Kimchi Quesadillas

We’re about to go on our first vacations as a family of 3.

And what should be an exciting time has suddenly left me panic stricken.

I was really doing fine about it. Excited, all that. Then it hit me tonight during Lou’s bath.

What will I bathe her in on the road?!?! Do we trust the cleanliness of hotel tubs? Like can I in good conscience put my baby’s bare bottom in a tub where strangers’ dirty feet have walked??? My skin is CRAWLING. This then led me to – what do I need to pack for her? What do I pack her things IN? Do babies need their own luggage sets? This has just really opened up a lot of unknowns for me.

Not to mention our first family vacation is to a winery. What are we even thinking?!?!?!

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. kimchi
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/4 cup of vegan cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded + minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add black beans + chili powder + S+P, cook, mashing a little, for 3-4 minutes, remove from heat
  • Lay a tortilla flat + top one side with beans + kimchi + some of the jalapeno + cheese
  • Heat another tbsp. of olive oil in the skillet
  • Fold over quesadilla + place one side into hot skillet, cook for 3-4 minutes, flip + cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Repeat with other quesadilla
  • Meanwhile, combine sour cream + remaining jalapeno (should be about half of the pepper) + juice of 1/2 the lime + S+P
  • Serve quesadillas warm with jalapeno sour cream + remaining lime wedges

Adapted from here!

Vegan Buffalo Meatballs

I’m hoping this is my last blog post.

At least for a little while, you can’t get rid of me completely, idiots!

Our little girl is due on Sunday! And despite me being convinced this entire month she was coming early, she is really making us work for it.

I started maternity leave this week and am just soaking up this quiet time before the imminent chaos. I should probably keep reading our baby book or watching YouTube videos about how to actually care for this child. Instead, I keep finding random things to clean. Today, for instance, I cleaned out the refrigerator and then pulled up all of the air vents & cleaned their insides, too. Oh, then I magic erased some walls. Very productive, if I do say so myself.

I may not know how to care for this child, but at least she has a clean place to come home to!

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 dozen meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, riced
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. of flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of buffalo sauce
  • Greens, for serving

How to:

  • In a small bowl, combine flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp. of water, mix + set aside for a few minutes
  • In a bowl, combine cauliflower + quinoa + cilantro + flour + breadcrumbs + flax eggs + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Form mixture into about a dozen meatballs + fry up on all sides
  • Repeat with remaining oil + meatballs
  • Place in a dish + douse in buffalo sauce
  • Serve atop your greens
  • Allow this to count as your workout for the day with the amount of sweating you’re bound to do

Meatballs adapted from here!

Fingerling Potato Salad

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So…. how we feeling, everybody?!

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Hopefully, you are quarantined, chilling, maxing & relaxing, & washing the heck out of your hands!

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We are going to get through this, my people.

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Because I practically live the quarantine life 100% of the time, I thought I could provide some tips that help me not go stir crazy. First, develop crippling social anxiety that makes the thought of leaving your house to hang out with friends paralyzing. If you’re not able to do that, FaceTime some different pals every night! Next, pick up a new hobby like stalking every move of The Bachelor franchise stars. If that’s not your thing, maybe read some nice books! Lastly, order your husband to do all sorts of chores you have been putting off around the house. If he refuses, consider doing them yourself!

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Hope these help. I’m here for you!!!

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cookjng) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of fingerling potatoes, washed + quartered
  • 2 cups of greens, spinach + kale used here
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of stone ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil
  • Gently add taters + boil until tender, about 8 or so minutes
  • In a large boil, add greens + lemon juice + some S, massage a lil
  • Whisk together mustard + olive oil + garlic powder + S+P
  • Add warm, drained potatoes to the bowl with the greens + add mustard, stir well
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Eat a bunch of taters for dinner like I did, your lil tummy pooch will keep you warm

 

Adapted from here!