WEEKEND LINKS

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It’s a sunny weekend here in the Bay area – we’ll be spending it going to BBQs. Enjoy soaking in the summer days – we’re in the thick of it!

Here are a few interesting things I spotted this week.

Round-up of beautiful kitchen gear 

Bone broth to-go please

Reduce food waste

Taste of Syria in Paris

Daniel Boulud’s Aioli on everything 

The philosopher chef and Buddhist nun

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HEARTY VEGETARIAN CHILI

Vegetarian Chili (1)

I’ve been looking for a good vegetarian chili recipe for a while. When I say good, I mean healthy, flavorful and filling without missing the meat. I found a few that called for interesting and non-traditional ingredients like lentils and quinoa – all darlings of healthy eating and a good source of protein! So I decided to give it a go for a Meatless Monday family meal.

I think its imperative to serve with some good bread. And by good bread, I mean the best bread you can find. Around here, Acme bread reins and I can find it at my local Safeway too.

And of course serve with a side of more veggies – it’s Meatless Monday, go all out! I made a 2 ingredients salad. Roasted Golden Beets and Kale with a simple apple cider vinaigrette.

A couple of notes.

  • I love heat, but my kids can’t take too much yet so I added half a jar more tomato sauce to tone it down. After I realized the chili was too spicy for my 4 year old’s taste, I asked the google how to reduce spiciness. So adjust the spices to your liking.
  • Sky’s the limit on variations of this. Some ideas I’d like to try spotted on the internet include: squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, kidney beans, chick peas, etc. Just load it up with the good stuff!
  • And ditto for the toppings. I went California style and added avocados (the lemon tops in the picture above were to keep them from browning) and cilantro, chopped onions and some shredded cheddar cheese for the kiddos.
  • Chili is a mom’s best friend. Makes great leftovers and is freezable. #momwin

Here’s the recipe adapted from TasteLoveandNourish.com

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LINKS FOR THE WEEKEND

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Photo Credit: Curiousnut.com

Hope you had a nice short week and enjoy the weekend coming up.  I promised my four year old we would make pizza tonight so I  stocked up at Trader Joe’s who makes it so easy with their pre-made pizza dough. Toppings requested are pepperoni, mushrooms and cheese. Classic.

Have you ever wondered why prices for produce in Chinatown is so low? I’ve always been baffled by this and questioned its quality from time to time but this article
helps explain.

We just got a charcoal grill and my second thought (after Galbi – Korean BBQ) was Yakitori (Japanese BBQ).

Do you own a rice cooker? Do you cook other things in it? I’ve seen my mom steam dumplings but that’s about it. Apparently you can do a lot more according to this cookbook that’s on my wishlist. 

There’s a farmer’s market happening everyday in the bay area. One of the reasons why I love it here.   Here’s a schedule if you’re in town.

And while this blog is really an escape and creative outlet for me, I have to acknowledge this week’s tragic headlines. This post from one of my favorite food blogs is right on.