Chickpea + Fruit Salad

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Welp, I’ve fallen in love with Colorado.

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As if I needed another place to become obsessed with.

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Who woulda thunk I’d jive so hard with the midwest? Until now, I always pictured tumbleweeds just flowing through the streets and kids in overalls.

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But Colorado is kewl, man! So many beautiful mountains and plenty of nature things and good places to grub and excellent people watching. The homeless population rivals Seattle, making me feel ever so at home. I just loved everything about it. The main purpose of the trip was to see our favie band at Red Rocks. I thought I would be underwhelmed by the venue because it’s like “the” place to see a show, but nopity nope nope. It was amazing. You’re just watching a radical show surrounded by these giant…red…rocks… It sounds lamer than it is, I promise. We did a couple of hikes too and they about killed me. Apparently elevation sickness is a thing and there is less oxygen in CO. That would explain my incessant wheezing. The other purpose of our trip was to scope out neighborhoods your girl and her man are MOVING there next summer WOOOO. We are so stoked. We had a list of neighborhoods to explore. Ask me how many we got to, just ASK! You’d be right, we saw not a one and instead just ate our way through the state.

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There are so many vegan restaurants I am absolutely going to go bankrupt in this state.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 an english cucumber, sliced thin + quartered
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1 cup of strawberries, quartered
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. of cilantro, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of agave
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + sprinkle with S+P
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, combine onion + jalapeno + cucumber + orange + strawberries + lime juice + agave + cilantro in a bowl
  • Add chickpeas + S+P, toss well
  • Serve chilled
  • Sit on couch with bowl of chickpea + fruit salad between your legs + eat all of the contents of said bowl while bingeing Handmaid’s Tale so you can talk to me about all of your feelings

 

Mango + Tempeh Curry

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On my ever-expanding journey to become a better person, I’ve decided to stop complaining.

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For a week. I’m only going to stop complaining for a week.

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Baby steps, people.

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I was listening to K-Love on the way to yoga the other morning and was inspired by one of the sweet preachers who basically told me to get my act together and stop complaining all the time because I have everything I could ever need. Like, OK when you put it that way. At first I was like man this is going to be a piece of cake. I’m not really a complainer. I mean, I’m pretty self-deprecating, but I don’t really complain. Or so I thought… Man, I started evaluating my thoughts a little more closely and I whine about EVERYTHING. The weather, money, not having enough hours in the day, my face, my hair, my love handles, etc. You name it, I can probably find something pretty negative to say about it. It’s a gift really. But I’ve actually done pretty well the last 48 hours! Perhaps I’ve turned over a positive leaf!

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Then I had to call my internet provider and complain about my bill so alas I’m starting my week of no complaints fresh tomorrow.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of ginger, ground
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. of curry powder
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 cups of brown rice, cooked
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add tempeh + soy sauce, cook for 5-6 minutes or until browned slightly
  • Add onion + some S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add pepper + garlic + ginger, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine coconut milk + lime juice + curry powder + red pepper + S+P
  • Stir in coconut milk mixture + mango, bring to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes
  • Serve hot over brown rice with some cilantro
  • Using a funnel to avoid spillage, pour mango + tempeh curry into mouth + guzzle it down like a champion

 

Adapted from here!

Cuban Black Bean + Plantain Bowls

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That’s it. I’m done doing anything nice for someone other than myself.

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Nothing good can come of it. It just comes back to bite me.

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Today, I spent a very large sum of money on a gift for my husband. A couple months ago, he came home and was like, “I need to invest in a watch. ALLLLLLL the guys have really nice watches. Like Rolexes!!!!” I told him absolutely not, no way, not happening. Watches are ridiculous and don’t matter, yada, yada. Ya know, to throw him off the scent and make him hate me for a bit until I could go behind his back and buy one.

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So we’re sitting on the couch tonight, planning our weekend, surfing the net. I’m acting totally kewl. He’s not onto me in the slightest. Then, for some reason I’ll never understand, he decides to check his email like a civilized adult. Curveball! And who has emailed him? AMEX. The biggest busybody on the credit card block, that’s who. I thought they only emailed ME to verify the purchase. What, you don’t trust me, AMEX? You have to check with my HUSBAND?! A little sexist, but we’ll deal with that another day. Garr looks at me and is like, “What is this AMEX email about possible fraudulent activity? Did you try to buy something from a jeweler?” I panic. Totally spaz out. “Umm…yeah I was just looking at rings for myself.” Yes, this IS the best I could come up with. He’s all, “What did you do, Rachel…….?” I spill my guts. Surprise ruined. I’m thinking we’ll have a good laugh, he’ll be super psyched. 0/2 today, Rach. He’s peeved I didn’t consult him before a big purchase! This tells you how often we buy gifts for each other.

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The cherry on top – “I might have exaggerated a LITTLE bit about all the guys having nice watches. I’ve maybe seen one or two.” I’M DONE, PEOPLE. I’M OUT.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 ripe plantains, cut in 1/4 inch sliced
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of coriander
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1 tbsp. of lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Brown rice, for serving

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Arrange half of the plantains in an even layer, cook 2-3 minutes until slightly browned, flip + cook another 2-3 minutes, remove to a paper towel-lined plate
  • Repeat with another tbsp. of oil + plantains
  • Meanwhile, in a deep skillet heat remaining olive oil over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add beans + cumin + coriander + paprika + some S+P, stir to coat + cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup of water + lime juice, cook another 6-7 minutes
  • Turn off heat, stir in most of the cilantro, saving some to top your bowls
  • To serve, add some brown rice to a bowl + top with beans + plantains + avocado + some more cilantro, repeat
  • Pour contents in blender + shake it all up + gulp down your exotic bean + plantain juice, a flavor sure to be coming to a smoothie store near you

 

Adapted from here!