Mediterranean Nachos

Our world is so divided right now.

We desperately need something to unite us.

Enter: a new season of The Bachelorette.

It feels like months since we’ve had a new season. Oh wait…. I truly feel like yesterday in anticipation of the premiere the internet was the happiest it’s been all 2020. The people really came together in excitement over this absolute dumpster fire of a season. I was jazzed all day until about 3pm when my internet went out. They said it would be back by 7:06 and I resolved to be OK with missing the first 6 minutes. Don’t you know it didn’t come back until 6 THIS MORNING. What a first world, minor inconvenience I had to suffer and be BEHIND on this morning’s internet jokes and memes.

But I’m caught up now and you cannot convince me otherwise that Clare and Dale were in cahoots long before this started.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • Pita chips
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 English cucumber, 1/2 sliced thin + 1/2 shredded on a cheese grater
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives
  • 1 cup of plain vegan yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro or parsley, to taste (I hate parsley and you won’t see me use it even when I should)

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Bake 25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, combine yogurt + shredded cucumber + lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • To serve, arrange some pita chips on a plate + top with chickpeas + cucumber slices + tomatoes + olives + drizzle with tzatziki + top with cilantro or parsley
  • Serve room temp
  • Slap on a bib cause you’re getting tzatziki allllll over you

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!