Roasted Red Pepper + Broccoli Risotto

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Christmas tree is up, stockings are hung and a dozen holiday-scented candles are lit. Christmas time is here!

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I love how the holiday season reminds us of what’s really important.

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Like my uncanny resemblance to the Grinch.

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We relate on a really cerebral level, it’s just deep, man. Minus the anti-Christmas sentiments, we are practically twins. The secret language with our animals, the social anxiety, the love of raw onion, the motivation to publicly receive awards, it’s all there. Plus, I, too, have a standing 4 o’clock appointment to wallow in self-pity. I’m watching the movie now and he just said, “What if it’s a cruel prank? What if it’s a cash bar?” These are literally the only two things that cross my mind when I’ve been invited to a party or event.

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Also, I can do a near-perfect impersonation of the Grinch smile and it is a real crowd pleaser.

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of arborio rice
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock
  • 3 red peppers, tops lopped off
  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut in florets
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast + more for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange peppers on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Arrange the broccoli florets on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Roast veggies for 20 minutes, toss, roast another 10, remove broccoli, stir peppers again, cook until blackened on almost all sides
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add rice, stir to coat + toast for a minute
  • Turn down heat to low-med, add wine, stir + let rice absorb
  • Add stock, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly until each ladle full is absorbed, repeat until rice is tender, about 40 minutes
  • Once peppers are cool, remove skin + chop peppers up
  • Once rice is tender, add roasted veggies + nutritional yeast + crushed red pepper + some S+P
  • Serve warm with some extra nutritional yeast
  • Roll up leftovers into lil balls + hang from your tree for a lil extra pizazz this Christmas

Thai Green Curry

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Mmmm ahhhhhh. I feel truly revitalized.

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Refreshed, restored, reinvigorated, revived, (there are a lot of R words that mean the same thing) ready to take on anything.

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All it took was a little SEAHAWKS FOOTBALL, BABAY!

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Like 7 months ago when we were still in WA and feeling super sorry for ourselves for having to leave the best place in the world, we bought Seahawks at Panthers tickets for way too much money. It just needed to happen. Too much Seahawks gear had been purchased to sit in these North Carolina closets and rot! Oh, it was just such a perfect day. Charlotte is a neat-o little city and we found good food and frolicked all over the place and only ended up in one college bar where we quickly discovered we officially do NOT look like college kids anymore. PLUS, the Seahawks actually won a football game… What did I do to deserve such sweet happiness?

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We also didn’t get kicked out of the stadium for harassing other patrons so winning.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 cup of haricot verts, ends trimmed
  • 1 zucchini, quartered
  • 1 yellow squash, quartered
  • 1 cup of thai green curry sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil, chiffonaded
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Rice, for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add ginger + garlic, cook another minute
  • Add butternut squash + haricot verts + zucchini + squash + crushed red pepper + S+P,  cook for 6-7 minutes
  • Add green curry sauce, cook 2-3 minutes
  • Add coconut milk + 1/2 a cup of water, bring to a lil boil, turn down heat + let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Turn off heat, stir in basil + lime juice + soy sauce
  • Serve hot over warm rice
  • Set the table + sit down with a cloth napkin + slurp this bad boy down like the fancy feline you are

 

Adapted from here!

 

Lentil Loaf

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I wish you all could be in my kitchen with me on blog meal making days.

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My husband would strongly advise against it, but I think it would really give you a glimpse at the real ~me~.

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It’s basically just a lot of organized chaos minus any semblance of organization.

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I’m such a neat and tidy person in all other areas of my life. But when the weekend rolls around and I step into my kitchen ready to do WORK, all rules fly out the window. First of all, I look reallllyyyyy cute while cooking. My best sweats are on, hair on top of my head, and I’ve found wiping food on my clothes vs. a rag or paper towel is highly efficient and better for the environment. Beyond that, there is food on every surface, cutting boards all over the place, pots & pans are bubbling and occasionally overflowing, and a perfect trail of crumbs will lead you from the kitchen to my photo station every daggum time. I’m a monster! There is no such thing as cleaning as you go in these circumstances. It’s all about survival. Garrett has literally had to start busying himself while I’m working on recipes. Like, leave the house. He cannot handle the leaning tower of dirty dishes I construct in record breaking times.

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Once it’s safe for Garrett to return home, I always tell him what I’ve made and without fail his response is, “OMG, that sounds disgusting, when can I put it in my mouth?”

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dry lentils, rinsed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled + sliced thin
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. of BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of ranch seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of chipotle chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Ketchup

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook lentils according to package directions, drain
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add carrots + celery + red bell pepper + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • In a food processor, combine lentils + sauteed veggies + breadcrumbs + oats + tomato paste + BBQ sauce + soy sauce + parsley + crushed red pepper + cumin + oregano + ranch seasoning + chipotle chili powder, process until well combined
  • Spray a loaf pan with nonstick seasoning
  • Spread your lentil mix in an even layer in the loaf pan
  • Bake 40 minutes
  • Spread with some ketchup + bake for another 10 minutes
  • Serve hot w/ favie sides
  •  If feeling full of sorrow, feel empowered to drown them in as many helpings of lentil loaf it takes to feel happy + whole

 

Recipe adapted from here!