Smokey Paprika Cauliflower

Fun fact: I haven’t turned my laptop on in about two months (until now). Crazy how we can do life with just smart handheld devices these days, isn’t it? I’m surprised little creatures didn’t crawl out from under the keys of my keyboard when I fired it up just now. Another fun fact: This was supposed to be a buffalo cauliflower recipe! ‘Twas not meant to be. I just wouldn’t have been able to sleep tonight had I labeled it as such. That’s a lie; I can always sleep. While it isn’t buffalo-y, it IS smokey, spicy, tangy and I’ll certainly make it again as a quick and simple side dish in the future. Smokey Paprika Cauliflower Continue reading

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Small Batch Refrigerator Pickled Carrots

Refrigerator Pickled Carrots

I always imagined pickling to be some all-consuming full day task that resulted in an entire refrigerator/cabinets/storage unit full of pickled things and peppercorns in your bra. Little did I know there’s a much less involved version that takes an hour tops and is almost impossible to botch.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Cotija Cheese

Brussels sprouts are delicious! I don’t care if you think they taste like “farts” (I’m looking at you, Jake) they are delicious, nutritious, inexpensive and versatile. I normally halve and saute my sprouts in a little olive oil and garlic which is so simple and so good. You can also shave the sprout raw and enjoy in a salad or roast with a menagerie of other vegetables. Brussels sprouts are the best and if I had the time to organize a rally for them, I would.

Brussels Sprouts

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Quinoa + Roasted Vegetables

I love quinoa. I love vegetables. I love quinoa and vegetables together. I have a lot of love to give, mostly for grains and vegetables. They should always be together, always, just like Earth intended.

quinoa

This recipe is all about using whatever vegetables you have on hand and what’s in your fridge like my variety of partial vegetables, feta, and kalamata olives which ended up giving this dish a mediterranean flavor. I almost always have parmesan and canned tomatos on hand and will definitely go for an Italian take on this dish next time. This what I love about quinoa or any grain and vegetable combo dish- you can dress them up or down and it’ll always be delicious. Unless, you completely burn the rice you’re cooking for veggies and rice because your new boyfriend is over for dinner and you’re really nervous and want to impress him but instead serve him ashtray flavored rice that you tried to salvage. So, don’t do that and you’ll be good to go!

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