One of the blogs I read regularly is called Bread & Honey. I can't help but admire their gorgeous photos with a vintage tinge. And then when I found out the gal is a hippie-minded folk like me, I just couldn't stop myself. She posted about many nights of "hippie chow"--whatever's in the house goes into the meal. So THAT'S what I should be calling my totally random one-dish meals.
Well, when Ryan was out one night at the movies, I was at a loss for what to cook. Enter a can of organic black beans, some local (grown in Texas) organic white rice, a can of diced tomatoes and hatch green chiles.... and for good measure, one baby zucchini and some carrots from my mom's garden, and it's a hippie chow kinda night.
I follow the same basic guidelines: grain, protein, and lots of veggies. Sometimes I sprinkle cheese on top. It always comes out tasting pretty good--especially for the ease of preparation. So enjoy your own version of hippie chow!