Vegan Naan Pizzas

I really thought I was one of the very few lucky ones.

But alas, I am just like mostly everyone else.

I have a toddler who is picky AF.

For a while there, she would really eat and/or try just about anything! For months, this child really only wanted meat. She couldn’t get enough. No discrimination. Now, meat is the enemy, which, like, I personally understand, but it’s annoying after I spend my time preparing it in fun and exciting ways for her!!! Even chicken strips & things when we go out aren’t good enough for her. What kid doesn’t like chicken strips?! Oh my favorite – she hates mac & cheese. Won’t touch it. Will only eat pasta in spaghetti form. I’m running out of ideas that aren’t Dino Nuggets (the only safe meat, right now). I say all this because naan bread is v safe right now. I had these out to assemble into pizzas and next thing I know, she has a piece of naan hanging out of her pie hole.

At least we can now confirm my love of carbs is genetic.

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6-7 pizzas

Ingredients:

  • Mini naan bread
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 package of crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup of butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of pasta or pizza sauce
  • Vegan mozz, for baking
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange butternut squash on a lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add mushrooms + S+P, cook another 5-6 minutes
  • Add balsamic vinegar, cook another minute, remove from heat
  • To assemble, arrange naan on a baking sheet + top with sauce + veggies + cheese
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Serve hot
  • They’re practically appetizer sized to eat about 12 for dinner

Idea from here!

Vegan Lasagna

I’ve peaked!

There is nowhere to go but down from here.

And I’ve accepted my fate.

I saw the Jonas Brothers in concert this weekend. With my best friends. At Red Rocks. I recognize the first part of this might be considered, by some, to be a nightmare. But when you are a millennial who grew up listening to their CDs on repeat and trying to relate your dull, suburban life to that of every single song, it’s truly a dream come true. I practically wore a graphic, fitted tee of Joe’s face under all my clothes to high school for crying out loud. I’ve been waiting for this for as long as I can remember. Most obviously, they did not disappoint. Despite being the oldest people there minus the moms who drove their adolescent daughters there, it was magic. Joe took his shirt off and kissed Sophie Turner and we all chanted Kevin’s name giving him the recognition that beautiful man FINALLY deserves. What more could I ask for?

My only regret is not splurging on better seats so their sweat would fling on me.

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

Ingredients:

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 package of white or cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 12 oz. package of frozen spinach
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup of hummus, whatever flavor you’re digging
  • 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup basil + more for serving
  • 2 jars of marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook noodles to al dente
  • Meanwhile, wrap tofu in a clean kitchen towel + place something heavy on top, let drain for 10 minutes
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add zucchini + mushrooms + bell pepper + S+P, cook 8-10 minutes
  • Add spinach + cook another 5 minutes, remove from heat
  • Crumble tofu into a bowl + add hummus + nutritional yeast + basil + Italian seasoning + garlic powder + crushed red pepper + S+P, mix well
  • Pour some marinara in the bottom of a baking dish + layer 3 of the noodles + ricotta mix + veggies + marinara
  • Repeat until all ingredients are used up
  • Cover with foil + bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove foil + bake another 5 if you want a little crispness on the edges
  • Serve warm with basil + more nutritional yeast
  • Take a slice to a friend along with a copy of your favorite Jonas Brothers CD and ask if you can rock out together

Adapted from here!

Charred Veggie Ragu

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I’ve met someone.

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It’s serious, we’re very committed. I can’t imagine ever saying goodbye.

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To our cleaning woman.

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That’s not even a good enough title for her. Cleaning queen? Her majesty? Master of my heart and soul? I don’t even know, but I love her with my entire being. Used to, I would spend our entire Sundays cleaning the house. We could never really do anything on Sundays because it was always church, clean, nap, fold laundry. That was the rhythm. We sound fun, right? Well, after months of Garr begging to hire someone, claiming he refuses to scrub one more toilet (first world problems), I caved. And I will never look back. She came for the first time last week and FIRST THING SHE SAID was, “Do you have a ladder? I want to clean all of these ceiling fans. If not, I have one in the car.” *SWOON* I went to get some tea, so I was out of her way. I came back and she was on top of the kitchen counters cleaning above the cabinets. I proposed to her right then and there.

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Next, I plan to invest in a Honey I Shrunk the Kids device so I can shrink her and keep her in my pocket.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 5-6 portobello mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots or 8 baby ones, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 package of cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1 package of papparedelle
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat broiler
  • Arrange onion + portobello + carrots + celery on aΒ  parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast for 20 minutes, tossing once
  • Once cooled, process in food processor until a paste-like consistency + a lil chunky
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add cremini mushrooms, cook 6-8 minutes
  • Add tomato paste + red wine, cook, stirring constantly for a minute
  • Add veggie paste + red pepper + S+P, cook another minute
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, reserving 1 1/2 cups of cooking liquid
  • Add noodles straight to the ragu pan + 1/2 cup of liquid, tossing + cooking for a minute
  • Add another 1/2 cup, tossing until sauce starts to thin
  • Add another 1/2 cup if necessary to thin the sauce
  • Add some S+P + red pepper if desired
  • Serve warm

 

 

Adapted from here!