Buttnernut Squash + Beet Pizza

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My husband just asked what is the difference between the Oscars and the Academy Awards.

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How did I end up with him, honestly?

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It was another successful Oscar Sunday in my household. Snacks were served, a guessing game was played, an exclusive performance by muah of the entire A Star Is Born soundtrack was witnessed.

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Speaking of, will I ever recover from the Gaga/B Coop performance? My dreams for the last three nights tell me no. When they came back from commercial and the camera is filming the audience as the stage hands set up the piano and you hear the opening chords, I was all wait, what, what is happening, what is going on?!? Then, they rise from their seats like friggin PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES and walk hand in hand on stage, I truly almost fainted. I was not mentally prepared. Then they opened their mouths and started singing and my blood began to boil in a positive way. Like, I started to sweat and get light headed. Bradley was obviously nervous and Gaga just calmed his nerves via the secret brain waves they share. When he started walking towards her, again, I had to force myself not to pass out. He sits, puts his arm around her & I had to fight back tears. I cannot remember when I’ve been subjected to that much passion on live TV. They finish the song, pause, look at each other, and in that intimate moment, I just began to scream. Kiss her. Kiss her! KISS HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The friends I had over for a watch party are no longer speaking to me, but they’re probably just really busy.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 pizza

Ingredients:

For dough, if making homemade –

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 ounces of active dry yeast, activated
  • 1 tsp. of S
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil

For toppings –

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled + cubed
  • 3-4 baby beets, peeled + sliced thin
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of spinach, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine flour + activated yeast + S
  • Mix in a cup of warm water + the olive oil + knead until it forms a dough ball
  • Let sit for 15 minutes
  • Roll out onto a floured surface + place on an oiled pizza stone or cookie sheet
  • Bake 10-15 minutes or crisp to your desire
  • Meanwhile, arrange butternut squash on lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast 20-25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, heat another tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 7-8 minutes or until caramelized to your desire
  • Stir in beans + S+P, cook 1-2 minutes, turn off heat
  • Process butternut squash in a food processor with garlic + remaining olive oil
  • To assemble pizza, spread butternut squash puree on cooked pizza dough + top with onion/bean mix + sliced beets
  • Cook another 10 minutes
  • Top with fresh spinach, serve warm
  • Take leftover beet slices to the local park + use as mini frisbees with pals

 

Dough from here!

Drunken Beet Risotto

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Drumroll please…………

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Next stop: North Carolina.

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I honestly can not even remember if I’ve ever been to this state. Something tells me I have, but I truly have no recollection. If this is any indication of how memorable the place is, we’re in trouble.

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What is NC even known for? What is a Tar Heel? It sounds like a lame bird. Is there more to the state than Nascar and moonshine because that’s what my mind immediately goes to and was confirmed when I googled “what is North Carolina known for?” What about famous people? How likely is a spotting? What are the chances I can get discovered here? From what I can tell, the biggest star from the state is Andy Griffith, and while I respect the man’s craft, we’re slightly different genres.

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Really just keeping my eye on the prize that for the first time in almost 20 years, I won’t be living directly on top of a major fault line. Bingo!

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of arborio rice
  • 2 beets, washed
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of red wine (I used a cab)
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp. of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Basil, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Drizzle beets with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Wrap each beet in a lil piece of foil + place on baking sheet
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat stock in a lil sauce pan over low-medium heat
  • Meanwhile x2, heat remaining olive oil in a dutch oven over low-medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add rice, coat in onions + cook another minute
  • Add wine, let reduce 3-4 minutes, stirring often
  • Now add warm stock one ladle at a time, stirring until rice absorbs it
  • Repeat until rice is tender
  • Once rice is almost done + the beets are cooled, remove skin + chop
  • Stir in beets + butter + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Add peas, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Serve warm with fresh basil
  • Put on Barney repeats + enjoy the fact that your dinner looks like Baby Bop

Beet + Carrot Power Salad

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I have a lip disease.

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Well, that is what I refer to it as.

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To describe: I have severely chapped lips like 100% of the time. Sometimes they swell and itch. Sometimes they develop cuts in the corners and tops and really all around. The best is when a large red ring forms around my entire mouth and I look like I am dressing up like a clown!

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I’ve been to the doc manyyyyy times. Been diagnosed with like 27 things (that’s a lie – real number is 2). Finally a new doc suggests I’m allergic to something. K, rolling with it. Do you know how they find out if you’re allergic to something??? ACTUAL TORTURE TECHNIQUES. As we speak, I have three long strips on my back. Said strips have lil doses of all these common allergens. These strips are held on to my back with these ginormous pieces of medical tape. I literally cannot move my back. I cannot shower. I cannot sweat (not an issue for me, tbh). AND THEY ITCH!!! She was like if you’re allergic to something, you will itch, but don’t scratch. If you’re not allergic, you won’t even notice.

 

I NOTICE, OK, I NOTICE!!!!!!!!

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Watch me be allergic to like grass and the sun and not be allowed to go outside anymore.

 

*Edit: I am allergic to nickel and gold. This solves absolutely nothing.

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 beet, washed + skin peeled
  • 1 carrot, washed + skin peeled
  • 1 package of frozen edamame, cooked to package directions
  • 1/2 cup of almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 2-3 cups of arugula
  • 3 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Using a cheese grater, shred the beet + carrots
  • Add almonds to a dry skillet on low-med heat + toast for 4-5 minutes, shaking often
  • Combine vinegar + olive oil + honey + mustard + cilantro + S+P in a lil dish
  • In a large bowl, combine arugula + quinoa + almonds + avocado + beet + carrot + plenty of S+P
  • Drizzle with dressing + serve chilled (If not eating right away, just dress the salad as you go)
  • Wash down with french fries or something, you deserve it this is healthy as heck!

 

I can’t get enough of this blog! Idea from here:

http://cookieandkate.com/2015/raw-beet-salad-with-carrot-quinoa-spinach/