fake it, don’t make it

I am such a fan of fresh food….so this time of year, I am craving fresh fruits and vegetables, but am usually met with overripe or overpriced produce at the supermarket. I consider myself an aspiring foodie, held back only by my budget, a picky(ish) husband and a toddler who isn’t a fan of spicy or exotic foods (yet – I am holding out hope).

Enter Real Simple’s “Fake It, Don’t Make It” feature. I heart it. The FIDMI recipes are dishes that taste homemade and fresh, but are made using premade ingredients, so you can whip them up in no time. I made the Black Bean Soup last night, it took me all of 10 minutes, and with some rolls and fruit, dinner was a delicious snap. Michael loved it. Rhys too. A success, in my book. So here’s the RS recipe. Make it on a night when you’re rushed to get dinner on the table, or just plain don’t feel like cooking. Your tastebuds (and family/dinner guests) will thank you!

(a warning: pass the Beano before partaking, if you are prone to bean-y flatulence)

Black Bean Soup
serves 4

1 T. olive oil
1 pt. fresh salsa
1 16oz. can refried black beans (in the Mexican food section at the grocer’s)
1 15oz. can black beans, drained
1 14.5oz can low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 c. sour cream (optional)
1/4 c. cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)

Heat oil in saucepan or large pot over medium heat. Add salsa and cook 4 minutes. Add refried beans, black beans and broth and bring to a simmer; cook til warmed through, about 5 minutes. Top with sour cream, a little extra salsa, and cilantro.

Delish. Only 150 calories per serving, and none from fat. Pass the ladle!

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About lindsay

just a girl, creator, reader, learner, homeschooler. wife to one and mother to two others. in the city and loving it. in pursuit of God and community.
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3 Responses to fake it, don’t make it

  1. Sara says:

    This is a delicious, easy meal that we make often! I usually add lime juice and cumin as well. The recipe I use calls for blending it in the blender to cream it up a little…but I like the idea of using some re-fried beans for the same effect. Niiiiiice. 🙂 Add some chicken for the meat eaters out there and call it Chicken Tortilla Soup. 🙂

  2. cheryl says:

    Hi! I just got the ingredients for this tonight. Fits perfect with my new resolution to make good for you, but quicker food for my family as to cut down on the high stress levels that occur around 5:30 at my house. 🙂

    Did you get the rug for your house? How does it look?

  3. the youngs says:

    sara: excellent suggestion! the salsa i used had fresh lime juice in it, and it does add a lot of dimension to the soup; so, readers, if your fresh salsa doesn’t have some, add a squeeze…it makes the soup. good idea with the chicken, too!

    cheryl: you can NOT have a quicker dinner, i’m telling ya! it’s so fast….i hope everybody loves it at your place! we’re getting the rug on wednesday (as long as it’s still in stock!). i could not be more excited, because the dining room floor was just frigid this weekend! i’ll take a picture for ya.

    thanks for the nice comments, y’all!

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