Grilled Squash Pitas

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I am a potato.

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That’s the only explanation for my actions.

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Friday night, I was working on a personal project and wanted something mindless on in the background so I didn’t have to pay much attention.

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Usually, this is when I go to ole faithful, The Office, but for WHATEVER reason I was feeling like something different. Big mistake. I landed on whatever season of Married at First Sight is out on Netflix. Now, I’ve seen the first season of this and loved it, but I guess just haven’t had the channel it comes on since. The premise is…exactly what it sounds like. Four couples legit get married at first sight and have 8 weeks to try and make it work before they decide to get a divorce or stay together. BRILLIANT television. Anyways, I settle in and get back to work. I am slick HOOKED. I stayed up until AFTER 9pm (unheard of) to finish an episode and thought of nothing all night except getting back to my couch so I could watch. So, naturally, I spent Saturday and Sunday watching all 16 hour long episodes……I’m not proud of my choices.

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However, I AM proud that I also got Garrett hooked and invested in all of the couples. So much so when he had to go into work Sunday, he was like, “Are you really going to watch without me?” Yes, yes, I am.

 

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4 pitas

Ingredients:

  • 3 yellow squash, sliced thin lengthwise
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 english cucumber, half sliced thin + other half shredded using a cheese grater
  • Arugula, for serving
  • 1 cup of dairy free, plain yogurt – I use an almond milk variety
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3-4 pitas, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine yogurt + shredded cucumber + lemon juice + garlic + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, set in the refrigerator until ready to serve
  • Meanwhile, preheat a grill
  • Arrange your squash flat + drizzle with remaining olive oil + some S+P
  • Grill squash for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender
  • Warm pita on grill, too
  • To serve, spread tzatziki on pita+ top with squash + cucumber slices + tomatoes + arugula
  • Fold + pretend your pie hole is a train station + its the pita train’s next stop

 

Inspired by this!

Mushroom Fajitas with Arugula + Pecan Salad

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I have made a grave error.

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I asked my husband to train me and whip my behind into shape.

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I already regret my decision.

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I’ve gotten this *workout* buzz about 4 times since we’ve been married, I’d say. I last maybe three weeks and then call it quits after I lose two pounds and see some lil muscles forming. THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT. Yes, I’ve said this before, but I really actually think I might possibly be a little more motivated this go round! I’ve done just over a week of his daily workouts. I am sore all over and would prefer to get around via wheelchair right now, but alas. I’m also counting my macros which I actually hate more than the working out. I didn’t need a lil app to tell me I eat more carbs than I should – I KNOW, OK, IT’S CALLED AN ADDICTION AND I’M WORKING ON IT.

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I weighed out my peanut butter snack the other day and learned I have been eating 1230958x an appropriate amount……………..

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 can of black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 white onion, slice thin
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 1 cup of toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil + 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • Tortillas, for serving
  • Brown rice, for serving

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add green pepper, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add mushrooms + cumin + chili powder + S+P, cook 5-7 minutes
  • Add black beans + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine arugula + pecans + jalapenos + juice of 1/2 a lime + 1/4 cup of olive oil + S+P in a bowl
  • To serve, arrange some mushroom mix in a warm tortilla + top with arugula + serve with extra lime + brown rice
  • Locate the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids device + shrink yourself to fajita size + curl up in tortilla + nap in between the goodness

 

Adapted from here!

 

Fig Jam Pizza

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I wish I was 13 years old again and my greatest joy in life was learning a new cheat code in The Sims.

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I wasn’t a cool 13-year-old, OK?

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If I could calculate it, I’d likely discover I spent the better part of my adolescence behind a giant Dell computer screen making fictional families comprised of me, my school crushes and lots of children with my favorite names at the time – Juliet, Katarina, Trevor, etc.

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I’d build extravagant houses and paint all of the walls hot pink and lime green and fill the backyard with like 6 hot tubs. My character’s career path was ALWAYS music and I mastered the guitar in like 3 days and painted in my spare time. I always made my husband (better known as my 7th grade flavor of the week) a doctor and when, in real life, I decided I was totally over him and/or he got a girlfriend (more likely the case), I would make him cheat on me in the game so I could slap him and kick him out. Learning healthy relationship skills from the jump.

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The best was when I’d get bored with a family so I’d put them all in the house, remove the doors and watch them go nuts.

 

 

Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 pizza

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of figs, ends trimmed + sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine figs + sugar, coat + let sit for 15 minutes, stirring occassionally
  • Transfer figs to a pot + add lemon juice + 1 cup of water, bring to a boil
  • Turn heat down a bit, let simmer for 40-45 minutes, until jam is sticky + runny to your desire
  • If you want chunks, leave as is, if not, turn off heat + blend with an immersion blender
  • Transfer to a mason jar + refrigerate
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 + heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion slice + S+P, let caramelize for 8-10 minutes, remove from pan
  • On a pizza crust, spread some jam + top with onion
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp to your desire
  • Top with arugula + serve warm
  • Put a slice atop your head + run into the streets chanting “I gotta pizza on my head, but don’t call me a pizza head”

 

Fig jam adapted from here!