Cauliflower Tagine

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So I just binged this show “Cheer” on Netflix.

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And I was reminded I danced in high school.

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A fact I absolutely cannot even believe is true given my lack of talent and disdain for group activities.

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I was so bad, dude. Like, I had no business on that team. I couldn’t turn or jump, I think I made it cause I was short and could be hidden easily. I literally danced because I thought it would make me kewl. Spoiler alert: that didn’t work. And in turn I was fairly miserable. It’s just not fun being the very worst in a room of like 30 people at something! We did win Nationals one year which was pretty dope. I legit think it came down to me hitting my triple turn which I BARELY DID. In the video, you can practically see me gritting my teeth and just praying the Lord would spin me around three times. I was so happy I hit it, I almost stopped and ran off the floor right then and there I was so pumped.

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I should have listened to my parents when they politely told me I had no future in dance and should stick to literally any other activity.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 lemon, skin peeled + chopped
  • 1 head of cauliflower, sliced into florets
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 8-10 baby carrots, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of raw lentils
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 2 tsp. of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add chili powder + cumin + coriander + crushed red pepper + some S+P, cook another minute
  • Add the tomatoes + tomato paste + lemon zest + S+P, cook another 1-2 minutes
  • Add olives + carrots + cauliflower, coat + cook 2-3 minutes
  • Add about 1/2 cup of water, cover + simmer for 15 minutes or until cauli is tender
  • Meanwhile, cook lentils according to package directions + season with S+P
  • Add lentils to cauli skillet, cook 2-3 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Dive into this rainbow journey + discover the pot of gold at the end of the trail, aka a v happy gut

 

 

Adapted from here!

Carrot + Ginger Soup

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Birthdays look so different when you’re in your late twenties.

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Especially when you’re just super lame.

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Garr turns 29 tomorrow and the ways in which we are celebrating are similar to that of a 49-year-old and a 9-year-old.

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The man wanted a gold wedding band to replace his silver one – of all things. He’s a true catch. The best is that me and my friends told him to get a gold wedding band originally, but apparently 5 years ago gold was not kewl. Now, only gold is kewl. I digress. In addition to his ring, he has to have lil treats for tomorrow! So I grabbed some of his favorites – chocolate chips for midnight snacks, diet Dr. Peppers that we can’t typically keep in the house because he chugs them and cinnamon rolls for breakfast this weekend. For his birthday dinner, I told him I would make anything in the world. He asked for biscuit breakfast sandwiches. It’s like he’s 90 years old and just wants to visit the local McDonald’s for a nice sausage biscuit breakfast.

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I also have a pan of brownies cooling for him to take to his classmates tomorrow. He’s basically in the second grade.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of carrots, peeled + washed
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled + diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 14oz. can of full coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of coriander
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Pumpkin seeds, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange carrots on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Bake for 40 minutes, flipping at least once
  • While the carrots cook, heat remaining oil in a dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger + coriander + Italian seasoning + crushed red pepper + S+P, cook another minute
  • Once carrots are cooled, chop them up + add to pot
  • Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes
  • Turn off heat + blend using an immersion blender
  • Once almost completely smooth, add coconut milk + lemon juice, blend until super duper smooth
  • Serve warm with pumpkin seeds + cilantro
  • Curl up on the couch in as many blankets as you can get your hands on + slurp on your soup until you turn into a knob of ginger or a carrot, whichever happens first

Rainbow Carrot + Asparagus Tart

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How can I ever accurately express the impact Celine Dion has had on my life?

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I suppose I’d have to go back to the beginning. When a six-year-old Rachel sat in the movie theatre after her first screening of Titanic and the credits rolled. Something inside of me just clicked.

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My Heart Will Go On became the first in what would become a collection of ballads I would memorize and sing at all hours of the day staring at myself in the mirror performing in a melodramatic fashion.

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And now, in less than one year, I will see my idol in person. I will breathe her angelic air and hear her golden voice live. Because my mother knows me to my core, she was determined to get these tickets. She joined a Celine fan club to get early access to tickets and on the morning they went on sale, she was prepared to fight the masses with two cell phones, an iPad and a laptop. After we lost out on Adele tickets in 2016, she was not taking any chances! After about 73 failed attempts, she gets them. 8 tickets for me, her and 6 of my BFFs. It’s not until after she’s paid she realizes she accidentally bought us VIP tickets. Like, OK, do I smell a meet and greet in my future?!?!! After further research, we discover the 8 VIP tickets we purchased give us 8 commemorative lanyards and 1 CD. A single CD. For the 8 of us to share. We’ll be creating a rotation schedule so everyone gets equal amount of time with the disc.

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And we are also all going to channel different Celines for our wardrobe and makeup, so we or may not go viral.

 

 

Time:  1.5 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 tart

Ingredients:

  • 1 puff pastry
  • 4 rainbow carrots
  • 1/2 a bunch of asparagus
  • 1 cup of basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Thaw puff pastry for 40 minutes
  • Arrange carrots + asparagus on two lined baking sheets
  • Drizzle each with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Roast 20 minutes, tossing once in the middle, remove the asparagus, cook carrots a couple more minutes
  • Meanwhile combine basil + walnuts + nutritional yeast + garlic + lemon juice + S+P in a food processor, process on low + add in remaining olive oil
  • Spray a baking sheet with oil + place puff pastry on sheet
  • Spread pesto on thawed puff pastry, leaving edges plain
  • Cut carrots in half, length wise + place them + asparagus on top of the tart in whatever order your heart desires
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until crisp to your desire
  • Cut in quarters + serve warm
  • Take a quarter in your hand + crunch it up over your tilted mouth letting the crumblies fill your pie hole