Lemony Orzo + Chickpea Soup

We’re battling our first baby stomach virus up in here.

Pray for us, won’t you?

It all began when Garr & I decided it’d be nice to go out to brunch to celebrate our 7th anniversary.

That was our first mistake. How quickly we forgot we can’t have nice things or nice, pleasant times out in public with an 11 month old. About 90 seconds into our food coming out, Lou tosses her cookies alllll onto her cheese quesadilla. The very quesadilla Garr was looking forward to eating most of after she got done picking at it. But alas. Poor baby has never really been sick before, thank you, Jesus. So this is major unchartered territory for us. We both just kind of sat there stunned for a second like, “Did this really happen?” before we started frantically cleaning her up & trying to hide the fact she puked everywhere. She felt great afterwards, though, and proceeded to throw Cheerios at anyone who looked her way!

I really shouldn’t blog about vomit before sharing a recipe with you guys.

Time: 35 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots or 5-6 petite, multi-color carrots (seen here), peeled + sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of orzo, uncooked
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/3 cup of tahini
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup of fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot or dutch over over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add carrots, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add orzo + chickpeas + S+P + about 6 cups of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low + simmer for 10 minutes
  • Turn off heat, add in tahini + lemon juice + spinach + most of the dill, leaving some for serving, + some S+P, let spinach wilt, stirring occasionally
  • Serve warm with more dill
  • Adapted from here!

Root Veggie + Miso Risotto

My dad just came to visit for a few weeks to help with Lou.

We had the absolute loveliest time consuming all the content Netflix could throw our way.

And playing Scrabble every night in an attempt to regain some of the brain cells I lost during pregnancy and maternity leave.

He & Lou really bonded. It was so cute to see her light up every time she saw him. She’s more of an “actions speak louder than words type” so she really tried to show him how she felt. First, she peed on him as he was helping get her ready for bath night. The next day, she blew out her diaper while snuggling with him. And finally, after helping me out and giving her a bottle, she promptly spit up all over him. The trifecta, if you will. Our washing machine has never worked harder.

It’s safe to say he’s happy to be home and away from baby bodily fluids.

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of arborio rice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled + chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled + chopped
  • 4-6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. of white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. of vegan butter
  • Juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Green onion, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange carrot + parsnip on a lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast for just about 20 minutes, tossing once in the middle
  • Heat broth in a sauce pan over medium heat
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add arborio rice + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add a ladle of broth to the skillet one at a time, stirring + allowing rice to absorb liquid, repeat until rice is tender, about 40-45 minutes
  • Once rice is cooked, add miso + butter + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Stir in lemon zest + juice + roasted veggies
  • Drizzle with sesame oil
  • Serve warm with green onion
  • Cozy up + lick the bowl clean, it’s the only way

Adapted from here!

Lemon Pound Cake

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So about this packing thing.

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We’re two days in and I think I’m over it.

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I mean, not that I’m helping. But my supervisory role is really weighing on me.

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I’ll remind you we are possibly months away from moving. With that, I’d personally only like to pack things we don’t use often or that aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Enter my knick knacks and wall hangings. Do I use them everyday? Not in a practical sense, no. Do they bring me joy and make our house a home? Most definitely. I turn my back for one second and this man packs ALL my knick knacks and starts taking down my wall hangings. Is he out of his mind?! Apparently.

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He also tried to convince me to get rid of my books and get a Kindle. Again, I’m not sure we’re going to make it through this.

 

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: A family of two for about an afternoon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of lemon extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 2.5 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • dd butter + sugar to a mixer, cream together
  • Add in vanilla + lemon extract, mix
  • In another bowl, combine flour + baking powder + S
  • With the mixer on low, add flour mixture a little at a time until it combines with butter + sugar
  • Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice in a measuring glass + add almond milk, mix + let sit for a couple of minutes
  • Pour in the milk to the other ingredients + combine
  • Fold in lemon zest
  • Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray + add batter
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Remove + cover with foil, bake another 20 minutes
  • While the cake cools, combine powdered sugar + remaining lemon juice
  • Once completely cool, pour on glaze
  • Serve at any time of day + try not to eat entire loaf in one sitting, I suggest serving slices to neighbors to ensure self-control

 

Adapted from here!