Cous Cous + Apple Salad

Today, I hit a new parenting milestone.

I took Louisa into a store.

Well, I’m not sure the dog groomer counts as a store, but it is an establishment, of sorts.

I’ve been putting this chore off because I couldn’t grasp how I was going to get Louisa & Topanga into the groomer in one swoop. The picture in my mind just seemed too chaotic for me to handle. But Topanga looked mangy & probably had critters living in her fur, so I had to buck up & do it. Well, it was just as chaotic as I imagined. Topanga was in rare form getting to go on a car ride for the first time in a while so she was just a nut job. Lou was basically a perfect angel, but despite having the lightest car seat you can buy, it’s somehow still the clumsiest thing I have ever tried to walk with. We get inside and it’s been so long since I’ve talked to store employees, I really didn’t know how to act. I think I just stood there until someone was like umm we can take the dog for you…. Then I was like oh yes umm ok do I pay now?!?! And they were like ma’am, you pay when you come get her. Then I still just kind of stood around for a few seconds too long. When I finally realized my job there was done, I started to walk away & then yelled back goodbye to Topanga???? It was obscene.

Lou wants a new mom.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cous cous, uncooked
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red honey crisp apple, chopped
  • 1 cup of arugula, packed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of basil, chiffonaded
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spread chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, roast for 10 minutes
  • Add onion + some more S+P, bake for another 10-15 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, cook cous cous according to package directions
  • In a bowl, combine cous cous + chickpeas + onions +apple + arugula + basil + drizzle with lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Just eat the whole thing in one sitting why don’t you

Vegan Tik Tok Pasta

I haven’t left the house in over 3 weeks.

Unless you count walking to the mailbox or rolling the trashcans to the curb as “going out.”

I have to take Lulu to the doctor tomorrow and I’m genuinely concerned my car won’t start. Or that I will have forgotten how to drive entirely.

I’m the biggest homebody I know, but even this is a record for me, I think. Honestly, I’m impressed with myself. How many people can stay sane in the same box for three weeks? This takes a level of introversion not many understand. But even I, the queen of making up excuses to avoid social interaction, is looking forward to getting out. Like, I’m even going to treat myself to lunch to mark the occasion. Who knows, maybe I’ll go get a COFFEE, TOO!!!!! Let me and Lulu loose and you just don’t know what is going to happen.

OK, but seriously, I am a little nervous I’ve forgotten how to drive.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of pasta
  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews, soaked over night or boiled for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Basil, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine tofu + cashews + nutritional yeast + apple cider vinegar + garlic powder + lemon juice + S+P, blend until smooth
  • In a baking dish, add tomatoes + olive oil + S+P
  • Scoop vegan tofu feta on top of the tomatoes
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until tofu feta is starting to brown + tomatoes burst
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, reserving about 1/2 a cup of pasta water in case you need it
  • Pour cooked pasta on top of the baked tofu feta + tomatoes, stir to combine
  • Add pasta water if you want to thin the sauce a little, but not necessary
  • Top with basil + S+P
  • Serve warm
  • Show the kids how hip you are with your new Tik Tok trend pasta and then threaten to create your own Tik Tok after Googling what Tik Tok is

Peach + Corn Pasta Salad

God bless football.

Perhaps that sounds a little backwoods or something, but I mean it with all my heart.

I can’t even put into words how happy I am the NFL is back.

One of the true delights of my life is putting on my Seahawks gear & forcing Topanga to wear her jersey and gluing myself to the TV to watch my baby boys play. During the National Anthem, they panned to Russell Wilson praying with a couple of guys and I LOST IT. Like big, ugly sobs. I’d like to blame it on the hormones, but I think I was just overwhelmed that football is back and there is some sense of normalcy in our lives. Top it off with a win and I was pretty inconsolable.

Garrett is so supportive during these times. He just kept bringing me snacks and cleaning up my dishes so I could fully enjoy.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked whole wheat pasta
  • 2 peaches, peeled + sliced
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine pasta + peaches + corn + tomato + red onion + arugula + S+P
  • In another bowl, combine lemon juice + olive oil + S+P
  • Drizzle dressing on salad + serve chilled or room temperature
  • Put on a lil sundress + pour yourself something bubbly + enjoy this salad al fresco, pretending you’re someplace way better than wherever you actually are