Chipotle Orange Black Beans

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This time last year: Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce with Basil, Mushrooms, and Balsamic Vinegar (2013)

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I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for a good side dish to take to a potluck, and was immediately sold. Without taking up too much of you’re time, I’ll go ahead and get to the point- it was delicious!

Here are three reasons you should try this dish:

  1. FLAVA FLAVE! This dish is jam-packed with flavor. Between the tangy orange zest, the flavor punch in the chipotle peppers, and the refreshing cilantro, your taste buds will be in heaven.
  2. Time is of the Essence! I was able to whip this recipe together in the 15 minutes I had between a class and a meeting. Yes, it is to possible to make a side dish in the time it might take you to wait in line for your drink at Starbucks. All you need is a cutting board and a frying pan and you are good to go!
  3. All-Inclusive! Sharing a meal with others? This recipe is a great dish to make because it is accessible to most everyone- vegetarian, gluten free, low fat, high protein, low cholesterol, low sugar, etc. Want to make it vegan? Simply leave the cheese on the side and let people sprinkle that on themselves.

Not convinced yet? Stop wasting time and get cooking. In fifteen minutes you will be glad you did!

More recipes heading your way soon, so come back and see me 🙂

Lots of love,

This rented kitchen

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo (plus more to taste)
  • 1 orange, Juice and zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled Queso Fresco

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and garlic, and sauté until soft- about four minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse and drain the beans.
  3. Once onions are cooked, add the beans to the pan and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in the chipotle peppers and orange zest and cook for one minute longer.
  5. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and top with cilantro and queso fresco. Serve and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Whole Foods Market
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Orange Zest Blue Moon Cupcakes 
with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Time Last Year:  Edamame Hummus (2013)

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H-o-l-y C-o-W these cupcakes are SO good. Drop what you’re doing, yes, drop everything you’re doing, and make them. Make them now!

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I had a huge paper due yesterday, so naturally, I went to the grocery store and got completely lost in an afternoon of baking. That’s very helpful for my sweet tooth and sense of joy, but less helpful for my paper…..woops.

If you were concerned, I did get my paper done and turned in on time- in between batches of these divine cupcakes. However, if these cupcakes had cost me my paper, it probably would have been worth it. They were that good.

The orange zest and juice in these muffins takes these muffins from normative to incredibly flavorful. The cream cheese frosting tops these cupcakes with moist citrusy tang, and the Blue Moon in this adds a slight hoppy honey tang.

So, good luck not eating them all in one setting. Consider yourself warned- it’s a real challenge!

Come back and see me 🙂 More recipes coming your way soon!

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Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 2/3 cup Blue Moon beer

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 376˚ F, and line either 1 mini muffin tin, or two normal muffin tins, with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate, medium sized bowl, cream the butter with a hand mixer for one minute. Add the sugar and beat together for two minutes, or until smooth.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs to the sugar and butter, beating after each until smooth. Once fully incorporated, add the orange zest and vanilla until well combined.
  5. In a large measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the milk and beer.
  6. Combine the ingredients together, stirring the beer mixture and sugar mixture into the flour until fully incorporated.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick can come out clean.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Using a wooden spoon, stir the sugar, ½ cup at a time, until it has all been fully added.
  9. Add the orange juice to the frosting mixture, stir in thoroughly, and chill until ready to use.
  10. Once the cupcakes are room temperature, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes using either a piping bag, or a ziplock bag with the corner tip cut off. Sprinkle with orange zest, serve, and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: 24 mini cupcakes
  • Source: Spoon Fok Bacon
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Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Sooooo, Thanksgiving.

It has come and gone, and boy was it good. I hope you found yourself surrounded by family, and hopefully some of your favorite dishes!

If you were staying tuned before Thanksgiving, I posted a few updates on potential menus for Thanksgiving (check it out here!). There are always more recipes and dishes I would love to make and share than I have time or energy for. However, as you may have guessed, this cranberry orange sauce is one recipe that made the cut, showing up on our Thanksgiving table! It was delicious!

Without turkey at the meal, some may wonder why my vegetarian family would have cranberry sauce. That’s a good question. Part of it is nostalgia and habit. My parents and brother have only been vegetarian for a few years, so they are used to a thanksgiving celebration with cranberry sauce and turkey on the table. Thus, we kept the cranberry sauce, despite forgetting the turkey! However, in addition to turkey, cranberry sauce goes really well over roasted asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, eaten plain, and spread on biscuits- similar to jam.

While I do love canned cranberry sauce, (I know, I’ll admit it), this three ingredient sauce feels soooo much healthier and natural. Not to mention, this recipe is incredibly easy, with only one pot to clean! Thus, you have no reason not to try it!

It’s easy, it’s simple, it goes well on SO much more than just turkey, and it is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Tis’ the season 🙂

Happy cooking!

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup sugar, or more, to taste
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the first four ingredients. Cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberries to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Cool completely before serving.
  4. Optional: Garnish with an additional sprinkle of orange zest!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: About 3 cups
  • Source: Damn Delicious
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other scrumptious dishes form ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipe links found below!):

Orange Almond Granola Sundae

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Take it to me to take a quite possibly healthy snack option, and turn it into a dessert. I have made granola numerous times, it’s one of my favorite things to have around the house, but somehow I had never tried adding granola to my ice cream. WOAH. That was a rookie mistake.

I whipped this batch of granola up specifically for my little brother as he traveled across the country, trying to provide him with a healthy snack. Unfortunately, I lightly burnt the first batch, so I made him a second batch and kept the first batch for myself.

Then, in an effort to salvage this overly toasted and enormous batch of granola, I started throwing the granola over vanilla ice cream and adding a little drizzle of caramel granola. Yet again, Epic game changer.

I discovered this awesome concoction in May, and have since then been craving this divine granola sundae- ie a several month craving. That’s serious! Thus, I recreated this granola to share it with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Brace yourself. You might just become addicted. 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 cups oats
  • ¾ cup Craisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
  2. In a small sauce pot, combine the brown sugar, olive oil, orange juice, extracts, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl, pour the liquid mixture over the oats, and stir until the oats are evenly moist.
  4. Fold in the cranberries and transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake for 17 minutes, and then turn the oven off. Leave the granola in the oven, and continue to let the granola crip up for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve with yogurt, ice cream, milk, or eat just as is for a healthier snack!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: A Rented Kitchen
  • To make gluten free, simply use gluten free oats! To make vegan, throw over some vegan ice cream!
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipe link below!):

 

Orange and Garlic Roasted Green Beans

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My memories of green beans begin in childhood.  My mom would often heat a few cans of green beans on the stove for dinner, maybe sprinkling a little salt to add to the taste.  I am sure for her, as a mother, every vegetable she could get my brother and I to consume was a victory in those early years.  Fortunately for her, as a child I loved those canned green beans. Canned green beans do not have any weird stems, they were easy to chew, and probably had a lot of added salt- what’s not to love as a five year old?

As I have grown up and developed my own habits in the kitchen, canned fruits and vegetables is something I generally try to stay pretty far away from.  I eat canned beans, but that’s about it. Thus, when I moved out of my parents home, I stopped eating green beans from a can, and pretty much forgot about the vegetable all together. That is, until last week.

While produce shopping I noticed that my grocery store had an enormous pile of green beans on sale last week. They looked so fresh and healthy; I immediately got a craving for them!  So that night I threw together this recipe, served them up with my dinner, and was happy all around.  Grateful for the simple things in life.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Pounds green beans
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • Optional: dash of salt and shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F and brush a baking sheet with a thin layer of olive oil.
  2. Rinse the green beans and remove the stems if desired.
  3. Combine the orange juice, orange zest, and minced garlic in a large Tupperware. Add the green beans, seal, and shake until the green beans are coated in a thin layer of garlic and orange juice.
  4. Spread the green beans out on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping in the middle.
  5. Serve warm with shredded parmesan cheese and a dash of salt. Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: A Rented Kitchen
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