12 October 2013

Not your average beans and rice!


A few weeks back, we grabbed dinner at the newest Mexican restaurant in town.  I won't list it, because it isn't their fault they are quite simple in flavor... But it reminded us that as a Vegetarian there is one staple item (or often in the form of two separate ones): Beans and Rice.

It's unfortunate how boring beans and rice are, at 9/10 restaurants you go to. It has the potential to be so much more exciting - and I try to dress it up every time I make a batch.  Hot sauce goes a long way, but why stop there?

Stuffed Poblano Peppers are another (surprisingly easy) Mexican favorite, so this time around I combined the two. In a hurry (or on a budget), there's a few easy ways to create your own: just use canned black beans, diced (fire roasted) tomatoes, tomato sauce, and even tomato paste. I always use brown rice, minced garlic, a good amount of sautéed onion, cumin, chile powder, and (in everything I can add it into) crushed red pepper.  This time I added finely shredded kale and minced red peppers. 

Moral of the story? Sometimes it's simple to make a more exciting version at home, that's packed full of flavor (and nutrients).  

P.s. I don't think there's better leftovers than beans and rice - each day the flavor is richer.  Enjoy!

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11 October 2013

What are you waiting for?


Hi loves!

Every change of season, there's this automatic restart... And this fall it's happening more than ever.  It's not like I haven't been cooking, but I sure haven't allowed myself the time to devote the time, energy, and love I once did. Time to change that!

All the recent big life changes have brought one new hobby - juicing!  It's been fun, and a great healthy addition, but it doesn't fill the dinner party (and solid food) void in my heart.  It's all about balance though - so I'm definitely steering this blog into healthy and delicious Vegetarian food, in and out of the home.  All the delicious dining out experiences I've had in months (and years) previous are about to find their home on Inspired Vegetarian as well.  See also: some really amazing food porn from my recent trip to Croatia.


What it always takes is seeing someone kick ass at what they do.  A visit from my lovely (and fabulously foodie) friend Katie was the final motivation - just take a look at her awesome Eclectik Domestic blog.  It will make you want to start doing yours better, too!

This isn't the first claim of a revival, but I really am going to attempt to get things in full swing again. I'm working on being a perfectionist - and I'm a novice cook, writer, photographer.  hat's the goal of this blog, to talk about food (and cooking) that you can navigate as a beginner as well... not to freak everyone out with my fancy foodie knowledge (despite wishing I had it).   I'd love to hear from you with your cooking (and dining) deliciousness as well.  Let's get some guest posts!

Lots of love,
N.

06 October 2013

Fresh picked!


There are some things that are mandatory each season... And the must-see fall event in Michigan has to include apples. The Kerrytown Farmer's Market has a plethora of local vendors, and there's a special excitement with rows and rows of varieties on the crisp morning market days. 

Despite local shopping options, there is nothing like you-pick orchards. Especially when the "attractions" include wine tasting, hay rides, berry fields, pumpkin patches, and a general store. Even on a rainy afternoon, Spicer's Orchards was the perfect Sunday Adventure. 


I'll post a review on the hot sauce and pure-fruit preserves I picked up at their shop once I give them a try... And I can already vouch for their Sweet Williams Hard Cider.  (Leaning towards gluten-free makes cider an excellent - and tasty - compromise!)  The apples were delicious, and they really do taste even better when they are fresh picked on a chilly day!

Check out Spicer's for yourself! They are open 7 days a week, and it's an easy drive from Ann Arbor.