BLACK BEAN TACOS WITH CILANTRO SAUCE

January 30, 2015

David wanted to research how to save money on meat at the grocery store. People on the internet’s main advice from his findings was to buy less meat. (Which I would argue is not really advice on how to save money on meat, but alas.) We have dabbled with meatless in the past (sweet potato salad, black bean burgers, baked pesto macaroni), but I wanted to get back on it – maybe even aim for once a week.

These tacos are it, people. Black beans are great to use for heartiness in meatless meals, especially if your motive is saving cash. They are so downright cheap. I hope to make meatless dinners that are good, not just good for a meatless meal. And I wanted for nothing the two times (in a row) we ate these.

BLACK BEAN TACOS WITH CILANTRO SAUCE from Rachel SchultzBLACK BEAN TACOS WITH CILANTRO SAUCE
Serves 3-4

30 ounces black beans
1 cup salsa
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 avocado
1 cup cilantro
2 cloves garlic
2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 head romaine, sliced
1 onion, diced
15 ounces corn
Tortillas

Heat black beans, salsa, and seasoning in a skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mash coarsely. In a food processor, combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, honey, and olive oil.

BLACK BEAN TACOS WITH CILANTRO SAUCE from Rachel Schultz

Assemble tacos on tortillas by layering black beans with cilantro sauce and topping with romaine, onion, and corn.

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BLACK BEAN TACOS WITH CILANTRO SAUCE
 
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Ingredients
  • 30 ounces black beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head romaine, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 15 ounces corn
  • Tortillas

Instructions
  1. Heat black beans, salsa, and seasoning in a skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and mash coarsely.
  3. In a food processor, combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, honey, and olive oil.
  4. Assemble tacos on tortillas by layering black beans with cilantro sauce and topping with romaine, onion, and corn.

Adapted from The Garden Grazer.

DRAWING DECOR INSPIRATION FROM MOVIES

January 29, 2015

A few times at friends’ houses (who are, by the way, well decorated) I have heard some self deprecating comments about something they like that “oh, you probably hate this though.” Which made me think, is my style that defined to other people? Sometimes I am not sure if my style is even defined to myself.

It also got me on a train of thought that even aesthetics that I would not choose for myself, I can still appreciate when they are done well. I will probably never put much contemporary, modern, eastern, craftsmen, transitional, minimalist, or rustic in our home. I can most likely appreciate when someone else’s house is a really nicely curated in that way, however. Example – my best friend’s house looks straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog.

I am really into industrial, vintage, art deco, mid century modern, traditional, early American, Hollywood regency (sometimes), and a touch of earthy (sometimes, for David). Unfortunately, that means I have to describe myself with the cliche design buzzword of “eclectic.”

But with trying to define my ideal tastes to aforementioned friends, I usually try naming some designers. Even more fun is drawing inspiration by referencing a movie’s feel. And really, movies are wonderful places to find influence from.

Wes Anderson: He is incredibly iconic and although critics wonder if his appeal will get played out, I am all about his look. And I might just order a print of this version of the Belafonte from The Life Aquatic. In other news I am really mad my copy of that movie is missing. I hope whichever one of my various college room mates who stole it is enjoying it now. (Note: I am not endorsing the content of these movies, specifically the Wes Anderson ones. Most I have not seen because of their rating, some I have not seen in a long time.)

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Sherlock: This series is not technically a movie. This post title could have been drawing decor inspiration from “media”, but we can all acknowledge that would not have been as snappy. I love 221B Baker Street, but I could not live there. Too cluttered! Nonetheless, my favorite part is Sherlock’s moody library meets living room.

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Home Alone: Everybody loves this house. I like to look back in on it to take the temperature of what has stood the test of time. Elements that are not looking dated ’90s are timeless traditional and things I would go for myself. (Chunky molding – yes; tiled kitchen counters – no.) Also, did you know this house was just up for sale? I personally like how it was styled for the movie better than what they have done with it now. It sold for 1.5 million, which I think was really not bad.

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Harry Potter: The Gryffindor common room on Christmas. What could be better? I love the wallpaper and its stately, cozy feel. And I want Ron’s legendary sweater desperately.

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I feel like I could do a whole part two of this post. And even a kitchens addition. Something Gotta Give, anyone?

CHICKEN & AVOCADO EGG BURGERS

January 28, 2015

The fried egg trend continues. Previously more of an oatmeal lover on breakfast, I recently have started eating a lot of eggs. For some reason, David is really proud of this. I am not sure why. On more than one occasion of chit chat with friends, he has told people “Rachel has recently been eating eggs for breakfast.” Why this is exciting for him I am not sure, but it is still hilarious/odd/cute.

And by extension, yes. I am putting fried eggs on everything. It is just so good. Next up, the chicken burger.

CHICKEN & AVOCADO EGG BURGERS from Rachel SchultzCHICKEN & AVOCADO EGG BURGERS
Serves 2

2 chicken breasts, grilled
1/4 cup mozzarella, shredded
2 hamburger buns
4 leaves romaine
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 avocado, sliced
2 eggs, fried

Melt mozzarella on to cooked chicken breasts. Assemble burgers by layering chicken, red onion, romaine, avocado, and topping with fried egg.

CHICKEN & AVOCADO EGG BURGERS
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled
  • ¼ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 4 leaves romaine
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 eggs, fried

Instructions
  1. Melt mozzarella on to cooked chicken breasts.
  2. Assemble burgers by layering chicken, red onion, romaine, avocado, and topping with fried egg.

Adapted from What to Cook Tonight.

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