Beans, beans the magical fruit…

Go ahead, sing the rest of that childhood tune to yourself. You know you want to. And if you do you might have some idea about how this household is adjusting to no meat in our daily eats.


I think I would be a better vegetarian if I were to wean myself off meat, rather than approaching it cold-turkey style. But that’s not how I roll. However, the hubs and I built in a few exceptions to the “no meat for Lent,” rule. We will cash in one tomorrow: corned beef on St. Patty’s.

Today’s Food section, in The Spokesman Review, spoke to me, featuring a Rueben Madness* competition between local Spokane restaurants.   Surprisingly Madeleine’s, (a French cafe’ downtown), won out. A French cafe’ beat out O’Doherty’s Irish Grille? And The Elk’s rueben featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Craziness.

*I wish I had taken a photo of the rueben madness article, there was a rueben in the center and brackets coming off of it with the other rueben photos. It was kind of awesome.

Will I eat the winning rueben tomorrow? Only time will tell.

I can, however, tell you what I ate today.

Breakfast featured oats with almond milk, chia seeds, blueberry craisins, cherry craisins, pepitas and cinnamon.

I also hydrated while I dehydrated, in true Leila style.

Lunch was a concoction of black beans, roasted butternut squash, roasted mushrooms, sharp cheddar and some cilantro.

With an apple and seltzer on the side.

My co-worker sported the cutest tiny water bottle I’ve seen in a long time.

Side-by-side size-up with my seltzer.

I don’t even like Dasani water,  (it totally takes has a plastic taste from the bottle), but I still think its a cutie-patootie bottle.

Later on I snacked on some baby carrots with my new hummus obsession:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil.

Omigosh, this hummus is bombdiggity!

I need to figure out how to smoke a tomato, (although I supposed liquid smoke will do in a pinch).

I was still hungry when I walked through my front door, so I nibbled on a nanner with sunflower seed frosting butter.

I have nothing to compare it to, but this MaraNatha Sunflower Seed Butter is pretty amazing. Every so often you get a little nugget of sea salt and it is the perfect complement to the seed/earthy taste.

Then it was time for dinner. The hubs was not thrilled at the idea of eating a bean-filled leftover entree. So I whipped up a veggie-rific  ravioli dinner.

A bed of spinach topped with spinach & cheese ravioli (fresh section at Costco), roasted red bell pepper slices, and some onion/shroom/garlic that were sauteed in a little olive oil (pesto added in at the end to warm). I also added a scoash of red bell pepper pasta sauce (Safeway Select brand) to the top.

Mmmmm, so full, but I could totally eat more!

I also nibbled on some LaBrea rosemary olive oil bread with garlic butter.

Now I’m off to roll myself into bed, turn on my huglamp, and continue Megan’s 14-day Experiment, (aka, read for an hour – my personal challenge).


Don’t laugh, this book light is awesome! My dad gave me a huglamp for Christmas, and it is by far the best book light I’ve ever used!

How often do you read?

I used to read a LOT more than I am now. I read, on average, an hour-two hours a night, every night. But then I went through a major book slump after reading the Hunger Games trilogy, and I’ve had a hard time getting back in my groove.