yukon gold potatoes and sun dried tomatoes
it was my birthday yesterday. i slept in till 10 am made a beautiful breakfast, played some ukulele and ventured through the snowy tuesday to take a hot yoga class. after that, i picked up some groceries with a really good friend and started getting prepared for my birthday potluck.
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, chopped
1 large yukon gold potato, diced
4 crimini mushrooms, chopped
6-10 sun dried tomatos (soaked)
2 handfuls of spinach
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
several pinches of black pepper
on medium heat warm coconut oil in large skillet or pan. saute the garlic alone for about 2 minutes and add potatoes. keep stirring potatoes until they become tender and golding on the edges. add sun dried tomatoes and then carrots. saute for another 5-7 minutes. add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the spinach wilts. serve!
daiya cheese pizzas
after hosting parties in the past this year i decided to be prepared. i stayed in for the larger part of the afternoon letting the dough rise, preparing the marinara sauce and getting out the table setting. i prepared a large pizza as well as pizza bites and let them sit in the fridge until my friends arrived so there would be fresh hot pizza right from the oven. and for another yummy and quick recipe to throw together:
chickpea date and walnut with mixed greens
6-8 cups mixed greens
6 oz canned garbanzo beans
8 medjool dates, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
black pepper to taste
sea salt to taste
balsamic vinegar (i used fig balsamic)
spring water with organic lemons
pretty soon the table was filled with food. these were some of the snacks. some of the pizzas that came last night were so beautiful and totally delicious. i tried every one. here are some of the pizzas that were on the table last night:
- sweet barbeque onion
- ice cream pizza with dandies marshmallows
- brownie crust with mangoes and blackberries with raspberry sauce
- chard and squash with chickpea sauce
as well as squash roasted with orange marmalade, pigs in a blanket and yummy cupcakes.
i didn't get to take very many pictures, but thats okay because i was thoroughly enjoying eating tons of amazing food and celebrating my birthday with very special people. i am extremely grateful to have friends that trekked below zero weather. I'm amazed that 30 people fit into my 400+ square foot studio apartment and adore them all. thanks guys you are awesome, one of my best birthdays yet.