What’s for Dinner? Vegetarian {Giveaway}

by Joanna on March 29, 2012

While Mike was away, I had to fend for myself when it came to meals.  (I realized how much I rely on Mike for things like meal planning, grocery shopping, and laundry. Boy, I am grateful.) Without meaning to I ate vegetarian for Monday through Wednesday lunch.

Instead of eating pancakes for every meal like I usually do when Mike’s out of town, I took this opportunity to make a meal that Mike doesn’t really care for: black bean soup in the crock pot.

This soup is super easy, super cheap, delicious, and filling. It makes a ton and yields leftovers. (Believe me, it’s better than it looks in the picture!)



Crock Pot Black Bean Soup

4 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

2 14.5 oz cans of vegetable or chicken broth

1 cup of salsa (not pico de gallo)

optional toppings: monterey jack cheese, cilantro, lime

Combine beans, brother, and salsa in crock pot. Cook on high for 2-4 hours or low 4-8 hours. Puree with an immersion blender. Top with cheese, cilantro, lime juice.


My First Giveaway!

In honor of my vegetarian meals, I’m giving away the cookbook How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman.  I’m giving away my copy so it’s slightly used (slightly just because we don’t often cook vegetarian) but it’s in very good condition and is a great resource for people looking to make vegetarian meals on a more regular basis.

There are three ways to enter:

1) leave a comment telling me your favorite vegetarian meal

2) Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment telling me you did “@thingsafterings is giving away a vegetarian cookbook. I want to cook vege!”

3) like Things After the Rings on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did

I’ll pick a random winner on Sunday at 6pm.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen S. March 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I think my favorite vegetarian meal, frozen yogurt aside, is an Asian stir fry of sorts OR vegetarian lasagna. Can’t go wrong!


2 Jen March 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I already have the cookbook, but wanted to thank you for sharing the recipe. I am trying to cook more (and not rely on Dave for meals) and the soup sounds delicious and super easy to make. Thanks!


3 Sarah Blake March 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I like trying different kinds of veggie burgers!


4 Sarah Blake March 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

facebook fan!


5 Barbara March 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

Vegetarian lasagna! Thanks, great giveaway!


6 Barbara March 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

Also liked Things After the Rings on Facebook!


7 Kirsten March 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

A friend recommended your blog…thanks for sharing!

My favorite recipe is along the same lines are your post…i LOVE black bean burgers. I found a great link via Pinterest for a recipe with quinoa! http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2012/01/04/loaded-quinoa-veggie-burgers/

Also, I tweeted and added you on Facebook as well!



8 Joanna April 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I love black bean burgers too. Especially with guacamole. Delish! Thanks for sharing the quinoa burgers. I love quinoa–such an interesting, high power food–but I don’t have many recipes for it!


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