Moroccan Chickpea + Quinoa Salad

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I’m really proud of me.

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We cut back on Christmas gifts BIG TIME this year.

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

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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.

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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

Vegan Crab Cakes with Succotash

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I have been run over by a truck.

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At least that’s what it feels like.

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All of our family was just in town. AND I MEAN ALL OF OUR FAMILY.

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Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of it and wish I could live next door to all of these humans for the rest of my life, but I’m plumb exhausted from entertaining! Choosing dinner locales, coordinating schedules, shopping at the local boutiques and having people spoil me, it just takes a lot out of you! Really, we loved showing everyone around where we live and introducing them all to our pals, but I think I ate at “the” breakfast spot in town more times in the last week than in the entire 1.5 years we have lived here. Another high note – they were all here to celebrate Garr and his work accomplishments, so I liked hanging on his arm and testing various conversation topics and pleasantries I’ll one day use as First Lady.

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Visit capped off with my dad falling down our stairs & possibly breaking some toes & now he keeps threatening to sue us.

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 4 hearts of palm, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked
  • 1 cup of frozen lima beans
  • 1/2 cup of roasted red peppers
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. of onion powder
  • 2 tsp. of lemon pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine chickpeas + celery + jalapeno + 1/2 the breadcrumbs + 1/2 the smoked paprika + 1/2 the garlic powder + 1/2 onion powder + 1/2 lemon pepper + S+P, pulse until well combined
  • Add mix to a bowl + add chopped hearts of palm + some more S+P, combine well
  • Add remaining breadcrumbs to a lil bowl
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil a skillet over medium heat
  • Form chickpea mix into 8 or so patties, dredge in breadcrumbs + add to skillet about 3-4 at a time, cooking for 3-5 minutes per side
  • Once cooked, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet over medium heat
  • Add tomatoes + corn + lima beans + remaining smoked paprika + garlic powder + onion powder + lemon pepper + S+P, cook 7-8 minutes
  • Meanwhile, add roasted red peppers + garlic + remaining olive oil + S+P to a food processor + process until smooth
  • Serve warm cakes on top of succotash with red pepper sauce drizzled on top
  • Make a lil cakey succotash sammie by spreading some sauce on a cake + topping with succotash + placing another cake on top – bite into that sucker like a ham + cheese on white bread!

 

Idea from here!

Braised Spinach + Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Like, can we just not with the hurricanes?

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I mean, who has the time?

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Dorian is a lil brat.

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He’s just chilling over the Bahamas, wreaking havoc, leaving the rest of us to wonder where he’s headed next on his quest for destruction. I legit didn’t even know NC was in this bro’s path. I was at tea with pals this weekend and one mentioned prepping for the storm and I was like aca-scuse me? My anxious behind obvio ran straight to the grocery store to stock up on non-perishable foods. Do you know how hard it is to make healthy vegan meals with only canned or boxed goods?! It ain’t great! And of course the grocery was out of bottled water already. These peeps go berserk, man. Like, apparently schools are already closed for Thursday. Ya girl is just over here praying to the good Lord above I don’t lose power & have to sleep in a boiling hot home for nights on end again. (First world problems, I know, OK?!)

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Though I did stock up on some new Bath & Body Works candles because like hurricane prep, duh.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 stuffed sweet potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb. of spinach
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • Juice + zest of a lemon
  • 1 14 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Pierce potatoes all over with a fork + roast for an hour
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large rimmed skillet or dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add onion + some S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes + lemon zest + crushed red pepper, cook another 3 minutes
  • Add spinach, one handful at a time, letting each handful wilt slightly
  • Add chickpeas
  • Add coconut milk + lemon juice + S+P, bring to a boil, turn down heat + simmer for 10 minutes
  • Slice open cooled sweet potatoes + top with spinach + chickpea mix, top with cilantro + serve hot
  • Using your fork as a lil shovel, just dig up a scoop of that goodness + slingshot it at your sweetie’s face + give him or her a creepy, soft smile from across the room

 

 

Adapted from here!