National Guacamole Day

Time to celebrate National Guacamole Day..Yeah that’s right, tomorrow is National Guacamole Day. Go with it, because you know what..why not?! Here are some yummy-looking/sounding guac recipes I found on the interwebs that I thought I’d share with y’all. Enjoy!

National Guacamole Day Recipes

Guacamole with Black Beans 

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs

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{Super Easy} Guacamole Recipe

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Blue Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms with Buffalo Sauce

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Guacamole Quinoa with Mango

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Guacamole Rice

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Guiltless Guacamole

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Oh and here’s a bonus video for you all to get into the spirit

Random Fact of the Day: The Chinese ideogram for ‘trouble’ depicts two women living under one roof.

National Banana Split Day

Sunday is National Split Day! Yes, National Split Day…totally a thing. It’s google-official, so I mean it’s a definite legitimate holiday.

To celebrate, I thought I would share with y’all a nice round up of banana split-esque desserts. What better way to celebrate? Oh and what is national Banana Split Day without a banana split?? Be sure to grab one today or better yet, make one yourself!

Banana Split Ice Box Cake from A Few Shortcuts

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Banana Split Cream Puffs from Top Dessert Recipes

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Banana Split Brownie Sundaes from Crisco

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Banana Split Layer Cake from Best Friends for Frosting

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Banana Split Cake Pops from Sugar Kissed

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Banana Split Ice Cream Cake from Living Nutrition

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Oreo Banana Split Bites from The Domestic Rebel

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Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie from The Kitchen is My Playground

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Random Fact of the Day: Approximately 70,000 people in the U.S. are both blind and deaf!

Craving more frosty treats? Check out my frozen treat recipes!

Black Bean & Rice Soup

Prom was this past weekend, I’ll be sharing more about it soon but I prepared this post ahead of time so I could enjoy the weekend without stressing about the blog!

Black Bean and Rice Soup | Beautiful Disasters

Black bean soup has become one of my more recent absolute favorite soups. I have always been a big fan of soup, but black bean has just become my new bestie, especially since I made the whole vegetarian change in my life a couple months ago.

Black Bean and Rice Soup | Beautiful Disasters

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Panera’s black bean soup, but never quite realized how easy it is to make my own black bean soup at home.

Black Bean and Rice Soup | Beautiful Disasters

This version is not really exactly like Panera’s because I decided I wanted it to have a bit more body to it. The addition of rice is purely optional, but I think it really adds something! You can enjoy this as a meal by itself or if you’re feeling hungry, some bread or focaccia would be aweee-some.

Black Bean & Rice Soup

2 cans black beans

4 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

3 cups prepared rice

  1. Blend together the black beans with the broths, using an emulsion blender or food processor.
  2. With the black bean mixture in a large pot, add in salt, flour, and seasonings. Cook on medium heat until nice and hot. (You don’t need to bring it to a boil).
  3. Add in rice and keep on medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until everything is incorporated. Enjoy!

Random Fact of the Day: The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 ft. (GAGGGG!!)

Black Bean Salsa- SRC Post!

Happy SRC Reveal day! Ah, I just love the Secret Recipe Club!! So much fun to explore new blogs, while someone else gets to try one of your recipes and post all about it.

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

This month, I got Renee’s blog, Eat. Live. Blog. Renee went from the busy business world to world of education. She keeps in touch with her creative side by keeping up with her blog. I think that it is awesome that she has truly found that perfect balance in her life!

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

Originally, I was going to make her black beans over rice dish, which sounds so yummy to me. A couple months ago, I made the switch over to becoming a vegetarian, so it is always exciting to find tasty, filling entrees.

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

However, I did not get around to making the beans and rice dish, so I whipped up her black bean salsa in a jiffy. Whew-eee! I’m glad I did! It was so quick and simple and I go through jars of salsa like crazy, so it was nice to have such a big homemade batch around. You guys have got to try this salsa, and check out some more of her yummy concoctions!

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

Black Bean Salsa

(From Eat Live Blog)

1 can black bean (drained but not rinsed)

1 jalapeno (seeded and roughly chopped – keep a few seeds for more heat)

1 small tomato (roughly diced)

1/2 small onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 handfuls fresh washed cilantro

1 lime

    1. Place beans in a bowl and lightly smash with a fork, I left about half of the beans whole, unmashed.
    2. Squeeze lime juice over the beans
    3. Place cilantro, garlic and onion in a food processor or blender and pulse until diced but not liquified
    4. Mix diced veggies into beans
    5. Add diced tomatoes and mix
    6. Salt and pepper to taste
    7. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, stir and serve!

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

Random Fact of the Day: Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sometimes I have those days where I just want to bury myself in a bag of popcorn.

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Or chips.

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Or Girl Scout Cookies. (curse you girl scouts!!!)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries | Beautiful Disasters

These are the days that I hope to the good Lord that I remember that gross feeling in my stomach after I bury my head in chips, and then I make an equally delicious snack that is a bajillion (<– exact measurement) times better for you.

 

Baked Sweet Potato Fries | Beautiful Disasters

Sweet potato fries happen to be a sweet love of mine and I finally got around to making them at home. This recipe is the perfect yield for one person for one nice snack (a little bit over 100 calories!). You only have to wait about 25 precious minutes for that them to be done.

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Twenty-five minutes may seem long, but in that time you could do so many things! Fold laundry, watch Modern Family, dance like a maniac, watch youtube hair tutorials, pin workouts to look like a Victoria’s Secret model on pinterest, you name it..

Baked Sweet Potato Fries | Beautiful Disasters

Next time instead of grabbing that deadly box of Girl Scout Tagalong cookies, grab a sweet potato and bake it turn into this delicious recipe! Happy Friday :)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

(serves 1)

1 medium sweet potato

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

pinch of salt and pepper

cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Either spray lined baking sheet with cooking spray, or line with silpat.
  2. Wash sweet potato, cut sweet potato into thin strips for fries. Place strips in bowl and either coat with cooking spray (or about 1 Tablespoon oil).
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Once combined, coat the sweet potato slices with this mixture until every piece is coated.
  4. Place sweet potato fries on prepared baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until turning crisp. Enjoy!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries | Beautiful Disasters

Random Fact of the Day: Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts.