Cauliflower Po’Boy

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I saw humans IN PERSON this weekend!

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After 29 years of extreme introversion, who knew I’d be so happy to leave the house?

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Don’t worry, I didn’t touch a soul & it was a small, trusted group at someone’s home.

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It just felt so nice to do something seemingly ~normal~. I love Garrett with my entire heart, but he is LITERALLY the only human being I’ve really seen in 2 months. It was nice to converse in person with others. The not hugging or getting too close thing was a little odd, but tbh I could get used to it. I’ll do whatever it takes for this virus to get gone & business to reopen! Idk about where y’all live, but NC has just barely begun to open up. Still no bars or dining in at restaurants which I’m grateful for, but it is nice to see the streets a bit busier. If only we could all just wear our masks, social distance & follow the daggum rules, we might actually get through this quarantine & not have to do it again after all!

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But my faith in mere mortals is lacking these days, so we’ll see.

 

 

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 3/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp. of sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Tomato slices, for serving
  • Arugula, for serving
  • Toasted hoagies, for serving

 

How to:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour + garlic + onion powder + cajun seasoning + cumin + paprika + S+P
  • Add in milk + 3/4 cup of water, combine until formed into a batter
  • In another bowl, add bread crumbs
  • Dredge cauliflower florets in batter, then bread crumbs + place in air fryer basket in an even layer (might have to do two rounds of frying)
  • Air fry for 20 minutes, flipping once
  • Meanwhile, combine mustard + sriracha + juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • To serve, spread your mustard mix on both sides of a hoagie, add tomato slices + cauliflower + arugula + drizzle with some of the remaining lemon juice
  • Serve hot
  • Squeeze the bread together to kind of mush everything together + unhinge your jaw + go to town

 

 

Adapted from here!

Veggie Tortas

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You know quarantine is getting to you when you’re really excited to PACK!!!!

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While we still don’t know when we’ll be allowed to move, we’re just trying to prepare.

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There’s a very real possibility these bans will lift one day and we’ll be expected to get the heck out the next.

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So packing here we come! Really it’s Garrett doing the work. He woke up this morning and was like, “I think I could probably pack the entire house today!!!” I politely told him I’m not living around a bunch of moving boxes for potentially months so he needs to slow his roll. Did he listen? Absolutely not. This man made not one but TWO runs for packing supplies today because he went through his first round of items so quickly. I’ve never seen the man so motivated and jazzed about a project. However, he did require supervision because he tried to throw away multiple items he claimed I never use but that are very important like my clothes steamer!!!

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The true test of our marriage will be whether we can continue surviving solitary confinement together & a cross country move.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1-2 zucchinis, halved
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 3-4 kaiser rolls or crusty bread
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • Sriracha

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange zucchini + red pepper on a lined baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Bake for 20 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, heat another tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 6-7 minutes until caramelized, set aside
  • Meanwhile, add beans to a pot over low-med heat + add cumin + chili powder + smoked paprika + S+P, smush em up a bit
  • Add remaining olive oil to skillet
  • To assemble sammies, spread some sriracha on the inside of bans + add beans + veggies + smush breads together + grill on each side for 2 minutes, repeat
  • Serve hot
  • Tuck yourself gently in between the warm bread slices + take a snooze

 

 

Vegan Philly Cheesesteak Sammies

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It’s still over a month away yet here I sit stressed about Christmas.

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It’s not supposed to be this way. I should be focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior! The many blessings the year has brought me! The New Year’s resolutions I will certainly not keep!

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Instead I am left wrestling with answers to the dreaded question, “What do you want for Christmas?”

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To be left alone, honestly. Seriously, it’s so stressful coming up with random things I want others to purchase for me and then wrap and hold onto until 12/25. If I want something, I typically weight the pros and cons, research the best deals, find a coupon code, put it in my cart and then talk myself out of it. I like this process, I’m comfortable with it, it makes sense to me. Why organize a Christmas list? Let’s just spend time together and sing carols and string popcorn on trees like the olden days. But I am an acquiescent child. I put together a list, I checked it twice, I sent it it to my parents and husband. I thought I was really doing them a favor, too. Look, here are some ideas you unimaginative shoppers. Know what I get in return? “That’s a really long list.” K. I’m out.

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Garrett also said, “Wow, I started a list for you too and it has none of this stuff on it.” He knows me so well.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of tempeh, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce + 2 tbsp.
  • 1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of sriracha
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. of paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • Crusty french bread, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of soy sauce + dijon + 1 tbsp. of garlic + 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add tempeh slices, coat in the soy sauce mix + set aside
  • Add sweet potato to a sauce pan + add water + bring to a boil
  • Lower heat + simmer for 15 minutes, drain + let cool
  • Add sweet potato + remaining soy sauce + coconut milk + nutritional yeast + lemon juice + sriracha + 3 tbsp. of olive oil + garlic powder + S+P to a food processor + pulse until smooth, set aside
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat
  • Add tempeh + sauce it marinated in, cook for 6-7 minutes, until crisp + browned to your liking
  • Remove from the pan
  • Add remaining olive oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add green peppers, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add tempeh + paprika, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • To serve, place some tempeh mix into your crusty bread + top with cheese sauce

 

Adapted from here!