This chili has been a lifesaver this week. Seriously.
It is 75 degrees in my apartment, but all I can think about is how good this chili is. Yeah, that is the craziest thing I have said all day. It is 75 degrees in February and, guys, it is DANG HOT. This time of year, I am usually all about blankets and sweaters and bowls of hot steamy goodness, but here I am, in shorts.
And yet, I am still craving this chili. This whole situation makes no sense.
Pump up your Monday and squash the competition. These colorful bowls are just perfect meal prep for the week!
Here’s the thing. This bowl is bordering between grain bowl and salad. And, right now, because I am feeling virtuous, I am going to call it a salad. Here’s the thing, I love salad, but salad with iceberg lettuce and weird dressing? No, I do not love that kind of salad. What’s worse is a salad that is wilted before I even put the dressing on! No thank you! Whenever I make salads, I make them big, colorful, full of different veggies, and I always finish them off with cheese. Always.
And it starts with these beautiful purple eggplants.
I know eggplant is not the most colorful veggie, but, after a couple of weeks of beige foods, brown foods, and… COOKIES, my body is so ready for a change. While I miss the little baked goods (it was as gluttonous as it was glorious) I can just feel my body cry out for all things veg.
We all need a bowl of soup after this week. Who’s with me?!
It is the last Friday of 2017, which, thank goodness 2017 is OVER! And just like that the holidays are over. Hoping each and every one you had an amazing holiday season with your family. And, regardless if you celebrate or not, I hope you had a relaxing day off! 2017 was definitely a rebuilding year for me. I was taking classes, transitioning to a new job in a new city, and learning about this crazy blogging life while balancing my social life.
I am eating this noodle bowl for L & D every day right now and I guess you could say it’s going alright. I just freaking love noods, so the idea of having coconutty goodness mixed with squashy goodness mixed with noods.
We are learning how we can get lazy this week. And hey, that is a OK!
Because, serious question, my fellow lads and lassies. Have any of you made tamales before? I have. And they are delicious, but damn they are SO hard to make. The day that I made them, I remember spending hours wrapping the cornmeal with the corn husks and tying them together and steaming them. Yeah, that is a lot more work than I normally want to do in these cases. And honestly, the guacamole and the pico I made were winners compared to the corn tamales that took me hours to make.
Seasonal and simple is the name of the game these days.
But you know, that can be easier said than done.
First of all, seasonal food can leave us under So. Much. Pressure. It’s like hello excess of tomatoes and zucchini and peaches. I love you so much but for four weeks, I’m going to eat an excess of you until I am freaking stuffed. And then I’m going to look at you and wish you had never been born.
The first time I had tomato jam was at Cafe Gratitude in LA. Now, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to eat my favorite foods. And a lot of times, restaurants provide a great source of inspiration. But this bowl, especially the tomato jam, absolutely blew me away.
Down the street, we’re talking. Man, is that inspiration wind strong!
So how excited are we for late summer fruit? Maybe a little too much because I basically want to hoard it ALL.
I am pretty much head over heels for anything blueberries or peaches right now. And that is partially why this recipe exists. Lately, at my farmers market or at the grocery store (which, let us be real, is practically everyday, I see the pints of blueberries or the smooth peaches and I just HAVE to buy a bag. I think it is because I am worried I will walk into the store one day and they will no longer have peaches or blueberries. The problem is my belly is tiny (as I am tiny) and I can only hold so many peaches and blueberries. Also, my freezer is only so tiny, so I can only freeze so many.
I was in a real pickle.
Luckily for me, I can make delicious desserts with all of these excess blueberries and peaches! And this one was one of my very favs. During my summers as a kid, there was only one way my family knows how to enjoy nature’s bounty. That, dear readers, is making and eating desserts that are basically 85% fruit. You know, just so we can get some heath factor in there. One of my favorite desserts growing up was a fruit crisp. My dad would make one every week or so, and that 9×13 inch pan would be gone in a matter of days. We would make it with whatever fruit happened to be in season. In the fall, it was always apples or pears. In spring, strawberries and rhubarb would take the show.
However, the recipe for crisp that stands through all of my memories is a peach and blueberry crisp with plenty of cinnamon and lemon zest. And this recipe is a great little single ladies riff on my favorite dessert. It is vegan, gluten free, and give SUCH a delicious texture and flavor that is just UMPH. I don’t add anything to the fruit because I really want to let the flavors shine. If you want, feel free to add a bit of sugar or lemon zest. I then make a quick little topping out of coconut oil, coconut sugar, and Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods instant oatmeal. I used the Chia Crunch flavor and I loved the contrast it gave with the soft fruit. Delectable? You bet your bottom dollar!
2 cups chopped fruit of your choice ·(here, I used chopped peaches and blueberries)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 packet Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods instant oatmeal, any flavor
4 teaspoons coconut oil, solid (if liquid, place in the refrigerator for approximately 5 minutes until solid)
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and chopped fruit. Divide into two oven proof ramekins. In another small bowl, mix together Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods instant oatmeal, coconut oil, and coconut sugar, smashing everything together until well combined. Divide oat topping on top of two ramekins of fruit. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Top with coconut whipped cream or vegan yogurt. EAT.