Smashed Potato Skillet

It has been a MINUTE, y’all!

Not that anyone was waiting around with bated breath or anything, but I missed you all.

Life with a 6 month old is magical and busy and smelly.

We have had a lot of family visitors over the last month, keeping me busy and literally completely out of the kitchen. All of my meals have either been made for me, taken out from a restaurant or from a freezer for the last 6 weeks, it seems. But the buck stops here, pals! Mama is back in the kitchen. Somewhere in those 6 weeks, Louisa went from not letting me out of her sight for more than three minutes, to letting me spend a full 30 minutes in the kitchen cooking while she played without screaming bloody murder. I don’t know who this angelic creature is who replaced my insane child, but I’m into her.

So now that I have time to cook, someone give me the motivation to adapt more recipes because your girl’s brain power is still pretty limited.

Ingredients:

  • 8 baby red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of lentils
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar snap peas, chopped
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp. of vegan sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. of vegan butter
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Cook lentils according to package directions, drain + set aside
  • Bring a pot of boiling water to a boil
  • Add taters, cook 10-12 minutes until fork tender, drain
  • In a bowl, combine snap peas + 1/2 the green onion + lemon juice + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, set aside
  • Once cooled, smash potatoes with a fork
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add taters + cook 3-5 minutes until golden brown
  • Add lentils + red pepper + jalapeno + garlic + butter + smoked paprika + S+P, cook another 3-5 minutes
  • Top with snap pea slaw + remaining green onion + sour cream
  • Pour a big bowl of this + stand in front of a mirror to eat + tell yourself how proud you are for eating a bowl of potatoes for dinner

Adapted from here!

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!

Carrot Cake Muffins

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Our house is being overrun.

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By baby items.

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I’m not complaining – I’ve dreamed of this for years, but it is getting hard to maneuver around the ginormous boxes this stuff comes in.

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We’re having a virtual shower in a couple of weekends so I’m not allowed to open any of them either which adds an extra layer of fun. Any package that arrives that doesn’t seem like the shape of something we personally ordered just goes straight into the nursery. Or in the case of a couple boxes that are the size of an 8 year old, they will just sit in the dining room until I’m allowed to open. All these boxes are putting a damper on my ~nesting~ of which I tried to begin this weekend. Washing and folding all of her little ‘fits and crawling on my hands & knees in her room trying to make sure none of the little plastic tags I ripped off her clothes lodged themselves in the carpet for her to eat.

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I’m a natural at motherhood!

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + baking) | Serves: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • Pinch of S
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Grease a muffin tin + place muffin cups in each holder
  • Combine flax meal + 1/3 cup of water in a lil bowl + set aside
  • Combine flour + oats + baking powder + cinnamon + nutmeg + ginger + S
  • Microwave coconut oil until liquid
  • Add coconut oil to a separate bowl + add carrots + milk + brown sugar + vanilla
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  • Divide batter between tins + top with a sprinkle of oats + walnuts
  • Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Serve warm
  • Serve to your husband too and see if the first words out of his mouth are also “wow, these taste healthy”

 

Adapted from here!