Broccolini + White Beans over Cauli Cous Cous

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When I die, just bury me in CenturyLink Field.

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My addiction to the Seattle Seahawks is impacting my health.

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I can’t sleep, I overeat, it’s a problem.

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Last night, they played at 8:15pm. Well, ya girl is SNOOZING by 9pm, so this presented a major problem. I watched for a few minutes, then shut it off at promptly 8:58pm, telling myself I would wake up to the outcome and be OK no matter what. I plumb SHOT out of bed at midnight & the first thing I did was check the final score. SEAHAWKS WIN, BABAY. Well, now I’m obviously too hyped up to sleep. I spend the rest of the evening tossing and turning with joy and faint anxiety that I dreamt the win as opposed to it being real. I legit woke up 6 more times dreaming of Russell Wilson and company just tossing the pigskin and being my baby boys.

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We’re going to a game in a couple of weeks & I might just have Garrett leave me there & I’ll find work in a hotdog kiosk.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of broccolini, trimmed
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cauliflower, riced in a food processor
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Pomegranate seeds, for serving
  • Hummus, for serving

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat
  • Arrange broccolini in an even layer + add S+P + crushed red pepper, cook + char all over, 6-8 minutes
  • Remove + add another tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add shallot + S+P, cook 2-3 minutes
  • Add beans + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Remove + add remaining olive oil
  • Add tomatoes + S+P, cook for 5-6 minutes until nice + blistered
  • Meanwhile, add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of a large skillet + add S+P, bring to a simmer
  • Add cauliflower rice, bring to a simmer, reduce heat + cover + cook for 10 minutes, season with S+P
  • To serve, arrange cauli cous cous on a plate + top with broccolini + beans + tomatoes + top with pomegranate seeds + hummus
  • Mix up all the goodness + slingshot bits of food into your own mouth without damaging an eyeball

Vegan Philly Cheesesteak Sammies

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It’s still over a month away yet here I sit stressed about Christmas.

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It’s not supposed to be this way. I should be focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior! The many blessings the year has brought me! The New Year’s resolutions I will certainly not keep!

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Instead I am left wrestling with answers to the dreaded question, “What do you want for Christmas?”

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To be left alone, honestly. Seriously, it’s so stressful coming up with random things I want others to purchase for me and then wrap and hold onto until 12/25. If I want something, I typically weight the pros and cons, research the best deals, find a coupon code, put it in my cart and then talk myself out of it. I like this process, I’m comfortable with it, it makes sense to me. Why organize a Christmas list? Let’s just spend time together and sing carols and string popcorn on trees like the olden days. But I am an acquiescent child. I put together a list, I checked it twice, I sent it it to my parents and husband. I thought I was really doing them a favor, too. Look, here are some ideas you unimaginative shoppers. Know what I get in return? “That’s a really long list.” K. I’m out.

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Garrett also said, “Wow, I started a list for you too and it has none of this stuff on it.” He knows me so well.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of tempeh, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce + 2 tbsp.
  • 1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of sriracha
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. of paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • Crusty french bread, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of soy sauce + dijon + 1 tbsp. of garlic + 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add tempeh slices, coat in the soy sauce mix + set aside
  • Add sweet potato to a sauce pan + add water + bring to a boil
  • Lower heat + simmer for 15 minutes, drain + let cool
  • Add sweet potato + remaining soy sauce + coconut milk + nutritional yeast + lemon juice + sriracha + 3 tbsp. of olive oil + garlic powder + S+P to a food processor + pulse until smooth, set aside
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat
  • Add tempeh + sauce it marinated in, cook for 6-7 minutes, until crisp + browned to your liking
  • Remove from the pan
  • Add remaining olive oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add green peppers, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add tempeh + paprika, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • To serve, place some tempeh mix into your crusty bread + top with cheese sauce

 

Adapted from here!

Carrot + Ginger Soup

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Birthdays look so different when you’re in your late twenties.

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Especially when you’re just super lame.

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Garr turns 29 tomorrow and the ways in which we are celebrating are similar to that of a 49-year-old and a 9-year-old.

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The man wanted a gold wedding band to replace his silver one – of all things. He’s a true catch. The best is that me and my friends told him to get a gold wedding band originally, but apparently 5 years ago gold was not kewl. Now, only gold is kewl. I digress. In addition to his ring, he has to have lil treats for tomorrow! So I grabbed some of his favorites – chocolate chips for midnight snacks, diet Dr. Peppers that we can’t typically keep in the house because he chugs them and cinnamon rolls for breakfast this weekend. For his birthday dinner, I told him I would make anything in the world. He asked for biscuit breakfast sandwiches. It’s like he’s 90 years old and just wants to visit the local McDonald’s for a nice sausage biscuit breakfast.

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I also have a pan of brownies cooling for him to take to his classmates tomorrow. He’s basically in the second grade.

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of carrots, peeled + washed
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled + diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 14oz. can of full coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of coriander
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Pumpkin seeds, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange carrots on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Bake for 40 minutes, flipping at least once
  • While the carrots cook, heat remaining oil in a dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger + coriander + Italian seasoning + crushed red pepper + S+P, cook another minute
  • Once carrots are cooled, chop them up + add to pot
  • Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes
  • Turn off heat + blend using an immersion blender
  • Once almost completely smooth, add coconut milk + lemon juice, blend until super duper smooth
  • Serve warm with pumpkin seeds + cilantro
  • Curl up on the couch in as many blankets as you can get your hands on + slurp on your soup until you turn into a knob of ginger or a carrot, whichever happens first