Roasted Root Veggies + Chipotle BBQ

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Well it’s the most wonderful time of every 2-3 years.

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The time when Leonardo DiCaprio graces us with a new award-worthy performance in a major motion picture.

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It’s been an especially long four years for me, personally, since The Revenant. While we finally got our Oscar, it left a little something to be desired as far as him really getting to highlight his range, ya know?? Hanging out in a horse carcass is kewl and all, but I want a little more from him.

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Despite it being a Quentin Tarantino film, I was so super jazzed for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. That cast? I mean, come on. Star-studded! Even from the trailer, you can tell the sets and wardrobe are a visual delight. Using my dazzling snaggletoothed smile and underwhelming wit, I convince my husband who detests going to the movies more than any activity under the sun to go see this flick with me. We make it an event with a large popcorn and everything. We settle into these dope recliners and I’m ready for movie magic. While my baby boo delivered a performance I contend will earn him several nominations even *fingers crossed* a win or two and he and Brad made the cutiest pair of all time like I’d watch them watching paint dry, I was underwhelmed with the plot. I mean, it was entertaining, but I just can’t get behind QT’s perspective on things I suppose. Something about the blood, guts & gore just doesn’t jive with me???

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Why can’t L just do like a sweet romantic comedy opposite Kate Winslet once in a while?

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 beets, peeled + chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled + chopped
  • 2 cups of baby rainbow carrots, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup of agave
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of chipotle peppers in adobo + 1 tsp. of the adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp. of soy sauce
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Quinoa, for serving
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Arrange brussels + beets on a lined baking sheet + parsnips + carrots + onion on another
  • Drizzle each with a tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Roast brussels + beets on bottom + other veggies on top, stirring both once after 20 minutes, bake parsnips + friends for another 10 + brussels + beets another 15-20 or until crisp to your desire
  • Meanwhile, combine tomato puree + agave + vinegar + peppers + soy sauce in a sauce pan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 10 minutes
  • To serve, top some quinoa with veggies + drizzle with bbq sauce
  • Mix all that goodness + slop up that grub + make some oinks in between bites, embracing the inner piggy in all of us

Pesto Cauliflower with Butter Beans + Blistered Tomatoes

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I think I had my first hot flash.

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At 28. Is that even possible?

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Farewell, cruel world. I’m out.

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I’m getting ready for bed two nights ago and all of a sudden I am overcome with heat. Like I can feel my scalp get hot and start to dampen. My cheeks flush. I feel like I am going to burst out of my skin. I accuse Garrett of turning off the air and/or poisoning me. I’m like running around the house trying to figure out what is happening to make me so hot. Air is working, fan is on, everything is normal. It’s me. I’m just boiling from the inside out. These are just as terrible as Diane Keaton has always told us. I’m sorry, I simply won’t survive anymore of these. I hope someone is working on a menopause pill that allows us to bypass these symptoms. I only calmed down after ripping off all my clothes and standing in front of the oscillating fan for 20 minutes while contemplating aging and my mortality. It was a dark day.

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I’ve tried to since convince myself it was just the summer heat and I’m a delicate southern belle who must be fanned and tended to with iced teas and fresh hankies to dab at my sweaty brow.

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 can of butter beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, rinsed + halved
  • 1 cup of basil
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine basil + spinach + walnuts + nutritional yeast + 1 tbsp. of garlic + lemon juice + S+P
  • Process while drizzling in 1/3 cup of olive oil until smooth
  • Thin with a little water if necessary
  • In a bowl, toss cauliflower with half of the pesto
  • Arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Bake 30-35 minutes, tossing once, until browned to your desire
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add beans + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add sundried tomatoes + crushed red pepper, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from pan
  • Add tomatoes to hot skillet with S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • To serve, arrange some cauli on a plate + top with beans + tomatoes + remaining pesto
  • On your plate, create a cauli road for you to traipse down with your scarecrow friend + find magical adventure + fun

Miso Buddha Bowls

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Isn’t marriage all about sharing or something?

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Like, isn’t that in one of the rule books?

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While it took me a while to come to terms with sharing all of my things with another human (only child probs), I’ve finally come around.

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I thought it especially applied to simple things like the household groceries. I mean, we buy these with our joint funds. What’s mine is yours type thing, right? APPARENTLY NOT, PEOPLE. Ya girl was aboard the struggle bus tonight figuring out what to whip up for dinner seeing as all the blog meals I made this weekend vanished before my very eyes in mere hours. My options were really limited. I trolled through the freezer looking for some frozen veggies to bring to life. I saw a lil bag of frozen sweet taters & thought AHA I will mix this with some black beans, cauliflower gnocchi, carrots and an avocado. Because isn’t that immediately what you would think, too??? Anyways, it turned out p good, I was proud. I’m nomming away when Garr, digging through the freezer goes, “Where are my sweet potatoes?” ………

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And now I’m gorging on the communal peanut butter that he also eats every night and we’re down to like two bites left & we have three more days until grocery day. Selfless love.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped into cubes
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 package of tempeh, cubed
  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 package of cremini mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp. of miso
  • 4 tbsp. of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. of agave
  • 1/2 cup of tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of madras curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. of turmeric
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange sweet potatoes on a lined baking sheet + chickpeas on a second lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp. of olive oil on each + sprinkle with some S+P. Add the curry to the chickpeas
  • Bake both for 25 minutes, with taters on the bottom, tossing each once in the middle of cooking
  • Meanwhile, once your quinoa is cooked, add S+P + 1 tbsp. of turmeric, fluff + set to the side
  • In a bowl, combine 1 tbsp. of miso + 1 tbsp. of soy sauce + 1 tbsp. of agave + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, add in cubed tempeh + coat
  • Cook in a skillet over medium heat until browned to your desire, about 7-8 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining miso + 2 tbsp. of soy sauce + rice wine vinegar + remaining agave + a lil water to thin
  • Add sweet potatoes to this bowl, + coat
  • Meanwhile, combine tahini + lemon juice + garlic + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, mix well adding a lil water to thin as necessary, refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Next, heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add mushrooms + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add spinach + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes or until wilted
  • Finally, add cashews to a small skillet + toast on medium, stirring constantly
  • Add remaining soy sauce + cook another 2-3 minutes until absorbed
  • Once cool, chop
  • To serve, combine quinoa + sweet potatoes + chickpeas + tempeh + spinach mix + cashews, drizzle with tahini dressing
  • Mix all that goodness up + go to nom nom town, population you, cool guy