Aug 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm #1230860
Southwest Black Bean Couscous Salad
This can be made hot or cold.
1/4 cup (cooked and dried) black beans
1/4 cup couscous
1 teaspoon dried bell pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon onion flakes
1 packet True Lime
At home: combine all of the dry ingredients in a zip locking plastic bag.
In camp: add just enough water to cover the salad. Allow to rehydrate.Aug 26, 2008 at 12:29 pm #1448618
Hmmm…without the cumin I'd eat it! Maybe that is my lunch for this weekend :-)Aug 26, 2008 at 12:36 pm #1448620
Maybe a bit of sage instead??Aug 26, 2008 at 12:59 pm #1448625
@clt1953Locale: northern minnesota
thanks for the recipe, dicentra. sounds good…speaking of recipes. does anyone out there get backpacker magazine also? does it drive you crazy when they put in a recipe that calls for canned anything or fresh anything??…i can't see myself carrying all that weight. alot of the recipes can be made lighter by using the dried version of ingredients. just separate out things that take longer to rehydrate,adding just enough water, then adding slightly less water then what the recipe calls for. works just fine..Aug 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm #1448629
Yep, know what you mean! The old "put a can of drained beans in a bag to take with you". Eek, I'll just take dried beans!
Di, I am thinking a pack of salsa would be good added :-DAug 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm #1448630
Victoria, what you are talking about is a HUGE part of how One Pan Wonders got started!! :)Aug 26, 2008 at 6:28 pm #1448685
Dicentra – I just made this, because I like to test the recipes as soon as I see them, so I'll know if I can add them to my repertoire. This one is very good. I decided to play with it a little to get a stronger taste and tossed in one of those little packets of balsamic vinegar from minimus.biz. Zowies! Even better!
Off-topic PS – I read your trip report of your backpack trip to Lake Valhalla on the nwhikers site. You camped very near "Burns Butte" at the south end of the lake where Mr. B and I were married. It's a wonderful lake.Aug 26, 2008 at 7:07 pm #1448690
Laurie Ann MarchMember
@laurie_annLocale: Ontario, Canada
It drives me crazy too. I try to avoid cans for several reasons. It isn't just that they are heavy but I don't want to have to deal with sharp can lids either.
Also in many of the areas where we backpack and paddle there are "can and bottle" bans with hefty fines (which I actually have seen enforced in places like Algonquin Provincial Park here in Ontario). I wish more areas would adopt those types of policies.Aug 26, 2008 at 8:08 pm #1448696
If only it had mushrooms in it ;-) Hehheh!
I love the balsamic vinegar packets. Yum!
What a pretty place you got married at!Aug 26, 2008 at 8:48 pm #1448701
You guys are too funny!!!
Do I need to write up a different recipe using mushrooms and balsamic vinegar? Sounds kinda good, actually.Aug 27, 2008 at 7:32 am #1448739
Just don't offer Kathleen any with shrooms in it ;-)Aug 27, 2008 at 8:00 am #1448746
I was going to be polite and not mention that I don't care for cumin, either (can you believe it, Sarah, we have the same excellent, discriminating taste on something?!), but since you're playing dirty by suggesting mushrooms, well….Aug 27, 2008 at 9:06 am #1448762
So you're saying I shouldn't bring back Mushroom Madness Mondays?? LOL!!!Aug 27, 2008 at 9:20 am #1448766
If you left in the word Madness it would at least be defined correctly!
I do like the concept of a sturdy salad for lunch that can be hydrated on the hoof without revving up a stove. Cheese and crackers is getting pretty old. A whole new world of possibilities here: mix and match with dried beans (hooray for Harmonyhousefoods.com), dried veggies, and a starch of some sort, such as couscous, ramen, quinoa, bulger?, plus favorite seasonings.
I'm going to dig out my Freezerbagcooking book and check your Onepanwonders site again to wake up my creative genius. Assuming there ever was one!Aug 27, 2008 at 9:35 am #1448771
I posted a lentil salad recipe for you. Lots more on the site. :)Aug 27, 2008 at 12:31 pm #1448806
I couldn't resist ;-) Btw…Ldyblde took one of the containers of shrooms – she enjoyed them!
I am hoping my recipes for lunches work this weekend :-) If they do, I will post them! I took Di's recipe and took it 180* – no cumin and I used lentils (and shallots). And salsa! Yum!Aug 27, 2008 at 12:39 pm #1448808
What containers of mushrooms??
You gonna post the recipe?Aug 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm #1448814
Well, that's a long story. I sent off for Harmonyhousefoods.com's pantry special of 16 veggies. Only it came with 15 veggies and one container of fungus. I packed the fungus containers (2 – I bought 2 sets) in my car for over a year until I finally met up with Sarah at the Trailsfest in July and handed them off to her. She gave one to Ladyblade. They thought I was being nice. I was feeling guilty for giving them to them instead of throwing them out.
Here's a great idea – next time anyone posts a recipe with fungus as an ingredient, they could suggest an alternative, such as dehydrated carrots, which taste better anyway. I told you it was a great idea.Aug 27, 2008 at 1:14 pm #1448817
Laurie Ann MarchMember
@laurie_annLocale: Ontario, Canada
Kathleen – there is also the Citrus Lentil Salad recipe on http://www.wildernesscooking.com. That one makes a great trail lunch (no cooking) and it is fungus free.Aug 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm #1448820
Thanks, Laurie. What a relief! I will probably try it tonight when I also make Dicentra's corn and lentil salad. Since I have the ingredients in dehydrated form already, I'll just guess on the quantities when I make it and then rehydrate it. At least I don't have to wonder what's for lunch at work for a few days. I love this testing!Aug 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm #1448825
That is exactly how I test a lot of my FBC style recipes! LOL. Makes lunches easy!Aug 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm #1448863
@marty-wildegmail-comLocale: Pacific Northwest
Glad to see other people do what I do – take it for lunch at work!
People look at me real strange when I am adding hot water to a FBC or Ziploc container and then eating out of it with my BPL spoon.Aug 27, 2008 at 8:15 pm #1448900
Yep! I do it as well……and make Ford eat them as well ;-) I'll miss him once school starts up again. He will try nearly anything!Aug 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm #1448905
I work for my MIL. She's gotten so used to my FBC lunches she often asks me "what concoction do you have today…?" LOL.
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