Kimchi Quesadillas

We’re about to go on our first vacations as a family of 3.

And what should be an exciting time has suddenly left me panic stricken.

I was really doing fine about it. Excited, all that. Then it hit me tonight during Lou’s bath.

What will I bathe her in on the road?!?! Do we trust the cleanliness of hotel tubs? Like can I in good conscience put my baby’s bare bottom in a tub where strangers’ dirty feet have walked??? My skin is CRAWLING. This then led me to – what do I need to pack for her? What do I pack her things IN? Do babies need their own luggage sets? This has just really opened up a lot of unknowns for me.

Not to mention our first family vacation is to a winery. What are we even thinking?!?!?!

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. kimchi
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/4 cup of vegan cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded + minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add black beans + chili powder + S+P, cook, mashing a little, for 3-4 minutes, remove from heat
  • Lay a tortilla flat + top one side with beans + kimchi + some of the jalapeno + cheese
  • Heat another tbsp. of olive oil in the skillet
  • Fold over quesadilla + place one side into hot skillet, cook for 3-4 minutes, flip + cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Repeat with other quesadilla
  • Meanwhile, combine sour cream + remaining jalapeno (should be about half of the pepper) + juice of 1/2 the lime + S+P
  • Serve quesadillas warm with jalapeno sour cream + remaining lime wedges

Adapted from here!

Black Bean Tostadas

I stripped Garrett’s workout clothes this weekend.

I can’t even begin to describe the satisfaction and disgust.

I discovered this cleaning instagram account a few months ago and it has really just made me feel like a dirty, garbage person. Like, I’ll never be able to keep my house as clean as this woman does hers.

But I had to start somewhere! This clothes stripping is supposed to get trapped dirt & filth out of CLEAN clothes. Like, clothes you wash & dry & think are good to go. Garrett is arguably the sweatiest man on planet earth, so I knew this would be a fun experiment. We added his workout shorts & tees to a tub with hot water & the magic cleaning potion & let them sit for 5 hours. The water was slick BROWN. I mean, pure dirt water. It was amazing.

Even Garrett was impressed and now we are stripping everything we ever touched.

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of paprilka
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Arugula, for serving
  • Red onion slices for serving
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a saucepan, add beans + onion + pepper + spices over medium-low heat
  • Add a cup of water + lime juice + stir
  • Simmer for 15 minutes
  • Arrange tortillas a lined baking sheet + drizzle with some olive olive oil
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes or until crisp to your desire
  • To serve, top a tortilla with some beans + arugula + red onion + avocado + cilantro
  • Pick one up with your grubby hands + just go for it

Adapted from here!

Homemade Black Beans + Rice

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Well, Topanga’s birthday party was a SMASHING success.

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No, literally, she smashed her pupcake and promptly fell asleep in her party dress.

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The real MVP of the party was Garrett, though.

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He spent two hours blowing up hot pink balloons and hanging doggy decorations. And he only complained like 2 times! It was all worth it, though. I’m sorry, I couldn’t NOT buy rose gold balloons that spelled “LETS PAWTY,” ya know? Then, Garr grilled all the meats and served dinner to our guests. He sat through SEVERAL rounds of What Do You Meme? and Catchphrase. If you didn’t know, Garr is a BIG game guy. NAHT. Then, I was feeling extra lazy and just wanted to lounge on the couch and gab with my pals, and that boy cleaned up the whole daggum kitchen, dishes and all. He’s basically my very own, perfect yenta.

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AND he brings home the bacon, best of both worlds!

 

 

Time: 3 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. of black beans, soaked overnight + drained
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp.
  • 1 28oz. can of whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • In a large stock pot, bring beans + 1/2 the onion + all the green pepper + 1 tbsp. of garlic + oregano + 1/2 the cumin + S+P + 4-6 cups of water, enough to cover everything, to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover + cook for 2 hours, stirring often, until tender. Add more water as necessary to keep the beans covered
  • Meanwhile, place tomatoes + remaining onion in a food processor + blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a sauce pan + add broth + remaining cumin + S+P, bring to a boil
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a bigger sauce pan over medium heat
  • Add rice + toast, stirring for about 5 minutes
  • Add remaining garlic + cook another minute
  • Pour boiling tomato mixture into rice pan, stir + cook until rice is tender, 30-40 minutes
  • When both rice + beans are tender, add the juice of a lime to each + some cilantro
  • To serve, put some rice in a bowl + top with beans, sprinkle with more cilantro + serve with lime wedges
  • Go to town on it + get ready for some mega toots tonight!

 

Adapted from here & here!