Butternut Squash Chili

I really need a hobby.

Because my phone storage cannot handle me being Lou’s personal photographer/videographer.

Literally all I do is take 235 photos & videos of her doing the exact same mundane thing each day.

And I love every minute of it. And I hope my friends do, too, because I send them to everyone. People are probably like, “Oh, great, another photo of Rachel’s baby laying in her pack n play sucking on her pacifier, excellent.” I’m sorry, I really cannot help I birthed the world’s cutest baby. It’s a blessing & a curse! I can’t keep this cuteness to myself. She must be shared with the world! She’s been here for 6 weeks & I swear I have no fewer than 1,000 photos. I went to the doctor today & it took everything in me not to just shove my phone in everyone’s faces and say, “SEE, see what I made!”

Now how do I get her face on a jar of some pureed peas?

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, chopped into cubes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo (depending on your preference), chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Avocados, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add jalapeno + bell peppers + butternut squash + S+P, cook another 6-7 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add chili powder + cumin + paprika + cinnamon, cook another minute
  • Add chipotle peppers, cook another minute
  • Add bay leaf + black beans + tomatoes + broth
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover + simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally
  • Serve hot with cilantro + avocado + tortilla strips
  • Curl up in the warmest blankie + stare at your twinkling Christmas tree + stuff yourself until you explode

Adapted from here!

Crunch Wraps

She’s here!

Baby Louisa is on the outside of my body, finally.

And we are starting to have something resembling structured naps??? So I am finally returning to the blog-o-sphere.

She is so kewl, y’all. I won’t share anything embarrassing about her because this will be on the interwebs forever and I don’t really need to give her future teenage self another reason to resent me. So I will just share the following: she smells delicious, like a pink ball of love; she has a thick head of dark lettuce & her daddy’s killer cowlick right up front – something to resent him for down the line for which I’m v grateful; she has big blue eyes but they are deeper than mine and Garrett’s so she could have a different father, who is to say; oh and she was 8.5 lbs at birth & mom paid for it.

That last bit wasn’t embarrassing was it? Because I promised myself the embarrassing bit I wouldn’t share is that she blows out her diapers & gets poop on her belly like once a week.

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 crunch wraps

Ingredients:

  • 6 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1.5 cups of brown rice, cooked
  • 2 tbsp. of hummus
  • 1 avocado, mashed or sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Lay down a tortilla on a flat surface (not the skillet yet) + top with rice + beans + veggies + hummus + S+P
  • Trim a lil bit off around another tortilla, making it slightly smaller than the one topped with goodness rn
  • Place the smaller tortilla on the bigger one + tuck the bigger one over it, folding all the edges
  • As carefully as possible (there will be spillage), place seam side down in hot skillet, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Flip, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Carefully cut in half + serve warm
  • Say a prayer you can fold your tortillas better than I can + avoid eating half the contents out of the skillet

Cowboy Caviar Stuffed Avocados

We had the loveliest virtual shower this weekend!

I was incredibly anxious about it – surprise, surprise.

As you all know, I never mind being the center of attention…except when it’s for real life things.

Allow me to explain. I don’t mind getting on stage at a karaoke bar and belting out Adele to a room full of strangers – friends taking embarrassing photos, the whole nine. I DO, however, mind things like birthday parties and showers where I am the object of everyone’s focus for no other reason than existing. Add in having to open presents in front of people?! I can’t imagine a more pure form of torture. THEN throw in doing it virtually?! You would think that might make it better, but it adds another layer of complex emotions I can’t handle. So basically I spent the morning of this baby shower crying. I’d like to blame hormones, but it’s just me.

We did get some DOPE gifts tho, I just wish Garrett was forced to open and react on camera instead.

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

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of black eyes peas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 corn on the cob
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine quinoa + beans + corn + red bell pepper + red onion + lime juice + cilantro + cumin + S+P
  • Open an avocado + remove the pit + add some of the caviar + more cilantro
  • Serve chilled
  • Smash it all up + slop up the contents of the plate

Adapted from here!