Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Stew

fullsizeoutput_1081

I think I’ve finally decided what to give up for Lent.

fullsizeoutput_1079

I know you were all really concerned with how I’d be recognizing the lenten season, and the wait is over.

fullsizeoutput_107a

I’m giving up music.

fullsizeoutput_107d

Doesn’t that sound BLEAK?! Have no fear. I’m not giving up all music, just everything other than Christian music. That might still sound bleak to some of you… but I love my Jesus jams! I’m going to go 6 weeks without playing other tunes – no emo, crying music, no Rachel’s Trax playlist on Spotify (complete with all the songs that make me so emotional they literally stop me in my Trax, get it?!?!), none of my mixed CDs from 2013, nothing! Obviously, I can’t avoid other music all together. I’d be thrown out of establishments if I ran around with my ears plugged, screaming “LA LA LA, I DON’T HEAR YOU!!!!” But when I have a choice, ya girl is rocking out to Jesus.

fullsizeoutput_1080

Taylor Swift picked a really inopportune time to release a new music video.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. of sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro + more for serving
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice, for serving

 

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add bell pepper, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add sweet potatoes + tomatoes + S+P, coat + cook another 5 minutes
  • Add peanut butter + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika, stir until everything combined
  • Add broth, cover + bring to a boil
  • Lower heat to a simmer + add chickpeas, cover + simmer for 25 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add in spinach + cilantro + juice of 1/2 the lime
  • Serve warm over brown rice with more cilantro + lime wedges
  • Stir it all up + do a cannon ball into the smack dab middle

 

Adapted from here!

Chickpea Dumplings

fullsizeoutput_1043

I like being spoiled.

fullsizeoutput_1033

Not just with lil treats and happies, but with my reality television show endings.

fullsizeoutput_1034

I need spoilers to survive this cruel & unusual world.

fullsizeoutput_103f

Specifically, I have to know The Bachelor/ette spoilers or I can hardly watch the show. I don’t want to be surprised, I don’t want a plot twist. I want to know what I’m getting into. This is why before every season I stalk the blogs until I discover the ending and every twist and turn leading up to it. I’m prepared, I’m ready. I am usually the go-to in my friend group for Bach news. (I have very little joy, leave me be.) For SOME reason I cannot comprehend, my sources don’t have the dirt this season. They speculate, but no one KNOWS how this season ends. It’s driving me absolutely bonkers. How am I just supposed to WATCH the show for the next four weeks and not know who he picks and will ultimately break up with in 3-4 months? Who do you think I am?

fullsizeoutput_1041

In my next life, I hope I’m one of those kewl, enlightened girls who couldn’t be bothered with the trash fire that is reality television.

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 4 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of curry powder
  • 2 tsp. of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of ground mustard
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, pulse chickpeas until broken down
  • In a bowl, combine chickpeas + breadcrumbs + 1/2 cup of spinach + 1/2 the oil + yogurt + jalapeno + S+P
  • Shape into lil dumplings + arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Refrigerate while you work on the rest
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat
  • Add ginger + curry powder + coriander + cumin + mustard, cook about a minute, stirring constantly
  • Add tomatoes + tomato sauce, bring to a simmer
  • Add remaining spinach + S+P, cook 1-2 minutes
  • Nestle dumplings into the skillet, cover + cook for 20 minutes, turning dumplings a couple of times
  • Praise the good Lord above for giving you a warm bowl of grub to devour + dig in, hunny

 

Adapted from here!

Moroccan Chickpea + Quinoa Salad

fullsizeoutput_f49

I’m really proud of me.

fullsizeoutput_f41

We cut back on Christmas gifts BIG TIME this year.

fullsizeoutput_f42

Our society has grossly commercialized the holiday and I for one am just sick of it!!!! I will not give in!

fullsizeoutput_f43

And also I hate spending money and am not thoughtful in the slightest and it is so stressful to buy gifts for people. Garr and I set a modest budget for each other and bought all gifts with Black Friday coupons. Thrifty McGees over here. The gifts started to arrive the first week of December. We just sort of looked at each other when they started pouring in, shrugged and said, “Oh, whatever, here you go, just open it.” So we have opened all of our gifts. We live for the anticlimactic. The gifts for our family are even better. I asked for a list and I bought the things on the list. No surprises, no thought. Straight to the point. Not only will I not disappoint anyone, I will save us all precious time opening presents so we can focus on good old fashioned Christian fellowship around the birth of our baby Jesus. The gift that keeps on giving.

fullsizeoutput_f4c

My parents are probably going to be really disappointed.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 3/4 cup of dried quinoa
  • 1 cup of frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tsp. of turmeric
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add turmeric + cumin + cinnamon + S+P, cook another minute, stirring
  • Add quinoa, stir to coat + add enough water just to cover the contents of the pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover + simmer for about 15 minutes
  • Once water is absorbed, stir in chickpeas + edamame + cranberries, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Serve warm with pumpkin seeds + pomegranate seeds + cilantro
  • Perform magic trick where you sit in front of the television with the pot of food + aimlessly shovel the food into your mouth + 3 minutes later poof it’s gone