Baby Bella Medley with Mustard Sauce

This is just a really simple veg medley with a little wine and french mustard to bring it all together. 
Conclusive proof that simple can be exceptional. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 poblano, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 medium spanish onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can garbanzos, drained and rinsed
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbls dijon mustard
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbls olive oil1/4 cup pinot grigio

Saute mushrooms in oil and salt. Cook the mushrooms down until they are pretty dark. Deglaze with wine. Cook off wine for 5 minutes. 

Add onions. Cook down until onions are tender and tramslucent. 

Add peppers and garlic. Keep cooking over medium low until peppers are also tender. 
Add beans, mustard and black pepper to a large heat safe bowl. 

When mushroom mixture is done cooking add it to the bowl of beans. Stir to combine.

Meat Free Grilling

Well, I did buy a grill after all. A weber smokey joe silver tabletop. It's basically your standard round charcoal grill, but pint sized. I got it at Target for $29.99. Not bad. Not bad at all. I got some corn while I was there too. To roast on my new grill.

It's funny cuz I wasn't going to buy a grill at all. But then I realized that my car needed to go to inspection and I had forgotten and my month had expired and the next day was Saturday and I could do it then if I was up early enough. I wound up awake at 7am on Saturday and went to the inspection station 2 days late. There was no line. And it only took a few minutes. And no one cared I was late. On my way home I was passing the Target and decided to go in and look.

I first found a pair of cargo shorts for not a bad price in a rare red tone I could not pass up. Then I found the grill and visions of corn and potatoes began dancing in my head. So I went for it. I also got 4 ears of fresh corn and some charcoal. It was easy to grill up the corn and it tasted very good.

The next day we went to the supermarket and got a little too ambitious. I did not want to cook meat on it of any kind, but I gave in to the hamburgers. They oozed all over my potatoes and then it started to rain suddenly. I managed to keep the grill going and get the potatoes and burgers cooked. I had some asparagus I had wanted to grill. That didn't happen.

But meat is just a nightmare. The fat and juices. The tainted utensils. I only have two metal utensils. One tongs and one spatula. Which is fine for veggies and fruits. You can just keep using the same one. But with meat you have to switch. One for underdone and one for done meat. And of course I accidentally touched some potatoes with the meat one. Yuck.

I don't get why people eat meat. It's so much trouble. And so dangerous. And it doesn't really taste good. Faux meat is so much better. They're so brainwashed. It's sad. Sad for them and sad for the animals.

I was trying to be tolerant. That was my mistake.

No meat. Ever again. Not on my grill.

On the plus side my potatoes came out really good. I did some sliced. Which were crispy on the outside and tender inside. Just how they should be. And I did some baked. Such crunchy, charcoaly skins and fluffy delicate innards. Potato perfection.

A grill is the perfect way to cook corn on the cob and potatoes in the summer months. And other vegetable and fruits too. You don't heat up your house by turning up your oven to 450 degrees. And you get great flavor from the charcoal. Just beware of people trying to encroach on your grilling area with dead animal flesh. Stay strong!