Cowboy Caviar Stuffed Avocados

We had the loveliest virtual shower this weekend!

I was incredibly anxious about it – surprise, surprise.

As you all know, I never mind being the center of attention…except when it’s for real life things.

Allow me to explain. I don’t mind getting on stage at a karaoke bar and belting out Adele to a room full of strangers – friends taking embarrassing photos, the whole nine. I DO, however, mind things like birthday parties and showers where I am the object of everyone’s focus for no other reason than existing. Add in having to open presents in front of people?! I can’t imagine a more pure form of torture. THEN throw in doing it virtually?! You would think that might make it better, but it adds another layer of complex emotions I can’t handle. So basically I spent the morning of this baby shower crying. I’d like to blame hormones, but it’s just me.

We did get some DOPE gifts tho, I just wish Garrett was forced to open and react on camera instead.

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

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of black eyes peas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 corn on the cob
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine quinoa + beans + corn + red bell pepper + red onion + lime juice + cilantro + cumin + S+P
  • Open an avocado + remove the pit + add some of the caviar + more cilantro
  • Serve chilled
  • Smash it all up + slop up the contents of the plate

Adapted from here!

Quinoa + Chickpea Thai Bowls

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The third trimester is…..no joke.

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I’ve only been in it for four days, but I am WHOOPED.

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It feels like the first trimester…just fatter.

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I was trying to blame not feeling well on the altitude, but after two solid weeks in CO, I think I’m adjusted. That means I can only blame one thing – my unborn child! It’s good I’m starting early so I can get the hang of it, I’m hopeful we’ll find so many wonderful things to blame each other for over the years. My personal favorite side effect is the acid reflux I’ve developed. It wakes me up in the night, feeling like my throat and chest are filled with fiery bile. I’m hopeful, though, that the old wive’s tale is true and all this heartburn means a super hairy baby. I’d be fine if she’s bald, of course, but I love a good hairy babe.

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Have I ruined your appetite yet?

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 cup of purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled + shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of agave
  • 1/2 tsp. of Sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with olive oil + S+P
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, combine peanut butter + soy sauce + rice vinegar + agave + Sriracha + lime juice
  • To serve, combine quinoa + chickpeas + cabbage + carrot + bell pepper + peanut butter sauce + cilantro
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Grab a fork in each hand + dig in, alternating forks between bites to save time

 

Adapted from here!

Beet + Chickpea Salad

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I forgot how utterly exhausting socializing is.

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What a blessed 2.5 month break it’s been from having to converse with humans.

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North Carolina is starting to reopen and we are cautiously re-entering society. Kind of.

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We grabbed takeout with a couple friends Sunday and sat outside at a brewery and ate before anyone else arrived. As soon as other peeps showed up, your sane girl made us pack it up and go home. I’m sorry, I’ve never really trusted any strangers, but NOW?! Monday we went to a cookout. Not to worry, I stayed outside, kept my distance and squirted hand sanitizer on me any time someone selfishly shook my hand or went for a hug. I literally kept a bottle by me all afternoon. *Sane* I’m telling you, two days of being out of the house and I was WHOOPED. My voice is actually hoarse today from all of the talking.

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We were also ASLEEP by 8:30pm which isn’t really a huge stretch for us, but still noteworthy.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3 salads

Ingredients:

  • 3 beets, peeled + rinsed + tops cut off
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup of pickled red onions
  • 4-6 cups of mixed greens
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange each bit in a lil foul patch + drizzle each with a tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P, wrap up em up but not super tight + place on a baking sheet
  • Arrange chickpeas on a separate lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast beets for 40-45 minutes or until tender + chickpeas for about 20-25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, stir lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Once beets are cooled, dice em up
  • To serve, arrange greens on a plate + top with quinoa + chickpeas + beets + pickled red onions + lemon dressing
  • Once consumed, eat some cake or pie to counteract the nutrition