Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Freezer Meal - Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili

I've touted the benefits of quinoa earlier here and I cannot say how much I love cooking with quinoa! I've been whipping up freezer meals in preparation for Baby V's arrival. I don't want to be eating fast food or making myself quick unhealthy meals while I'm at home figuring out  Baby V the rubix cube. 

Instead of making a chore out of freezer meals, I usually make them, eat them, then freeze away the leftovers. Easy peasy. 

I found the recipe for the Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili as I was browsing along in The Kitchn, very delicious! 

I made a few adaptations to the recipe. Instead of waiting hours for the chili to cook, I used two 14 oz cans of pinto beans (hey, I didn't realize I was out of black beans until I started cooking - oops!), including the bean juice and I added roughly 3 cups of water to the chili. Instead of buying chipotle chilies, I used a can of green chilies from the local grocery store. The green chilies didn't really add much of a kick to the chili, next time I'll try two cans instead or upping the amount of spicy spices put in the chili. In all, it took me a little over an hour to make the chili.

Soooo good! 

Here's a tip for freezing soup - this totally helps with keeping my freezer organized. Let the soup cool off entirely. Pour soup in zip loc bags (I put mine in sandwich sized bags since I wanted them in single portion servings). Lie the bags flat on a cookie sheet and place in your freezer. Once the soup freezes, you can stack the bags away in your freezer in an orderly fashion. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Expensive Chic vs Cheap Chic - Bamboo Curl Mirror

Expensive Chic - Horchow's Bamboo Curl Mirror - $345

Cheap Chic - Overstock's Himalaya Spotted Gold Iron Framed Mirror - $327.80

This chinoiserie mirror has been a long time favorite by decorators. I'd love one for my living room, seriously.

Natalie Clayman has the bamboo curl mirror in her powder room, isn't it lovely?