Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dinner 911



Yesterday, I was brain-drained from catching up on my bookkeeping.  Tired, cranky and hungry.  The crankiness precluded any desire to go out to eat and the refrigerator was EMPTY.  So, I went to my pantry and pulled out "The Bag".  I keep a reusable grocery bag filled with the ingredients to this quick, hearty meal.


My gourmet-minded friends will be rolling their eyes back in their heads by now, but this is amazingly good and very satisfying... especially to a tired, cranky soul.  My supplies were so low, I didn't even have cheddar cheese on hand to top it off!  Can you imagine a refrigerator without cheddar cheese?  It is delicious without it.  Thank goodness I had an egg and a 1/3 cup of milk to whip up the Jiffy cornbread!  LOL!  Once again, I know you purist are scoffing, but this IS a 911 meal.  LOL!


Bean and Hominy Soup (from a magazine so long ago, I can't remember which)

3  (15.5 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, undrained
1 (15.5 ounce) can hominy, undrained (I usually use the large can, since I love hominy)
1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (11.5 ounce) can bean with bacon soup, undiluted
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel yellow corn, undrained
1.5 cups of water (I usually use about 2/3 cup)
2 bay leaves
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon dried cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients, except cheese in a large Dutch oven, and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally.  Discard bay leaves.  Ladle soup into bowls, and top with cheddar cheese.  Yield:  8 servings


Evan, who generally cannot fathom a meal without meat, loves this simple comfort food.  It is a great 911 Dinner.  I'll be restocking The Bag for future emergencies.  =)

Hope you have a wonderful day.

32 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

I love hominy too and I don't even know if I can buy it around here--it's been a long time. I love the soup recipe. Of course, I would not have opened any cans. Rather, I would have run outside to pick fresh corn, beans, made a quick tomato sauce, dried some herbs and and ground some dried corn for the bread. Whew! I'm glad you didn't mention wine. The stomping of the grapes is not something I enjoy doing!! = )

Enjoy the soup.

Best,
Bonnie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOL! Bonnie, I knew you would pick all the fresh ingredients. hee hee. And, I did enjoy a crisp glass of Clos du Bois chardonnay while I was slaving over the stove. LOL! Always helps with the crankiness.

Wanda said...

Oh this looks wonderful... The other night I took the left over ham we had for Christmas, and made Pinto Beans and ham, and JIFFY cornbread. My hubby likes chopped onions and cheeese on top. What an old fashioned but tasty meal.

Along A Widowed Road said...

Tanna,
what a great idea. I would of never thought of keeping that kind of stuff stockpiled for those type of meals when you've not been to the grocery store. Brave.
I will surely use that recipe in the future.

Have a great day!

Viola

Dana said...

Mmmmm...I love soup! I make it about once a week around here. Too bad laine doesn't really appreciate it. :-) And we LOVE Jiffy. I still think it's the best and so sweet!

Sandy said...

It looks delicious. What a great idea to have your 911 bag. I should do that.

Katherine said...

What a great idea to have a 911 kit handy. I might have to do that too. Although seems like every night is a 911 night around here! haha! Hopefully that soup gave your soul a little lift! :)

Mary said...

Bonnie forgot to mention she would have to shovel snow to get to the affore mentioned garden plots for the ingredient round-up. People who love to cook are by nature very practical. We turn our noses up at nothing that works. I think your soup sounds wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

podso said...

It looks like a "hit the spot" meal, the kind I like. Seems like there's a lot of need for 911 meals at this house. And love the dishes you served it in.

Betsy said...

Yum. It looks delish!

You know, I make my own cornbread, but I like Jiffy just fine. I think it's one of the best mixes out there!

Chatty Crone said...

Looks delish - I love that combo.
Love,
sandie

Stacey said...

Sounds like my kind of meal! And what a great idea to have "The Bag"!

Deb said...

sounds like our kitchen at the moment...my son loves hominy will pass this recipe on to my DIL...
hope your feeling more refreshed now..

nanny said...

Oh it looks wonderful! I just love meals that are made from what's on hand! I don't do that near enough....I spend too much time (and money) running to the store for a few items.
I love the 911 bag idea! I'm going to dream up one that we can have in a pinch...
I've been like a bird out of a cage since I delivered the tax info to accountant! I love getting it out of my hands and into his!

Amanda said...

I had no idea that you had a bag stocked with 911 items. Ingenious! I'm looking at your spices trying to figure out why I have never had dried cilantro in my spice rack. I may have to remedy that, although I'm a huge fan of the fresh. And, yes, thank goodness you had an egg and some milk for that Jiffy cornbread. It's kind of like dinner and dessert in one if you ask me! YUM!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

There is nothing better in my book than a good hearty soup and cornbread on the side for dinner. We have that combination often. With only two of us at home it is a easy and cozy dinner to serve for a few days of leftovers.

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Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a yummy looking soup! I am about to head to bed but now my tummy is growling. I may need a snack! :)

theUngourmet said...

I've always been crazy for hominy...and soup so this soup looks fantastic to me! I also grew up on Jiffy. You can't beat the price or the quick and easy preparation and it tastes great to boot. ;) Perfect 911 meal!

Moogie said...

I just happened upon your lovely blog. I love the fact that you refer to this recipe as a 911 meal. I have several of those also.

Catherine said...

Sounds delicious, Tanna & looks oh so scrumptious!
Have a great weekend!
Blessings, Catherine

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I, for ONE, am QUITE impressed by your 911 meal. It has some yummy things goin' on in it!
AND, I adore cornbread! Jiffy OR homemade! Delicious!

Velva said...

This foodie friend thinks your dish looks fabulous. Hopefully by now, you are rested, and less cranky.

Have a great weekend.
Velva

Is There Anybody Out There? said...

Looks very good! Thanks for sharing. Honey.....!

Tara said...

YUM! Nuf said....

Hugs,
TARA

Melissa Miller said...

Yummy! That looks so good.

I enjoyed my first visit to your beautiful blog.

Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Catherine said...

Well, it looks to me that you have the spirit and soul of a great cook. A great cook has imagination and that is just what went into this "911" meal. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings, Catherine xo

It's Just Dottie said...

Tanna
I made the soup today. It was so good!!!

Debbie said...

Girl, that's MY kinda soup! I'll for shore stock this recipe! :) Happy Eats and Happy Spring Break!

Christina said...

This recipe looks so good, I love discovering new ones. Thanks for posting!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

I love your idea of having a bag filled with the necessities of a 911 meal--we all need one from time to time, don't we? Your soup looks so good. I probably have some of the Jiffy Cornbread mix in my cupboard so I've already got a start for my 911!
Best,
Susan

fordmetalparty@yahoo.com said...

I just stopped over from being at the Harwards and thought I would stop by and say Hello, I scrolled down through your blog and was so excited to see a Meal from a Bag. My family started these a while back but then fell away from them. I printed your reciepe and headed right to the kitchen to fill a bag.
Thank you for such a nice meal.
I hope you will stop by and ck me out. Not alot there but I keep trying to follow in footsteps of bloggers like you to get better.
Hope to see you around the blogs.
smiller in cold Idaho

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