Vegetable Coconut Curry and Fiesta Friday!

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“Vegetarian – that’s an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.” – Andy Rooney

I’m bringing this dish to Fiesta Friday #115 at, where I’m  co- hosting along with Julie@Hostess at Heart please click on over to join the party and add your Fiesta Friday links to the linkup!

Do you want to know what my first Indian restaurant experience was like? I dragged my husband, at the time just my boyfriend, almost kicking and screaming to an all you can eat for $9.99 lunch buffet at the newly opened Indian place close to our University. I was determined to have a little culinary adventure. Some friends came along and we all politely took small samples of everything. A little chicken curry, a little fried cauliflower, a single piece of naan (pffft!! Who can eat just one piece of naan?!?).  Let me tell you what- they got me hooked on curry (and naan, ooooh naan!). The selection of vegetarian food is also ahhhmazing!

Honestly? I paused for quite awhile before deciding to share this recipe. It is very simple as far as curries go. On the other hand, this is the first curry that I could make reliably (and I have tried more than a few). Usually I look at the ingredients list for an authentic curry and my eyes glaze over.  So many spices that are not on my pantry shelf… And the short cut recipes? They usually fall well short of my expectations. This recipe is different.

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Beans and rice are nice

beans and rice recipe

Everyone should have one. A household absolutely shouldn’t be asked to run without it. A great beans and rice recipe, that is! Beans and rice are cheap, healthy and a wonderful comfort food.

This beans and rice recipe is simple, consisting of only pantry ingredients. I make it every week for my husbands lunches. Left overs are used as a side to accompany any Tex-mex dishes that are on the dinner menu for the week.

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Cheap and Easy? Dried Beans and the Slow Cooker

Canned beans are a more frugal protein source than meat. But if you are looking to cut your grocery budget to the bone, dried beans can definitely help you out! Not to mention, they are healthy and take up a minuscule amount of pantry space.

But dried beans take forever to soak and cook! Nobody has time for that!

You would think that dried beans would be much less convenient than canned, but you would be wrong! I’ll explain how to make pounds of prepared beans with moments of hands on effort.

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2016 Goals Update #4

Normally I don’t make New Year’s resolutions but I thought it would be fun to set some goals this year and track them to see how I’m doing as the year goes on.

I have been doing a weekly update of my 2016 goals. Doing a weekly post kept me accountable for my goals frequently enough to make and reinforce new habits. Now that I have been at it for a month plus, I think it is time to take these updates down to once per month.

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In a World Where Frugality is Normal

I mentioned in my 2016 Goals Update post that I am reading Money Saving Secrets of the Amish. The author makes it clear that Thrift is a virtue in Amish culture. It made me think what would life be like if Frugality were a virtue in my culture?

Would it be cool to flaunt your new clothes and flash your brandy-brands?Would brandy-brands exist?

It seems to me that many brands exist for the sake of having their logos plastered across their customers chests, or breast pockets, or purse, you get the picture. Their names are so much a marker of quality as they are a signal that “Hey , look at me! I spent a lot of money on this thing. I must be super successful. Grin!” Or sadly and more accurately. “I know what is cool, too. Please don’t make fun of me. Sheepish grin…”

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blood orange salad with honey mustard vinaigrette

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

One of my “goal” recipes to master for 2016 was a good Vinaigrette. I love this Honey Mustard Vinaigrette recipe, made with red wine vinegar, brown mustard and olive oil goodness. The garlic gives it a nice pungent bite so you don’t need too much dressing to get great flavor on your greens.


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