Veggie Pad Thai

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I haven’t been inside a car in over a week.

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I haven’t even left the confines of my neighborhood.

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I really feel I’m contributing to society over here.

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I have high hopes to make great use of this quarantined time. I want to do lots of projects around the house, get organized for our impending move, catch up on some reading and do a couple of puzzles I haven’t had time for. Valiant goals, I’d say! This first, full quarantined weekend rolled around and your girl laid her happy behind up on the couch the ENTIRE TIME. The amount of Netflix that was watched and naps that were had is honestly embarrassing. I was so exhausted from resting too much….like. I’m a problem. I need the Lord to infuse some motivation in me to make the most of this time and not squander it on watching The Office for literally the 2435th time.

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Once we get through Tiger King, I’ll get off the couch, I promise.

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of easy pad thai noodles
  • 6-8 white mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups of napa cabbage, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of green onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • Chopped peanuts, for serving

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine lime juice + garlic + soy sauce + peanut butter, set aside
  • Heat sesame oil in a wok over medium heat
  • Add mushrooms + cabbage + bell pepper, cook about 4-5 minutes
  • Add green onion, cook another minute
  • Add noodles + peanut sauce, cook according to noodle package directions, but should be just a couple of minutes
  • Turn off heat + stir in cilantro
  • Serve warm with peanuts + lime wedges
  • Feed to your quarantined sweetie + see if he will finally play Monopoly with you

 

Adapted from here!

Avocado Pesto Pasta

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Today is probably the biggest day of my life.

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My child turns 10. Double DIGITS!!!!!!

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Topanga wants you all to know, though, she’s a youthful 10 and plans to live another decade.

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We’re OBVIOUSLY throwing her a birthday pawty (see what I did there) this weekend. Complete with a new pink, sequined dress and party hat. We also ordered rose gold party decorations – very classy. Today I ordered some pup cakes – topped with peanut butter & cream cheese frosting & rainbow sprinkles. You could say I’m the best mother in the entire world. Oh, and we invited no other dogs, so she could be the star, of course. She has, however, requested everyone out by 9pm sharp so she can get her full 8 hours of beauty sleep. She’s very regimented in her old age.

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Don’t let me forget to brush her teeth before the party, her rotting old lady teeth reek.

 

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of pine nuts, + more for serving
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 package of whole wheat pasta
  • 1 broccoli crown, cut in florets
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • In a food processor, combine avocado + basil + garlic + pine nuts + lemon juice + nutritional yeast + S+P
  • Pulse + drizzle in 1 tbsp. of olive oil + a lil water if needed to thin out the pesto
  • Refrigerate until ready to use
  • Meanwhile, arrange broccoli on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Roast for 25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, drain + add back to the pot with the heat off
  • Stir in pesto + broccoli + more S+P, if needed
  • Serve warm with more pine nuts
  • Play a fun game where you can see how many noodles you can fit on a fork + subsequently your mouth

 

Pesto 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 a  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!