Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Rice and Beans

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Recovery from Wildflower is going really well.  I ended up taking 3 complete rest days, and then somehow found myself committing to a marathon that’s 5 weeks away. My sister’s last race marathon was in San Francisco two years ago, and she wants to get revenge on the course […]

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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Remember how I was going to be really smart as I was getting back into running shape? And I’d never increase my mileage or intensity too quickly and I wouldn’t get injured? Weeeelllll, I may have sort have overdone it just a little bit, and my right hip has […]

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

Yesterday I did my first speed workout in a looong time. It was cold and miserable outside (total Portland weather, it kind of made me homesick) but I finally got myself out the door around 3 PM for a 5 mile run. I decided to see if I could […]

Black Bean and Butternut Tacos

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Today happens to be Mike’s 30th birthday, so I’m spending most of it in the kitchen making a Middle Eastern feast, which I’ll have more details on tomorrow. This weekend we decided to get a new chair for the living room (a birthday chair…?) and we had Ellie test […]

Black Beans with Poblanos and Corn

I am definitely going to need a lot more quick and easy dinners like this in my arsenal for when I go back to work in December. I’m trying not to stress too much about how I’m going to fit in workouts, work, cooking dinner, and caring for an […]

3-Bean Slow Cooker Chili

I really don’t understand the obsession with slow cookers. Yeah, I use mine all the time to cook dried beans, but most main dish recipes either have way too much meat and processed food or just seem like they’d be really unappealing. Chili is basically my one exception, though. […]

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

After baking 50 cupcakes for a summer school event, then following that up with cake, frosting, and fondant this weekend, I was ready for a good, healthy meal. My favorite weeknight dinners are always the ones that just require a single bowl and fork or spoon. This one is […]

Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans

This is kind of a random dish, but it’s beautifully simple and adaptable. I could see using it in a burrito or taco or sprinkling the cold leftovers over salad greens, and of course it’s divine eaten warm, just after it’s been made. My mom emailed me the link […]

Black bean, corn and sweet potato cakes

I have a thing for black beans, particularly in burger/cake/patty form. And since I discovered how easy it is to cook beans in the slow cooker, I now have some variety of bean cooked and ready to go in the fridge at all times. This week has been pretty […]

Smoky Black Beans with Spinach and Masa Dumplings

I’ve cooked almost every recipe in Mexico One Plate at a Time since I got it in high school, but this and the guacamole are two I make the most. For a long time I was completely intimidated by cooking dried beans, but this recipe helped me get over […]

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