Portabella Mushroom & Black Bean Tacos

Mushroom and Black Bean TacosI haven’t had time to write in a long time.  I have been creating/revamping dozens of lessons since my district has not purchased curriculum that meets the Common Core Standards.  So, that is my excuse, and I’m sorry!

The positive thing that has come out of being so darn busy is that I have also had very little time to cook.  This means that I have had to get creative with some quick and easy recipes because I can only eat so much roasted salmon and broccoli.  One of our new all-time favorites is roasted portabella mushroom and black bean tacos. These are super easy and will satisfy even the most devoted carnivore because of the savory, hearty mushrooms.  Topped with quick-broiled peppers and onions and a delicious lime sour cream, these tacos will soon be a go-to meal for a busy weeknight. Continue reading

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Healthy Start Updates, Plus Green Tea & Chia Energy Drink

Aloha Belly ChallengeYou all may remember my vow to have a healthy start to my school year.  I am happy to report the exercise portion of my plan has been going swimmingly. I completed my 21-day exercise commitment and bought a Misfit Shine to boot!   Continue reading

Miso-Ginger Roasted Root Vegetables

Miso-Ginger Roasted Root Veggies 1Roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables.  I rarely cook vegetables any other way.  I usually just drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and then roast at 400 until they are done to my liking.  Super simple.  But sometimes I want something a little different.

Enter miso paste.   Continue reading

Cheesy White Bean Dip

Cheesy White Bean Dip with CruditeAs promised, here is the recipe for the cheesy white bean dip that I served at my wine tasting party. During my research for the rosé taste-off, I found that this wine was easy to pair. I saw many suggestions for pairing rosé with hummus, but as a habitual hummus eater, I wanted something a little different. Continue reading

Simple Vegetable Tempura

Tempura and Sushi

Tempura is the perfect partner for sushi. Learn how to roll your own sushi in my series of posts titled “D.I.Y. Sushi” coming out next week!

One of my mom’s favorite Japanese dishes is shrimp tempura. What’s not to love? Tempura is deep fried seafood or vegetables served with a dipping sauce. Crispy. Salty.  Perfect for an appetizer or as part of a bento box. Oh so yummy.

Every time we go to a Japanese restaurant, my mom orders shrimp tempura, and she has even started to make it at home. My mom is a good cook, but she is not that into actually cooking, so I was surprised she attempted this.  It seemed so laborious.  She assured me, however, that making tempura at home is easy. Continue reading