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Picture This: Beans, Veggies, Grains, Oh My!

Monday, January 17, 2011

As I recovered from my biopsy plus complications I got pretty lazy with my cooking. It seems like the easiest gluten-free meals include a combination of beans, veggies, and some sort of grain or starchy vegetable.

I’m eating more quinoa, brown rice, and potatoes than ever before! And yet, I’m not complaining! I am working on building up an arsenal of meals to choose from, and they all seem to border on this same theme. I have also become very aware that my favorite beans happen to be black beans.

Black bean burgers, potato wedges, steamed veggies

Black bean salad, brown rice, steamed veggies

Black bean casserole, (side salad not pictured)

Sante Fe quinoa, (side salad not pictured)

And things with super imaginative names like “umm...beans, rice and veggies?”

To add to this I tried to think “outside the box”, and I think that’s why I was having so many problems coming up with good vegetarian gluten-free dishes. I had to realize that I should stick closer to what I know!

So I started out with a new black bean salad (black beans, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, cumin and spices to taste), added steamed veggies, and whipped red potatoes.

I hadn’t had a potato in what seemed like forever, so I got a bit of a kick with it. The next day I had half a sweet potato topped with baked beans (ala Caitlin of HTP) with roasted green beans on the side.

I took the leftover sweet potato and cooked up what was supposed to be a burrito filling, but I didn’t find a tortilla necessary. It basically turned into a “use up veggies” dinner. I sautéed onion, jalapeno, and garlic together and then added the leftover sweet potato with lemon juice, tomato, salsa, spices, black beans and cilantro.

But you know what’s really good? Baja bean and red quinoa salad.

Yup, more beans and quinoa. But it’s delicious!

I think it might be a bit boring for other people, but I actually enjoy my “food ruts.” I get really interested in a particular dish and then I have it until I can’t bear it! I have had pretty much the exact same breakfast for almost three months now. What can I say, I’m quite odd.

What kind of food ruts do you get into? Or do you change things up constantly?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANICEMC 2/11/2011 3:29PM

    Amber: have you posted your recipes yet? Some of these look really great.

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*AMBER512 1/17/2011 11:15PM

    lol, I didn't even realize I hadn't posted what I've been having every single morning. It's super filling and starts me off with a lot of protein.

I have 1/3 cup oatmeal mixed with 1.5 oz Greek yogurt and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.

On the side of that I have another 1.5 oz Greek yogurt, 1/2 tbsp chocolate peanut butter, and a medium apple. Super filling and delicious!

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HANNAH_CALM 1/17/2011 9:00PM

    I like black beans too. I always choose them over pinto beans when I can. I love how they taste, and they never seem to make me sick and bloated like the other kinds. Hey, you didn't say what you've been eating for breakfast! Is it good? I like things to change sometimes. I also wonder what it would be like if it were always the same. I got disappointed when I went on a search for sugar-free cereals, cold cereals, at the supermarket, and found only one. Now, it's whatever I pick up. Right now, I've been eating cocoa puffs every morning. I'm not feeling too guilty about it either, because it goes in the tracker and it has a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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STEPFANIER 1/17/2011 3:36PM

  Please share these recipes and let me know when you do!!

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PAG2809 1/17/2011 2:56PM

    Amber, have you posted any of these recipes to Should I rephrase? Would you please post recipes? These look yummy!

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MCK0582 1/17/2011 2:35PM

    wow, all of that stuff looks amazing. i have yet to make my own black bean burgers, but seeing that one inspires me. it might be the new recipe i make this week!

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