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!

Carrot Cake Muffins

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Our house is being overrun.

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By baby items.

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I’m not complaining – I’ve dreamed of this for years, but it is getting hard to maneuver around the ginormous boxes this stuff comes in.

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We’re having a virtual shower in a couple of weekends so I’m not allowed to open any of them either which adds an extra layer of fun. Any package that arrives that doesn’t seem like the shape of something we personally ordered just goes straight into the nursery. Or in the case of a couple boxes that are the size of an 8 year old, they will just sit in the dining room until I’m allowed to open. All these boxes are putting a damper on my ~nesting~ of which I tried to begin this weekend. Washing and folding all of her little ‘fits and crawling on my hands & knees in her room trying to make sure none of the little plastic tags I ripped off her clothes lodged themselves in the carpet for her to eat.

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I’m a natural at motherhood!

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + baking) | Serves: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • Pinch of S
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Grease a muffin tin + place muffin cups in each holder
  • Combine flax meal + 1/3 cup of water in a lil bowl + set aside
  • Combine flour + oats + baking powder + cinnamon + nutmeg + ginger + S
  • Microwave coconut oil until liquid
  • Add coconut oil to a separate bowl + add carrots + milk + brown sugar + vanilla
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  • Divide batter between tins + top with a sprinkle of oats + walnuts
  • Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Serve warm
  • Serve to your husband too and see if the first words out of his mouth are also “wow, these taste healthy”

 

Adapted from here!

Triple Berry + Crunchy Chickpea Salad

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Have I mentioned how fun home ownership is?

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One thing they don’t advertise on Zillow is all of the projects you get to do on weekends!!!

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Not that I, personally, am doing any projects, but I am overseeing.

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This weekend, Garr worked on painting our kitchen cabinets. They were the darkest brown you’ve ever seen with no hardware and just kind of drab. My dream has been to have white kitchen cabinets basically since Pinterest launched. Well, he made them come true! He and some of our pals started painting this weekend and the first thing he said as he made his first brushstroke was, “Yeah, that’s not good…” so it’s really surprising they turned out as well as they did. We also added hardware and as Garr was putting them on he was like, “Oh no…” and we realized he drilled the holes incorrectly on about 3/4th of the cabinets. I love my handyman.

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Then I cooked & grease splattered on all of them & the dream went into the dumps.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 cup of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cub of blackberries
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 6 cups of mixed greens
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of agave
  • 1 tsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tsp. of olive oil + cinnamon + red pepper + S+P
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, whisk together apple cider vinegar + agave + mustard + shallot + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Meanwhile toast your walnuts for a few minutes over low-medium heat, tossing often
  • To assemble, add greens to a bowl + top with berries + chickpeas + walnuts + dressing
  • Serve chilled
  • Prepare a bowl for yourself + sit out on your porch + feel the health + sunshine running through your veins

 

Adapted from here!