Everything Bagels


Yesterday was my birthday.


I don’t want to talk about it.


I just think I’m done with birthdays. They’re kind of similar to New Year’s Eve celebrations – a lot of anticipation and glitter for just like an OK party, ya know?


To combat the birthday hype, I made some very exciting plans to go on a long walk after work, then make a big pot of pasta and top it with avocados because it’s my birthday and I am wild, and finally sit down with some sad television. Topanga and I get about two steps from the house and she does her business. I go to pick it up because I am a good citizen, and I get poop on my bare hands. K I’m done walking. I shake it off (literally) and make my pasta. I cut open not one, but two, TWO avocados to find they were both bad. What kind of a sick joke is this??? Fine, I’ll eat avocado-less pasta, boring, but fine. I watch the finale of This Is Us, have an excellent cry and am prepared for more. I get halfway through A Walk to Remember and it skips. I miss all of the good stuff. I’m forced to end my birthday watching the greatest horror movie of the 1900’s – My Best Friend’s Wedding.


I did, however, start my birthday with a homemade bagel and was reminded I keep getting more impressive with age.


Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 8 bagels


  • 3 1/2 cups of bread flour
  • 2 tsp. of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • Salt
  • Everything bagel seasoning

How to:

  • Combine yeast + warm water + sugar in a bowl, let activate for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine flour + a pinch of salt
  • Once activated, mix your yeasty water (ew) into flour
  • Knead your dough for a solid 5 minutes
  • Wrap in a kitchen towel + let rise for 1 hour
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Once risen, bring a pot of water to a boil + add pinch of salt + baking soda
  • Cut your dough into 8 pieces
  • Roll in smooth ball, pat down on flat surface, stick your finger in the middle + lift the bagel through + start to form it into a bagel shape, repeat with all 8 pieces
  • Now, two at a time, drop the bagels in the boiling water
  • Cook for 3 minutes, flip + cook another 3
  • Remove + place on a lined baking sheet
  • Top with everything seasoning
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes, check + see if they are starting to get golden, might need a few more minutes
  • Remove, cool + serve with desired toppings
  • Build bagel tower + admire your creation + bulldoze with mouth


Followed this recipe!


Salsa Verde Chilaquiles


I really strive to be a likable vegan.


There’s a meme I come across all the time (probably because I stalk the vegan hashtag, hmm…) about how you can tell if someone is vegan because they won’t shut up about being vegan. Becoming this meme is my worst nightmare.


I purposefully try NOT to bring up my diet in conversation, so as not to annoy others. I’m not a vegan crusader. I’m not trying to change the world. I just want to feel good. (Perhaps I should have more ambition, hmm…)


Despite my best efforts at playing coy, peeps are so darn CURIOUS about it! Once they confirm I’m not protein deficient, they really want to know more. Why did I do it? Do I eat fish? What do I consider an animal product? It’s not until they realize I no longer eat cheese that I start to hear audible gasps. For those considering taking the plunge, I ask them, “can you really live without chicken nuggets?” This is where I lose them.


Is blogging about being vegan the same as talking about being vegan and therefore make me comparable to the meme I so fear? Hmm…



Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4


  • 1 package of tempeh, cubed
  • 12 corn tortillas, cut in triangles
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 onion, 1/2 diced + the other roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 4 tomatillos, washed + rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, + more for serving
  • 1 lime
  • S+P, to taste
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Tomatoes, for serving


How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange tortilla triangles on a baking sheet, bake 15 minutes, toss ’em around, bake another 5-10 or until crisp to your desire, remove + set aside
  • Meanwhile, add tomatillos + 1 jalapeno to a baking dish
  • Place in the oven for as long as your chips take, flipping ’em once in the middle of cooking, remove + let cool
  • Once cool, halve your tomatillos + chop up the jalapeno
  • Add those + 1/2 of the onion (the rough chopped half) + 2 tbsp. of garlic + cilantro + juice of 1 lime + S+P to a food processor, pulse until smooth to your liking, set aside
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add tempeh, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add soy sauce + garlic powder + S+P, cook another 1-2 minutes
  • Add nutritional yeast, cook another minute, remove from pan
  • Heat remaining olive oil in the skillet
  • Add the rest of the onion + some S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add red pepper + other jalapeno + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add spinach + S+P, cook another minute
  • To assemble, add some of chips in the skillet, stir + coat with some of the salsa + tempeh, repeat with more chips + salsa + tempeh until your layered + coated to your liking
  • Top with cilantro + tomatoes + avocado + serve hot
  • Scamper to a dark corner with your skillet + curl self into ball + secretly eat every bite with your grubby hands


Adapted from Thug Kitchen!

Red Beans + Coconut-Lime Rice


Happy International Women’s Day, my comrades!


Honestly, I did not realize the other 364 days of the year are for men, but I will accept any and all excuses to celebrate myself!


I’d like to take the time to share some of the reasons females are the best:


1) We are, like, incredibly empathetic 2) We drop everything and run to be with those we love when they need us 3) We are super duper resilient – like break our hearts, silly boys, and we will come out on the other end more goddess-like ever 4) We are the most beautiful, talented people in the whole world – i.e. Kate Winslet, Adele, my mom, my bff, etc. 5) We have a secret intuition that can sniff out BS accurately 98% of the time 6) We literally expel human life from our bodies.


7) We can go much longer without showering than men can.



Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6


  • 2 cups of brown rice, rinsed + uncooked
  • 2 cups of cooked red beans (or two cans, but you should give fresh beans a try sometime!)
  • 1 mango, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 4 shallots, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Green onion, for serving
  • Toasted pepitas, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add shallots + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add ginger + cook another minute
  • Add rice + stir to coat, toast for 2 minutes
  • Add coconut milk + 3 cups of water + cayenne pepper + S+P, bring to a simmer
  • Reduce heat, cover + cook for about 45 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has absorbed
  • When tender, fold in beans + lime juice + lime zest + mango, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Serve hot with cilantro + green onion + pepitas
  • Gift a bowl to a friend who is feeling under the weather because it has been proven by me that rice + beans cure 86% of maladies


Recipe adapted from Thug Kitchen!