fridays with oscar

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

the skies opened up last night as severe thunderstorms rolled into town. oscar and ollie hunkered down on our bed for a good portion of the night. thank goodness for king size beds! even i had visions of trees crashing to the ground (or through our roof) what with all the shake, rattle, and rolling going on outside our window. more rain is predicted today which means oscar’s deer patrol has been relegated indoors until further notice. not to worry as his attention shifts to bugging ollie.

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

since the rain decided to stay awhile, a barbeque was out of the question. instead of shrimp kabobs, i whipped up a healthy black bean quinoa bowl. mr. style loved it! slicing and dicing a few veggies is all that’s needed for prep time. plus, a twenty minute bake time for the sweet potatoes. add an extra five minutes for the yummy cilantro dressing and this meal is in the bag. or bowl.

i’ve shared this vegetable peeler before but this is quite a handy kitchen gadget. the sweet potatoes were skinned in no time. be careful as it is sharp.

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fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

Black Bean Quinoa Bowl
Serves 4
A healthy take on meatless Tex Mex.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. INGREDIENTS
  2. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 cups of water
  9. 1 cup dry quinoa
  10. 1 cup low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  11. 1 cupf no salt sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  12. 2 roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
  13. 1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  14. {optional} jalapeno, sliced
  15. 2 avocado, sliced
CILANTRO DRESSING
  1. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  2. 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  3. 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon honey
  6. 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  7. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  10. 1 garlic clove
  11. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a small bowl, add olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together.
  3. In a large bowl, add sweet potatoes and the olive oil seasoning. Toss to coat the potatoes with the mixture.
  4. Spread the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  6. In the meantime add water to a small saucepan. Bring water to a boil. Add quinoa to the pot. Cover and return to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Then fluff quinoa with a fork.
  7. In a small food processor or blender add fresh cilantro, greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, red pepper flakes, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic clove, salt and a pepper to taste. Blend until smooth and cilantro is finely chopped.
  8. Assemble the burrito bowls. Quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, roasted red pepper, red onion, avocado, corn, and then drizzle with dressing. (optional sliced jalapenos)
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fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

what cocktail goes best with a Tex Mex meal? margaritas are always a safe bet. but i rustled up a refreshing raspberry vodka mojito recipe instead. it’s delicious, especially on those hot muggy nights the south loves to deliver. what’s not to love about fresh mint from my garden?

Raspberry Vodka Mojito
Serves 1
A refreshing summer cocktail.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE RASPBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  5. FOR THE RASPBERRY VODKA MOJITO
  6. 1 lime, cut into slices
  7. 6 mint leaves plus additional for garnish
  8. 3 to 4 raspberries for garnish
  9. 2 ounces Vodka
  10. Lime seltzer water or lime sparkling water (4 ounces)
MAKE THE SIMPLE SYRUP
  1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, water and 6 ounces fresh raspberries. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain to remove seeds and chill.
  2. MAKE THE RASPBERRY VODKA MOJITO
  3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint and half the lime slices
  4. Add the Vodka and fill shaker with ice
  5. Cap the shaker and shake 2 to 3 minutes
  6. Strain the vodka into a serving glass
  7. Add more ice, 3 to 4 TBSP raspberry simple syrup, and top with sparkling water. Add the remaining lime slices, additional raspberries, and more fresh mint as desired
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fridays with oscar | tex mex

today’s ootd is all about color. after two weeks spent in black and white, i knew a pop of color would be in order once i returned stateside. this classic popover from J.Crew is the perfect answer. the cotton fabric is from Liberty Art Fabrics (a British print house known for its florals since 1875). white pixie pants from Old Navy have a flattering fit (the fabric is a perfect weight yet substantial), Boden yellow suede sandals, and a chic choker necklace from Roztayger complete my friday night outfit.

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

fridays with oscar | tex mex

pants | popover | sandals | c/o necklace

fridays with oscar | tex mex

indoor deer patrol.

fridays with oscar | tex mex

mr. style recently purchased a new toy for ollie.

fridays with oscar | tex mex

cheers to friday! oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a lovely weekend.

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3 Comments

  1. Rebecca Saffer wrote:

    Welcome back, Beth! I enjoyed your photos from Europe – thanks for sharing. The food looks scrumptious, Oscar and Ollie just adorable and your outfit goes so beautifully with your lovely dining area.

    Posted 6.1.18
  2. Sue Smith wrote:

    My kind of meal. And I’ll bet Oscar and Ollie are happy as clams to have you both back home. Happy weekend!

    Posted 6.1.18
  3. DriftwoodLover wrote:

    Such a fun look. Those sandals are darling. I will have to try your recipe — it’s so appealing to me.

    Posted 6.1.18

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