what’s for dinner – week 46

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Trying out a few more recipes from the Melissa Clark’s book (for lunch) and sticking to some of my staples dinners so I don’t have to fuss with recipes.

M: Frijoles Rancheros + Veggie Fajitas
T: Big Salads + Caci de Pepe
W: Empanadas
T: Leftovers
F: Dinner out

P.S. I got my CSA this week and it had beets, turnips, kale, arugula, cilantro, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, fall tomatoes(!!), peppers, jalapeños, and green beans. All that will work it’s way into this week somehow.

cooking from dinner: changing the game

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food-related / vegetarian meal plans

And just like that it is Monday. We have an exciting week ahead of us at el castillo and are feeling energized by all the talks and readings from this past weekend’s Texas Book Festival. Stopped by our neighborhood library on the way home to pick up some holds and my copy of Melissa Clark’s Dinner: Changing the Game was finally there! Pleasantly surprised by the how much vegetarian faire is included and trying out a handful of recipes that at first glance seem very manageable with what I have on hand:

  • Japanese Omelet with Edamame Rice
  • Stovetop Mac and Cheese (of course)
  • Fusilli & Roasted Cauliflower with Capers
  • Crispy Tofu with Ginger & Spicy Greens
  • Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Had him pick up a head of cauliflower so we could polish off the last of the Cashew Curry Dressing from Julia Turshen’s latest book and the rest will be just regular ol’ stuffs – grain bowls, quick salads, and just in case you don’t know me well enough yet… there will be beans.

Follow along on Instagram over the week to see what’s cooking.

Feed the Resistance (at the book fest and a recipe)

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thoroughly enjoying a bite of my apple on the Capitol lawn at the Texas Book Festival a couple of years ago.

It is book festival weekend! We have our paper schedule all marked up and will spend the rest of today narrowing down our final slate of sessions to attend. There is an awesome historical fiction panel on Saturday at noon, Latinx stories hear, YA sessions to peek into, and oh so many things food to check out!

Click through to read about Julie Turshen and to preview a recipe from Feed the Resistance. Read More

committing to lunch

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cooking in season / recipes


Shaking my serial snacker ways and re-committing to proper sit-down lunches. Today was a lovely kickoff: spinach salad with cabbage, sprouts, quinoa, watermelon radish, raw carrots, boiled egg, pumpkin, seeds and my favorite mustard vinaigrette from Deborah Madison (’cause OMG capers!).

pick up a copy of today’s statesman

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There is a little something that I have been working on in the food section! Super excited about it! A kazillion thank yous to Addie Broyles at the Austin American Statesman for giving me this opportunity and for being ever so patient with the Nervous Nelly that is buried deep in my belly. Be sure to pick up a copy today for ideas on how to baby step into batch cooking and lots of fun ideas for what to do with that pot of beans.


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Happy Wednesday!


vegetarian meal plan – week 41

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Can I just say that I am stunned that we are only at week 41 of this year. Shouldn’t it be way closer to 50 by now? Kidding… grateful to still have both October and November ahead of us. Best. Time. Of. Year.

In the kitchen, my quest to make new things continues. I reached official rut-stage way back in like March and the new season and cooler weather (!!!) has me all energized. It may seem like a whole lotta food for one week, but we eat maybe 3-4 meals out of 21 out of the house and do you know how often a 14 year-old eats? Also… breaking my meal plan up by ingredient rather than meal so that you have a better idea of how things map to your ingredient use. Read More