Loaded Chili Spuds

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Our world, man.

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Idk about y’all, but I feel a heaviness and a sadness I just haven’t in a long time.

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I’ve been praying for a while for the Lord to open my eyes to the injustices of the world and not just leave me feeling numb or paralyzed by my own fear and anxiety.

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Welp, they are WIDE OPEN, Big Man! I’m hearing you loud and clear! It’s not that I haven’t realized systemic racism is rampant in our country. I’ve just felt too overwhelmed by the issue to do anything about it which I realize is a privileged and lame excuse. I was happy to shut up last week and just listen and learn. I’m still pretty overwhelmed and anxious and incredibly scared to say/do the wrong thing. But I guess we have to get uncomfortable if we want to grow and be better, and that’s all I want to do!

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And it’s time something other than my midsection grows.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet baking potatoes, scrubbed clean + holes poked throughout
  • Chili recipe (any leftovers taste great with some brown rice!)
  • Green onion, for serving
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Drizzle a tbsp. of olive oil on each potato with some S+P, rub all over
  • Wrap each loosely in foil + place on a baking sheet
  • Bake 55-60 minutes or until tender
  • Meanwhile, make chili
  • To serve, split potato down the middle + top with chili + green onions
  • Dig in face first

Veggie Fried Rice

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Sometimes I don’t think when I eat.

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And I accidentally eat two whole sweet potatoes + a can of chickpeas in a span of 15 minutes.

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Like I did just now.

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I have GOT to start eating more mindfully. AKA not grab my food, plop in front of the computer & work while eating. Mere minutes go by & all my food is gone & my stomach is distended from all of the carbs I shoveled into it. I’m physically ill right now. I cannot get comfortable on the couch. Every position reminds me of the deep shame I feel for being a trash panda. I think Garrett is going to have to actually roll me into the bedroom and put me in my pajamas for me.

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Seriously, can someone come over & pop me like the balloon animal I am?

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice, leftover from day before
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1-2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 a head of green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. of sriracha
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of sesame oil in a wok over medium heat
  • Add onion + broccoli + carrots + cabbage, cook for 6-8 minutes or until browned in places
  • Remove from pan + add remaining sesame oil
  • Add rice + soy sauce, cook for 3-4 minutes or until toasted
  • Add veggies back in + peas + sriracha, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Get on in there with your hands + just chuck all the contents at your face + hope some make it in your mouth

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