Monday already?

It’s going to be a great week. I have a lot of fun events coming up as well as a few interesting meetings, so I am looking forward to the week ahead. Still, I am tired. This weekend we went to visit my family in NJ, and due to my husband’s crazy work schedule, were only able to go for one day. We left before 8 am on Saturday and left my mom’s at 11 on Sunday with five hour car rides on both sides.

As a result, I am pretty tired, but it was so worth it!

I was treated to some great birthday gifts including an Anthropologie gift card to get this dress and some great new cooking and baking stuff which was wrapped in wrapping paper decorated by Isabella.

The photo on the right is of Isabella and me. 

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The weekend also brought cupcakes from a local bakery.

Haisch's bakery cupcakes

And my mom’s deliciously buttery apricot thumbprint cookies.

thumbprint cookies

We had dinner out and spent the weekend just hanging out. It was perfect.

But when we got home, both tired from the long journey, we did not feel like grocery shopping. I had to get creative to get something together for lunch for the next few days.

Enter, three cups of black beans we had soaking over the weekend.

black beans

And a little gift from my friend Megan, charcoal wheat which had also been soaking over the weekend.

charcoal wheat

I grabbed a few green bell peppers that were on their way out and chopped them up, along with a habanero and half of a red onion.

green bell peppers

Sautéed the vegetables in a little bit of oil

peppers and onions

Then I added in the beans and charcoal wheat, a few sprinkles of cumin and garlic powder, and stirred.

black bean salad

We’ll both be eating this for our next few lunches, most likely cold, as a salad, so I am glad that it tastes good and is healthy! Smile

What are you having for lunch today?

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Tags: beans, charcoal wheat, Food, healthy recipe, recipe, vegan, Vegetarian

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I’m intrigued by your mom’s apricot thumbprints. I love thumbprint cookies.


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m having leftover sloppy joe’s!


  3. Raija’s avatar

    :) I love Isabella’s artwork!!


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    sounds like a nice weekend! i am soo tired today from a long drive of a similar nature, and in general the weekend in NYC. I wasn’t as productive in the kitchen as you were when I got home. looks like you’ll be enjoying great lunches this week!


  5. Heather’s avatar

    There is nothing more amazing then children’s artwork. My nephew drew all over a valentines day card and whenever I need a smile, I open the card up.

    We will be doing a similar trip in a few weeks for Easter – that 5 hour drive to NJ is never easy!


  6. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I’m having a turkey wrap for lunch today, but I’d rather have the icing off those cupcakes.


  7. alicia’s avatar

    I’m actually eating lunch as I’m reading this!!
    I just had a salad – nothing crazy, romaine & redleaf with tomato, carrot, cuke & red onion with dried crans and a little feta….
    And a piece of raisin walnut bread from the bakery with hot sweet mustard and cheddar broiled on top.

    Your lunch looks great too – you make the most creative, healthy dishes!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    I knew you’d make much better use of that charcoal wheat than I would. Hope it was tasty!

    Sounds like you had a very nice weekend in NJ… but we really did miss you at brunch at this weekend. Can’t wait to see you Friday!


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