Cauliflower + Pineapple Quesadillas

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I think Garrett may leave me.

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Things are getting tense.

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Garrett’s job is a little more flexible than mine, meaning he has a little more time during this quarantine than I do.

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Meaning, I MIGHT be asking him to do my usual chores for me. Sue me! At first, he offered to pitch in a little more. Then, I saw how good he was at household tasks and started making lil honey-do lists for him. He pouted and procrastinated, but eventually everything got done. Ya girl has somehow not folded laundry or scrubbed a dish this entire quarantine. Little blessings everywhere! But I feel like I’m starting to get too spoiled. Like, I might be acting like an ungrateful brat which is really off brand for me. I noticed it when I was working on a project today and without even batting an eye asked Garrett to refill my water and take out the trash immediately because the stench was annoying me.

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Self-isolating with me is fun!

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 a pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained + smashed
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 5-6 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 8-10 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine garlic + chipotle peppers + chili powder + smoked paprika + apple cider vinegar + 1/2 of the pineapple chunks +1/2 the lime juice, blend until smooth
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add cauliflower, cook another 12-15 minutes or until tender
  • Add remaining pineapple, cook for a minute
  • Lower heat, add sauce you made, cook for 10 minutes or until all of the stuff is coated nicely in your sauce
  • Meanwhile add 1/2 the lime juice to your bean smash + mix
  • Remove from pan + wipe clean
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in the skillet over medium
  • To assemble quesadilla, spread some bean smash on two tortillas + top one with cauliflower mix + cilantro + smush together with other bean mix tortilla
  • Slide into skillet + cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides, flipping carefully!
  • Repeat with extra oil in the pan if necessary
  • Serve warm with more cilantro
  • Stand up at your kitchen counter with your leg in a tree pose + just go to town on these bad boys

 

Adapted from here!

Green Soyrizo Quesadillas

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I started a book club!

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My mother and aunt are the only members. I am 95 years old and these are the types of things I find fun.

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They kicked off the club with stellar picks. Like, we were all gushing over the first two books.

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Then it’s Rachel’s turn to pick. Haven’t we all learned by now not to put me in charge of anything? I have like 12 books in my bedside table waiting to be devoured. So I, of course, want to choose one I already have vs. buying something new. I share a couple of options with them. Apparently Les Mis and Pride and Prejudice were not super attractive reads to them???? Idk. I didn’t want to go with something too dark and serious or anything set in freaky dystopian society because we were on kind of a light train. I was reading my audience! So I chose one by the same author we had just finished reading, thinking well we loved the first one, this will be a safe, crowd pleasing choice. Wrong-o. This sis must have taken some writing courses in between this book and the one we just read or something because this book is just not good. I was trying to convince myself and my fam otherwise with positive thoughts like, “Oh, it got so much better when I got to this part!” I get a text from my mom last night that reads, “I’m struggling with this and can’t wait until I finish it.”

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Fine, you people are getting Tolstoy next!

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole wheat soft taco tortillas
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 1 poblano, diced
  • 1 tomatillo, washed + diced
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat skillet over medium heat
  • Add soyrizo, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add poblano + tomatillo + green chiles, cook another 3-4 minutes or until done
  • Remove from the pan
  • Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Remove veggies
  • In a bowl, mash avocado + add lime juice + S+P
  • Turn heat down slightly in the pan + add a tbsp. of olive oil
  • Spread some avo on a tortilla + drop it in the pan
  • Top with soyrizo + onion + peppers
  • Spread more avo on another tortilla + place it avo side down on the toppings, cook about 2 minutes
  • Flip + cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Remove + repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Cut with a pizza cutter + serve warm
  • Like a game of tetris, twist mouth + quesadilla into various shapes until an entire dilla fits perfectly inside your pie hole

 

 

Avocado + Mango Quesadillas

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I have finally unlocked my spiritual gifts!

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Garr and I are joining a church in town and they gave us this assessment and now I am one step closer to understanding my God-given purpose!

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For so long, I was just like, OK I’m winning an Oscar or two, maybe I’ll have a Vegas residency, I don’t know.

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Now I know God has given me superior skills in the areas of mercy, hospitality and administration. Do not laugh at me! This is serious business. I’m empathetic, enjoy hosting a good party and feeding people and no, I don’t mind a nicely organized spreadsheet, sue me! Honestly, I’m most surprised by mercy. In general, I don’t love people and have been known to hold a grudge for a decade+, i.e. the boy who told me I was fat in the 6th grade got hit with the reject button when his Facebook friend request came through.

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We also listed our passions and mine are 1) food 2) artistic/drama so….

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 cup of heirloom grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced thin
  • Shredded or sliced vegan pepper jack cheese
  • 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Mash up your avos in a bowl with some red pepper + S+P
  • Chop up your mango and place in a separate bowl
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add a tortilla to the skillet + spread it with some avo + top with mango + tomatoes + onion + jalapeno + vegan cheese, cover with another tortilla, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Flip, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from pan, repeat
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate + eat cold, ain’t nobody want microwaved avo
  • Lift ‘dilla triangle above head, lean back + squeeze contents into pie hole