Last Nights Dinner 12.15.09


Hi friends! Have you heard of a website called Fat Free Vegan Kitchen? Well it’s def. one of my favorites!! The women who runs the website makes the most delicious recipes and since I try to lean more towards vegan recipes than just vegetarian it is a great resource.

When Kev and me first got married I did not know how to cook. My mom is an amazing cook and she always cooked all our meals for me and my sisters. There really was not a need to learn until I left home. So in the begining months of moving to hawaii, being a a tight budget, newly married and not knowing how to cook we ate our fair share of hamburger helper. Yuck. The thought kinda grosses me out now but when I saw this recipe it reminded me of a delicious, grown up and healthier verison of it.

Kev and me both loved it- it was so delicious and look forward to the left overs for lunch today. I mean I really can’t hate anything with kale in it. Mmmmm!! I did brown some ground beef for kev to put in his. I realized I hadn’t cook meat for him in weeks. Whoops. He’s a good sport.


2 cups whole wheat macaroni
1 onion, chopped
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
4 teaspoons chili powder*
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
10 ounces frozen corn kernels
1 16-ounce can pinto or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
5 cups thinly-sliced kale (thick stems removed before slicing)
salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water until tender. Drain. Sauté onion in a large non-stick pot until translucent. Add remaining ingredients, as well as cooked pasta. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

You can adjust the about of chili powder, salt and pepper you add. I know I added more chili powder to fit my tastes.

*Recipe originally from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
* Picture by Kev of course!

  1. This looks delicious! You know, I can’t say I’ve ever had any vegan food.. but this might just change that. My boyfriend and I were talking last night about making dinner tonight from scratch (college students) and I’m going to show him this! Thanks Jen!

  2. Ooh this would be a great option! Its super easy and very tastey.
    Again if you would like some meat just add some ground beef or turkey.

    Let me know what you think if you cook it!!
    Good luck!

  3. YUM!!! this sounds great!!! in our early married years, seth and i also ate a lot of hamburger helper (and i agree…i get disgusted at the thought of it now!!!), and occasionally he’ll be like, “doesn’t some h.h. sound good?!” he is usually met with a nasty glare b/c i feel like my culinary skills have grown so much in the last few years that i can’t believe he’d want something so gross! that said, i think i’ll make him this for “old time’s sake.” and we agree…kale ROCKS!!!

  4. Looks delicious! Thanks for the vegan website link – I’ve added it to my favourites. It’s not easy finding tasty vegan recipes. Over here in England, people look puzzled when I tell them I’m vegan and ask me loads of silly questions which make me feel like a weirdo! It’s nice to know that there are other vegans out there too 🙂

  5. Mmmmmmm…kale is the most delicious vegetable around!

  6. My husband and I made this for dinner last night. It was yummy and filling. Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. Jen, bring this recipe to Florida sounds like a yummy lunch for us all one day!

  8. your husband takes amazing food photos! i guess it helps that your creations always looks so darn good too!

  9. amy your sistah •

    WHOA she has really spruced up the ffv blog since i was last on it, which was probably years ago. it looks niiiiice. kale is my favorite thing in life! but right now im realllly into swiss chard and soups from scratch. mmmm sooooooup.
    OH and remind me to give you the link to this italian vegan food blog i found when i was in italy. its all in italian so you have to google translate it but it has the greatest recipes ive ever seen. mmmmm now im hungry.

    kevins pictures continue to be awesome!

  10. amy your sistah •

    ps. go vegan!

  11. just whipped up this delicious dish!

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