Monday, February 18, 2013

Homemade Vegan "Chipotle Burrito Bowl"

One of my favorite lunches to grab on the go is a vegan burrito bowl from Chipotle.  However, their version lacks some of my favorite ingredients to cook with when making Mexican inspired peppers, zucchini, fresh jalapeno and wait for it...pineapple.

The sweet juice of pineapple is a welcome surprise when eating spicy give it a try!  This homemade version is also a fraction of the cost of Chipotle!  It makes 4 generous servings.

Nutrition Facts per serving:
Cal-447 Carbs-81 Fat-11 Protein-12 Fiber-14
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, chopped into bite size pieces

1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of pineapple chunks
juice of 1 lime

2 cups water
1 cup brown rice (yields 3 cups cooked)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried cilantro
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

1 avocado, diced
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
fresh salsa


1. Prepare rice.  Boil 2 cups of water, add rice, cover simmer on low for 40 minutes or until water is absorbed.
2. While rice is cooking, cut vegetables and mix with olive oil and spices.  Broil in oven on small baking sheet or pan for 15-20 minutes, flipping vegetables 2-3 times throughout.
3. Drain beans.  Add beans, entire can of pineapple chunks and lime juice to pot and boil until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Layer rice, vegetables, bean/pineapple mix on plate and serve with avocado, jalapeno, and salsa on top.  


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crochet: Home for the Weekend Tote

Recycle some old t-shirts into durable "t-yarn" (free tutorial) and stitch up this sturdy tote bag.  Easy to wash and even easier to make...get your pattern here and start one today!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crochet: Greek Life Cowl

This particular design and I go waaaayyyy back.  It is actually the first pattern I ever wrote about 4 years ago.  It has been one of my favorite cowls to whip up and always makes a great gift.

Find the pattern here!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crochet: Giant Leafy Tote

This was the first bag I ever designed.  I wanted to create something that could double as a yoga mat bag and a regular tote.

I got creative with the placement of some buttons and leaf appliques...and the end result was exactly what I had envisioned!

Find the pattern here!

Etsy Treasury: 1920s

1920s inspired treasury list...take a look!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Etsy Treasury: Ombre

Treasury findings in blue gradient...check it out here!