Beet Burrito Bowls

Why is my toddler the way she is?

I cringe at all the posts of babies where moms refer to them as “sweet, gentle, delicate angels.”

Because mine is a wrecking ball.

I try my best to plan fun, sometimes educational activities for her throughout the week. Today was story time at the library. We’d been once before and she did really well! Was fairly quiet, played well with others, etc. G & I took her today & I’m glad he was with because he wouldn’t have believed it or fully grasped unless he saw it first hand. We go into the room & she just takes off – running around the whole thing, trying to stick her fingers in light sockets, etc. Story time begins and instead of sitting in my lap quietly like all of the other boys & girls, she wants to keep running & terrorizing other kids. Try to calm her with her water, she doesn’t want it so I try to put it back in my bag, but oh wait, she doesn’t want to drink it but she wants the cup. That leads to a melt down. G holds her, she’s ok, then she wants me, but IT’S A TRICK, she only wants me because I’m not as strong & she can break free & run! This leads to a chase & another meltdown. & the cycle continued from there.

It was the longest 20 minutes of my life.

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

Ingredients:

  • 4 small beets, scrubbed + ends cut off
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Place each beet on its own lil piece of aluminum foil
  • Drizzle each with some of 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Wrap them up in their foil, but not too tightly, place on a baking sheet + roast for 25-30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add tomatoes + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes or until they start to blister a bit
  • Add black beans + corn + cumin + chili powder + smoked paprika + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add in half of the lime juice
  • Once beets are roasted + cooled slightly, peel + chop
  • To serve, add some quinoa to a bowl + top with beets + bean mix + avocado + cilantro + remaining lime
    Invite friends over for dinner + when you serve them this say, “oh you thought we were having beeF burrito bowls???? My b”

Beet + Chickpea Salad

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I forgot how utterly exhausting socializing is.

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What a blessed 2.5 month break it’s been from having to converse with humans.

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North Carolina is starting to reopen and we are cautiously re-entering society. Kind of.

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We grabbed takeout with a couple friends Sunday and sat outside at a brewery and ate before anyone else arrived. As soon as other peeps showed up, your sane girl made us pack it up and go home. I’m sorry, I’ve never really trusted any strangers, but NOW?! Monday we went to a cookout. Not to worry, I stayed outside, kept my distance and squirted hand sanitizer on me any time someone selfishly shook my hand or went for a hug. I literally kept a bottle by me all afternoon. *Sane* I’m telling you, two days of being out of the house and I was WHOOPED. My voice is actually hoarse today from all of the talking.

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We were also ASLEEP by 8:30pm which isn’t really a huge stretch for us, but still noteworthy.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3 salads

Ingredients:

  • 3 beets, peeled + rinsed + tops cut off
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup of pickled red onions
  • 4-6 cups of mixed greens
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange each bit in a lil foul patch + drizzle each with a tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P, wrap up em up but not super tight + place on a baking sheet
  • Arrange chickpeas on a separate lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast beets for 40-45 minutes or until tender + chickpeas for about 20-25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, stir lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Once beets are cooled, dice em up
  • To serve, arrange greens on a plate + top with quinoa + chickpeas + beets + pickled red onions + lemon dressing
  • Once consumed, eat some cake or pie to counteract the nutrition

Beet Burgers

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I just want to be the kewlest house in the neighborhood.

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I can never win at being the kewlest person in any given group ever, but maybe my house can win.

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Certainly not for any sort of interior decorating or gardening competition, oh no. I have no talents or time for such things.

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I just mean among the neighborhood children out trick-or-treating. Garr & I are going to church this evening and while I loathe the thought of missing toddlers in dinosaur costumes and the chance to lure one into my home and keep forever, we must get our Jesus on. So I got a couple of bags of GOOD candy – no off brand junk in this house! I’m talking Snickers, M&Ms & the queen – Reese’s. I put it all in a bowl & have it on the front porch with a sign that reads to take as much as you want. Like, I want some little kid to pick up that bowl and dump the entire thing in his pillow case & run back to his mom screaming about his haul. It’s two-fold, really. I’m generous AF and I don’t want to binge candy tonight because I know I have no self control. Honestly, the only level of rich I want to get to is just rich enough to buy full size candy bars & pass out 12 dozen to each kid at Halloween.

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Do you think the parents would mind if I set up a camera to capture footage of their dressed up kids to just have for my personal archives of cuteness?

 

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 3 beets, washed + peeled
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 2 cups of white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, finely chopped or crushed in a food processor
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of soy sauce
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Buns, for serving
  • Arugula, for serving
  • Tomato sliced, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add mushrooms + S+P, cook another 5-6 minutes
  • Turn off heat, add in black beans + mash them bad boys all up together with the mushroom mix
  • Add to a bowl
  • Meanwhile, grate your beets using a cheese grater + add to the bowl along with the quinoa + walnuts + cumin + chili powder + smoked paprika + red pepper + soy sauce + some more S+P, mix to combine
  • Place mix in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat your oven to 400 degrees while you wait
  • Form burgers into patties + arrange on a lined, greased baking sheet
  • Bake for 40 minutes, flipping once in the middle
  • Serve warm on buns with arugula + tomatoes
  • Eat 8 on Halloween + rub any of the beet crumbles on your mouth + hands so it looks like BLOOD

 

Adapted from here!