Mediterranean Nachos

Our world is so divided right now.

We desperately need something to unite us.

Enter: a new season of The Bachelorette.

It feels like months since we’ve had a new season. Oh wait…. I truly feel like yesterday in anticipation of the premiere the internet was the happiest it’s been all 2020. The people really came together in excitement over this absolute dumpster fire of a season. I was jazzed all day until about 3pm when my internet went out. They said it would be back by 7:06 and I resolved to be OK with missing the first 6 minutes. Don’t you know it didn’t come back until 6 THIS MORNING. What a first world, minor inconvenience I had to suffer and be BEHIND on this morning’s internet jokes and memes.

But I’m caught up now and you cannot convince me otherwise that Clare and Dale were in cahoots long before this started.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • Pita chips
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 English cucumber, 1/2 sliced thin + 1/2 shredded on a cheese grater
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives
  • 1 cup of plain vegan yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro or parsley, to taste (I hate parsley and you won’t see me use it even when I should)

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Bake 25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, combine yogurt + shredded cucumber + lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • To serve, arrange some pita chips on a plate + top with chickpeas + cucumber slices + tomatoes + olives + drizzle with tzatziki + top with cilantro or parsley
  • Serve room temp
  • Slap on a bib cause you’re getting tzatziki allllll over you

Buffalo Chickpea Pizza

Well, it’s official.

I’m cooking the world’s largest baby.

I am supposed to have like 4.5 weeks to go.

But this baby is already 6lb 15oz. Yes, you read that right. I have a fully grown newborn in me already. Which is truly the BIGGEST blessing (literally). The best part – her head is measuring in the 99th percentile. So like tomorrow she’ll hit 100 and have the biggest baby head of all time literally ever. Like, I’m sorry, how is this child going to get out of me….. My doctor seems unconcerned, though. He’s like, yeah you’re just going to have a big baby! As if there haven’t been enough understatements of 2020.

Apparently, she does have hair, though, so that heartburn wives tale is accurate.

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, diced
  • 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
  • 1 cauliflower crust
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with olive oil + S+P
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, toss once in the middle
  • Once cooked, spread buffalo sauce on crust + top with chickpeas + red pepper + onion
  • Bake according to package directions
  • Remove + top with arugula + cilantro
  • Serve hot
  • As the buffalo sauce gets you sweating, just chalk it up to exercise

Curry Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

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Skill #632 I have lost in quarantine.

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The ability to do my makeup.

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Not that I ever really knew how to do it. I just kind of slapped it on and hoped for the best.

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But now I REALLY don’t know how to do it. We took maternity photos this weekend. It was really one of the first, true excuses I’ve had to get out of pajamas and put my face on. I gave myself three hours to get ready in case of emergencies. Of which there was really only one and it was that I look a like a clown with a bunch of makeup on. Seriously, I startled myself when I looked in the mirror. Garrett was reassuring, but I just think I’m meant to be the fresh faced, unwashed slob I’ve really become in quarantine.

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I’m happy I’ve finally tapped into my true potential.

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of hummus
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of curry powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • Croissants (or mini croissants as seen here!) for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, add chickpeas + mash until about 1/2 are mashed
  • Add carrots + red pepper + raisins + cashews
  • Meanwhile, combine hummus + lemon juice + curry powder + S+P in a lil bowl
  • Pour dressing over chickpea mix
  • Serve as a sandwich on croissants
  • Serve a few on doily-lined tray + eat these daintily like the pretty princess you are

 

Adapted from here!