Fantastic “Friday” Five: Citrusy black beans, Cookies 2-ways and Garden planning

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Happy Sunday everyone!  Yeah, that’s right – I’m still doing a “Fantastic” post even though it’s not Friday.  It’s my blog and I can cheat if I want to.  :)  Here’s what I’ve especially enjoyed this week:

#1: Black beans and salad with balsamic vinaigrette


I love love LOVE making black beans from “scratch”, and Elise’s recipe from Simply Recipes is my absolute favorite way to prepare them.  I served them with warmed corn tortillas, corn bread, and a fresh salad made with local lettuce and tomatoes.  We’ve been using a fabulous balsamic vinaigrette from Chinese Grandma.  Make this dressing.  And make those beans.  Uh oh, now I’m getting bossy… Continue reading

Lentil vegetable bowl (vegan/gf)


I’ll admit it.  I used to think lentils were just boring brown mushiness.  But I had heard good things (especially about their impressive nutrition resume), so I tried them out.  That was a couple of years ago at this point and now they’re one of my go-to legumes!  They require no pre-soaking, as opposed to dried beans, so you can have them for dinner without planning ahead – yeah, it happens.  They’re also cheap, like other legumes, so you get quite the nutrition bang for your buck.  They’re pretty fuss-free, so I often just throw in some vegetables and spices with them and let them go at it.  For the version in the photos I used carrots, parsnips, broccoli, and kale, but add what every floats your vegetable boat!  :)  Also, I love using warm curry spices (turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne – also all very good for you!), but you can go more savory (basil, oregano, thyme, etc.) if you prefer. Continue reading

Fantastic Friday Five: Fiddleheads, Chocolate treats, and Running with kids

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Life has intervened lately, so the FFF has taken a little break… But it’s baaa-aaaack!  And chock-full of a couple weeks worth of fantasticness.  Enjoy.  :)

#1:  Fiddleheads!

This comes a little late as fiddlehead season is pretty much done here in Maine, but I didn’t want to leave them out of a well-deserved spot on the FFF!

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Sweet potato and black bean nachos (vegan/gf)

First of all, I am aware I’ve been kind of absent in the blogosphere lately… life happens.  I hope you welcome me back with open arms.  :)  Now let’s get to some good eats!

Sometimes I just need (well, I guess it’s a very strong want…) some nachos.  And is there any more perfect south-of-the-border flavor combination than black beans and sweet potatoes?  Didn’t think so.  (The sound of peepers – my neck of the woods’ version of crickets – was the only response I got, so I I’ll take that as a no.)  These cravings came together with the bag of delicious quinoa and black bean tortilla chips in my cupboard tonight for a fabulous meal.  Dig in!

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