Southwestern Vegetarian Pasta

It’s been a while since I posted some “real food”…I figured you guys probably couldn’t live very well off of solely cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

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This here is one of my favorite dishes I have ever put together. It’s one of those vegetarian meals that you don’t even realize there is no meat in there. Pasta is always a great meal choice for vegetarians because it is filling and you can throw in all kinds of veggies to get your vitamins and nutrients in.

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This dish is one of my favorites because it is a great break from the traditional pasta dishes. Sure vodka sauce is delicious, red sauce is easy, Alfredo is rich and decadent, but this one just spices it up and brings a new meal and new tastes to the table. All the veggies mixes with the black beans and spices fill you up while giving you that Southwestern vibe with the flavors.

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Southwestern Vegetarian Pasta

(Serves 6-8)

1 package (1 lb.) pasta, I used farfalle and it was perfect!

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 Tablespoons chili powder

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 onion, diced

29 oz. petite diced tomatoes

15 oz. black beans

about 1 cup corn

  1. Heat 1-2 Tablespoons of oil in a large, deep skillet. Saute onion, green pepper, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Add in tomatoes, black beans, and corn. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for about 11 minutes (or according to package directions for al dente); drain.
  3. Combine pasta and sauce. Enjoy!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is something that sort of intimidates me. I don’t know why..but I always leave it for my mom to make when we have pasta for dinner. Usually I am like the baking queen but garlic bread is whole new story.

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Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Until now.

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

I have even half-watched my mom make garlic bread the way I will be sharing with you today, but it still always scared me a little. The idea of ruining the whole loaf by putting too much garlic or too much butter on there just scared me too much.

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Fear not, fellow garlic bread wussies!!

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Easy Peasy Garlic Bread | Beautiful Disasters

This garlic bread method is fool-proof. I’m not really sharing a recipe with exact measurements, it is really more of just the way how you put everything together. If anything, go easy on the garlic powder. Unless, of course, you are total garlic obsessed. Then you can go bananas with the garlic. Whatever floats your boat!!

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Easy Peasy Garlic Bread

1 loaf of French Bread

butter or margarine, softened and spreadable

garlic powder

aluminum foil

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
  2. Slice garlic bread into about 2-inch slices. On one side of the bread spread about 1/2 Tablespoon of butter or margarine to coat that side of the bread. Then, sprinkle on garlic powder to lightly coat. We eyeball this, but it is probably about 1/2-1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder. Line up slices of garlic bread where each buttered side is touching an un-buttered side of another piece. Wrap all of the lined up pieces in foil, just like a burrito, and bake in preheated oven to heat through, 15-20 minutes.

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Random Fact of the Day: More than half the population of Kenya is under the age of 15.

Roasted Chickpeas-SRC Post!

What?! Secret Recipe Club reveal time is already here?? What have I been doing with my life?

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I’m not sure why the time seemed to go by so much faster this time. It could been that February only has 28 days.. or maybe the copious amounts of Harlem Shake videos I have been watching (why don’t they get old?)..or maybe because I have approximately 192837019238 things on my mind right now between soccer tryouts starting today, figuring out college stuff, and keeping up with school work.

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Anywho enough about me. Let’s talk about Anne! I was assigned to explore her blog, Anne Jisca’s Healthy Pursuits this month and had a blast poking around her recipes. She has loads of yummy stuff on there, so be sure you check her out!! I decided on her Roasted Chickpeas, but I know I was super tempted by her breads-they look and sound ah-mazing.

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I’m so glad I chose the roasted chickpeas, they’re so tasty and a perfect snack for on-the-go or anytime! They’re so much better for you than a bag of chips and they really energize you to get you through that workout you’re debating.

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Roasted Chickpeas

(From Anne Jisca’s Healthy Pursuits)

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas (I used garbanzo beans, pretty sure they’re the same thing)

oil or cooking spray

spices and seasonings (See Note)

Salt, pepper (to taste)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Coat your chick peas with oil, sprinkle with salt and seasonings of your choice (See Note)
  3. Spread seasoned chickpeas on a cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for around 25-30 minutes, shaking them around occasionally, until dry and crunchy. Watch them towards the end to make sure they don’t burn.

Note: for my seasonings I used about 1 Tablespoon paprika, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

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Random Fact of the Day: Penguins can convert salt water into fresh water.



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.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries | Beautiful Disasters

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.

 

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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..

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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!

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