The f**k is jackfruit? Well I just used it in a recipe and I still don't really know what it is, but I saw it as a featured new product in Trader Joe's so I grabbed a can of it. The nice, bearded hipster working at trusty ol' TJ's told me that jackfruit isn't actually sweet or fruity, and that it's often used in vegan cooking as a meat replacement. He then suggested I try it for a meat-free Taco Tuesday.
It's been more than a week since I've given you a recipe - apologies. I've just been busy memorializing the death of my youth...which some would call "celebrating my 26th birthday." I fully acknowledge that anyone reading this over the age of 26 probably wants to punch me in the face, but I'm not really writing about the number. I'm more so calling attention to the shifts that seem to start around the 26 year mark. They aren't necessarily bad, they're basically just qualities that my 22 year-old self would roll her eyes and scoff at. Turning 26 is like trading in your fun, old Jeep Wrangler for a sub-compact Toyota Camry. Bear with me.
HIIII!!!! Did you all have a merry Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or Kwanza? Or Christmukkah? I'm sure I'm missing a holiday and I'm sure I've offended someone by doing so. Throw a rock in the Serengeti and you're likely to hit a gazelle. Make a joke in 2016 and you're likely to insult 75% of the planet in some form or fashion. In fact, I'm sure there is a vegan somewhere out there who is drafting hate mail to send my way at this very moment..."WHAT? SHE THROWS ROCKS AT GAZELLES IN THE SERENGETI?!"
All hail chili season! It's about 40 degrees here in Charlotte, meaning the streets are filled with...no one. And the grocery stores are filled with everyone...because any temperature below 50 warrants apocalyptic shopping tendencies. "What? It's sweater weather? Guess I should go purchase 14 gallons of milk and all the wonder bread that Harris Teeter has in stock."
In the mood for a Mexican splurge? Well, whip out your slow cooker, throw on your sombrero and feast your eyes on this luscious platter of clean, gluten-free enchiladas. I actually cannot even with these. They also just so happen to pair very nicely with Netflix. Something about "Netflix and enchiladas" just sounds right. "Stranger Things and enchiladas" sounds even better. Merlin's beard...have you seen that show?! It's outrageous...ly addicting. I'm borderline embarrassed to cop to having completed the season within a 24 hour window. Contrary to tradition, Winona Ryder is not the one to steal the show - but the series is a total gem nonetheless.
The easiest way to "bake" a potato (sweet or white) is actually not in the oven. Rather, it's in the lazy chef's favorite appliance...the slow cooker. I mean, it's not like baking a potato in the oven is all that taxing of a project...but I basically just look for any excuse I can to use my slow cooker and the consistency comes out perfectly every single time. According to Pinterest, all you need to be a great cook is a slow cooker. I whole heartedly support and abide by this rule
I'm a big "sit on my bum and not put much effort into my meals" kinda gal. I've said it before, but my slow cooker is my sous chef. The ability to just dump stuff in it and be able to watch the evening news without lifting a finger come dinner time is just glorious. Did you catch last week's evening news?? Crazy stuff. I can't believe Sonja Morgan ripped off Bethenny Frankel's booze brand. Oh...you don't watch Bravo's news segment? It's called "The Real Housewives of New York City"...really riveting stuff, you should get into it - great way to feed your brain.
I make this buffalo chicken on the reg in bulk and then eat it throughout the week. It's surprisingly diverse! Great for buffalo chicken tacos, pizza, chicken salad, etc. One of my new favorite ways to eat it is to throw it over spaghetti squash, add a dollop of mayonnaise, mix it all up and heat it. Yum! Not to mention, as the title indicates, this is the easiest shredded buffalo chicken ever.
A friend of mine recently spoiled herself with a slow cooker and she was in a pickle about what to make first. She arrived upon a good sloppy joe recipe and was raving about it. Honestly it made me want pick the lock to her apartment and steal her leftovers. What a great idea - crock pot sloppy josephs. Light bulb!