And what is this exactly? Ali’s pajama pants on the floor next to the fireplace. You can’t tell from this picture but the fireplace is on. You also can’t tell from this picture but Ali is sitting next to his pants, typing away on his laptop.
Me: “Why are your pajamas next to the fireplace?”
Ali: “Because they are not dry.”
Me: “I am still very confused as to why they are on the living room floor.”
Ali: “How else do you expect me to dry them?”
I wanted to ask if utilizing the dryer would be completely out of the question but Ali’s attention was already focused back on his second wife, i.e. his laptop and my 30 seconds was up.
As Ali’s pajamas baked in the living room, I made my way into the kitchen to think about dinner. Although I’d spent a good $75 at Trader Joe’s on Sunday, the fridge was pretty bare. I don’t get it! So I dug deep into the cupboard for inspiration and found a box of quinoa and a few other things that helped make dinner look like it was actually planned:
Once again my Trader Joe’s obsession is quite apparent.
In the past I’ve always cooked quinoa on the stove, but today I decided to use the rice cooker so that I didn’t have to babysit the stove the way Ali was babysitting his pants.
I bought this little rice cooker for $19 about 9 years ago and it still works great! Kudos to the Aroma people for making a product that has withstood almost a decade of abuse.
Black Bean Quinoa
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
1.5 cups of defrosted broccoli florets
1/2 cup of black beans
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 cup of peach salsa
1. Rinse and cook the quinoa as directed.
2. In a large bowl add the olive oil, vinegar, cumin powder, and turmeric and mix well.
3. Add the salsa, black beans, and broccoli and mix well.
4. Add the quinoa and mix again.
Ali had this plate along with a piece of breaded Tilapia from Trader Joe’s. I almost dropped dead from shock when he said dinner was good. He never gives out compliments voluntarily – usually they are a result of me angrily prying them out of him.
Since his plate was a little too carby for me I had my quinoa alongside a pile of defrosted green beans. I can get away from eggs once in a while but I just can’t cut the cord on the defrosted vegetables.
An hour later I was hungry again so I had a quarter of one of the Chocolate Fudge Babies that Maya and I made, along with a square of dark chocolate. The Chocolate Fudge Babies are really good but SO rich.
I have to go because I just heard a timer go off…I hope it wasn’t a reminder for Ali to turn his pants over. Don’t laugh…you never know with him.