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Garlicky Lime Popcorn

Monday, January 21, 2013

garlicky lime popcorn – movie night treat

    three servings
  • 1 bag of unpopped popcorn*
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 small lime – halved
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
    *for gluten-free, try Orville Redenbacher’s (no, I wasn’t paid to say that)

My adventurin’ side doesn’t get out much in winter. When it hits 30°, my scarf-wrapped, frozen-nose mind yearns for a toasty room with a loud tv. And Friday night brought just that. My roommates and I convened in the living room (a loose term in a NY apartment) for a fun film and hot popcorn. (Two of us hadn’t seen The Royal Tenanbaums, so that won out. Really enjoyed it.)

simple ingredients


Vegan Chili! Mm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

vegan chili with lime rice – hearty and pretty healthy

    makes 5 large servings!
    yummy chili
  • 1/2 large, flat red onion – 1 cup diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jar of salsa – SPICY
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cans of sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell peppers – diced
  • 1 green bell pepper – diced
  • 2 celery stalks – diced
  • 1 bottle of vegan stout beer
  • 1 dried adobe chile
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 lime
  • 1 sliced, ripe avocado
    lime wild rice
  • 2 cups dry rice
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lime

Here I stand, with a chili bowl in hand. As the temperature continues to drop, I draw closer and closer to the warmest device in my apartment: the stove. That thing creates wonders. God bless indoor heating, but honestly, nothing warms me up right like a steaming bowl of hearty chili, right off the stove.

reddest pepper

I’m quite the sucker for chili. Along with the flavorful spices, the ingredients do your body good. The red bell peppers pack a punch of Vitamin C, and the black beans give a great dose of fiber. Two things I know I need more of in the winter-time, what with colds and the flu going around.

The beer, although not part of the health club, is a fun addition to toss in – especially when soaked with dried adobe chile. I’ve never cooked with beer and adobe before, but it lends a darker, more complex flavor to this chili. I highly recommend it.

Smooth Guinness


Tasty Luck

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

southern black-eyed pea soup – good luck food

    serves 6 easily
  • 2 cans of black-eyed peas – 2.5 cups
  • 3 stalks of celery – 1.5 cups diced
  • 2 large carrots – 1.5 cups cups diced
  • 3 stems fresh parsley – 2.5 Tbsp diced
  • 1 medium red onion – 2 cups diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    serve with homedid cornbread

Southern dishes, how do I love thee? Well, with this sweet ‘n savory dish, it’s two things: healthy and cheap. This soup follows my two main new year’s resolutions, eat healthier and do so more inexpensively.

You look at these sweet legumes and can’t but fall in love with the dual-toned skin and soft texture.

sweet black-eyed peas

fresh veggies 'n stuff

You can feel good about eating these veggies and getting a healthy does of vegetarian protein in. I think all the flavors meld well into a slightly sweet, yet savory dish – without the traditional addition of bacon.


Vegetarian Chicken Noode Soup - good stuff

Thursday, November 29, 2012

vegetarian chicken noodle soup – holiday hangover cure

    4 servings
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • 1-in knob of ginger
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 oz of spelt or sprouted wheat pasta
  • 1/8 cup fresh parsley

Let’s face it. Thanksgiving’s rough. Everything is so tasty, and nobody judges when you scoop up thirds, fourths, and fifths. Pie for breakfast is almost mandatory.

pie pie pie

I don’t drink that much during the holidays, but dang, I do pig out. And after hearing how two of my friends caught a bad bug after Thanksgiving, it seemed right to experiment with the most basic soup we know: Chicken Noodle Soup.

fresh veggies mm


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