Loving: Lily Allen L8 CMMR

Happy Monday! I am struggling through this day. The warm temps this weekend have my brain fooled into thinking it is vacation time, and each task in a ever-increasingly-busy work schedule is just getting harder and harder!

However, I remembered (just in time) that good jams will get me through. Today’s jam that I am loving: Lily Allen’s track “L8 CMMR” which was recently featured on an episode of GIRLS.

Lily Allen – L8 CMMR – Girls Soundtrack Vol. 2

It makes me want to buy a fabulous new spring dress (a la Hannah this season) and bounce around my office. Until I can do so, the beat is adding some much-needed productivity to my day. Enjoy šŸ™‚

Recipe: Quinoa Lime Chili

I came across this chili at a restaurant when I was home in New Jersey. I didn’t even order it, I just ogled the description of the dish and thought, “That sounds great, I bet I can make that!” Turns out, I indeed can!

This chili turned out to be everything I hoped – it is vegetarian, spicy, filling, smokey, and bright. And it is an easy one-pot wonder which always wins points in my book.

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Recipe: Quinoa Lime Chili

Ingredients:
1 clove garlic, diced
1 onion, roughly diced
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 red bell peppers, roughly diced
2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
2 limes, zest and juice
1 cup quinoa
1 tbsp taco seasoning (cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, smoked paprika)
1 cup water

To Make:
1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and add onion and garlic. Cook over light-medium heat until onions are caramelized.
2. Add tomatoes and peppers, reducing heat slightly.
3. Add lime zest and taco seasoning and cook for 3-5 minutes until vegetables soften.
4. Meanwhile, cook 1 cup quinoa according to package directions.
5. Add beans and water to pot, bring to a simmer. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add cooked quinoa and lime juice. Salt to taste and serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy this warming (and Arlington Darling original) recipe as we finish up winter!