besides the fact that i love spending every day with my best friend, marriage has brought about something else i am realizing i love so much -- cooking! it's crazy to think, considering the fact that i used to qualify dipping pretzels into peanut butter as one of my best culinary skillz.  

SO. i've been cooking a lot, and i'm luuurving it. i've decided that from time to time, i'll be posting some of my favorite recipes. this is mainly for me to remember what i've made & liked, but i also hope you can try some of them too! i promise i'm forever a fat kid, so i only cook stuff that is tasty!

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tonight i made "almost vegan super food stir fry." 

AND IT WAS BOMB.

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*1 cup of white quinoa (rice cooker. hellooooo efficiency.) *2 sweet potatoes, chopped *1 zucchini, halved and chopped *1 yellow squash, halved and chopped *1 small white onion, diced *3 cloves of garlic, minced *1 tsp of unsalted butter (hence, almost vegan) *1/2 cup broccoli *1/2 cup cauliflower *1 whole pineapple, chopped *1 tbsp honey *1 tsp olive oil *the juice of 1 lemon (squeeze it cut side up, to prevent seeds from fallin in! thank you, Rachael Ray.) * salt + black pepper to taste

in a large sauce pan, bring butter, onion, and garlic to a simmer over medium heat. (this is where your kitchen begins to smell AM-AH-ZING.) add sweet potatoes, cover, and let simmer for 6-8 minutes. try to lay the sweet potatoes in one layer, to get a nice grilled texture. flip them halfway through.

in a medium bowl, combine broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. toss lightly so that the veggies are good'n'covered. (a technical term.) add to the sauce pan with sweet potatoes and turn heat to low/medium-low. cover, stirring occasionally.

in a small bowl, combine pineapple with honey and black pepper. the honey will provide the caramelized exterior, while the black pepper will bring out the natural ZING of pineapple. go on, say it. ZING. add the pineapples to a separate sauce pan on medium heat. grill them on each side for about 4 minutes, until you see a nice glaze on each side.

toss the pineapples into the original pan. (but try one first. DELISH.) serve the veggie mix on a bed of fluffy white quinoa. serves 3-ish. (we each ate a bit extra, and there's a bit left. you do the math.)

 

NOM NOM NOM.