Portobello Quinoa Wraps with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

Portobello Quinoa Wraps with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

This weekend I:

1) Went on a hike

2) Was lucky Nate didn’t leave me on the mountain

3) Had my second wedding dress fitting

4) Realized our wedding is NEXT MONTH

5) Spent an absurd amount on groomsmen’s ties

6) Cried laughing looking at the Instagram hashtag #swolebrahamlincoln (mostly that it exists and has 1200+ posts – WHAT)

7) Cooked all the food

8) OD’ed on pesto

9) Ate more pesto

Portobello Quinoa Wraps with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

Was that a good enough segue to pesto? I hope so, because that’s what I want to talk about. That and the wedding… naturally.

I could make all kinds of claims about this pesto. It’ll cure what ails ya. It’ll make you look like #swolebrahamlincoln. It’ll win you a million dollars so you can buy all the ties in the world. Mostly though, this pesto is deeelicious and so unexpected, because it’s made with cilantro!

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Teriyaki-Glazed Tofu Lettuce Cups

Teriyaki-Glazed Tofu Lettuce Cups

Well well well, what do we have here?

Lettuce filled with tofu, that’s what. Can you get more vegan?

Well, maybe if I had also incorporated kale and quinoa. Then these could be eeeven more granola.

As it is, I feel like just the idea of tofu turns some people off. But no longer, because just LOOK at this tofu:

Teriyaki-Glazed Tofu Lettuce Cups

No matter your general feelings on tofu, come on. This stuff looks good.

This is definitely a tofu recipe for tofu haters.

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Summer Baked BBQ Bowl

Summer Baked BBQ Bowl | coffeeandquinoa.com

The wedding gifts we registered for are bordering on what my dad likes to call a “life upgrade.”

Do you know what he’s talking about? When you make one change that snowballs, leading to bigger and bigger changes to accommodate the first. My favorite example of this is when a friend of mine brought home a Great Dane puppy… and then had to buy an SUV because she couldn’t fit in his car. And then a new house because his townhouse was also too small.

Life. Upgrade.

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Chickpea Caesar Salad Wraps

Chickpea Caesar Salad Wraps

Hello hello – it’s been a while!

I hope you’ll excuse my absence. {Insert sheepish face here.} Sometimes the summer weather just ruins all your cookin’ plans, ya know? Like, you really wanted to roast pans upon pans of veggies, then you realized that you could probably roast them on the sidewalk because it is SO HOT OUT and you have no business adding to that heat by turning on the oven. So instead you order a glass of sauvignon blanc on a restaurant patio and leave all those veggies hangin.

I hope I’m not the only one who has been slacking on the cooking front to enjoy the summer weather. It is so worth it! Those roasted veggies can SO wait til fall… and in the meantime, that bottle of white wine is calling your name. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, I’m encouraging it with quick and easy meals like this!

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Easy Orzo Risotto with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Easy Orzo Risotto with Sun Dried Tomatoes

I am just bursting with excitement to share today’s recipe with you. Because: ORZO RISOTTO <– Did you know that this could happen?!?

I certainly didn’t until the topic came up at work the other day.

It’s probably no big surprise that food is a frequent topic of conversation at work. A lot of my work friends love to cook, too, so we’re constantly peering into each other’s Tupperwares, asking what’s for lunch and how it’s prepared. What might be a surprise is that they are mostly single guys! I never thought I’d be sitting around with a bunch of bachelors talking about homemade naan recipes… or that one of them would turn me on to a new kind of risotto.

I guess that begs the question why they’re single. Well, due to a whole host of commitment issues, bad habits, and other personal flaws, no doubt.

Eh, you win some, you lose some. And I obviously win, because I got this risotto recipe.

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