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!

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!

 

Lemon Tarts

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In a galaxy far, far away lives the version of myself that used to be fun.

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There was a time when I was the life of the party!

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That’s a lie, my social anxiety has always kept me from obtaining that title.

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But I could hang! I mean, in WA, Garr and I used to start a Saturday with a fab brunch & spend the next 8 hours exploring & shopping & eating & listening to live music & doing photoshoots & stumbling upon random festivals & strolling by the water. Fast forward like 1.5 years & Garr and I go to Raleigh for the day, thinking it’ll be like our wild Seattle days. NAHT. We kick things off with brunch, old faithful. Turns out, this place makes all vegan desserts. Mmkay. So we order a peanut butter pie. At 11am. MISTAKE. We immediately need to be tucked in for a nap. But we must persevere! We decide to walk around downtown and find some coffee. This helps but only momentarily. We’re fading. It’s 12:30pm. We try to shop but nothing is catching our eye. We try to stop and grab a drink at this really hip restaurant but there are no seats at the bar. The world is conspiring against us! We’re at a crossroads, we can power through or we can embrace our aging, failing bodies and ditch the downtown scene, go to Trader Joe’s and go home for a siesta. 

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Got to TJ’s in time to snag ALLLLL the cauliflower gnocchis. Holler.

 

 

Time: 3 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: 12 tarts

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened, shredded cocount
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of raw almonds, soaked overnight or placed in a bowl + covered in boiling water, letting soak for 30 minutes-hour, drained
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp. of agave
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • Pinch of S
  • Blueberries + raspberries for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine coconut + flour + sugar + 2 tbsp. of the coconut oil + the S, pulse until well combined + sticks together
  • Scoop a tbsp. of the crust mix in lined muffin tins + press flat
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, rinse out food processor
  • Add remaining coconut oil + almonds + lemon juice + agave + vanilla extract + turmeric, process + slowly pour in coconut milk, process until smooth + creamy
  • Scoop 1-2 tbsp. of lemon filling onto each crust + smooth it out
  • Freeze for 2 hours
  • Serve chilled with fruit on top
  • Take a giant bite out of a tart + smile as wide as the dent you made in it + snap a selfie with your tart + make it your profile picture

 

Adapted from here!