Sushi Bowls

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I have a thing with sushi.

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And not in the normal, upper middle class female sort of way. Like, I can’t handle it.

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Don’t get me wrong. I used to love it. There is this fried sushi roll at this basic as heck place in Memphis that I used to TEAR UP.

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Right when we got to WA, we searched for the best sushi in town and FOUND IT. It was so dope. One night we went out and ordered no joke $100 worth of sushi and just gorged until we puked. No, really, I puked it all up. There is something about seaweed coming back up that just turns you off, ya know?? Since then, I have avoided the little round delights like the plague. But I don’t want to live this way forever! I dream of a world where I’m able to enter my sketchy sushi place in Memphis, dine on a tornado roll and not gag. These bowls were a step in the right direction. One lil sheet of seaweed cut in tiny strips. I only avoided 82% of the strips as I ate these bowls…

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And now I have four more sheets of the stuff & it gawks at me every time I open the pantry.

 

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 3 tbsp. of rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of agave
  • 1 sheet of nori (seaweed)
  • 2 cups of edamame, cooked
  • 1 carrot, shredded with a veggie peeled
  • 1/2 an english cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. of vegan mayo
  • 1/2 a tbsp. of sriracha

How to:

  • Cook rice according to package directions
  • Meanwhile, heat rice vinegar + soy sauce + agave in a lil sauce pan over medium heat + cook until agave is dissolved
  • As rice is almost done cooking, add in vinegar mix + finish cooking
  • Meanwhile, combine mayo + sriracha + refrigerate until you’re ready to use
  • Meanwhile, toast nori in a dry skillet over low-medium heat, flipping once after about 3 minutes, remove + crumble into lil bits
  • To serve, put some rice in a bowl + top with nori bits + edamame + carrot + cucumber + avocado + some sriracha mayo, serve warm or chilled
  • Mix all of that goodness up, grab a pair of chopsticks + count how many chopstick lifts it takes you to finish this meal, my guess is 163

 

 

Adapted from here!

Braised Spinach + Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Like, can we just not with the hurricanes?

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I mean, who has the time?

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Dorian is a lil brat.

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He’s just chilling over the Bahamas, wreaking havoc, leaving the rest of us to wonder where he’s headed next on his quest for destruction. I legit didn’t even know NC was in this bro’s path. I was at tea with pals this weekend and one mentioned prepping for the storm and I was like aca-scuse me? My anxious behind obvio ran straight to the grocery store to stock up on non-perishable foods. Do you know how hard it is to make healthy vegan meals with only canned or boxed goods?! It ain’t great! And of course the grocery was out of bottled water already. These peeps go berserk, man. Like, apparently schools are already closed for Thursday. Ya girl is just over here praying to the good Lord above I don’t lose power & have to sleep in a boiling hot home for nights on end again. (First world problems, I know, OK?!)

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Though I did stock up on some new Bath & Body Works candles because like hurricane prep, duh.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb. of spinach
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • Juice + zest of a lemon
  • 1 14 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Pierce potatoes all over with a fork + roast for an hour
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large rimmed skillet or dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add onion + some S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes + lemon zest + crushed red pepper, cook another 3 minutes
  • Add spinach, one handful at a time, letting each handful wilt slightly
  • Add chickpeas
  • Add coconut milk + lemon juice + S+P, bring to a boil, turn down heat + simmer for 10 minutes
  • Slice open cooled sweet potatoes + top with spinach + chickpea mix, top with cilantro + serve hot
  • Using your fork as a lil shovel, just dig up a scoop of that goodness + slingshot it at your sweetie’s face + give him or her a creepy, soft smile from across the room

 

 

Adapted from here!

 

Lentil + Pineapple Salsa Tacos

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I said this time would be different.

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I wouldn’t fall into the same trap I end up in every few years.

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I’ve grown, I’ve changed, I’m strong.

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Then August 23rd came around and Taylor Swift dropped Lover and all my resolve went out the window. The album is killer, man. I was the first person to tell anyone I talked to about it that I felt like this would be her worst yet. I didn’t like the singles. I wasn’t feeling her ‘tude about the whole thing. I was OK with the idea of this being an off year for her. I listened to the whole thing once through and I was like dagnabit she done made me a liar! It’s so good. It gives me Red vibes which is unarguably her best album of all time and quite possibly won’t be topped. Even the singles I didn’t enjoy as they stood alone sound better when played with the rest of the songs. Why, oh why, is she so good at connecting with twenty-something upper middle class females?!?!?!

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Though I do need to have a talk with her about the v unnecessary Leo lyric in The Man.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 tacos + extra salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1 pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime + the zest
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • S+P, to taste
  • Warm tortillas, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine pineapple + red pepper + red onion + jalapeno + cilantro + olive oil + juice of 1/2 the lime+ S+P, mix well + refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Cook lentils according to package directions
  • Once lentils are just about cooked, mix in remaining lime juice + zest + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika + onion powder + garlic powder + tomato paste + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes until all liquid is absorbed
  • To serve, spread some lentils in a warm tortilla + top with salsa
  • Smear leftover lentils on face for a detoxifying mask + feed yourself chunks of pineapple

 

Adapted from here!