Prison Pete

Saturday, February 18, 2006
  And They Were Skeptical.
The 'heating room' had been closed down since Thursday afternoon and by Saturday evening my body was screaming for some high protein food.

My three basic meals are Bean and Rice, Octopus w/ Pasta, and Spaghetti in Meat Sauce. With no way to heat things, the options are down to Peanut Butter and Jelly. Maybe I should have said option. There is American Cheese Sandwich. The problem is using the cheese will cut down on the cheese that I normally use on the rice and beans.

Well I decided to attempt to make a Bean Dip. One of the inmates that usually partake of the rice and bean meal was skeptical that I could turn out a tasty product. Oh ye of little faith.

First off I used the plastic slotted spoon as a masher and mashed two cans of the black beans (drained) and one can of vegetarian beans (drained). To this mixture I added two 'chopped' onions. Well as best as one can slice and chop on one's bed with a small plastic knife.

It is against the rules to be in possession of a can top outside the heating room. And with the heating room officially closed, I did not want to have an officer catch me with an unauthorized can top.

I then added four jalapeno peppers, but you can certainly omit this item if your palate is not into self destructive behavior. You must realize I am making this entire epicurean delight while standing on a chair and working on my bunk which is about five feet off the ground.

I then took a can of zesty flavored diced tomatoes, drained the liquid off (and drank it) and mixed them with a small can of tomato paste. I then mixed the tomato mixture with beans, and added five slices of American cheese which I cut into tiny pieces. This dip was split three ways and one bag of corn chips was used also.

We have decided to add this bean dip meal to our food rotation and will probably have it twice a month. The healthy part that is this is certainly a lower fat type dip to have around the house. I think it would be a good idea to make a big bowl of this dip and have lots of fresh vegetables ready to eat when you are looking for a snack. You could vary the cheese you use and if you used a brick cheese, you could grate it up. You could also use different flavored tomatoes and tomato paste.

Would make great munchies while watching TV or an after school snack.

Disclaimer: I am fairly sure that you do not have to make this while standing on a chair and working on the top bunk of a bunk bed. Also, you should not feel limited to using a plastic knife for slicing and dicing.
You are kidding about the octopus, right?
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