Vegan Taco Salad

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The amount of time I can absolutely waste is frightening.

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Especially in the depths of evil that are social media.

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Call me vain, but I just love looking at old pictures…….of myself.

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Last night, I was searching through Facebook for photos of me and my BFF for her birthday and next thing I know, 1.5 hours has gone by. I just love memory lane like 87% of the time! One of the few good things about social media is it basically is a glorified digital photo album. This is usually a good thing unless your bratty friend posts a less than ideal photo of you & won’t remove it so you have to untag & hope your ex boyfriends never see it. I digress. It’s just so fun to revisit old memories! I just don’t need to waste hours of my life staring at a miniature screen. I need to put like a timer on my phone for social media use so I stop going down black holes.

fullsizeoutput_12c8I know they make apps for this, but I’m too lazy to check it out, honestly.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes ( prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of green lentils, cooked
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved, for serving
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • Arugula or romaine, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + 1/2 the chili powder + 1/2 the cumin + 1/2 smoked paprika + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add walnuts + sun-dried tomatoes, cook another 2 minutes
  • In a food processor, combine lentils + onion + walnut mix + pulse until combined but not totally smooth, set aside
  • Clean out food processor + add 1/2 the avocado + 1/4 cup of olive oil + cilantro + lime juice + S+P, blend until smooth, set in the refrigerator until ready to use
  • Meanwhile chop tortillas into strips + arrange on a lined baking sheet, bake 20 or so minutes, tossing once, until crispy to your desire
  • Meanwhile, add remaining olive oil to a pot over medium heat
  • Add beans + remaining spices + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add corn, cook another 1-2 minutes until heated through
  • To serve, add some greens to a plate or bowl + top with tomatoes + lentil mix + tortilla strips + beans/corn + avocado + dressing
  • Mix it all up + try to get a lil bite of everything on your fork + then try to fit it all into your giant mouth

Lentil + Pineapple Salsa Tacos

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I said this time would be different.

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I wouldn’t fall into the same trap I end up in every few years.

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I’ve grown, I’ve changed, I’m strong.

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Then August 23rd came around and Taylor Swift dropped Lover and all my resolve went out the window. The album is killer, man. I was the first person to tell anyone I talked to about it that I felt like this would be her worst yet. I didn’t like the singles. I wasn’t feeling her ‘tude about the whole thing. I was OK with the idea of this being an off year for her. I listened to the whole thing once through and I was like dagnabit she done made me a liar! It’s so good. It gives me Red vibes which is unarguably her best album of all time and quite possibly won’t be topped. Even the singles I didn’t enjoy as they stood alone sound better when played with the rest of the songs. Why, oh why, is she so good at connecting with twenty-something upper middle class females?!?!?!

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Though I do need to have a talk with her about the v unnecessary Leo lyric in The Man.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 tacos + extra salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1 pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime + the zest
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • S+P, to taste
  • Warm tortillas, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine pineapple + red pepper + red onion + jalapeno + cilantro + olive oil + juice of 1/2 the lime+ S+P, mix well + refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Cook lentils according to package directions
  • Once lentils are just about cooked, mix in remaining lime juice + zest + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika + onion powder + garlic powder + tomato paste + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes until all liquid is absorbed
  • To serve, spread some lentils in a warm tortilla + top with salsa
  • Smear leftover lentils on face for a detoxifying mask + feed yourself chunks of pineapple

 

Adapted from here!

Stuffed Red Pepper Soup

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I consider myself very responsible.

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I’m organized, make to-do lists just to cross things off, am always on time, look both ways before crossing the road, etc. The pillars of responsibility!

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So at my pal’s bachelorette party this weekend, I obvio offered to be a designated driver.

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I didn’t have a car on this trip, so I drove my friend’s. I was also the keeper of one of our AirBNB keys. See, responsibility is my middle name! Everything went well. I didn’t crash my friend’s car and we all got to our destinations safely. I made sure the AirBNB was locked at all times even when we were inside for 5 minutes – I’m sorry, I trust no one. So a safe and lovely time was had by all. I’m in the airport Sunday sipping on a smoothie, reading my book. I’m really just living my best airport life when I get a text asking where I put my friend’s keys. I mentally retrace my steps. I parked and locked the car. I fished out the AirBNB key. We walked in the house. I set the AirBNB key down, but not the car keys. Where would I have put them???? ………..No, no, no, no, no! I open my purse and there they are, neatly placed in a side pocket where my own car keys usually go. The best part is I’m in Baltimore and 900 miles away from my friend and her car at this point. *Face palm*

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Big shouts to Andre at the BWI UPS for helping a girl out and making me feel a lot better by sharing he ships keys every day. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone in this idiotic world.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of red lentils, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice, uncooked
  • 3 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 container of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add red peppers, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add lentils + rice, coat to combine + toast for 2 minutes
  • Add tomato paste + crushed tomatoes + seasonings + S+P, cook another minutes
  • Add vegetable broth, bring to boil, lower heat + simmer for 30 minutes
  • Add spinach + adjust seasonings to taste
  • Serve warm with cilantro + avocado
  • Sit outside in the 100 degree summer weather with your hot bowl of soup + pretend you are at a spa in a really nice sauna allowing all the toxins to sweat out of your body

 

Adapted from here!