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Kale, Pinto and Mushroom Tacos with Guajillo Salsa

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This three day weekend was awesome.  Except for the test I took on Saturday morning, the whole weekend was fun: coffee, walks around town, a great swim, and the ZOO!  We finally took Ellie to the Oakland zoo and she loved it.  Especially the petting area.

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The squirrel monkeys were also a big hit.  We liked it so much we became members, and I have a feeling we’ll be spending a LOT of time there over the next year.

Afterwards, since we were in Oakland anyway, we went to Subrosa.  Not quite as good as the coffee in SF, but close!  Ellie and Mike had a heart to heart over lattes (or water, in Ellie’s case) in the parklet.

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Going back to work on Tuesday was surprisingly not painful. I’ve gotten way better about leaving work at work, and planning farther in advance (three years of teaching and I think I might FINALLY be starting to figure some of this stuff out) so after not thinking about school for three days it was fun to get back to the kids.

Not sure how to segue from that to tacos, so here we go: These are sort of similar to some other kale and guajillo tacos I made, but I think these are a lot better.   They’re more filling, and they’re really cheap to make, especially if you have dried beans lying around.  I used collards instead of tortillas just because they needed to be used up, and NO I will never go paleo or low carb or any of that, swearsies.  I ate PLENTY of carbs for dessert right afterwards anyway.

I think the best thing about these is the beans.  They’re braised in broth with sauteed onions, so they’re full of flavor. Canned beans just wouldn’t be the same.  It takes some planning ahead, but it’s definitely worth it.

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(salsa adapted from Hungry Cravings)

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Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

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I was all ready to do a “Best 0f 2012” post, but then I went back through my archives and realized I didn’t make very much at all this year, and THEN I looked at one or two of those types of posts in Google reader, marked all as read, and decided it wasn’t worth the time.  But just in case anyone cares, the number one post this year (thank you, Pinterest!) is these caramel pretzel brownies.

Mike went back to work today after a whole week off and it bummed me out a little bit, but on the plus side, I think I’m now ready (or almost ready) to go back to work too.  It’s been a really productive break around here: tons of good workouts, made a batch of sauerkraut,

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(I discovered it takes an ETERNITY to thinly slice four heads of cabbage and that by day three it smells incredibly gross), made a batch of kimchi, did some purging of crap and re-organizing around the house, and of course had a ton of fun with Ellie and Mike.

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She is getting so much personality, and I love it.  Her current fixations include cheese, shoes/boots, board books, sweeping our front porch, and blocks.

It’s not often I miss eating meat, but I always loved carnitas and when I saw this recipe (using canned jackfruit…so random!), I was thrilled.  The  texture isn’t exactly the same, obviously, but the flavor is spot on.  I think simmering in pineapple juice is the key.  I didn’t follow the recipe exactly (I don’t have liquid smoke and didn’t feel like putting in bay leaves) and by the time they were ready I was so stoked to try them that I skipped the sauteeing step that caramelizes them.  They were still completely awesome.  Spicy, sweet, smoky, and perfect in tacos with some cilantro, pickled red onion, and avocado.  Ellie liked them too!

Note on canned jackfruit: I found some at an Asian grocery store in San Francisco.  Make sure it’s in brine, not syrup! I used Chaokoh brand, which comes in green cans that are 20 oz (the label says “20 oz, 10 oz drained”). You could also order it from Amazon.

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(from Vegan Eats World)

Coconut-marinated Kale Salad

I ate a LOT of sugar over Christmas.  It was honestly kind of gross.  But today’s a new day, ripe with possibility and marinated kale.

This is not a kick-start-your-2013 weight loss recipe, because it’s not low fat in any way (hello almond butter AND coconut milk), but it’s a great change of pace after ingesting far too many cookies the past couple days.  The list of ingredients might look a little random, but it blends up to a balanced, creamy, piquant sauce.

Speaking of Christmas, I hope yours was great!  I woke up, ran 4 miles, then spent the day relaxing with family and cooking.  Unfortunately I got sick right afterwards so my grand plans of ramping up my training like crazy over this break didn’t really work out. Womp womp.

Ellie got a chair that she’s obsessed with, and definitely got pretty into the whole unwrapping idea.

I got this cookbook and I cannot wait to cook pretty much everything in it!

This salad isn’t from this book, but it’s from another vegan favorite.  You could add all sorts of stuff to this – carrots, cherry tomatoes, sauteed tofu, chopped nuts…

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(adapted from I am Grateful)

Masala Red Lentils with Chard

Our house is filled with Christmas cookies right now.  I could banish them and insist on eating only healthy stuff, but honestly, it’s a couple weeks of my life and I LOVE this time of year and all the sugary goodness that comes with it.

Ellie has gotten it in her head that if she points at something sweet and nods vigorously, we’ll give it to her.  I’m not sure where she got this idea.

Oh wait, this might have something to do with it.

 

This is not a normal occurrence, really.  She usually eats bananas and sweet potatoes and plain yogurt and pears.

I ended my week of laziness with a slooow 22 mile bike ride yesterday.  I was loving life and wondering why I stopped cycling…and then around mile 7 my rear end reminded me that it was ridiculous to think I could just go out and breeze through a ride like this. OW. My plan for 70.3 training is to just do what I want as long as I’m running, swimming, and cycling at least twice a week.  Today I ran a fairly uncomfortable 4.4 miles after work.  Weird that beer and cookies and being lazy for a week doesn’t make you feel light on your feet.

But I listened to a podcast and someone decorated a tree along the path so it wasn’t a completely miserable experience.

This is totally NOT one of those back on track healthy recipes. It’s pretty rich, but the flavor is complex and warm and I made a giant batch of it just so I can eat it for lunch all week.  This is a scaled up recipe from the original and I used chard instead of spinach.  I made saffron rice to serve alongside it and it was a satisfying, delicious meal.

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(slightly adapted from Naturally Ella)

Miso Sweet Potatoes with Tofu

I know it’s a little crazy but I actually have TWO recipes to share this week.  HOLD THE PRESSES.  I’m sharing the healthy one first because it seems like it’s been awhile since anything healthy has graced this blog.

Other than the fact that I’ve actually been cooking things, not much is new around here.  Ellie is still obsessed with the headband from her Halloween costume.  I’m still obsessed with watching No Reservations on Netflix.  Good times.

On Sunday night I made these sweet potatoes, only I added some maple syrup and some sauteed tofu (I also used yellow sweet potatoes instead of orange, but they were a little dry, so I think I’d stick with orange).  I served them with oshitashi spinach on the side.  Ellie LOVED the sweet potatoes.  She’s entering a (hopefully extremely brief) phase where she’s really skeptical about anything green, so the spinach was a no go (and then I added mirin, which makes it taste amazing, but has alcohol in it).

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Red Lentil and Carrot Soup

Mike just turned 31, and the celebration lasted days.  Pizza one day, cake another, and on day 3, the Vitamix arrived.

Ellie was almost as excited about it as he was.

If I’d had this when I made this soup, I definitely would have pureed it, but since I was feeling exceptionally lazy (and was still without this amazing blender), I just left it chunky.  I think it would be great either way.  It’s incredibly simple with just a few ingredients, and with a thick piece of crusty bread and a simple salad, dinner is done!

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(adapted from BBC Good Food)

Marinated Kale and Mushroom Salad

One year ago today, I woke up, made a batch of muffins, and headed in to Labor and Delivery to be induced.

Today was slightly less exciting.  I woke up at 4:30, ran 8 miles, and headed in to work.

I’ve posted a few raw kale salads before, but this one is a little bit different, thanks to the mushrooms.  I had no idea lemon juice and soy sauce could make mushrooms taste so good, but oh how amazing these are. The kale itself isn’t too bad either, but it’s the mushrooms that make this salad.  I served it over quinoa to make it a meal, but that’s optional.

 

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(adapted from I Am Grateful)



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