Vegan Crab Cakes with Succotash

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I have been run over by a truck.

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At least that’s what it feels like.

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All of our family was just in town. AND I MEAN ALL OF OUR FAMILY.

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Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of it and wish I could live next door to all of these humans for the rest of my life, but I’m plumb exhausted from entertaining! Choosing dinner locales, coordinating schedules, shopping at the local boutiques and having people spoil me, it just takes a lot out of you! Really, we loved showing everyone around where we live and introducing them all to our pals, but I think I ate at “the” breakfast spot in town more times in the last week than in the entire 1.5 years we have lived here. Another high note – they were all here to celebrate Garr and his work accomplishments, so I liked hanging on his arm and testing various conversation topics and pleasantries I’ll one day use as First Lady.

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Visit capped off with my dad falling down our stairs & possibly breaking some toes & now he keeps threatening to sue us.

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 4 hearts of palm, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked
  • 1 cup of frozen lima beans
  • 1/2 cup of roasted red peppers
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. of onion powder
  • 2 tsp. of lemon pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine chickpeas + celery + jalapeno + 1/2 the breadcrumbs + 1/2 the smoked paprika + 1/2 the garlic powder + 1/2 onion powder + 1/2 lemon pepper + S+P, pulse until well combined
  • Add mix to a bowl + add chopped hearts of palm + some more S+P, combine well
  • Add remaining breadcrumbs to a lil bowl
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil a skillet over medium heat
  • Form chickpea mix into 8 or so patties, dredge in breadcrumbs + add to skillet about 3-4 at a time, cooking for 3-5 minutes per side
  • Once cooked, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet over medium heat
  • Add tomatoes + corn + lima beans + remaining smoked paprika + garlic powder + onion powder + lemon pepper + S+P, cook 7-8 minutes
  • Meanwhile, add roasted red peppers + garlic + remaining olive oil + S+P to a food processor + process until smooth
  • Serve warm cakes on top of succotash with red pepper sauce drizzled on top
  • Make a lil cakey succotash sammie by spreading some sauce on a cake + topping with succotash + placing another cake on top – bite into that sucker like a ham + cheese on white bread!

 

Idea from here!

Spaghetti Squash with Veggies + Tomato Sauce

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WHAT A WEEK AND A HALF, I TELL YOU!

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Your girl has been plumb RUNNING. Not like the exercising kind, though. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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My BFF came to visit for a few days. Then I went home to Memphis for a week. When these two things happen, I lose all self control and morph into the gluttonous creature God intended.

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For example, while out to dinner last Saturday before the Kacey Musgraves concert, I single handedly ate three baskets of chips with salsa. I really wish I was exaggerating. I was in actual pain the next day and resolved to never do that again. Then Monday rolls around and my daddy offers to take me to my favie Mexican restaurant in Memphis. What do I do? WORK on another two baskets of chips. Moral of this story: I LOVE CHIPS. & also I have this problem where I don’t stop eating when I’m full???? It’s not great. How does one just not overeat when there is tasty food in front of one? Like, as a rule, I don’t take home leftovers from restaurants. Not because I’m morally opposed, there are just literally 0 leftovers to take.

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Now I’m home and trying to detox but my stomach is stretched out so lotssss of peanut butter is happening.

 

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved + seeds scooped out
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed + halved
  • 1 carrot, peeled thin with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 zucchini, cut into tiny bits
  • 4 tomatoes off the vine, cut into chunks
  • 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of basil, chiffonaded
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Drizzle spaghetti squash insides with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Arrange on a lined baking sheet, cut side down + stab with a fork a couple times
  • Roast for 40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil
  • Add asparagus + cook 3 minutes, pour into a colander + rinse with cold water
  • Chop roughly into tiny bits
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add zucchini + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add asparagus + carrot + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Remove veggies from the pan
  • Add tomatoes to a food processor + process until smooth
  • Heat remaining olive oil to the skillet over medium heat
  • Add garlic, cook 1 minute
  • Add tomatoes + S+P, bring to a boil, reduce heat + let simmer for about 20 minutes, if a lil thin, add some coconut milk
  • Add basil + crushed red pepper
  • To serve, place some spaghetti squash noodles in a bowl + top with veggies + sauce + pumpkin seeds
  • Gently mix up all of the goodness + use your fork to gingerly twirl the noodles like you’re in an Olive Garden commercial + slurp them down like you’re also at an Olive Garden

Crispy Eggplant + Orange Salad

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Shopping is an activity I detest.

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Unless I’m with my mother and she’s paying, of course.

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But honestly moms just have this innate skill that the Lord infuses in them the moment they conceive. They can choose clothes for their daughter that said daughter would never pick out herself and they turn out to be the daughter’s very favorite clothes.

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I’m simply lost without her shopping guidance. I spent three hours shopping for a dress this weekend. Three hours of my life I could have spent doing 1.8 million other things like bingeing a show, reading a book, exploring a new hobby, learning a new language, working on my excel spreadsheet of America’s top airports, etc. I went to NO JOKE 11 stores. Everything was either a frumpy sack on me or $300. I needed Susan there to dig through the sale bins & pull out the gem among the rocks. And isn’t it the MOST typical that I was shopping v specifically for a dress, so the world conspired against me to put nothing but adorable sweaters in my path? It’s cruel and unusual!

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So, the next best thing – I made her online shop for me & ordered a dress she picked out. Boom.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups of arugula
  • 1 eggplant, peeled + cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of flax meal
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/4 cup of basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 orange, cut into lil pieces
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives, cut in half
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Place eggplant cubes in a colander + sprinkle with some S, coating on the lil cubes – let water release + drain for about 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine spinach + 1 cup of aurugla + basil + pumpkin seeds + nutritional yeast + garlic + S+P, process on low + slowly add in 1/2 cup of olive oil until well combined, refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Add flax meal + 1/2 cup of warm water to a bowl, set aside for a few minutes + add breadcrumbs to another bowl, add red pepper + some S+P to it
  • Pat dry the eggplant cubes, then a few cubes at a time, dip into flax egg bowl + then breadcrumbs, place on a lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, tossing once in the middle of cooking
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a lil skillet over medium heat
  • Add shallot + S+P, cook for 4-5 minutes
  • To serve, arrange some arugula on a plate + top with eggplant + quinoa + orange + olives + shallots + pesto
  • Get a bite of every lil component on your fork + do the same for your sweetie + wrap your arms around each other like you would with champagne + then feed each other until your arms fall asleep