Muy refresco

September 18, 2009

After a long, exhausting week, all I wanted to do was come home, eat some burritos, and polish off the last disc of 90210 season one. Oh, and to blow off stuff I actually need to do, like laundry.

So, I did.

a big pan of quinoa and red bean burritos

a big pan of quinoa and red bean burritos

There were also some delicious beverages…

Mexican Coke

Mexican Coke

It’s got sugar, not high fructose corn syrup, and it costs $1.85 a bottle, but it is oh so delicious.

And, my new favorite…

okra fries (thanks, Antoinette!)

okra fries (thanks, Antoinette!)

And now I’m seeing some bourbon vanilla ice cream in my immediate future.

I love Fridays.


As it turns out

April 29, 2009

I’m just not so good at blogging. I blame the fact that I’ve been mainly living off white beans and pasta lately. Which, while delicious, isn’t super interesting to photograph after about 800 times.

Last night, though, I made some quinoa and red bean burritos using a recipe that my mom sent me a few weeks ago. They were delicious, and a bonus was that I managed to use up some of that chipotle puree from last week.

quinoarritos - not quite the same ring as bulgurritos

quinoarritos - not quite the same ring as bulgurritos

I love these. The quinoa gets really soft and they remind me of these baked chicken chimichangas I used to make. Plus, the recipe made 8 and we’ll probably be eating them for the next several days.

I’m sorry I’m so boring. I’ll try to bring some sparkle back into the blog over the next few days. I’m doing the Arthritis Walk on Saturday so that’s something to get you all pumped up. Am I right? Or am I right?

I’m right.

It’s just how I ‘role

January 18, 2009

Casserole, that is.

Get it?

Back in the dark days before I actually realized it was okay to cook more than three things in rotation, one of our stand-bys was a chicken and rice casserole that had chicken, rice, cream of chicken soup, and a lot of cheese. I did use brown rice, so it was, you know, healthy. Right? Apparently, Matt misses those days from time to time, and will speak wistfully of the food I used to cook. And, I must admit, sometimes I just really want a big plate of something with rice and cheese myself.

So, I took it upon myself to search the vast internet and find a vegetarian version of our old favorite, maybe toned down a little so that it would be a little healthier for us. Here’s what I came up with.

I made some modifications to the recipe, including using brown rice, throwing in a bunch of extra broccoli, and leaving out the water chestnuts, but I think I kept the spirit of it.



It was cheesy and delightful, even though it had much less cheese than our version of old, and because of the novel inclusion of vegetables, it had more vitamins and minerals and probably even antioxidants.

Best of all, it helped clear our palates from another recent casserole attempt, which I have to file as a total fail. I saw this recipe on Sarah’s blog, which I just discovered recently. It looked amazing and I love all of the ingredients, so it seemed like a perfect meal.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. I don’t know what happened, because, as I said, I love each individual component of this recipe: pasta, winter squash, rosemary, cheese, bread, even onions. But somehow it just didn’t come together and it was bland and gross at the same time. Not enough squash? Too much reserved pasta water? Who knows. Suffice to say we won’t be making this one again. But, for the record, here’s what it looked like:

at least the brussels sprouts were good

at least the brussels sprouts were good

Last night, while we watched a Carolina game, I whipped up our favorite basketball meal: burritos. I didn’t take a picture of the final product, as they just looked like burritos, but I was pretty happy with the stuffing, so here it is:

pinto beans, broccoli, corn, mushrooms

pinto beans, broccoli, corn, mushrooms

When I was making our meal plan for this week, I realized that this is reminiscent of something I’ve made before from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan. And here I thought I’d come up with something brilliant on my own.

Now I’m off to clean up and read. I have the day off tomorrow, but I have to get up almost as early as usual to go to physical therapy. I’m not happy about it, but Matt keeps reminding me that some people aren’t so fortunate and still have to work tomorrow.


September 13, 2008

I’m starting at the end for people who really just want to read about the food. If you’re one of them, here it is, and you can skip the rest.

Dinner was Garlicky Broccoli, Bean, and Corn burritos from Eat, Drink, and be Vegan. This cookbook is awesome.

I should’ve considered the fact that you couldn’t see the inside. The title is fairly descriptive, though. Basically, we used our brand new food processor (part of our wedding bounty) to puree black beans with some balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. Then, we sauteed chopped broccoli florets, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and frozen corn for a few minutes. Then, we assembled burritos by layering the bean mixture, the veggie mixture, and some cheese, wrapped them up and baked at 375 for 20 minutes. I had mine with some sriracha/yogurt mixture. I also had an apple. I just felt like some fruit.

Since the food processor worked so well for dinner, I decided to use it for something I’ve been curious about since we got it in the mail – sunflower butter! I used these instructions, with honey as a sweetener.

I liked the texture of the result, but I think the seeds were a little past their prime. Also, I don’t recommend using olive oil. It tasted funny. On my grocery list for tomorrow: almonds and some kind of appropriately nutty oil. I love almond butter so much that I never buy it. It’s gone in two days and it costs nine bucks a jar. Not a good ratio. Think of the money I’ll save when I start making my own.

Really, think of it.

Now for the backtracking.

I did not get my shrimp fajitas before my class event on Thursday night, but I did get a Mexican pizza, so there’s not much to complain about there. Yesterday was fairly intense for a Friday, though the whole week was like that, so I guess it was fitting. After work, I used a gift card I got a wedding shower to get a massage, which was awesome, but then I came home and a series of stressful events occurred that negated the positive effects, which was not awesome. But, you win some, you lose some. Anyway, we had veggie burgers for dinner and I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it all before.

I had a self-imposed rest day today, and I can probably count the individual things I did on my fingers. I planned to go shopping in Topeka (closest large[ish] mall), but didn’t feel like driving, so I hoofed it to the mall here and spent an hour being mad about it. There are three clothing stores at our mall from which I ever purchase clothing: two department stores and a Gap. I like the Gap. I always have. Their clothes fit me well and they have those “ankle” lengths which have saved me lots of money in alterations fees. But I almost never buy anything at a non-outlet Gap because, seriously, I know that perfectly normal pair of cotton pants assembled in a foreign country by a child is not worth $69.50. That’s highway robbery.

Sadly, the other stores rarely seem to carry my size in adult clothing. And I really can’t go back to the Juniors department. Not just because I don’t understand their odd-numbered size scheme, but also because t-shirts that say things like “playa hata” really don’t go with that professional look I try to cultivate. Everyone already thinks I’m 12 years old. I don’t need to help them.

Anyway, after my exhausting shopping experience, all I could do was sit on the couch and watch Rome. Have you seen this show? We watched two episodes and I’m pretty sure I had my eyes closed 50% of the time. It’s brutal. I had to detox by watching two movies from the Bring it On franchise on ABC Family’s Cheertastic Weekend.

Then, I made dinner.

The end!

Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2008

I know it’s not really Mexico’s Independence Day, but isn’t it nice to have a fake holiday in early May?

It was a nice day today, not that I would know. I am not allowing myself to be outside until we are safely into June and the pollen has all been burned to death by the scorching Kansas sun. And then I will only go out long enough to complain about how hot it is.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I made something new –

from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan, which finally came through via interlibrary loan for me (for “research”).

There’s the veggie-sizzle part. It’s basically a big stir fry with zucchini, green peppers, mushrooms, spices, and some beans. Then you shove it into tortillas.

Since the burritos were vegan, I made some nachos. For extra protein. And a salad. For extra virtue.

These were really good, but I think I need more beans next time, or a bigger burrito, because I was still starving after I finished this one. I was halfway through another one when I happened to look at the tortilla package and see that they trans fat. Gross. I went all over the world to find stupid tortillas without hydrogenated oils and then I get ones with trans fats. Will I ever learn? Anyway, I scooped out the filling from the rest of the second one and ate that. And some ice cream. And some almond butter. I think I’m full now. Maybe.

Of course, we do have five trans fat burritos left. I guess I’ll toss them into our mysteriously smelly refrigerator and see what happens.

Double deja vu

April 7, 2008

I’m sure you were all worried that this happened to me.

Not so.

I just got distracted by things like: a shopping trip to Topeka (no, really, this is exciting); having a saleswoman tell me that I look like I’m “fourteen, fifteen, maybe sixteen AT THE MOST” and that she ask ed me for my ID because she thought I was using my mother’s credit card; the most depressing college basketball game in the world; trying to do my taxes, realizing I’m the least organized person I know; almost having to pay 600 dollars for overdue books (they probably would’ve taken away my official librarian decoder ring for this, too); etc.

Last night, at Matt’s special request, we had bulgurritos. I made a filling with bulgur, a red potato, and leftover cheesesteak fillings. And some kale chips. Matt would not eat those. Here it is, with some of the filling that wouldn’t fit in the burrito on the side:

See how beautifully I set up this photograph, delicately placing my plate on the living room chair. In case you didn’t know this about us, we usually eat on the floor. We only sort of have a table, so we always eat in the living room. On special occasions, we use trays.

I feel so much better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest.

Tonight, we had a modified version of last week’s pasta.

Whole wheat penne, roasted tomatoes/asparagus/zucchini, chicken breast and feta.

Now I’m going to go work on my taxes some more.