Spicy Tomato Pasta

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It would be nice to put on makeup and pants.

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Technically, nothing is stopped me from doing that now.

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Except I barely have enough motivation to practice proper hygiene. Who do I have to impress?!

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I mean, welcome to my first world problem of the day, but I just want to get dolled up! But I’m sorry, I can’t fathom using my v expensive Wet & Wild highlighter when no one will actually see it. I’ve also spent these last 6 weeks going through some rigorous training. By that, I mean I’ve trained my hair to only be washed once a week. By train, I mean, I just ignore the grease or throw it up in a bun & headband & pretend everything is OK. Zoom calls aren’t even enough to motivate me. I’ve learned I can face the window in such a way I practically look like a ghost and no one *really* knows if I did anything to myself.

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The lengths I will go to live like a trash panda in peace.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of whole wheat angel hair or thin spaghetti
  • 2 red tomatoes, diced
  • 2 yellow tomatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 14 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Anaheim chiles, seeded + chopped
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine tomatoes + S, let stand for about 40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, drain
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add tomato sauce, bring to a simmer + cook for 5 minutes
  • Add tomatoes + chiles + spinach + oregano + red pepper + S+P, cook another minute
  • Turn off heat + add pasta to pan with more S+P, if desired
  • Serve warm
  • Tuck yourself into the deepest recess of the couch + pull a hoodie up over your head + eat your pasta in the peace of your private love cave

 

Adapted from here!

Chickpea Dumplings

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I like being spoiled.

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Not just with lil treats and happies, but with my reality television show endings.

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I need spoilers to survive this cruel & unusual world.

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Specifically, I have to know The Bachelor/ette spoilers or I can hardly watch the show. I don’t want to be surprised, I don’t want a plot twist. I want to know what I’m getting into. This is why before every season I stalk the blogs until I discover the ending and every twist and turn leading up to it. I’m prepared, I’m ready. I am usually the go-to in my friend group for Bach news. (I have very little joy, leave me be.) For SOME reason I cannot comprehend, my sources don’t have the dirt this season. They speculate, but no one KNOWS how this season ends. It’s driving me absolutely bonkers. How am I just supposed to WATCH the show for the next four weeks and not know who he picks and will ultimately break up with in 3-4 months? Who do you think I am?

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In my next life, I hope I’m one of those kewl, enlightened girls who couldn’t be bothered with the trash fire that is reality television.

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 4 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of curry powder
  • 2 tsp. of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of ground mustard
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, pulse chickpeas until broken down
  • In a bowl, combine chickpeas + breadcrumbs + 1/2 cup of spinach + 1/2 the oil + yogurt + jalapeno + S+P
  • Shape into lil dumplings + arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Refrigerate while you work on the rest
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat
  • Add ginger + curry powder + coriander + cumin + mustard, cook about a minute, stirring constantly
  • Add tomatoes + tomato sauce, bring to a simmer
  • Add remaining spinach + S+P, cook 1-2 minutes
  • Nestle dumplings into the skillet, cover + cook for 20 minutes, turning dumplings a couple of times
  • Praise the good Lord above for giving you a warm bowl of grub to devour + dig in, hunny

 

Adapted from here!

Mexican Green Quinoa

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My how the tables have turned.

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A couple of years ago, you wouldn’t catch me outside unless it involved a mimosa and a covered patio.

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Now I crave time in the good Lord’s creation.

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I made Garrett go hike with me this weekend. I, Rachel, suggested an outdoor event. He asked me if I had a fever. Idk man, I just have this ache to be among the trees and the breeze and all of God’s goodness. There is something about being surrounded by nature, breathing in the fresh air and making your hunny carry the heavy pack so you can frolic freely. Also, I want hella cute and defined legs. Sue me. Apparently, my next outdoor adventure needs to involve camping. I’m sorry I just can’t rationalize sleeping on the cold, hard ground with a piece of cloth between me and wildebeests. But I am like this close to selling all of our possessions (I have already donated SIX bags of crap to charity this year) and moving into a humble cabin in the wilderness.

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Which I would absolutely do if the wilderness was within 20 minutes of a major city and international airport.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white quinoa
  • 1 cup of spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of kale, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/4 cup of pistachio nuts, chipped
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions
  • Remove heat + fluff with a fork
  • Add to a bowl with all ingredients + some S+P
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Accidentally binge entire bowl while watching Netflix like I did