Mediterranean Orzo Salad

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Buying a house is fun.

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I recommend doing it sight unseen in a global pandemic.

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Just adds an element of ~surprise~ to the process.

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Before we move, we were hoping to get some work done on the house. Ya girl just wants some fresh paint on the walls. Really, I just want all the walls painted a deep gray to match my soul and the energy I’m bringing with me into the house. We got our first quote from a company yesterday. These fools want me to pay $5,000 for them to paint a few walls! Y’all best believe I’m about to get some overalls and a set of paint brushes and I’ll go to town myself. Baby can breathe in paint fumes, right??

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I already miss our rental homes and not caring about scuffs and imperfections and weird smells.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked orzo
  • 1/2 an English cucumber, quartered
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine orzo + cucumber + tomatoes + red onion + bell pepper + olives + cilantro + some S+P
  • In a little bowl, combine olive oil + lemon juice + some S+P
  • Drizzle dressing on orzo, stir to combine
  • Serve room temp or chilled
  • This holiday weekend, just sit in front of the tube with your pants unbuttoned + stuff your face with some colorful orzo goodness

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!

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!