Mexican Green Quinoa

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My how the tables have turned.

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A couple of years ago, you wouldn’t catch me outside unless it involved a mimosa and a covered patio.

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Now I crave time in the good Lord’s creation.

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I made Garrett go hike with me this weekend. I, Rachel, suggested an outdoor event. He asked me if I had a fever. Idk man, I just have this ache to be among the trees and the breeze and all of God’s goodness. There is something about being surrounded by nature, breathing in the fresh air and making your hunny carry the heavy pack so you can frolic freely. Also, I want hella cute and defined legs. Sue me. Apparently, my next outdoor adventure needs to involve camping. I’m sorry I just can’t rationalize sleeping on the cold, hard ground with a piece of cloth between me and wildebeests. But I am like this close to selling all of our possessions (I have already donated SIX bags of crap to charity this year) and moving into a humble cabin in the wilderness.

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Which I would absolutely do if the wilderness was within 20 minutes of a major city and international airport.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white quinoa
  • 1 cup of spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of kale, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/4 cup of pistachio nuts, chipped
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions
  • Remove heat + fluff with a fork
  • Add to a bowl with all ingredients + some S+P
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Accidentally binge entire bowl while watching Netflix like I did

Moroccan Chickpea + Quinoa Salad

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I’m really proud of me.

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We cut back on Christmas gifts BIG TIME this year.

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Our society has grossly commercialized the holiday and I for one am just sick of it!!!! I will not give in!

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And also I hate spending money and am not thoughtful in the slightest and it is so stressful to buy gifts for people. Garr and I set a modest budget for each other and bought all gifts with Black Friday coupons. Thrifty McGees over here. The gifts started to arrive the first week of December. We just sort of looked at each other when they started pouring in, shrugged and said, “Oh, whatever, here you go, just open it.” So we have opened all of our gifts. We live for the anticlimactic. The gifts for our family are even better. I asked for a list and I bought the things on the list. No surprises, no thought. Straight to the point. Not only will I not disappoint anyone, I will save us all precious time opening presents so we can focus on good old fashioned Christian fellowship around the birth of our baby Jesus. The gift that keeps on giving.

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My parents are probably going to be really disappointed.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 3/4 cup of dried quinoa
  • 1 cup of frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tsp. of turmeric
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add turmeric + cumin + cinnamon + S+P, cook another minute, stirring
  • Add quinoa, stir to coat + add enough water just to cover the contents of the pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover + simmer for about 15 minutes
  • Once water is absorbed, stir in chickpeas + edamame + cranberries, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Serve warm with pumpkin seeds + pomegranate seeds + cilantro
  • Perform magic trick where you sit in front of the television with the pot of food + aimlessly shovel the food into your mouth + 3 minutes later poof it’s gone

Beet Burgers

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I just want to be the kewlest house in the neighborhood.

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I can never win at being the kewlest person in any given group ever, but maybe my house can win.

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Certainly not for any sort of interior decorating or gardening competition, oh no. I have no talents or time for such things.

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I just mean among the neighborhood children out trick-or-treating. Garr & I are going to church this evening and while I loathe the thought of missing toddlers in dinosaur costumes and the chance to lure one into my home and keep forever, we must get our Jesus on. So I got a couple of bags of GOOD candy – no off brand junk in this house! I’m talking Snickers, M&Ms & the queen – Reese’s. I put it all in a bowl & have it on the front porch with a sign that reads to take as much as you want. Like, I want some little kid to pick up that bowl and dump the entire thing in his pillow case & run back to his mom screaming about his haul. It’s two-fold, really. I’m generous AF and I don’t want to binge candy tonight because I know I have no self control. Honestly, the only level of rich I want to get to is just rich enough to buy full size candy bars & pass out 12 dozen to each kid at Halloween.

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Do you think the parents would mind if I set up a camera to capture footage of their dressed up kids to just have for my personal archives of cuteness?

 

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 3 beets, washed + peeled
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 2 cups of white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, finely chopped or crushed in a food processor
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of soy sauce
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Buns, for serving
  • Arugula, for serving
  • Tomato sliced, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add mushrooms + S+P, cook another 5-6 minutes
  • Turn off heat, add in black beans + mash them bad boys all up together with the mushroom mix
  • Add to a bowl
  • Meanwhile, grate your beets using a cheese grater + add to the bowl along with the quinoa + walnuts + cumin + chili powder + smoked paprika + red pepper + soy sauce + some more S+P, mix to combine
  • Place mix in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat your oven to 400 degrees while you wait
  • Form burgers into patties + arrange on a lined, greased baking sheet
  • Bake for 40 minutes, flipping once in the middle
  • Serve warm on buns with arugula + tomatoes
  • Eat 8 on Halloween + rub any of the beet crumbles on your mouth + hands so it looks like BLOOD

 

Adapted from here!