Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dijon Green Bean and Feta Quinoa Bowl

There are real benefits to having a well-stocked pantry. For one, it helps you prepare a healthy meal in a pinch, even if you haven't been to the grocery store in a bit. This is often happens to me, with two weeks sometimes stretching between visits.


So there are days when I must make a meal materialize from what's on hand. Luckily my pantry and fridge are usually well-endowed with tasty, healthful, non-perishable and longer-shelf-life foods I can cook with in a pinch: olive oils, vinegars, grains and such (farro, millet, wheatberry, rice, quinoa), stocks, nut milks, dijon mustard, nuts and more. In summer, I also pay attention to when and where local farmer's markets are held, so I can pop in while in transit to grab some fruits and veggies quickly.

It was in a pinch that I found myself winging it with this recipe, for Dijon Green Bean and Feta Quinoa, which turned out to be really, really delicious.

DIJON GREEN BEAN AND FETA QUINOA BOWL

1/2 cup Quinoa
Dijon Mustard (I used Grey Poupon)
Green Beans, rinsed and cut into 2-inch pieces
Crumbled Feta Cheese
Raw Almonds, slivered and toasted
EVOO
Pinot Grigio Vinegar (any white wine vinegar will do)
Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper

After curating the ingredients from my pantry and fridge, I followed some cooking fundamentals to throw this together. I cooked the quinoa in water, according to instructions, steamed what I deemed an appropriate amount of green beans until just "al dente," toasted a small amount of almonds in a skillet until just barely bronzed, mixed up a vinaigrette according to the ratio I often follow (1 part vinegar or acid to 2-3 parts oil, with some dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste), and tossed it all together with what looked like an appropriate amount of feta cheese. There was lots of "eyeballing" ingredient amounts to get a combination that seemed tasty to me. Fortunately for me, it worked out.

This quinoa bowl is delicious served warm but is also delicious served at room temperature. It makes a great vegetarian entree (quinoa is protein-packed) but also would work well as a side dish. Enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2014

10 Spring 2014 Trends I'm Loving

I've been watching the trends emerging for Spring 2014, and here's what I'm LOVING:

(1) EAR CUFFS. I want!
(2) PUMPED-UP KICKS (sneakers) and JAZZY PUMPS (a term coined by a funny fashionista friend).
(3) MIDI SKIRTS: Very pretty, very Kate Middleton (especially after Granny's mandate to bring the hemlines down, which I think Kate heeded because look at this). I recently wrote about one of my midi skirts in this post too.


(4) LARIAT NECKLACES: Different shape, very cool.


(5) FRENCH-INSPIRED GRAPHIC TEES: Saying "Oh la la!" "Oui Oui!" and "Je t'aime!" The list goes on...



(6) BIG FLORAL PRINTS.


(7) OVERSIZED FUZZY/NUBBY COATS.
(8) CROP TOPS: So mignon, if you have the bod (ahem, working on that…).
(9) FRINGE: Think Jennifer Garner at the 2014 Oscars. It's on bags, it's on dresses...it's everywhere!
(10) POLKA DOTS: Soooooo Pretty Woman (the elegant lady friend at the polo match, not the hooker with the runner in her non-existent pantyhose). Love the Michael Kors polka dot look with the signature looped belt.

What Spring trends are you loving? Let me know!

p.s. - Also, did you see that culottes are also coming back soon? *shudder*

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wardrobe Challenge: Day 1

This month, for shits and giggles, my friend and I decided to take on WhoWhatWear's 30-day wardrobe challenge. We fancy ourselves fairly fashion-conscious and seem to be constantly texting each other about (what we think are) interesting fashion topics ("Are wedge sneakers still in?" "Does this hat look too much like a trucker hat?"), so we thought this would be a fun exercise to learn a bit about our fashion proclivities and to help us "think outside the box," fashion-wise.

The Day 1 challenge was to "Wear a Bright Color Combo." I didn't find a whole lot of bright colors in my closet, so I grabbed pretty much the only loud pieces of clothing I could see -- a hot pink silk blouse and bright red midi skirt. I've always loved pink and red together, so this was actually a great twist of fate. Did I worry about wearing such attention-grabbing clothing to work? Definitely. Did I shrug it off because, honestly, who really cares about what I wear to work (besides me)? Oh for sure. My resolve wasn't even shaken when someone I encountered that day told me that I looked like Valentine's Day! Whatevs, sounds like a good reason to eat some chocolate. :)

Anyhow, below are some snaps from Day 1. Initially, I wanted to wear the red patent leather pumps with studs and three ankle straps but I had to draw the line somewhere. That just didn't seem right in the office. So, I compromised with a pair of black and white python pumps, which I paired with a long, thin string of pearls.

What I wanted to wear: killer studded pumps in red patent leather.

What I wound up wearing: python white and black pumps.
Stay tuned for more updates from the wardrobe challenge!