up some olive oil in a pan and saute a handful of diced onions and garlic. To that, add the tomatoes and rinsed beans. Heat through.

Easiest. Meal. Ever.

Easiest. Meal. Ever.

I mean, how easy is that?

Make the couscous separately (otherwise it sticks to the pan). When it’s done, plate and top with the tomato and bean mixture.

It’s so easy, anyone can do it.

Of course, we also like to class this up with some fresh oregano and parsley, maybe add a few pieces of shrimp (cook first, obviously) or some leftover chicken. A few shakes of crushed red pepper at the beginning offers a little zip.

Serve it with salad and some good crusty bread for an easy summer dinner.

Just make sure to keep the key ingredients on hand (each costs less than $.50 per serving) and you’ll never complain that there’s nothing to eat again.

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