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Inside the Engine 2 Meal Planner : 5 Minute Chana Masala

I am back with another inside look at the Engine 2 Meal Planner. This time I had just returned from a 5 day trip out of town. My fridge was bare and my family was hungry. I always have canned beans on hand in my pantry so I turned to the Engine 2 Meal Planner and searched “beans” in the recipe search box.

Bam! 237 results for recipes with beans in them. I scanned the list until I saw something that caught my eye … a recipe that had “5 Minutes” in the title! Say what now!? I clicked and low and behold, I had all these ingredients in my pantry or freezer.

So 5-Minute Chana Masala it was going to be and let me tell you, this truly came together in 5 easy minutes. I doubled the recipe because we wanted leftovers. Literally, this is by far the easiest recipe ever. So easy my husband or 10 year old could probably follow it.

Open canned beans. Rinse canned beans. Open canned tomatoes. Dump canned tomatoes. Combine all the ingredients listed and warm on the stove. Could not be any easier than that.

As directed in the recipe, I had some frozen brown rice on hand (always do for emergencies like this) that I made in the microwave but I took an extra few minutes and made some quinoa in my pressure cooker so that we could have our leftovers for lunch the next day with a different base.

We served the rice and Chana Masala over another bed of greens because, why not right? One can never have too many greens in their life! You can also add some spices like black pepper or red chili flakes to your dish after you plate it. Overall, this was a super simple meal that can truly be a go-to option in an dinner emergency.

Using quinoa as a different base option was great for lunch the next day. I highly recommend it if you can make a batch of quinoa or even millet to add to leftovers.

Once again, the Engine 2 Meal Planner saved me from a dinner disaster. If you want to test out the recipe for 5-Minute Chana Masala, then just click HERE and enjoy!

Stay Plant-Strong!

~Pam