Indie Roasted Chickpeas & Carrots feat. Harissa

About the Music: Listen, I love the funk as much as the next guy.  But sometimes you just do something a little more… alternative.  So for this fall dish we decided to put away the dancing shoes and get out the acoustic guitar. Hold on to your hearts ladies and gentlemen, because shit is about to get emotional.  We’ve got notoriously light hearted singer songwriter Elliott Smith in here for you. Some Blitzen Trapper, also from Oregon.  Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel sing longingly about a topic that isn’t Jeeeeeesssuuuuussss Chrriiiiiiiiiiiiiist and The Shins take us into the second half of our mix with a track about god knows what. Lastly, we round off this playlist with Norah Jones and The Little Willies’ cover of Jolene, a timeless classic to close out this half hour of sheer emotion. Reaching for the Kleenex already? Don’t worry, we’re one step ahead of you there.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 35 min

chick pea 1

1/4 cup olive oil
8-10 carrots
1 cup chickpeas (canned is quicker, dried is better)
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp harissa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp chopped parsley

First of all this recipe was made first, and probably better by Claire Thomas over at The Kitchy Kitchen so give her some props. Yea, I follow Kitchy Kitchen, wanna fight about it? I will say however that she does not have emotional alt rock playing while her carrots are roasting, so I got that going for me. Or maybe she does… the point is that you will never know.

Directions: I’m not really sure why we chose indie rock for this recipe but just go with it.  We think it works.  This recipe is easy and painless, giving you plenty of time to brood over the barista that forgot to put almond milk in your double machiato at your local used books and ironic leggings store.

Go ahead press play and preheat your oven to 425.

Peel your carrots and cut them into whatever shape most pleases you, I’m not into labels. If you are using canned chickpeas rinse them with cold water in a colander then lay them onto a paper towel and dry them off completely.

Grab a bowl, inside this bowl you will be mixing together some things.  These things include but are not limited to the harissa, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix that all up and then add the carrots and chickpeas making sure to coat all up in that ‘ish.

Put the aforementioned carrot mixture on a rimmed baking dish and spread it out so nothing is touching.  Slide it on in to the oven for 15.  Kick it. Perhaps In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is at full volume and you are literally on your knees weeping in the corner. Embrace it.

Flip the carrots. You’re going to say that flipping carrots and chickpeas is relatively challenging.  It’s damn near impossible. I don’t know just shake it up a little and throw it back in the oven for another 15, it should be good to go.

Take it out of the oven sprinkle some of your chopped parsley on there. We had this dish with our spicy peanut chicken recipe. Was dank.



The Humdinger

About the music:
I have full faith that you will grow to love this sandwich even more than you love that one chick that you follow on Instagram just because she’s hot and you don’t know her that well so it’s kind of awkward but you don’t really care because she’s hot. In that sense, this sandwich is basically a classic. So we are bringing the sultry hits, hippy undertones, with some nice notes of blues, and a rock ‘n roll finish. If you don’t like this playlist, I mean I don’t want to name names but you’re a communist.


Serves: 2
Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 tomato, sliced
Hummus of your choosing
1 red onion, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
Rosemary sourdough bread
A shitload of pepperoncini
Hot sauce of your choosing

There ain’t all that much to this sammy, and that, my friends, is why it’s constantly placed high in my sandwich rotation. 100% vegged out so you can pretend like your being good to your body, and it’s just a classic, as the music would imply.

I mean, it’s your sandwich so basically you can do this however you want, but here’s what we did:

Toast your bread.

Put all this heady shit on the toasted bread, except the cheese.

Put on the cheese.

Put it in the broiler.

Hot sauce it up right.

Munch on it. Enjoy the vegetables of your labor and rock out to the rest of this playlist.

Miso Broccoli Sweet Potato Bowl

 About the Music: We are back in action ladies and gents, and we are here to stay, probably.  You might think we would want to come back with a playlist that’s all about the party, maybe some disco cuts and classic funk grooves.  But, dear reader, it is the winter time here in Boulder Colorado and its cold and dark.  The music we chose for this playlist fits that vibe in that it says I’m dark and emotional but not totally emo. You like to write in your journal but you’re not necessarily on a pure Zoloft diet. There is an ethereal theme that runs through the playlist held together by wispy male vocals, guitar leads, melodic piano stabs and an electronic drum beat.  We start you off in the indie range with a couple great bands that have come out with new material in the last year and then move into a more electronic middle section, great for sipping your favorite bevy and holding your girl/guy by the fire.  Just as you are slipping into a wintery slumber we pick you back up again and move into the last section filled with great guitar rifts and a generally uplifting vibe, finishing with Broken Bells new single Holding on for Life that is guaranteed to have you tapping your feet while you take down this miso bowl.

Serves: 4
Total Cook Time: 45 min


Ingredients for Bowl:
1.5 cups dries rice (we used jasmine because we are boring)
2 sweet potatoes
1-2 heads broccoli
1 tsp sesame seeds
any other veggies you find interesting
coarse or kosher salt
1-2 tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for Miso Dressing:
2 tbsp minces fresh ginger
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons white miso paste
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons tahini
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

This is my standard disclaimer that we did not come up with this recipe because, well, we simply aren’t creative enough to come up with such a delightful feast of perfection.  The best we could do was provide the music, so deal with it.  If you want the original recipe find it your god damn self. Nah, jk, here it is.

Directions: Go ahead and hit play on this Jim James song and let the ethereal male vocals wash through you.  This song is basically a lullaby, but don’t fall asleep we have shit to do.  Preheat your oven to 400 and get your rice cooking in whatever method you prefer.

Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into one inch cubes and then cut your broccoli into bite size florets. Coat a roasting pan with a thin bit of olive oil and lay the sweet potatoes down so they aren’t on top of each other, but rather are… tessellating. Sprinkle with salt ‘n peppa and roast for 20 minutes.  After a cool 20 spot take them out flip them over and add the pieces of broccoli. Again with the salt and pepper and back into the oven for another 10-20 or until broccoli begins to char and potatoes are soft.

You may be asking yourself, “what the F am I supposed to do with myself for 40 minutes while this is roasting?” Well, aside from just sitting in awe of the sheer greatness and fortitude of this playlist, you still have to make the miso dressing.  Let’s make that happen.

Toast your sesame seeds in a skillet just to get that out of the way because that’s boring an uninteresting. Pay attention because this gets complicated. Put all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend that shit right on up. Other than that all you have to do is make sure your picture frames don’t fall of the wall due to the bass from this James Blake song and you should be good to go. If you finish early just go ahead and pour yourself a tasty bevarage, I’m thinking a gin and tonic-with a lime of course-and kick back for the remainder of this playlist.

When everything is done scoop yourself a bit of rice then put the broccoli and and potatoes on top.  Add the dressing and the sesame seeds and boom, you got yourself a miso bowl.  But for real, this dressing is so good you are going to want to put it on everything.