Veggie Taquitos

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Buying a home is fun.

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Throw in a global pandemic and it’s just a barrel of monkeys!

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We are moving to Colorado…..someday.

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And we will need some shelter. So we had a call with our realtor tonight to talk through the landscape given COVID-19. We had high hopes of flying out there in the next couple of weeks to house hunt. That’s obviously not happening. Look, being a military family, I’m kewl doing things on the fly. Buy a house sight unseen in a neighborhood I’ve never been in? Honestly, I can roll with it. No biggie. Really, it just isn’t that difficult for me to make huge life decisions like six-figure investments. I’d pull the trigger tonight if I found a house I like. I can NOT however make up my mind on where I want to order takeout from tomorrow. It’s like do I want french fries or Mexican food, it’s just too big for one person to decide on her own.

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But really do y’all want to pick out a house for me?

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: approx. 16-20 taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 8 oz. of cremini or white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4-5 baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • 16 -20 corn tortillas
  • Guacamole, for serving
  • Cilantro

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine sun-dried tomatoes + walnuts, pulse until crumbly + combined, set aside in a bowl
  • In the food processor, combine cauliflower + mushrooms + onion + carrots + garlic, process until well-combined + crumbly
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat
  • Add cauliflower mix + S+P, cook for 10 minutes
  • Add sun-dried tomato mix + beans + cumin + chili powder + paprika + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Warm the tortillas so they’re pliable – I wrap a couple in a wet paper towel + microwave for 15-20 seconds
  • To assemble, place some of the veggie + bean mix to one side of a tortilla + roll length wise, placing seam side down on a lined baking sheet
  • Repeat
  • Spray with a lil cooking spray + bake for about 20 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro + guacamole
  • Enjoy your nice, light lunch of 14 taquitos

 

Adapted from here!

Cauliflower + Pineapple Quesadillas

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I think Garrett may leave me.

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Things are getting tense.

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Garrett’s job is a little more flexible than mine, meaning he has a little more time during this quarantine than I do.

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Meaning, I MIGHT be asking him to do my usual chores for me. Sue me! At first, he offered to pitch in a little more. Then, I saw how good he was at household tasks and started making lil honey-do lists for him. He pouted and procrastinated, but eventually everything got done. Ya girl has somehow not folded laundry or scrubbed a dish this entire quarantine. Little blessings everywhere! But I feel like I’m starting to get too spoiled. Like, I might be acting like an ungrateful brat which is really off brand for me. I noticed it when I was working on a project today and without even batting an eye asked Garrett to refill my water and take out the trash immediately because the stench was annoying me.

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Self-isolating with me is fun!

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-5 quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 a pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained + smashed
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 5-6 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 8-10 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine garlic + chipotle peppers + chili powder + smoked paprika + apple cider vinegar + 1/2 of the pineapple chunks +1/2 the lime juice, blend until smooth
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add cauliflower, cook another 12-15 minutes or until tender
  • Add remaining pineapple, cook for a minute
  • Lower heat, add sauce you made, cook for 10 minutes or until all of the stuff is coated nicely in your sauce
  • Meanwhile add 1/2 the lime juice to your bean smash + mix
  • Remove from pan + wipe clean
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in the skillet over medium
  • To assemble quesadilla, spread some bean smash on two tortillas + top one with cauliflower mix + cilantro + smush together with other bean mix tortilla
  • Slide into skillet + cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides, flipping carefully!
  • Repeat with extra oil in the pan if necessary
  • Serve warm with more cilantro
  • Stand up at your kitchen counter with your leg in a tree pose + just go to town on these bad boys

 

Adapted from here!

Avocado + Charred Corn White Pizza

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Want to know how to keep the romance alive in your marriage?

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I have some tried and true tips for you.

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When there is an overly commercialized holiday like Valentine’s Day, first things first. At the very last minute, get each other grocery store cards featuring lil animals. Accompany the card with some candy that the other person does not want and will inevitably take to work to share with colleagues.

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To fully celebrate the occasion, plan to do absolutely nothing. Less than nothing. Crawl into your hermit shells and hibernate, in fact. When you get hungry, make some homemade pizzas at like 3pm and eat them standing up at the kitchen counter. Then, go for a walk around town to work off the many carbs you just consumed. Come back home, put on your fugliest sweats and make the man watch Netflix original teen rom coms. Get in bed by 8pm – SHARP! Read a few chapters of your books. Lights out by 9pm.

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Keeping it spicy!

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil
  • 1 cup of cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Pizza crust of your liking (I used a cauli crust here!)

How to:

  • Pulse cashews in a food processor until nice + crumbly
  • Add milk + flour + nutritional yeast + lemon + garlic powder + onion powder + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + most of the basil, reserving a lil for topping, + S+P, process until smooth + creamy
  • Preheat oven to 425
  • In a cast-iron skillet, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat
  • Cook corn for a few minutes, charring + getting some color on those bad boys
  • Spread cashew cream on a crust + top with spinach + corn + tomatoes
  • Bake 13-15 minutes until your crust is done + your tomatoes + spinach or wilted
  • Remove + top with avocado + more basil, serve warm
  • Rub any leftover white sauce on your face + let it harden like a face mask, allowing the cashew nutrients to fully clog your pores

 

Sauce adapted from here!