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May 4, 2016

Black Bean and Rice Burrito Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Healthy Black Bean and Rice Burrito Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette | via

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? We don’t every year – in an official margaritas-chips-and-salsa-fiesta sort of way at least – but based on how much Mexican food we eat on a regular basis around here, there’s a good chance we’ll be enjoying something South-of-the-border-inspired tomorrow night.

Like these easy burrito bowls!

My husband has – among many wonderful qualities – a… fairly limited repertoire in the kitchen, but when when we first moved in together, he introduced me to these black beans and rice burrito bowls, and I was smitten. They’ve become one of our favorite meals, and a regular part of our weekly recipe rotation.

They’re part salad, part burrito in a bowl, fully delicious, and packed with clean-eating goodness. Since we make a variation of these at least once a week, I figured it was about time I share these everyday bowls of yum with you. Continue Reading…

July 2, 2015

Ultimate Quinoa Veggie Cheeseburgers

Ultimate Quinoa Veggie Burgers | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoonUltimate Quinoa Veggie Burgers | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoonUltimate Quinoa Veggie Burgers | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoonUltimate Quinoa Veggie Burgers | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoonUltimate Quinoa Veggie Burgers | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

We lugged our massive BBQ grill out of the storage shed a few weeks ago, and we’ve been grilling just about everything in sight since, from sticky, sweet BBQ chicken, to local salmon filets, fresh veggies, the first stone fruit to pop up in the market, and of course tons of burgers.

I love nothing more than cooking and eating outside, especially on long, warm summer days, when the sun doesn’t begin to set until nine or later this far north. Lately, we’ve made an almost daily habit of spending our evenings out on the back patio, enjoying a cocktail or beer and soaking up the warm weather while cooking casual weeknight dinners on the grill. Living in all-too-often gloomy, coastal Washington, it’s practically criminal to waste a single warm and sunny day, and the glut of sunshine feels downright glorious.

One of our favorite al fresco recipes are these quinoa veggie burgers. Make that veggie cheeseburgers, because, in this house, a burger is not a burger without a big slice – or two – of delicious, melted cheese.

When I first proposed these veggie burgers – a hearty, flavorful quinoa and white bean patty, topped with Sargento® Natural Cheese Slices, a smokey burger spread, buttery avocado slices, lettuce, and crispy homemade dill pickles – my carnivorous hubby was skeptical.

But when he promptly polished off one – then two – cheeseburgers in one sitting, and asked if there were more, I knew that I was onto something. That meat-loving man is always my best barometer of vegetarian recipes. Continue Reading…

January 15, 2015

Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup

Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Last night, I had a horrifyingly realistic dream that began with getting arranged-marriage-promised to a stranger, followed with a multi-day wedding/traveling circus performance, and finally devolved into me trying to dissolve the marriage contract while vying for the affections of my true love (and actual, real-life husband) as a woman named Sharmula attempted to seduce him away. She did a dance in the middle of the ocean and everything.

Are people actually named Sharmula? I believe it’s also some kind of Middle Eastern fish marinade…

I woke up panicked and slightly sweaty with all of the covers wrapped tightly around me. It was still dark and the Honey’s alarm had just gone off. Maybe Sharmula had just been trying to give him a blanket.

Relaxing my vise-grip hold on the edges of the duvet, bleary eyes still closed, I whispered,

“Thank you for not picking Sharmula…”

He kissed me on the forehead.

“I had a dream last night that we bought a house together on a Caribbean island. It was awesome.”

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April 30, 2013

Chile Spiced Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas

Chile Spiced Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas | Fork Knife Swoon

Do you have plans for Cinco de Mayo? With the Honey still out of town, it’s looking like a fiesta for one at the Swoon homestead this year. Perhaps I’ll dress the pup in a sombrero and make it a date!

As a native of Southern California, I grew up eating a lot of authentic Mexican food. Those dishes remain a big inspiration in the Swoon Kitchen, and I almost never need an excuse to whip up a spicy south-of-the-border-inspired recipe. I kicked off the Cinco de Mayo festivities early with these little veggie tostadas. Smokey, chile-spiced sweet potatoes combine with black beans and fresh chilies atop a crispy corn tortilla for a delicious vegetarian dish that’s perfect for one – or a party.

Check back this week for more Cinco de Mayo recipes and inspiration!

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March 24, 2013

Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan

Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan | Fork Knife Swoon

It’s just about that time of year when fresh, bright green vegetables begin popping up in the market, cheerfully ushering in the start of Spring. We love the combination of asparagus, English peas and snow peas in this salad, which celebrates the verdant arrivals of the season with a quick sauté and a simple dressing of lemon and Parmesan that lets the vegetables shine. Perfect as an easy Spring side dish, the addition of protein-packed white beans also makes this salad satisfying enough for a light lunch.

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February 24, 2013

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Lighter Slow Cooker Tukey Chili

We live a bit outside of town, where farmland regularly intersects with a scattering of houses and small neighborhoods. It’s peaceful here. Open. Quiet. Plenty of land to meander through with the pup. This winter, it’s been especially still, with occasional falling snow and misty, foggy days.

When the weather grows chilly, I turn to a handful of my favorite comfort recipes; tried-and-true soups and stews, warming roasts and a few other cozy dishes, including this hearty Turkey Chili. Not only is this flavorful chili a perfect cold-weather antidote, I love that it mostly cooks itself, simmering away all day in the Slow Cooker, awaiting our return from a late-afternoon walk in the fields.

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January 7, 2013

Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

Braised Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

Phew! Did you survive the holidays? Did your waistline? I certainly overindulged in the seemingly endless supply of holiday baked goods, Christmas cookies and other festive treats. I made four batches of these cookies alone.

But as the new year begins, I’m craving fresher, healthier meals packed with lots of seasonal fruits and veggies. Simple dishes that are flavorful and nutritious yet satisfying in our still frosty, winter weather. This roasted Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs is just that; perfectly juicy chicken and lemony white beans with aromatic garlic and fresh herbs. A delicious winter comfort meal without the guilt.

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