October 1st, 2010

P'unk Ave Lunch Chronicles

Dana Vachon

P'unk Avenue had a growth spurt this summer, and we head into the Fall with ten full time team members. This makes having lunch together a little difficult sometimes. Finding a place to eat at the spur of the moment for 10? Yeah, good luck with that. Then it dawned on us, we have an entire amazing kitchen! We have now started staying in once a week and eating some homemade meals together. Trial week one was vegetarian and fish tacos. It was such a success, we kept going. I will be chronicling our lunch adventures so you can play along at home.

This week we made vegetarian chili in the slow cooker. Accompanied with fresh bread from Iannelli's and delicious micro brewed root beer.


I've never made chili in a slow cooker, or straight up veg, so I had to turn the internet for recipe inspiration. This gem made some great chili. Here's exactly what I did, you can check the link for the original recipe.
  • 1 can of canned black beans in juice)
  • 1 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16 ounce) cans vegetarian baked beans
  • 1  large 29 oz. can crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  1. In a saucepan, saute the onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and celery for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine black bean soup, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, baked beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, jalapeno, and celery.
  3. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, parsley, basil.
  4. Cook for about 6.5 hours on low.
Serves about 8 or 9 people.

John put a fried egg on top of his (and Dan, Jake and Alex's). The rest of us ate it with the usual sour cream and cheese.

Creating and sharing a meal with my coworkers has been a great experience, and I'm excited to continue this ritual. Stay tuned for next week's lunch!

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