Pesto Stuffed Shells

Let’s talk about stomach viruses.

Not in gory detail, you weirdos.

Just in general terms I think all fellow humans can agree on.

They absolutely blow chunks. No pun intended. Somehow, someway, a plague fell upon our house recently. I feel both blessed and annoyed it chose me to kiss first. Once it hit, it hit hard and your girl was down for the count. Couldn’t move, couldn’t eat, but the best – I couldn’t keep my eyes open OR sleep. Have y’all experienced this before? It was righteous. All night I tossed and turned, unable to get comfortable. Then, G started tossing his cookies. We were both down! Who would care for our seemingly well child?! Luckily, I rallied just in time for her to start spewing. Oh, what great fun it is to crouch down on all fours scrubbing carpets when your body is weak from upchucking.

I say we have a handful more kids so we can all get sick together again sometime.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of jumbo pasta shells
  • Pesto recipe from here
  • Tofu ricotta from here
  • 1 jar of marinara
  • Basil, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook pasta shells to just al dente, drain
  • Combine the tofu ricotta + the pesto in a bowl
  • Pour some marinara into the bottom of a baking dish
  • Once shells are cool, stuff them with the pesto ricotta
  • Cover with more marinara
  • Cover with foil, cake for 30 minutes
  • Remove foil, bake another 5 minutes
  • Top your plate with no fewer than 12 + have at it

Soyrizo + Chickpea Rice Bake

Ahh, a new year.

Time to set some goals I will never meet!

And convince myself that THIS is the year I become thoughtful!

Let’s face it, it’s not going to happen, I am who I am. I am, however, a fairly new member of the Peloton cult and plan on doing as many classes as possible this year! No, I don’t have a bike, you all already know I am far too cheap to spend that much money on a BIKE! But the app is wonderful. I was working out with G in our garage gym, but it is soooo very chilly in the winter and it plummeted my motivation. If I’m waking up at 5:30 to work out before Lou gets up, can I at least be warm doing it? Peloton classes to the rescue! The forced motivation from the coaches is a little much sometimes, but I’ve officially drank the juice & there is no going back.

Be my peloton friend! @Topangasmom – obviously.

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of yellow rice (this is the kind I used)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 4-5 cups of veggie stock
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add soyrizo, cook until browned, 5-6 minutes
  • Add chickpeas + tomatoes + raisins + cumin + chili powder + paprika + S+P, cook for a few minutes until tomatoes are gently simmering
  • Add rice, cook another 3-4 minutes, toasting the rice
  • Add stock, enough to cover, + bring to a boil
  • Put pan into oven for 30 minutes
  • Once rice is cooked, serve hot with cilantro

Adapted from here!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This Christmas season has been one of the most shocking of my life.

Not only did I get the fewest presents I have ever received (but who is counting or complaining),

But I discovered this seemingly universal trend that I am not on board with.

Santa doesn’t wrap presents?????? What kind of absolute malarkey is this? Apparently, he doesn’t have “time” or something, I don’t really know, I tuned out. I just can’t get behind this. Santa ALWAYS wrapped my presents. I’m not saying he did this himself, those elves of his certainly had a hand. & you know Mrs. Claus spends the entire year preparing bows & what not. I just cannot stand seeing photos of people’s Christmas mornings and there are all of these gifts just under the tree all willy nilly! Naked gifts! That’s fewer gifts to unwrap which is literally the most fun part. I’m not budging on this.

My Santa also did little gift tags on my presents that said “to: Rachel from: Santa” & while it is suspicious Santa & my mother had the same handwriting, I respect how well put together the wrappings were.

Time: 45 minutes (prep + baking) | Serves: 12-16 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • Pinch of S
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine sugar + oil
  • Add milk + vanilla, stir to combine
  • Add flour + cocoa powder + baking powder + S + combine
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop some dough + rub in powdered sugar, place on lined baking sheet (I used baking mats), repeat
  • Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven + let sit on the hot sheet pan a couple more minutes
  • After a few minutes to let them firm up, transfer to a wire rack to cool
  • Calories don’t count in 2021 anymore, eat them all!!!!!

Adapted from here!