Tempeh + Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Anyone else practicing their vault run in the kitchen during the commercial breaks of the Olympics?

Just me? Kewl, kewl.

Idk what gives, but whenever the summer Olympics come around, I act like I’ve been competing as an elite gymnast my entire life.

I’m especially into it this year because I’m trying to manifest Lou’s Olympic gymnastic debut at the 2036 games. 2040 at the latest, but she’ll basically be an old hag by then so we’ll see. I just think she has the *it* factor. She likes to play this game where Garr holds both of her feet in one of his hands & she balances & throws her arms out like a daggum cheerleader. She’s a prodigy! I’m making her watch gymnastics with me and I keep telling her these women are her future mentors so watch and learn!

My luck she will blame me for putting immense pressure on her at the ripe age of 8 months old & she’ll do an E! True Hollywood Story on her life painting me as the villain.

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

Ingredients:

  • 4 bell peppers, halved
  • 1 package of tempeh, cubed
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Vegan cheese shreds

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Arrange bell peppers in a baking dish, cut side up
  • Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, bake for 10 minutes, just to soften them a bit
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add tempeh + S+P, cook 5-7 minutes or until crisp to your desire, remove from the skillet
  • Heat remaining oil
  • Add onions + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add zucchini + squash + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add tempeh back to the skillet along with quinoa + tomato sauce + italian seasoning + red pepper + S+P, cook 6-7 minutes or until everything is nice + combined
  • Heap some of your mixture into each pepper half + top with cheese shreds
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is as melty as vegan cheese gets
  • Smash a pepper in a pal’s face like you would a nice cream pie

Grilled Squash Pitas

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I am a potato.

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That’s the only explanation for my actions.

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Friday night, I was working on a personal project and wanted something mindless on in the background so I didn’t have to pay much attention.

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Usually, this is when I go to ole faithful, The Office, but for WHATEVER reason I was feeling like something different. Big mistake. I landed on whatever season of Married at First Sight is out on Netflix. Now, I’ve seen the first season of this and loved it, but I guess just haven’t had the channel it comes on since. The premise is…exactly what it sounds like. Four couples legit get married at first sight and have 8 weeks to try and make it work before they decide to get a divorce or stay together. BRILLIANT television. Anyways, I settle in and get back to work. I am slick HOOKED. I stayed up until AFTER 9pm (unheard of) to finish an episode and thought of nothing all night except getting back to my couch so I could watch. So, naturally, I spent Saturday and Sunday watching all 16 hour long episodes……I’m not proud of my choices.

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However, I AM proud that I also got Garrett hooked and invested in all of the couples. So much so when he had to go into work Sunday, he was like, “Are you really going to watch without me?” Yes, yes, I am.

 

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 3 yellow squash, sliced thin lengthwise
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 english cucumber, half sliced thin + other half shredded using a cheese grater
  • Arugula, for serving
  • 1 cup of dairy free, plain yogurt – I use an almond milk variety
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3-4 pitas, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine yogurt + shredded cucumber + lemon juice + garlic + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, set in the refrigerator until ready to serve
  • Meanwhile, preheat a grill
  • Arrange your squash flat + drizzle with remaining olive oil + some S+P
  • Grill squash for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender
  • Warm pita on grill, too
  • To serve, spread tzatziki on pita+ top with squash + cucumber slices + tomatoes + arugula
  • Fold + pretend your pie hole is a train station + its the pita train’s next stop

 

Inspired by this!

Autumn Harvest Salad

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My husband is going off the grid.

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He’s going underground, living on the lam, getting out of dodge!

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Also, he’s just deleting social media.

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Much to my chagrin, he’s slowly but surely deleting all his accounts. He claims it’s terribly addicting and bad for our mental health or something?? Idk. What I do know is that it’s downright selfish! He’s just not thinking about me and Topanga and all of the cute photos he, exclusively, has captured over the years! If Topanga had thumbs and could manage her own accounts, this would be a lil less of an issue, but alas. What, we’re just going to sacrifice all of our treasured pix to the internet Gods? Our memories scattered to the wind?? (Name that movie) I just can’t stand by and let this happen. He’s putting the millennial good name to shame!

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It also means I’m going to lose a follower and that’s simply not good for MY mental health.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, tops trimmed off + cut into rounds
  • 1 head of purple cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 beets, peeled + tops trimmed off
  • 2 parsnips, sliced in lil rounds
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin
  • Spinach, for serving
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Place squash rounds + parsnips on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Place cauliflower on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Place chickpeas + shallots on another lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Wrap each beet in its owl lil piece of foul + drizzle each with 1 tbsp. olive oil + S+P, place on another baking sheet
  • Roast all your veggies for 15 minutes, toss (no need to toss beets obvio) , cook chickpeas another 5-7, cauliflower + squash another 10-15, until browned to your desire + beets another 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine apple cider vinegar + remaining olive oil + dijon mustard + garlic in a lil bowl
  • To serve, top spinach with all your roasted veggies + drizzle with your dressing
  • Light all your pumpkin waffle flavored candles + smash face down onto plate, rubbing throughly in all veggies