Chickpea Biryani

I’ve really evolved over the last several years.
I used to be one of those girls that abhorred the outdoors.
But after living in Washington, North Carolina and now Colorado, I finally appreciate, understand, and ~sometimes~ even crave the fresh mountain air.
We went on a hike this weekend. I can’t lie, I feel really at peace and centered when traipsing up a mountain. Granted, Garr is carrying Lou on his back and I’m completely uninhibited, just gliding through the forest. We were having a lovely time, the endorphins were flowing, giggles were had. As we’re coming back down, I notice a spot in front of me that looked wet. I was telling myself “Be careful, do not slip on that wet spot” when BOOM, down I go, using my forearm and hand as brakes. I walked the rest of the way with my arm up in the air – not because I needed to keep the blood from gushing out, but because I like the drama. Also, it is a pretty sweet battle scar and I look like I mean BUSINESS.
The most upsetting is that my mom assumed I was wearing tennis shoes because I couldn’t possibly own real hiking boots.

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of matchstick carrots
  • 2 cups of uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp. of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. of za’atar seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of cashews, chopped
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Add rice to a bowl + cover with hot water, set aside
  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add carrots + red pepper, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + all spices, cook another minute
  • Drain rice + add to pot along with 1/2 the raisins + four cups of water
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover + simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked
  • Serve warm with more raisins + cashews + cilantro
  • Eat slowly over like three days + turn into a basmati rice grain

Adapted from here!

Vegan Buffalo Mac

Our fridge is on the fritz.

Yesterday it started making this horrendously loud humming noise. Try as I might to ignore it and tell myself everything is fine, Louisa & I both had headaches within a couple hours.

By the afternoon, it was beeping and giving me 90’s flashbacks to AOL dial up.

Naturally, I had visions of a pipe bursting and flooding the kitchen and destroying the hardwood and causing water damage and pooling so heavily in one spot that the floor caves in. So I convinced Garrett to empty the fridge and freezer and live out of coolers until we can get a repairman out here. It’s kind of like camping! Or what I imagine camping would be like if I were to ever try it.

It was all fun and games until I went to grab my daily smoothie fixings and what was supposed to be my frozen mango was soft and sad.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of pasta
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of cubed butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup of raw cashews, soaked for a couple of hours + drained
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 7 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Arugula, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange butternut squash on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with olive oil + S+P
  • Roast 25-30 minutes, tossing once, until roasted
  • In a food processor, blend the cashews
  • Add butternut squash + almond milk + buffalo sauce + garlic + nutritional yeast + paprika + red pepper + dijon mustard + Italian seasoning + turmeric + S+P, blend until smooth
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, reserving a lil bit of pasta water
  • Drain pasta + add back to pot with sauce, adding the pasta water if necessary to thin it out + make it saucy
  • Serve warm with some arugula
  • The arugula is really just to make you feel like you are the picture of health despite you eating a vat of pasta rn

Vegan Tik Tok Pasta

I haven’t left the house in over 3 weeks.

Unless you count walking to the mailbox or rolling the trashcans to the curb as “going out.”

I have to take Lulu to the doctor tomorrow and I’m genuinely concerned my car won’t start. Or that I will have forgotten how to drive entirely.

I’m the biggest homebody I know, but even this is a record for me, I think. Honestly, I’m impressed with myself. How many people can stay sane in the same box for three weeks? This takes a level of introversion not many understand. But even I, the queen of making up excuses to avoid social interaction, is looking forward to getting out. Like, I’m even going to treat myself to lunch to mark the occasion. Who knows, maybe I’ll go get a COFFEE, TOO!!!!! Let me and Lulu loose and you just don’t know what is going to happen.

OK, but seriously, I am a little nervous I’ve forgotten how to drive.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of pasta
  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews, soaked over night or boiled for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Basil, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine tofu + cashews + nutritional yeast + apple cider vinegar + garlic powder + lemon juice + S+P, blend until smooth
  • In a baking dish, add tomatoes + olive oil + S+P
  • Scoop vegan tofu feta on top of the tomatoes
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until tofu feta is starting to brown + tomatoes burst
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, reserving about 1/2 a cup of pasta water in case you need it
  • Pour cooked pasta on top of the baked tofu feta + tomatoes, stir to combine
  • Add pasta water if you want to thin the sauce a little, but not necessary
  • Top with basil + S+P
  • Serve warm
  • Show the kids how hip you are with your new Tik Tok trend pasta and then threaten to create your own Tik Tok after Googling what Tik Tok is