• Bento

    Bento #1

    Today I began my adventures in bento. This sentence is a little bit of a dramatic start for a series of blog posts about lunch, but I’ve always been attracted to bento boxes for their cute appearance and healthy portions (feel free to follow my Pinterest bento board!). I’ve wanted to dabble in this for years, but I finally broke down and purchased a beautiful OJYU bento box from Bento&co, along with some other cute accessories. Bento #1   Contains: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites – recipe from Good Dinner Mom Sliced Almonds Cheesy Quinoa Bites – recipe from So Very Blessed (I replaced the flour with rice flour and the carrots…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Chickpea and Quinoa Chili

    With the chilly weather upon us, it’s a great time to warm up with a delicious bowl of steaming chili.  This recipe replaces kidney beans with chick peas and adds ingredients such as jalapeno pepper and quinoa.  This recipe is a variant of Gingerbreadgirlz’s delicious Quinoa Chili. Ingredients 1 cup uncooked and rinsed quinoa 2 cups water 1 pound extra lean ground beef 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 4 tsp garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 single serving can of V8 tomato juice 2 (540mL/19 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 red…