A Successful/Unsuccessful/Successful Dish #CookingWithLeftovers #Vegan then #Vegetarian

So I made this casserole for a family gathering. It looked better than this when it was fresh, but I forgot to take a picture until after the gathering was over.

Into my Instant pot, I dumped:

  • one drained can of black-eyed peas (because I didn’t have garbanzo beans), juice reserved
  • one drained can of black beans. juice reserved
  • one drained can of chopped tomatoes, juice reserved
  • big ol’ bunch of chopped green onions, some tops reserved for garnish
  • fresh herbs from the garden
  • Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spices
  • salt
  • reserved juice with water added to equal 2 cups
  • one cup jasmine rice

I put it all into the instant pot, sealed the lid, and set it for Rice. When it was done, I put it into a casserole dish, topped it with the garnish, and took it to the gathering.

It was successful, but the rice kept soaking up the juices and swelling, so that there was more and more of it as the day progressed. I brought at least half a dish home.

It was too spicy for Charlie, so it was up to me to dispose of all that. Our vegan daughter took some home, but that still left a lot.

I added an egg and some breadcrumbs, and formed it into patties and fried a couple on a bit of olive oil.

Charlie still didn’t like it, but I loved it!

With raw carrots, roast asparagus, and topped with home-made guac? Yes, please!

I froze the rest of the patties, and pull one out for my lunch or dinner, sometimes, when he wants something I’m tired of (packaged Ramen or cereal, for example).

Meat lovers may feel free to add chopped chorizo or chicken or whatever to either the casserole or the patties. Me, I find this vegan-then-vegetarian version highly satisfactory.

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about a delicious soup.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone makes something out of something else.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “A Successful/Unsuccessful/Successful Dish #CookingWithLeftovers #Vegan then #Vegetarian

  1. Dan antion

    June 25, 2019 at 8:05am

    I’m going to sit with Charlie on this one. nice try, but…

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      Marian Allen

      June 25, 2019 at 8:29am

      Ah, well. In the words of my fellow Hoosier, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., so it goes.

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  2. pm laberge

    June 25, 2019 at 9:23am

    You let poor poor poor Charlie starve????
    It was too spicy? Add more stuff!
    A can of corn, some green beans, some scrambled egg.
    Tell Charlie that Corn Flakes are good!
    But I prefer Cheerios mixed with Bran Flakes.

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      Marian Allen

      June 25, 2019 at 1:10pm

      I would never let Charlie starve! If I fix something he can’t eat, I fix more that he CAN eat. Silly Pete! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • pm laberge

        June 25, 2019 at 4:18pm

        Well, you know how it is, “we all worry about Charlie”.
        But no one knows why!
        (Sounds like the title for a sit-com!)
        Could be something you insert into a tale!

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      Marian Allen

      June 26, 2019 at 7:45am

      I know. ~waves hand in dispensation while saying:~ You may leave out the breadcrumbs and hope for the best. This MIGHT hold together without the breadcrumbs and egg.

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  3. Joey

    June 25, 2019 at 10:52pm

    Like a rice falafel! Nicely done.

    Who makes food that grows for the crowd? Marian! Will you also be doing loaves and fishes? ๐Ÿ˜›

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  4. Joanne Sisco

    June 28, 2019 at 6:54am

    I’m always looking for vegetarian options for my son and son-in-law. This sounds delicious (especially in patties with guacamole!) and I love spicy – although I think it might be impossible for me to find Penzeyโ€™s Arizona Dreaming spices.

    You seem to have this Instant Pot thing down to an art. I really must get more creative with mine.

    btw – I made your beer ribs on the weekend. OH YES! Even Husband who is usually lukewarm about ribs stuffed himself!

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