Loaded Chili Spuds

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Our world, man.

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Idk about y’all, but I feel a heaviness and a sadness I just haven’t in a long time.

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I’ve been praying for a while for the Lord to open my eyes to the injustices of the world and not just leave me feeling numb or paralyzed by my own fear and anxiety.

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Welp, they are WIDE OPEN, Big Man! I’m hearing you loud and clear! It’s not that I haven’t realized systemic racism is rampant in our country. I’ve just felt too overwhelmed by the issue to do anything about it which I realize is a privileged and lame excuse. I was happy to shut up last week and just listen and learn. I’m still pretty overwhelmed and anxious and incredibly scared to say/do the wrong thing. But I guess we have to get uncomfortable if we want to grow and be better, and that’s all I want to do!

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And it’s time something other than my midsection grows.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet baking potatoes, scrubbed clean + holes poked throughout
  • Chili recipe (any leftovers taste great with some brown rice!)
  • Green onion, for serving
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Drizzle a tbsp. of olive oil on each potato with some S+P, rub all over
  • Wrap each loosely in foil + place on a baking sheet
  • Bake 55-60 minutes or until tender
  • Meanwhile, make chili
  • To serve, split potato down the middle + top with chili + green onions
  • Dig in face first

Vegan Taco Salad

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The amount of time I can absolutely waste is frightening.

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Especially in the depths of evil that are social media.

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Call me vain, but I just love looking at old pictures…….of myself.

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Last night, I was searching through Facebook for photos of me and my BFF for her birthday and next thing I know, 1.5 hours has gone by. I just love memory lane like 87% of the time! One of the few good things about social media is it basically is a glorified digital photo album. This is usually a good thing unless your bratty friend posts a less than ideal photo of you & won’t remove it so you have to untag & hope your ex boyfriends never see it. I digress. It’s just so fun to revisit old memories! I just don’t need to waste hours of my life staring at a miniature screen. I need to put like a timer on my phone for social media use so I stop going down black holes.

fullsizeoutput_12c8I know they make apps for this, but I’m too lazy to check it out, honestly.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes ( prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of green lentils, cooked
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved, for serving
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • Arugula or romaine, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + 1/2 the chili powder + 1/2 the cumin + 1/2 smoked paprika + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add walnuts + sun-dried tomatoes, cook another 2 minutes
  • In a food processor, combine lentils + onion + walnut mix + pulse until combined but not totally smooth, set aside
  • Clean out food processor + add 1/2 the avocado + 1/4 cup of olive oil + cilantro + lime juice + S+P, blend until smooth, set in the refrigerator until ready to use
  • Meanwhile chop tortillas into strips + arrange on a lined baking sheet, bake 20 or so minutes, tossing once, until crispy to your desire
  • Meanwhile, add remaining olive oil to a pot over medium heat
  • Add beans + remaining spices + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add corn, cook another 1-2 minutes until heated through
  • To serve, add some greens to a plate or bowl + top with tomatoes + lentil mix + tortilla strips + beans/corn + avocado + dressing
  • Mix it all up + try to get a lil bite of everything on your fork + then try to fit it all into your giant mouth

Veggie Enchilada Skillet

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My wrist hurts.

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From e-signing a bunch of documents in this daggum house hunt.

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Mostly my head hurts from trying to decipher the legal jargon.

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My pebble brain does not know what half of this crap means. I am probably signing away my rights and first born child. Garrett and I read through every document, look at each other and go, “Just sign it, we’re never going to understand.” This is how you make major life decisions, right? Just wing it and hope you don’t get sued? There are so many real estate acronyms that we are just ~expected~ to know. And what actually IS escrow?  Is it a place? Is it a state of mind?

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I’m just trying to spend an exorbitant amount of money in exchange for a roof over my head, is that too much to ask?

 

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded + chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced thin + halved
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 jar of red enchilada sauce or this homemade version
  • 8-10 corn tortillas, cut into lil strips
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 450
  • In a large cast iron skillet, heat oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add poblano + bell pepper + zucchini + cauliflower + S+P, cook another 6-7 minutes
  • Stir in corn + black beans + cumin + chili powder + smoked paprika + S+P, cook another two minutes
  • Pour in half the enchilada sauce + stir
  • Fold in tortilla strips + stir in remaining sauce, cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Place in oven to toast up for about 5-6 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro + avocado
  • Mix it all up + slingshot a big heaping helping right into your pie hole

 

Adapted from here!