Make This Now

I go through phases where I love every recipe we make and phases where everything is “meh” and most of January felt like the latter, but things turned around at the end of the month and I was back in that “this is all delicious!” mindset.  I like it better here 😛

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Warm Chickpea Bowls with Lemony Yogurt

I made this for Joey one night but didn’t eat it myself until the following day and when I dug in, I was wowed!  I’m also a sucker for chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, full fat Greek yogurt and fennel, so I guess this recipe was made just for me.  It might have a lot going on, but it all works so beautifully together.  Swiping a bite of roasted cauliflower through that creamy yogurt was truly a wonderful moment in my life.

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Oven-Roasted Salmon with Feta, Asparagus & Cranberry Farro

We pan-seared this salmon because, in my opinon, it’s the best method but if you make this and you want to oven-roast, you do you.  The farro mixture was SO GOOD!  Cooking the grains in broth means they are really flavorful and then all the mix-in just make it even better.  Our grocery deliverer accidentally brought us two extra pieces of salmon, so I got to eat this meal twice and was NOT mad about it.

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Southwestern Tempeh Taco Salad with Chipotle-Tahini

Wow, this was good!  And made for one of those healthy filling lunches that gives you a burst of energy and happiness.  As I write this, this salad is waiting for me in the fridge for lunch and I feel very very excited about that.  I love how tempeh is much more permeable than tofu so the chipotle sauce you cook it in, really transforms it.  Plus everything topped with avocado is fine more than fine by me!

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Black Bean Plantain Enchilada Bake

It’s probably not recommended to have your groceries delivered if you need perfectly ripe plantains, but even though a couple of them were not quite there, this meal still turned out so so good.  This is the second time we’ve made this enchilada bake and we’ve loved it both times!  It’s saucy and hearty and doused in a “cheesy” sauce that makes use of Joey’s favorite ingredient: nutritional yeast.  It does take some time, but the result is more than worth it.  I highly recommend topping it with avocado and maybe eating some tortilla chips on the side.

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Zucchini & Pesto

It’s probably cruel to share this meal with you, without linking the recipe but it’s from a cookbook, so I guess you can’t really “make this now”… SORRY!  One Thursday night, I whipped myself up a dinner for one and not only was this gnocchi easy and quick (key when you’re cooking solo) but it tasted so dang good.  One slipped out of the pan as I crisped them up and I was all too happy to eat it off the stove.  Special mention to freezer pesto, making this extra easy to cook and bursting with good basil flavor.

Please tell me what you’ve been cooking and loving lately!

January Memory-a-Day

Tuesday, January 1st: Cleaning up our dinner party with Leon Bridges playing in the background.

Wednesday, January 2nd: Thinking “I love this little diffuser!” when I walked back into my lavender-scented office ♥

Thursday, January 3rd: Opening the door to my parents’ condo to see my little sister sitting on the couch.

Friday, January 4th: Peeking out the back window to see a blurry pup scurrying around in the snow.

Saturday, January 5th: Thinking “I shouldn’t have drank that extra half cup of coffee…”

Sunday, January 6th: Listening to “Shallow” REAL loud in the car, in preparation for the Golden Globes.

Monday, January 7th: The feeling of fluoride on my teeth after my dentist appointment.  Yuck!

Tuesday, January 8th: Deleting the monthly reminder to wash my brush.  (Side Note: Do you do this??  Am I really supposed to do this?)

Wednesday, January 9th: Joey using “smooth operator” in a sentence, then both of us singing “Smooth Operator” at the same time (ha!).

Thursday, January 10th: Getting a delivery of five pounds of crawfish from my uncle!

Friday, January 11th: Opening the blinds in my office ALL THE WAY so I could watch the snow come down.

Saturday, January 12th: Circling the grocery store parking lot for a THIRD time before giving up and just leaving.

Sunday, January 13th: Texting “Happy Birthday!” to my dad.

Monday, January 14th: Looking up the premier date for the second season of Killing Eve.

Tuesday, January 15th: Reading through the AFI’s list of Top 100 movies.

Wednesday, January 16th: Seeing a bucket with a face painted on it, hanging from a power line, as we walked back to our car after breakfast at Stowaway.

Thursday, January 17th: Watching my library book travel up the conveyor belt of the book return.

Friday, January 18th: Walking through the icy Alamo parking lot, while Joey purposely slid over it.

Saturday, January 19th: Finding a back door out of the movie theater that took us right to our car.

Sunday, January 20th: Hugging Jenn inside Our Mutual Friend!

Monday, January 21st: Breaking our Chemex when it slipped out of my hand after washing it 😦

Tuesday, January 22nd: Maybe getting teary-eyed when Professor McGonagall duels Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Wednesday, January 23rd: Checking my phone for the time (4 AM) and hoping it was almost time for me to get up anyway (NOPE) because I could NOT sleep.

Thursday, January 24th: Sitting down on the couch to read for a bit as soon as I got home from work.

Friday, January 25th: Watching Mason throw his little football, then throw his hands in the air for “TOUCHDOWN!” ♥

Saturday, January 26th: Walking through a grocery store that was positively crowded with stacked boxes that needed unpacking and feeling so stressed for all the employees.

Sunday, January 27th: Eating a second white chocolate chip oatmeal cookie that was soft and chewy and perfect, just like the mom who made them.  (My mom is surely going to text me about how she’s soft and chewy after she reads this :P)

Monday, January 28th: Walking to the back door to let the dog out and discovering LOTS of snow!

Tuesday, January 29th: Eating a post-lunch cookie.

Wednesday, January 30th: Talking to Jory about how he and Betsy might be having a baby this week!!!!!!

Thursday, January 31st: Turning off my alarm and thinking “no, I definitely am not going into work today.”  Colds suck.

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