In the spirit of Meatless Monday…This recipe is a vegetarian dish for meat eaters. You will not even miss the meat! The quinoa and cheese provides the protein that you may be wanting from the meat. You can also add black beans, but I chose to leave them out for Ben. And I have to admit, as much as I am an advocate for making everything from scratch, I cannot stop buying the Roberto’s Vegetarian Burrito Sauce used in this recipe. It is just TOO good, you need to try it.
So it has been over two months since my last vacation… Which naturally means I have travel fever! My friends and co-workers are currently traveling in or are going to: Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Notice a trend? This has had me craving Asian food!
We survived the Holidays! Sorry I have been MIA for a while. The Holidays are the busiest time of the year for a Catering Liaison; but we survived and are now enjoying the normal chaos of ski season in the mountains. There hasn’t been much snow, but it has been pretty cold! We have been eating a lot of comfort food, but are still trying to balance it with healthier options.
Brr! I have officially declared it Snowvember. It took a while to get here, but the snow just keeps coming. All the ski resorts are rushing to open new terrain for their opening weekends. I am definitely going to have to get out there soon. But for now, I am cuddling up in my apartment with a nice bowl of this Malaysian curry.
Today I have an easy mid-week, HEALTHY Mexican meal for you. I love Mexican food- unfortunately, it is usually not the healthiest. My work is currently having a competition called Green Trek. You log points for different activities and healthy eating. So naturally, I have been trying to eat a bit healthier. And yes, I know I have been obsessing over quinoa bowls lately. That is because they are so easy and you can change up the flavors every time!
Local, non-GMO Colorado corn is here! I always get so excited this time of year. I love corn, but usually am too afraid to buy it in the off season since 88% of all corn that is grown is genetically modified- yikes! Luckily there are still a few local Colorado farmers growing corn the right way- including Olathe sweet corn. Sweet corn is a little whiter than normal corn and, like the name suggests, is much sweeter. Plus, you can’t beat the 2 ears for a buck price tag!
I cannot get enough of all the delicious stone fruit that is in season! I have been buying cherries for almost a month straight. It has had me daydreaming about having my own fruit trees and big vegetable gardens… Someday! For now I will obsess over my tiny patch in front of my apartment. I have harvested two whole green beans and a good amount of snow peas. My carrots, kale, mixed greens and broccoli are well on their way though!
The week after daylight savings is always a bit rough for me. As if preparing for the long, cold winter ahead wasn’t hard enough- now we have to watch the sun set before we eat dinner! It is easy to fall into the darkness and be bitter, but it is also easy to turn Bob Marley onto my Pandora (pretend I am on an island) and cook up some food that will make me smile. A positive outlook on the winter ahead is the only way to make it through!
Sometimes I wonder what people did before food blogs, FoodGawker, Yummly and Food Network began… All I know is that my cooking wouldn’t be nearly as diverse if it weren’t for them. I know there is a lot of hype about coming up with your own recipes, but personally I like hearing about everybody’s great ideas. It enables me to think out of the box and develop my own recipes as well. And sometimes, I just enjoying cooking a recipe straight from another blogger- that is exactly what I did for this. Thank Mel!
Once again, Secret Recipe Club has provided me with another great blogger and recipe inspiration. This month I was assigned to Jeanette’s Healthy Living. Jeanette’s blog is filled with gorgeous food photos and so many delicious recipes, it was so hard to choose! I wanted to make her Roasted Red Pepper Carrot Pesto, Mango Panna Cotta w/ Kiwi Mango & Strawberries, Chinese Szechuan Spicy Fish Soup, and so much more. It was a tough choice, but I decided to make her Mango Avocado Pepper Salsa for my SRC post.