Mango Chile Lime Salad

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I am a nomad, a wanderer, an earth child, one with mother nature.

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Perhaps a little extreme, but I do feel akin to an adult Dora the Explorer these days.

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We went to Asheville, NC this weekend and bopped around. Every single time we go to a new city, I am reminded that I am my best self when traveling for fun. Allow to overshare.

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One – because I know I’m going to get some fresh selfies with my boo thing. Two – I LOVE going to places where there is 0 chance I’m going to run into any human being I have ever encountered. Can you say liberating?! Three – I get to debut new outfits to an entirely new audience. Strangers are the only people I trust. Four – I like pretending to be a local wherever I go and acting like I have a clue what I’m doing. For instance, when exiting an establishment and heading to the next, one must always be prepared to immediately turn left or right. Do not lolly gag outside of the place of business asking your travel bud where to go. FAKE IT UNTIL YOU FIND SOMETHING KEWL. Five – all the new tastes in my mouth from all of the delightful, local restaurants. If you travel and go to the Chili’s….we need to have a conversation. I just love traveling around the hunk of land we call America with my man. Even better that we get to live all over the doggone place and move every couple of years to get a feel for everything. I really am obsessed with not knowing where we’re going to be next or for how long.

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Unless they send us to the middle of nowhere Iowa or something, then I’m OUT.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe mango
  • Juice of 1 orange + zest of 1/2
  • 3 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of sweet chili paste
  • 2 tbsp. of cilantro
  • Arugula
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine mango + orange juice + zest + lemon juice + vinegar + ginger + chili paste + cilantro + S+P, process until smooth
  • To assemble salad, arrange arugula on a plate + top with some red onion + some cherry tomatoes + some pumpkin seeds + some quinoa + some avocado + drizzle with dressing, repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Serve chilled
  • Pick up a fork in each hand + scoop together large heap, slingshot at face as if your mouth is the bullseye

 

Salad dressing adapted from here!

Egg Roll Bowls

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I’ve had a disturbing realization.

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Rather, it’s come to my attention that there are human beings out there in our very own world that are not motivated by food?

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I’m sorry, so like…what do you live for?

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Every single one of my days is measured in food. I live one meal to the next. My next meal is what keeps me motivated to keep going through the day. Right now as I’m writing this, I’m thinking about how tasty my breakfast is going to be tomorrow. And all other meals are planned. Any time I venture outside of my house, snacks are packed. When I travel, I have to be sure I know when and where I’ll be having my meals. Food just rules me. And I love it. Up until now, I just assumed we were all like this….???? Apparently this is not the case and I am FLOORED. No joke, there are people out there who just *forget* to eat. Literally have never done that one day in my life for any meal. What do people think about all day if not the food they will soon enjoy? What do they spend their time looking at on the interwebs if not restaurant reviews and recipes? What does it mean for someone to not be a “foodie?” How do I respond to that? How can I help these people?

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Tbh I think they’re probably too far gone for even medical attention.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of ginger, minced
  • 1/2 head of purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup of carrots, cut in match sticks
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut in tiny florets
  • 1 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Green onion, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Rice, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a wok over medium heat
  • Add onion, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add cabbage + carrots + mushrooms + broccoli + crushed red pepper, cook 6-7 minutes
  • Add soy sauce, cook another 2 minutes
  • Serve hot over rice with green onion + sesame seeds + avocado
  • Pretend like you are on an episode of Chopped + have to transform all the ingredients to pulse them in a blender + serve to pals in smoothie form

Green Soyrizo Quesadillas

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I started a book club!

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My mother and aunt are the only members. I am 95 years old and these are the types of things I find fun.

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They kicked off the club with stellar picks. Like, we were all gushing over the first two books.

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Then it’s Rachel’s turn to pick. Haven’t we all learned by now not to put me in charge of anything? I have like 12 books in my bedside table waiting to be devoured. So I, of course, want to choose one I already have vs. buying something new. I share a couple of options with them. Apparently Les Mis and Pride and Prejudice were not super attractive reads to them???? Idk. I didn’t want to go with something too dark and serious or anything set in freaky dystopian society because we were on kind of a light train. I was reading my audience! So I chose one by the same author we had just finished reading, thinking well we loved the first one, this will be a safe, crowd pleasing choice. Wrong-o. This sis must have taken some writing courses in between this book and the one we just read or something because this book is just not good. I was trying to convince myself and my fam otherwise with positive thoughts like, “Oh, it got so much better when I got to this part!” I get a text from my mom last night that reads, “I’m struggling with this and can’t wait until I finish it.”

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Fine, you people are getting Tolstoy next!

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole wheat soft taco tortillas
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 1 poblano, diced
  • 1 tomatillo, washed + diced
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat skillet over medium heat
  • Add soyrizo, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add poblano + tomatillo + green chiles, cook another 3-4 minutes or until done
  • Remove from the pan
  • Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Remove veggies
  • In a bowl, mash avocado + add lime juice + S+P
  • Turn heat down slightly in the pan + add a tbsp. of olive oil
  • Spread some avo on a tortilla + drop it in the pan
  • Top with soyrizo + onion + peppers
  • Spread more avo on another tortilla + place it avo side down on the toppings, cook about 2 minutes
  • Flip + cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Remove + repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Cut with a pizza cutter + serve warm
  • Like a game of tetris, twist mouth + quesadilla into various shapes until an entire dilla fits perfectly inside your pie hole