lentil & garbanzo stew

In need of a quick, easy (not to mention inexpensive) crock-pot meal? Enter in a vegetarian meal that will leave your home smelling wonderful and is so simple to throw together. Now I made this on a Sunday so sauteing onions, garlic and jalapeno at 9AM was not too bad, but could easily be done the night before for weeknight meals.

The recipe can be found here on the Whole Foods website. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly but think next time I would add 2 containers of  Greek yogurt which was still more than what was called for. You know I like my dairy :)

It is best served over steamed veggies and or rice and topped with cilantro!

review: caribou’s dark chocolate mint mocha


“We’ve raised the bar. The chocolate bar that is.”

Yes Caribou, you have.

I had my 1st Mint Dark Chocolate Mocha of the season – I do these things for you, you know ;) And there are times when chocolate must be consumed before 9 AM. I rarely get fun drinks like this but Mint Mochas even trump Pumpkin Spice lattes  in my book! I always get these drinks with less syrup, less chocolate , no whip and no extras – and with skim or soy. (Yes, I’m sure I drive the barista absolutely crazy) Even with these adjustments this drink was so incredibly rich, chocolaty and PERFECT!

“Our chocolate drinks are now handcrafted with gourmet Guittard chocolate. We steam real pieces of dark, milk or white chocolate into milk to create the ultimate mocha experience”

Just do yourself the favor and go get one. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

roasted poblano & tomatillo guacamole

I actually made this dip for a Fiesta Party back in August and it never made its way to the blog :( but when I was recently heading to a Mexican-themed dinner I knew just what to bring! The recipe inspiration can be found here. It is a light and refreshing guacamole that is sure to become a new favorite!


Roast 1 leek, 2 poblano peppers, 1 white onion and 4-6 cups of tomatillos (all cut into about 2 inch pieces and drizzled with a bit of olive oil) at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Process roasted veggies with the juice of one lime and let cool. Add 3 avocados and 1/2 bunch cilantro and pulse until combined. Serve with tortilla chips.

Festive Pomegranate Champagne

Who says you can’t drink on Sundays? Well, actually Minnesota does – no alcohol sales on Sundays. So it requires a little planning ahead if your favorite way to spend Sunday is sipping wine and cooking like me!

This cocktail was actually consumed on Friday for our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner (Ugly sweaters required) along with a large amount of Holiday food :)

Pomegranate Champagne

1 part Pama Pomegranate Liqour

3 parts champagne or sparkling wine

Pomegranate arils