I am on week two of nightly bouts with insomnia and this is the week that the lack of sleep really hit me hard. Through the grace of Hiball energy drinks, I am here typing this right now instead of napping on the couch while Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta plays in the background. But even massive amounts of caffeine are only enough to make me function at a very low level. So now I will apologize (again!) for falling behind on replying to your comments and emails. And then I will get weepy and tell you I’m doing the best I can but I’M JUST SO TIRED and you’ll nod and back away slowly because suddenly things have gotten really uncomfortable.
Oh hey, here’s what I ate this week:
Rad Rainbow Pad Thai from Oh She Glows // I had been coveting a veggie spiralizer for a while and this post from Vanilla & Spice finally convinced me to take the plunge and buy one. It is so fun! How did I get by without zucchini noodles?! This raw Pad Thai was the first thing I made with it and it was so, so good. (And of course, if you don’t have a spiralizer, you can just julienne your veggies. That works too!)
Vegetable Sushi Bowl from A Couple Cooks // I skipped the avocado in this even though my husband loves it because I’m a terrible wife, but this made a nice, easy dinner. I’ve been wanting to roll my own sushi for a while but I never do it because of the intimidation factor, so this is a good compromise.
Strawberry-Pineapple-Mint Juice from Williams-Sonoma Taste // I also bought a juice extractor for my food processor this week because I had a Williams-Sonoma gift card just begging to be spent. This juice was delicious, but I’m still trying to get over the whole “all that fruit made this tiny glass of juice?!” feeling. The juicer is going to be a sometimes thing because I think I’d go broke if I juiced every day, multiple times a day like some people do.
Roasted Yellow & Dragon’s Tongue Beans // OH MAN THIS PHOTO. I know this looks really unappetizing and I’m kind of embarrassed to post it, but I swear it tastes good. I picked a bunch of beans from the garden, roasted them, then tossed with with a mushroom and sage-infused olive oil, walnuts, and shredded Parmesan cheese.
Parmesan & Paprika Grilled Corn from Fabulicious: On the Grill! // Yes, I made a Teresa Giudice recipe! Haters can hate! When I’m stressed out, nothing makes me feel better than watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey and yelling at the TV. “Teresa did nothing wrong! YOU ARE ALL JUST JEALOUS OF TERESA’S SUCCESS!” When will they start selling Fabellini in North Carolina? I need a case of that. Anyway, I used white corn to make this and I attempted it on the indoor grill, so it’s not all charry, but it was still delicious because: smoked paprika!
Garlicky Grilled Kale Salad with Grilled Bread from The Kitchn // There’s really nothing to say about this except that you need to make it immediately. If you like kale chips, you will love grilled kale. The dressing on this salad is ridiculously good and also there’s bread in it. Bread!
Blackberry Jam from Savory Sweet Life // I made jam! I made this before the last of my blackberries were so cruelly stolen from my yard. I added some lemon thyme too and it was delicious. And easy–much easier than I thought! There’s no pectin in this recipe, but it still gets thick and jelly-like.
What’s New on the Marketplace This Month
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite summer garden picks this month, like funky weird tomato seeds. (Every garden needs some funky weird tomatoes!) If you find yourself ordering from Abe’s Market several times a month like I do, be sure to grab the new 20% off coupon code that I posted this week. We can use that! I’m also giving away a bunch of fun stuff this month, like…
A case of Whole Grain PopCorners
A copy of The Plant-Powered Diet
A copy of The Essential Good Food Guide
Pistachio Chewy Bites
5 bags of healthy snacks from NatureBox
A gift box featuring olive oils, olives, and tapenade from Mediterranean Merchants
A $100 Whole Foods gift card
On a completely different note, I know a lot of you watched my Aunt Darlene on The American Baking Competition (and she totally should have won, right?!), so I thought I’d let you know that she has a website too where she’s posting some of her recipes. (If I can keep my eyes open for more than 20 minutes at a time this weekend, I am totally making a Georgia Peach Tart. Except with North Carolina peaches. But North Carolina Peach Tart just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?)
Disclosure: The links to Amazon in this post are affiliate links. If you happen to buy a veggie spiralizer after clicking on my link (have fun making zucchini noodles!), I would get a small percentage of the sale price from Amazon for sending you their way.