Peanut Butter + Pretzel Crepes

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So how can the government just be, like, ~shut down~?

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Don’t we elect these officials to govern?

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Isn’t that a little hard to do when the elected officials shut down the government…?

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Perhaps I’m simplifying things. I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t believe in them, as a rule. I just wonder what our representatives are doing up there in DC this last, I don’t know, month or so? I imagine them roping off little sections of the Capitol for various game stations. There’s obviously a poker table with a professional dealer and  those little see through poker visors. Then there are your classics – Monopoly, Scrabble, Operation, etc. For those inclined to keep the mind agile during the shutdown, there are puzzles and crosswords, too. For our more active ladies and gents, there’s a couple of Twister mats and Bop-Its. They’ve gotta pass the time somehow.

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Honestly, I wonder if they could use some of the funds they’re saving not paying federal employees and pay to live stream this thing.

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 cups of flax milk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 6 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of pretzels, crumbled
  • 1 pint of raspberries, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of pure cane sugar

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine flour + brown sugar + baking powder + milk + extract + olive oil, mix well
  • Heat a large skillet sprayed with nonstick oil over medium heat
  • Meanwhile, combine raspberries + lemon juice + sugar + 2 tbsp. of water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, reduce + simmer for a few minutes, remove from heat
  • Strain raspberry sauce if you don’t want seeds, but it won’t be as thick that way
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of batter at a time, spreading it in a thin, layer all around the bottom of the pan, cook 2-3 minutes, flip + cook another 2 minutes, remove + repeat with batter
  • To serve, spread 1 tbsp. of peanut butter on one half of the crepe + top with a handful of pretzel crumbles + top with a lil raspberry drizzle, roll up + top with more raspberry drizzle, serve warm, room temp or cold
  • Grab a couple of these handheld babies + do the hokey pokey all around the kitchen

 

Crepe batter from here!

Cauliflower Soup

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Am I the last human on planet earth who enjoys grocery shopping?

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I’ve certainly gotta be the last millennial to write out a grocery list on PAPER and spend my precious time physically walking through a store picking out my own groceries using the dangly limbs hanging off of my body.

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I just find it so therapeutic. Moseying through the aisles armed with my re-usable produce bags and a plan. It’s thrilling.

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Errbody be doing these apps where the grocery store peeps bag the groceries and bring them to the cart for them. Perhaps it’s my deep-rooted trust issues, but I could never allow a stranger to pick out my produce! First, there is the issue of hygiene. I’m sure the grocery store employs fine, showered people, but I just can’t be sure those mitts are clean. Also, do these apps allow you to apply notes with your selections? Like, if I need 8 avocados, can I specify I need 2 super ripe ones and 6 others that are like straight from the tree? Are they required to consult the expiration dates or do they pass the slightly fuzzy berries on the app shoppers? Once they bring the food to my car, do I get to squeeze and sniff all of it before I’m stuck with it? I can’t be expected to drive off with any ‘ole avocado! I just have a lot of questions.

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Though I would avoid debacles like this weekend when I left a bag full of onions and eggplants at the checkout, got home, threw away the receipt, took out the trash and THEN realized I did not have said onions and eggplants.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil + more for serving (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup of capers, patted dry
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro for serving

How to:

  • Preheat broiler
  • Arrange cauliflower on two lined baking sheets + drizzle each with a tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Place on the middle oven rack + broil for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat another tbsp. of olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add all but a lil bit of the cauliflower (this is to top your soups with + give a lil texture), toss + cook for 2 minutes
  • Add 6 cups of water + crushed red pepper + S+P, bring to a boil, lower heat + simmer for 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a lil skillet over medium heat
  • Add the dry capers + cook for 2-3 minutes, remove + let cool
  • Turn soup off heat + blend with an immersion blender until smooth + creamy
  • Serve warm with cauliflower bits + capers + cilantro + a lil extra oil if desired
  • Slurp this puppy down + lick the bowl clean like the filthy mongrel you really are

Adobo Jackfruit Nachos

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Marie Kondo has already won 2019 and we’re like two weeks in.

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What a shining beacon of light that little woman is in this dark world of ours.

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If I had that machine from Honey! I Shrunk the Kids, she would be the FIRST person I zap so I can keep her in my pocket and take her with me everywhere I go to remind me to find joy in all of the things.

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If y’all haven’t watched her Tidying Up show on Netflix, get on it! It’s inspiring. Marie goes into these unorganized, semi-disgusting homes and helps these peeps get their act together. She has this incredibly tedious clothes folding method that takes literally triple the amount of time, but the clothes look like the cutest lil packages, so of course I spent my entire Sunday Marie Kondoing my drawers. She also says to clean out your closet by putting all the clothes in a pile and then picking each item up one by one and talking to it a lil and seeing if it sparks joy. Normally, I would make fun of this, but she could tell me to sell all my wordly possessions and devote my life to bank robbery and as long as she says it in her lil giggly voice, I would instantly be like, yes, wow, will do immediately.

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I’m not down with her 30 book minimum, though, someone has gotta talk some sense into that woman.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of jackfruit, drained + chopped
  • 1 7oz. can of chipotle chilis in adobo
  • 1 tsp. of liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 russet potato, washed, peeled + cubed
  • 2 carrots, washed, peeled + sliced
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of turmeric
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced thin
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Lime juice, for serving
  • Chips
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Bring potato + carrot to a boil in a lil pot of salted boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, let sit for a few minutes
  • Remove potato + carrot from pot + add to a food processor
  • Add 1 cup of the cooking water + nutritional yeast + lemon juice + apple cider vinegar + onion powder + garlic powder + turmeric + S+P, blend until smooth + combined, add a lil more cooking water if it’s too thick, adjust seasoning to taste
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add 1/2 the red onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add jackfruit + S+P, cook another 5-6 minutes
  • Add all the adobo sauce you can get out of the chipotle chili in adobo can + liquid smoke, simmer + cook for another 5-6 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a large cast iron skillet, spray nonstick oil
  • Spread a layer of tortilla chips evenly + top with jackfruit + beans + remaining onion + jalapeno + a lil of your cheese sauce
  • Bake 10 minutes
  • Remove + top with more cheese sauce + tomatoes + avocado + cilantro + drizzle with lime juice
  • Serve warm
  • Bring pan of nachos into living room +  eat the entire pan whilst watching football + yelling at the referees + throwing some chips at the screen when they make bad calls

 

Cheese sauce adapted from here!