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Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean and cheese burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze.

I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito.

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Taco Salad (Any Way You Want It!)

Quick & Easy Dinner: Taco Salad (Any Way You Want It!)

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I am so, so out of my comfort zone right now. We’re a few days into life in the new house, but everything is still mayhem. Painting all the rooms before moving everything in has proven to be a painfully slow process – darn HGTV and their hidden staffs of 30 making these types of things look so easy and breezy! I always forget.

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How to Make Salsa Verde

How to Make Salsa Verde

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I’ve always been a fan of salsa verde – you know, that green, tangy, incredible salsa? But I don’t know that I could consider myself a true fan because, truthfully, I had no idea what went into it. I’ll be honest – I thought it was probably green tomatoes.

So it was a bit of an epiphany when I received a bunch of tomatillos in my CSA box and I thought, gee, those might make a nice salsa. A little bit of research, and I forehead-bopped. It’s not green tomatoes that make up salsa verde, sillyhead! It’s freakin’ tomatillos!

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Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Beverages

My first foray into coffee anything was many, many years ago. Okay, well before that, as a kid, I took a sip of my Gran’s black coffee and thought I was going to hurl. How could something that smelled so great taste so vile?

But then at around age 17 or so, I discovered iced mochas.

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Sweet Corn Guacamole

Sweet Corn Guacamole

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.

My guy and I have gone crazy with checking our phones for Redfin updates. We receive an alert whenever a new home with our criteria has appeared on the real estate market. No matter what we’re doing, mid-bite at dinner, wherever, it’s become perfectly acceptable to shove one’s phone in the other’s face with an “mmmph!” and a potential new house to look at.

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Chiles Rellenos Breakfast Strata with Optional Chorizo

Chiles Rellenos Breakfast Strata with Optional Chorizo

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

If there’s one word I’ve always found synonymous with Mother’s Day (other than “love” of course), it’s “brunch.” It’s the perfect way to celebrate mom – arguably, brunch is the best type of meal pretty much ever anyway (aside from dessert). Plus, if you’re into mimosas, brunch gives you an excuse to drink way too early in the day.

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Southwest Mac & Cheese with Optional Chicken

Southwest Mac & Cheese with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I really wasn’t sure if I should call this “Tex-Mex” or “southwestern” or just “mac and cheese with black beans, corn, chilies, and a bit of a spicy twist with optional chicken if you want.”  The first felt too generic, the last clearly too long and too, well, dumb … and so the middle-of-the-road it was: southwest mac and cheese.

Which is not to say this recipe is middle of the road. I think it’s … well, there’s really no place in the road to describe something as being better than middle of the road, is there? It’s better than middle of the road.

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35 Vegetarian Recipes for Cinco de Mayo (+ 10 Bonus Margarita Recipes)

35 Vegetarian Recipes for Cinco de Mayo (+ 10 Bonus Margarita Recipes)

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Round-Ups

Cinco de Mayo, or “the fifth of May” in Spanish, is a day for all Americans to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride, so says Wikipedia. When it comes to Mexican food and drink (or, at least, the Americanized versions of such), any excuse is a good excuse for such a celebration. Especially for vegans and vegetarians. Tostadas, peppers, quesadillas, corn, burritos, enchiladas … so many options that can be made so unbelievably delicious without meat, you don’t even give it a second thought.

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Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

My guy watched a Seahawks game this past Saturday night.

He was pumped. “Football!”

I was bummed. “Football?!” (Already?! Seriously, summer just started. What’s up with that?)

One way to come to grips with the fact that autumn is imminent (grr) is to start thinking about game-day foods. It’s the serious issues that plague me, folks.

So I made a serious dip. Actually, it’s not so serious. It starts with the word “cheesy,” after all.

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Quesadillas

Quick & Easy Dinner: Quesadillas

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

My carnivore guy and my vegetarian self are trying hard to get used to this raising-a-baby business. And with our sweet but busy babe keeping us on our toes (and running us a little ragged in the process), we need lots and lots of fast, easy, and flexible dinner ideas in our repertoire.

And so I thought I’d share one of them with you. Quesadillas, baby! They’re like a Mexican grilled cheese, but more versatile and, I think, probably healthier overall – more veggies, for one, and a tortilla in place of buttered bread. They’re about as straightforward as you can get – a tortilla filled with veggies and/or meat and topped with cheese, then folded over and cooked until the cheese is gooey and the tortilla’s nice and golden-crisp.

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Grilled Black Bean Burritos with Chicken (or Not) and Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

Grilled Black Bean Burritos with Chicken (or Not) and Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Still looking for the perfect Cinco de Mayo dinner? Look no further. These grilled burritos make an easy, delicious, and festive meal – especially when served alongside some icy fresh lime margaritas.

These burritos as much about a new-to-me method than an exact recipe. Prep a hearty filling, roll it inside a tortilla, and grill the burrito for a few minutes in your panini press. Delicious. Though I’ve got to say I’m going to find it hard to vary from this combo of black beans, corn, rice, chicken (if you want), and scrumptious cilantro-jalapeno sauce.

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Black Bean Tostadas with Slow-Cooker Cheddar-Beer Chicken (or Not)

Black Bean Tostadas with Slow-Cooker Cheddar-Beer Chicken (or Not)

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Tostadas, a Mexican dish that consists of a crisp corn tortillas layered with refried beans and all kinds of other good things, lend themselves well to a variety of palates. Diners can assemble their own, adding what they want, leaving off what they don’t.

So, naturally, they’re perfect for the mixed veggie/carnie house. In this version, the meat-eater gets a healthy dose of spicy, tender shredded chicken slow-cooked in beer; the vegetarian still gets plenty to eat, including delicious, smoky homemade refried black beans. Win all around.

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Pear and Brie Quesadillas

Pear and Brie Quesadillas

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2010 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Quesadillas are one of my favorite weeknight dinners. They’re perfect for our carnivore/vegetarian household – throw a little meat in his, add some black beans and extra veggies to mine, dinner’s on the table in 20 minutes, and everyone’s happy.

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