California Style Black Bean Tacos

California Style Black Bean Tacos

These tacos came about because I had a lot of black beans and ripe avocados to use up before we go on vacation.  I wanted to do a crunchy taco, and after going through my refrigerator found some red pepper, lettuce and red onion.  I decided to skip the cheese (gasp!) and use the guacamole […]

Black Bean Nachos

Black Bean Nachos

These nachos were birthed out of a need to cut back on meat in our house.  After eating one bite, I realized I was never going to make nachos with meat again.  They are amazing!  John even said to specify that he likes them better than beef nachos.  That’s saying a lot from a guy. […]

Taco Chili

Taco Chili

It’s been hard getting back into the groove of blogging after vacation.  John and Arabella have been sick, so I’ve been on nurse duty too.  The weather is starting to cool off, and it’s getting me excited for heartier and earthier dishes.  We had good friends coming for dinner tonight, so I wanted to spend […]

How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – Part 2 – Build a Meal

How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – Part 2 – Build a Meal

What I mean by “build a meal” is cooking and preparing things ahead of time that will help you to build a meal later.  In my last post on “How I Cook to Fit Our Budget – The Basics,” I discussed how I meal plan and make things from scratch.  I’m going to break it […]

Summer Tropics Lettuce Wraps

Summer Tropics Lettuce Wraps

I had half of an avocado an some iceberg lettuce leftover from a gathering at our house.  I usually don’t eat iceberg lettuce, but I knew it would be great for lettuce wraps.  I had cooked up a big batch of black beans the other day for some other meals and had some mango in […]