Warm Spinach Salad

I have officially reentered the workforce.

And now I’ve reached a new level of tired I didn’t know existed.

It’s really pushing me to expand my planning ahead skills.

For instance, this past week, I knew I’d need to cook myself dinner after work one night. I had some leftovers for the other nights, but there was one night I would have to like *cook, cook*. Let me just say, no task has ever felt more impossible than making myself dinner after working all day with a 3 month old strapped to my chest. I’ve resolved to never do it again. That’s how bad it was. And don’t get me started on dishes! So this week, I’m going to make a vat of pasta that should feed me for the week. And if it starts looking gnarly by Friday, so be it! That’s a future Rachel’s stomach problem.

But this salad was supposed to last me two to three days and it lasted one so….

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • On a lined baking sheet, spread onion + tomatoes in an even layer
  • Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast 25-30 minutes, tossing once, until tomatoes are nice + blistered
  • Add chickpeas to the baking sheet + toss with Italian seasoning
  • Roast another 5-10 minutes, until the chickpeas start to crisp
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining olive oil + apple cider vinegar + tahini + honey + S+P in a lil bowl
  • Add your spinach to a large bowl + add warm veggies, toss with dressing
  • Serve warm
  • Serve with tater tots to really time travel to 2063

Harvest Salad

I am exercising again!

Kind of…

Well, I have three times since I was cleared last week, and I don’t think that’s nothing!

I know you can exercise in pregnancy and I really tried, I tell you, and I did pretty well for the first 28 weeks, I think. But once I physically & mentally shifted into the third trimester, I was like…yeah…I’m done moving when it isn’t absolutely necessary. 40 extra pounds is a lot to carry around! But now I’m back in the game. After one gym session and a 20 minute yoga video, my non-existent abs were incredibly sore. So it’s going well.

And despite my maternity leggings all being too big now, I don’t plan on ever wearing real pants again.

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 red apple, sliced thin
  • 1/2 lb. of brussels sprouts, shredded or chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled + diced
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cups of arugula
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Spread sweet potato + brussels sprouts on a lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast 25-30 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, combine lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • In a large bowl, combine arugula + apple + roasted veggies + quinoa + S+P, drizzle with lemon dressing
  • Serve chilled or room temp
  • Eat this after another 20 minute yoga video + experience the ~height~ of fitness

Peach + Corn Pasta Salad

God bless football.

Perhaps that sounds a little backwoods or something, but I mean it with all my heart.

I can’t even put into words how happy I am the NFL is back.

One of the true delights of my life is putting on my Seahawks gear & forcing Topanga to wear her jersey and gluing myself to the TV to watch my baby boys play. During the National Anthem, they panned to Russell Wilson praying with a couple of guys and I LOST IT. Like big, ugly sobs. I’d like to blame it on the hormones, but I think I was just overwhelmed that football is back and there is some sense of normalcy in our lives. Top it off with a win and I was pretty inconsolable.

Garrett is so supportive during these times. He just kept bringing me snacks and cleaning up my dishes so I could fully enjoy.

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked whole wheat pasta
  • 2 peaches, peeled + sliced
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine pasta + peaches + corn + tomato + red onion + arugula + S+P
  • In another bowl, combine lemon juice + olive oil + S+P
  • Drizzle dressing on salad + serve chilled or room temperature
  • Put on a lil sundress + pour yourself something bubbly + enjoy this salad al fresco, pretending you’re someplace way better than wherever you actually are