Finding a substitute for canned soup

Veggie Lunch Side Dish

Veggie Lunch Side Dish

We’re always looking for something good to go with our lunches.  Of course we want it to taste great and be good for us.

Our lunch often includes soups, but they take some planning unless you use the sodium loaded prepared ones.  September 23 after I came in from a short surf fishing trip, I wanted something very fresh tasting so I made up a vegetable side dish for us.

I took one quarter of a head of cabbage and sliced it in thin strips.  I got out a non-stick frying pan and sprayed it with PAM and turned the gas stove burner to medium.  I tossed the cabbage in the pan and stirred it around a little while I dug in the fridge to see what I could find to add.

It didn’t take long to find some good candidates.  I added about one half cup of Bush’s low sodium black beans that I had rinsed earlier in the day.  Then I put in a cup of Del Monte petite cut no sodium tomatoes.  While that was cooking I took some corn from the freezer and zapped it in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I then dumped it in with the rest of the ingredients and stirred it once again.

While I was doing all of this, my wife was cutting up some fresh cilantro.

When the veggies were well heated and the cabbage still crisp, I turned the gas off and pronounced the dish finished.  We served ourselves some in bowls and added fresh cilantro on top.  It was almost as good as homemade soup, but it was a lot quicker to the table.

Later in the day I decided to get creative with some flounder that I got from Clyde Phillip’s Seafood in Swansboro.   I covered the fresh flounder that Jimmy himself cleaned with olives, tomatoes, panko, black beans, and Parmesan cheese, it turned out to be very yummy.  I’ll get around to writing up the very simple recipe in the next couple of days, but here is a photo to whet your appetite.

Ocracokewaves Flounder encrusted with Panko, Parmesan, Tomato, and Olives

Ocracokewaves' Flounder encrusted with Panko, Parmesan, Tomato, and Olives