Mediterranean Orzo Salad

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Buying a house is fun.

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I recommend doing it sight unseen in a global pandemic.

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Just adds an element of ~surprise~ to the process.

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Before we move, we were hoping to get some work done on the house. Ya girl just wants some fresh paint on the walls. Really, I just want all the walls painted a deep gray to match my soul and the energy I’m bringing with me into the house. We got our first quote from a company yesterday. These fools want me to pay $5,000 for them to paint a few walls! Y’all best believe I’m about to get some overalls and a set of paint brushes and I’ll go to town myself. Baby can breathe in paint fumes, right??

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I already miss our rental homes and not caring about scuffs and imperfections and weird smells.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked orzo
  • 1/2 an English cucumber, quartered
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine orzo + cucumber + tomatoes + red onion + bell pepper + olives + cilantro + some S+P
  • In a little bowl, combine olive oil + lemon juice + some S+P
  • Drizzle dressing on orzo, stir to combine
  • Serve room temp or chilled
  • This holiday weekend, just sit in front of the tube with your pants unbuttoned + stuff your face with some colorful orzo goodness

Spicy Tomato Pasta

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It would be nice to put on makeup and pants.

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Technically, nothing is stopped me from doing that now.

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Except I barely have enough motivation to practice proper hygiene. Who do I have to impress?!

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I mean, welcome to my first world problem of the day, but I just want to get dolled up! But I’m sorry, I can’t fathom using my v expensive Wet & Wild highlighter when no one will actually see it. I’ve also spent these last 6 weeks going through some rigorous training. By that, I mean I’ve trained my hair to only be washed once a week. By train, I mean, I just ignore the grease or throw it up in a bun & headband & pretend everything is OK. Zoom calls aren’t even enough to motivate me. I’ve learned I can face the window in such a way I practically look like a ghost and no one *really* knows if I did anything to myself.

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The lengths I will go to live like a trash panda in peace.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of whole wheat angel hair or thin spaghetti
  • 2 red tomatoes, diced
  • 2 yellow tomatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 14 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Anaheim chiles, seeded + chopped
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine tomatoes + S, let stand for about 40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, drain
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add tomato sauce, bring to a simmer + cook for 5 minutes
  • Add tomatoes + chiles + spinach + oregano + red pepper + S+P, cook another minute
  • Turn off heat + add pasta to pan with more S+P, if desired
  • Serve warm
  • Tuck yourself into the deepest recess of the couch + pull a hoodie up over your head + eat your pasta in the peace of your private love cave

 

Adapted from here!

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!