Peach + Corn Pasta Salad

God bless football.

Perhaps that sounds a little backwoods or something, but I mean it with all my heart.

I can’t even put into words how happy I am the NFL is back.

One of the true delights of my life is putting on my Seahawks gear & forcing Topanga to wear her jersey and gluing myself to the TV to watch my baby boys play. During the National Anthem, they panned to Russell Wilson praying with a couple of guys and I LOST IT. Like big, ugly sobs. I’d like to blame it on the hormones, but I think I was just overwhelmed that football is back and there is some sense of normalcy in our lives. Top it off with a win and I was pretty inconsolable.

Garrett is so supportive during these times. He just kept bringing me snacks and cleaning up my dishes so I could fully enjoy.

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked whole wheat pasta
  • 2 peaches, peeled + sliced
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine pasta + peaches + corn + tomato + red onion + arugula + S+P
  • In another bowl, combine lemon juice + olive oil + S+P
  • Drizzle dressing on salad + serve chilled or room temperature
  • Put on a lil sundress + pour yourself something bubbly + enjoy this salad al fresco, pretending you’re someplace way better than wherever you actually are

Cowboy Caviar Stuffed Avocados

We had the loveliest virtual shower this weekend!

I was incredibly anxious about it – surprise, surprise.

As you all know, I never mind being the center of attention…except when it’s for real life things.

Allow me to explain. I don’t mind getting on stage at a karaoke bar and belting out Adele to a room full of strangers – friends taking embarrassing photos, the whole nine. I DO, however, mind things like birthday parties and showers where I am the object of everyone’s focus for no other reason than existing. Add in having to open presents in front of people?! I can’t imagine a more pure form of torture. THEN throw in doing it virtually?! You would think that might make it better, but it adds another layer of complex emotions I can’t handle. So basically I spent the morning of this baby shower crying. I’d like to blame hormones, but it’s just me.

We did get some DOPE gifts tho, I just wish Garrett was forced to open and react on camera instead.

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

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of black eyes peas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 corn on the cob
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine quinoa + beans + corn + red bell pepper + red onion + lime juice + cilantro + cumin + S+P
  • Open an avocado + remove the pit + add some of the caviar + more cilantro
  • Serve chilled
  • Smash it all up + slop up the contents of the plate

Adapted from here!

Curry Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

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Skill #632 I have lost in quarantine.

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The ability to do my makeup.

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Not that I ever really knew how to do it. I just kind of slapped it on and hoped for the best.

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But now I REALLY don’t know how to do it. We took maternity photos this weekend. It was really one of the first, true excuses I’ve had to get out of pajamas and put my face on. I gave myself three hours to get ready in case of emergencies. Of which there was really only one and it was that I look a like a clown with a bunch of makeup on. Seriously, I startled myself when I looked in the mirror. Garrett was reassuring, but I just think I’m meant to be the fresh faced, unwashed slob I’ve really become in quarantine.

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I’m happy I’ve finally tapped into my true potential.

 

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of hummus
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of curry powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • Croissants (or mini croissants as seen here!) for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, add chickpeas + mash until about 1/2 are mashed
  • Add carrots + red pepper + raisins + cashews
  • Meanwhile, combine hummus + lemon juice + curry powder + S+P in a lil bowl
  • Pour dressing over chickpea mix
  • Serve as a sandwich on croissants
  • Serve a few on doily-lined tray + eat these daintily like the pretty princess you are

 

Adapted from here!