Black Bean soup
1lb dried black beans
Water to cover
6 cups veggie stock
tomatoes, onions, peppers to taste, OR, if you're feeling really lazy, a jar of medium salsa
1 tablespoon taco seasoning (I make my own; it's different, just put what you like in it)
cheese or sour cream or both to top, or chopped fresh cilantro if you actually like it (I don't) or avocado if you're not allergic to it (I am). Obviously without the dairy it's vegan.
Sort the beans into your crock pot. Cover with water plus one inch. Add all other ingredients to pot. Turn on high and cover and just let it go 6-8 hours or until it's all soft and nice. Add salt to taste, top with whatever you feel like.
Hummus, my very ridiculously easy way
1lb dried chickpeas
nice flavorful olive oil
Put your chickpeas in the crock pot, sort, and cover with water plus two inches. Turn them on high and let them go 6-8 hours or until they're all soft. Don't peel them. It's a waste of time. Now, I measure out two cups and put the rest in the freezer for later. Into your food processor or vitamix or whatever, add half a cup of tahini (I like raw) and the juice of one lemon. Run it until it's fluffy and pretty. Add the two cups of chickpeas and one large garlic clove or two small. Run until smooth. Add a drizzle of olive oil to taste/texture. That's it.