Warm Chickpeas + Kale

I’m not entirely sure what the definition of a blizzard is.

But I am 100% positive I was in one this weekend.

It was just snow. Snow, everywhere. Whipping around in equally horrifying wind gusts.

It’s like, I like Colorado just fine, ya know? Then it has to go and do this. And I’m reminded, I’m not sure I like it all that much after all. I’m pretty sure we got several feet of snow, though I can’t confirm because I did not go out there with my tape measure. But I did look across the street at my neighbor’s house and there was snow piled up on their doorway. Like, if they had opened their door, snow just would have fallen onto their threshold. Poor Topanga has a hard enough life these days competing with Louisa for attention. Add in pooping in chest deep snow and she about called it quits on me this weekend.

But it’s starting to melt & I’m left here wondering…”Will all this snow cause the ground to soften too much and sinkholes to form & my house to get sucked down????”

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 bunch of kale, rinsed + destemmed + roughly chopped
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Brown rice, for serving
  • Juice of a 1/2 a lemon

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add shallots + garlic + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add cumin + crushed red pepper + paprika, cook another minute
  • Add chickpeas + 1/4 cup of water, cook 6-8 minutes, mashing chickpeas a bit as you go
  • Add kale + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes until kale is wilter
  • Serve over brown rice with lemon juice
  • Curl up + watch the blizzard + contemplate what you led you to this tundra while you eat

Adapted from here!

Butternut Squash Chili

I really need a hobby.

Because my phone storage cannot handle me being Lou’s personal photographer/videographer.

Literally all I do is take 235 photos & videos of her doing the exact same mundane thing each day.

And I love every minute of it. And I hope my friends do, too, because I send them to everyone. People are probably like, “Oh, great, another photo of Rachel’s baby laying in her pack n play sucking on her pacifier, excellent.” I’m sorry, I really cannot help I birthed the world’s cutest baby. It’s a blessing & a curse! I can’t keep this cuteness to myself. She must be shared with the world! She’s been here for 6 weeks & I swear I have no fewer than 1,000 photos. I went to the doctor today & it took everything in me not to just shove my phone in everyone’s faces and say, “SEE, see what I made!”

Now how do I get her face on a jar of some pureed peas?

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, chopped into cubes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo (depending on your preference), chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Avocados, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add jalapeno + bell peppers + butternut squash + S+P, cook another 6-7 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add chili powder + cumin + paprika + cinnamon, cook another minute
  • Add chipotle peppers, cook another minute
  • Add bay leaf + black beans + tomatoes + broth
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover + simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally
  • Serve hot with cilantro + avocado + tortilla strips
  • Curl up in the warmest blankie + stare at your twinkling Christmas tree + stuff yourself until you explode

Adapted from here!

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Stew

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I think I’ve finally decided what to give up for Lent.

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I know you were all really concerned with how I’d be recognizing the lenten season, and the wait is over.

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I’m giving up music.

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Doesn’t that sound BLEAK?! Have no fear. I’m not giving up all music, just everything other than Christian music. That might still sound bleak to some of you… but I love my Jesus jams! I’m going to go 6 weeks without playing other tunes – no emo, crying music, no Rachel’s Trax playlist on Spotify (complete with all the songs that make me so emotional they literally stop me in my Trax, get it?!?!), none of my mixed CDs from 2013, nothing! Obviously, I can’t avoid other music all together. I’d be thrown out of establishments if I ran around with my ears plugged, screaming “LA LA LA, I DON’T HEAR YOU!!!!” But when I have a choice, ya girl is rocking out to Jesus.

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Taylor Swift picked a really inopportune time to release a new music video.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. of sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro + more for serving
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice, for serving

 

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add bell pepper, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add sweet potatoes + tomatoes + S+P, coat + cook another 5 minutes
  • Add peanut butter + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika, stir until everything combined
  • Add broth, cover + bring to a boil
  • Lower heat to a simmer + add chickpeas, cover + simmer for 25 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add in spinach + cilantro + juice of 1/2 the lime
  • Serve warm over brown rice with more cilantro + lime wedges
  • Stir it all up + do a cannon ball into the smack dab middle

 

Adapted from here!