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

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!