Butternut Squash + Sage Pesto Pizza

I hate stuff.

Like I can’t deal with knowing that my house is full of…stuff.

I’m definitely not a minimalist, but that’s where we’re headed.

Maybe it’s the moving all the time, idk, but I can get rid of literally anything. Like I’m going to be the mom that doesn’t keep Lou’s artwork because I just can’t handle the clutter. Recently, I’ve decided to turn this passion project of mine into a side hustle. I call it: selling my crap on Facebook. & it’s highly therapeutic. I’ve just been rummaging in drawers & cabinets & pulling out things we haven’t used in a year or more & seeing what I can get. If it doesn’t sell in like a day, I’ll toss it because my other passion project is impatience.

Next, I’ll be selling all of Garrett’s gym equipment. Stay tuned.

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1-2 bunches of sage
  • 1/2 cup of arugula
  • 1/3 cup of cashews
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups of butternut squash, cubed + cooked (save yourself some time + get some you can microwave)
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Vegan mozz
  • Pickled or raw red onions, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to whatever temp your dough cooks at
  • In a food processor, pulse cashews
  • Add sage + arugula + nutritional yeast + lemon juice + S+P, process on high
  • While processing, add in olive oil
  • Roll out pizza dough into shape you want
  • Spread with pesto + top with butternut squash + cherry tomatoes + vegan mozz
  • Bake as long as your dough tells you
  • Serve hot with red onions on top
  • Be a garbage monkey + eat this entire thing standing over the sink with a hunchback

Dolmas Salad

I’m really sick and tired of being the selfless one in this family.

I give until it HURTS.

And I ask for so little in return.

For example, we asked our pals to come over and take some photos for a Christmas card yesterday. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Rachel, hire a professional to take some nice photos you will cherish forever. Yeah, that sounds nice and all, but my daughter is a terrorist and I am the cheapest person you know so. Here we are. We take a few shots. All is well. I’m flipping through them and I find one where I look just absolutely STELLAR. Like, I’m not a photogenic person (or maybe I just refuse to believe I actually look the way I do), but in this shot, I was on POINT. I show it to Garrett to get his approval and he’s like, “….Rachel, my eyes are closed.” I just don’t see his point. This isn’t about you. People need to hang this photo of ME on their refrigerators!!! I was so peeved. I pick a back up that is like OK I guess and he’s all, “But Topanga isn’t in that one.” I truly get no respect.

Then we have another discussion about why I don’t zoom in on anyone else in photos before declaring my favorites and that is just more than I can handle in a day.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 dolmas, chopped up (I find mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2-3 rainbow carrots, sliced in thin rounds
  • 4-6 mini bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 mini cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of dill, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 4-6 cups of arugula, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange chickpeas + carrots on a lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, roast for 25 minutes, tossing once in the middle
  • Meanwhile, combine lemon juice + remaining olive oil + dill + S+P, stir well
  • Combine peppers + olives + cucumbers + pour dilly lemon dressing on top
  • To serve, arrange some arugula on a plate + top with roasted chickpeas + carrots + marinated veggies + dolmas
  • Snarf this baby down + then wash it down with the remaining dolmas in your can


Spicy Open-Faced Sammies

What’s fun about baby stomach viruses

is that moms get them too.

That’s right, ladies and gents, now I’m down for the count.

And on my baby’s birthday weekend no less! What an utter tragedy. Fortunately, I managed to muster enough energy to celebrate her a wee bit. By that I mean, I still stuck her in her hotdog costume, baked a couple of mini bundt cakes & opened her presents for her. Never have I felt joy like Lou did when she opened up a mini shopping cart with mini groceries inside. Just imagine a hotdog toddling through a kitchen with that. I’ll wait. I don’t know if everyone feels this way, but my kid’s birthday is just so much more fun than my own.

Could be the fact that I’m approaching middle age, but I digress.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 sandwich rolls – I used french bread
  • 1 can of pinto beans, drained + rinsed
  • 2 large radishes, sliced thin
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced – up to you how many seeds you leave in
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Vegan mozz

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Slice your rolls open + drizzle 1 tbsp. of olive oil all over them
  • Bake for 4-5 minutes to get golden
  • Meanwhile, combine radishes + tomatoes + jalapeno + 1/2 the lime juice + S+P
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a sauce pan
  • Add beans + cumin + chili powder + smoked paprika + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes, stirring + mashing occasionally
  • Remove from heat + add remaining lime juice
  • Spread some beans on your rolls + sprinkle with your vegan mozz, bake another 5-6 minutes or until the cheese is melty
  • Serve warm with your radish slaw on top

Recipe from here!