Ever hear people say “vegan food is hard to make,” as if they could never tackle such a complex endeavor? Let’s end that right now. Everyone needs a few really simple, fast recipes. This one is perfect for workplace cafeterias, dorm rooms, even hotel rooms. All you need is a microwave, can opener, spoon, sink and bowl to cook in. There are only 3 ingredients and they can all be picked up at any grocery store. It’s complete with starch, protein and even some tomatoes. Any can of vegan tomato soup will work, and lots of cans are vegan friendly: Progresso, Dr. McDougall, Trader Joe’s, Muir Glen and Health Valley Organics all have offerings. Many store brands are vegan, too.
You can make this on the stovetop or in a microwave. Literally, it’s ready in about 5 minutes. You can’t even order a pizza this fast! It serves two or four, depending on how much you eat, and if there’s a side dish, like an apple or bag of kale chips, to round out the meal. The recipe is also flexible, you can swap in and out different beans or soup flavors, depending on what you have handy. Like I said – ideal for students, travelers and folks eating in an office cafeteria! Hot food in minutes! This was a favorite of mine in college and still is during hotel stays. Hope you like it too!
Super Easy CousCous Supper
1 can of garbanzo beans
1 container of tomato soup (we used Dr. McDougall’s Roasted Red Pepper Tomato)
1 box couscous, plain or flavored (we used Near East)
optional add-ons: dried or fresh herbs, chopped veggies or grated vegan cheese shreds, like Daiya
Open garbanzo beans; drain and rinse. Empty tomato soup into a saucepan for the stovetop or a microwave safe dish for the microwave. Heat thoroughly until bubbly at edges. Add couscous and beans, sit and cover. Allow to sit for about 5 to 8 minutes, until couscous has absorbed all liquid. Fluff and eat.