Spicy Thai Basil Tofu + Veggies

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After 6 long weeks, my boo is HOME.

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We’ve done way longer obvio, but this time particularly sucked because we couldn’t speak. As soon as he came through the front door, I presented him with a list of 83 things I’d written down to tell him so as not to forget including inconsequential things like, “I put this new lamp together all by myself.”

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I got a couple of letters which was nice. I liked to pretend it was the 1940’s and I was just a sweet, naive debutante awaiting word from her handsome beau that all was well. Except in these letters he’s more interested in telling me about his meals (fajita chicken with rice and beans was a really good day) than professing his love.

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The best is just like getting back into a routine with each other. As much as I missed him, I got used to my evenings on the couch with Topanga, bingeing whatever our hearts desire. Only having to do laundry once a week. Having the tidiest home, with everything in its proper place. Really enjoying the numbers in the bank account because the online shopping queen was without his devices.  He, on the other hand, got used to sleeping in the wilderness surrounded by a bunch of dudes who hadn’t showered. Different strokes. It just takes like 48 hours to adjust when he returns. Like, I can’t lost my mind when he leaves his clothes on the floor and he can’t get mad at me because we, as a household, have adopted a new way of folding said clothes!

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Honestly, I’m just so happy he’s home. The house is finally starting to smell like itself – the perfect mix of Bath & Body Works candles and farts.

 

 

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu, excess water drained (I like to wrap it in a towel + then press a heavy pan on top)
  • 1/2 a head of green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. of red chili paste
  • 1 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • Brown rice for serving

How to:

  • In a lil bowl, combine chili paste + brown sugar + soy sauce + lime juice, set aside
  • Heat oils in a wok over medium heat
  • Add tofu + a lil S+P, cook until crisp to your desire about 6-7 minutes
  • Remove from pan
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook one minute
  • Add cabbage + peppers + carrots, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add tofu + sauce in, cook for 2-3 minutes until combined + luscious looking
  • Turn off heat, stir in basil
  • Serve hot with brown rice
  • Wrap mouth around one end of the plate + tip your head back + mouth up, allowing all contents to gracefully slide into your pie hole

 

Adapted from here!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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Favorite places on Earth in order: 1) Airports 2) Trader Joe’s

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That’s it. That’s the whole list.

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Those are the places I am the most at home, the best version of myself, really.

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Because my local TJ’s is legit over an hour away, I adopt the PPPPP motto. Prior planning prevents poor performance. There is no room for error on these trips. A list is non-negotiable. It’s impossible to walk into that heavenly establishment without impulse buying, but you have to set some ground rules. Only one unnecessary purchase from each aisle – two from the frozen food aisle that’s lined with the cookies and sweet treats. Because it’s so far, I can only make it on weekends, meaning the joint is jumping. Peeps are packed in their like sardines! Comfortable shoes are a must. Keep your head down and your elbows slightly bowed – you might have to throw a couple if you and some gal are both reaching for the last cauliflower gnocchi. When shopping with pals, consider sharing a cart – this cuts down on the space you and your posse take up. It also makes you all look like a couple of radical broads on a mission cause you’re carrying a lot of stuff in your arms trying to catch up with your rogue cart as your friend beelines to the cheese.

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Do consider tipping your checkout guy if you share a cart because you will inevitably aggravate the stew out of him as you all divvy up your goodies.

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Seves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 zucchini, washed + shredded
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of favie non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. of flax seed
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
  • Pinch of S

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Prepare a flax egg by combining flax seed + 3 tbsp. of hot water, stir + set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour + sugars + baking powder + cinnamon + nutmeg + S, mix well
  • Add zucchini + banana + milk + olive oil + vanilla + flax egg, mix well
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper + spray with some nonstick spray
  • Pour batter into pan + spread in an even layer
  • Bake one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Let cool for a bit
  • Serve warm, cold, room temp, for breakfast, lunch dinner, snack, I don’t care just eat it and if you don’t feel instantly happier, I’ll give you your money back, no I won’t

 

Adapted from here!

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

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Homeless people are going to put me in the poor house.

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I simply cannot say no to them.

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They can smell my weakness and middle class guilt from a mile away.

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My local grocery store has become a hotbed for sweet homeless men – my kryptonite. The other day there was a man holding a sign that read, “Looking for work. Cold. Hungry.” And he had a sweet baby PUPPERS with him. You better believe I whipped through the nearest ATM to get that gentleman a $20. After that I was like OK, kewl, good deed, I’m done. Then this weekend, I’m leaving the grocery store and a man in camo pants and a Jesus t-shirt asks if I’ll buy him some lunch at McDonald’s. I literally didn’t have time, but I had the other $20 I had gotten out during my ATM trip for my first BFF. He was legit so touched I almost lost it. “This will last me 3-4 days!!!!” K kill me now. I’m hooked. No going back. I honestly don’t care what they do with it, buy a meal, buy a beer, I don’t give a hoot. I just don’t think Jesus would ignore them or turn away, so I can’t either!

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Bet they have a picture of me posted somewhere with a fat “SUCKER” stamped across my face.

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 4 corn tortillas, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 7 dried New Mexico chiles, tops cut off
  • 2 dried arbol chiles, tops cut off + some or all seeds removed, depending on how much spice you like
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 2 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving

How to:

  • To prepare enchilada sauce, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large rimmed skillet
  • Add 1 of the chopped onions + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add chiles, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add broth + bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes
  • Add tomato paste + 1 tsp. of cumin + 1 tsp. of chili powder + oregano + S+P, cook another 5 minutes
  • Transfer to a food processor or blender + blend until smooth
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add remaining onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add sweet potatoes + remaining cumin + smoked paprika + chili powder + S+P, cook 15-17 minutes or until potatoes are tender
  • While potatoes are cooking, heat remaining olive oil in another skillet over medium heat
  • Add soyrizo, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add black beans + green pepper, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Once potatoes are tender, add soyrizo + bean mix + enchilada sauce + tortillas, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro + avocado
  • Pour into local hog trough + eat from it like the beast you really are

 

Enchilada sauce from here!