Vegan Hot Dish

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Tater tots hold a special place in my heart.

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And my gut.

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I’ve mentioned it before, but I used to be what some call a picky eater.

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Hot dogs and chicken nuggets were my main food groups. Growing up we dined out a lot. Probably because I threw a fit every time they tried to serve me pork chops and apple sauce or some crap. I frequented the local Sonic Drive-In regularly with my pops. By regularly, I mean weekly, I’m pretty sure. After two bites of whatever heinous dinner they tried to shove down my throat, I would kick and scream and Greg would drive us to the local Sonic for limeades and wait for it…… cheese tots. Your girl used to drown her adolescent sorrows all up in some cheesy tots. I just have the fondest memories of my dad introducing me to Conway Twitty and listening to the top 40 radio countdown shows (I have a vivid memory of Vitamin C’s “Graduation” being number 1 for a considerable amount of time and IT WAS MY JAM) while sitting in our spot at Sonic.

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I don’t eat cheese now, but I can tell you with absolute certainty I will have cheese tots again one day.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 package of cauliflower tater tots
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add beans + corn + tomatoes + spices + S+P, bring to a simmer + cook 3-4 minutes
  • Turn off hot + top with tots
  • Bake 20 minutes
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes until tots get crispy
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Scoop a heaping helping of this into a bowl + go to daggum town on this grub

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!

Broccoli + Grain Salad

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Reason 23,085 I’m not meant to live in the south: my daggum ‘do can’t take it.

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The combination of humidity and high winds does truly unspeakable things to my hair.

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We went to Charleston for the weekend and they were having tornado-like winds the whole time. Ya girl had her hair up IN A PONYTAIL. Tragic!!!!

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Apart from the hair debacle, we had a delightful time. We frolicked and explored and took in some sights and only a few folks did double takes at what the heck was atop my head (my messy bun frightens people). Charleston’s food scene is pretty dope and I ate like a right queen. Garr & I are high key obsessed with Netflix’s Chef’s Table and have been jonesing to visit one of the featured restaurants. We finally checked that off the bucket list this weekend and it was just superb. They made me a vegan entree without any hassles and it was basically just a bunch of side dishes but we all know that’s the best part of the meal anyways. G must have had a stroke or something when he placed his order because he chose snapper and he doesn’t like seafood?¿ It was swimming in a lil broth and it reminded him of a time he was camping and surviving off the land and he and his pals had the great idea to boil a fish they caught in a stew they were making and it turned gray and tasted like dirt. So, slightly different experiences.

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We ended the evening at a hot pink champagne & caviar bar & I decided then & there that I simply MUST have such a room in my next home.

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red lentils, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup of barley, uncooked
  • 2 heads of broccoli, washed + cut into florets
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of almonds, toasted + chopped
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Juice + zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. of dijon mustard
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Add onions to a jar or bowl, top with apple cider vinegar + sugar + 1 tsp. of S + 1 cup of warm water, cover + refrigerate until you’re ready to serve
  • Cook grains according to package directions, drain + set aside
  • Arrange broccoli on a lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Roast for 25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining olive oil + lemon juice + zest + dijon + S+P
  • To serve, combine grains + broccoli + pickled red onions (minus their juice) + almonds + pomegranate seeds + dressing
  • Serve warm, room temp or chilled
  • Place self in a high chair + feed self with hands like lil doll baby you are