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What I Eat (When I’m Not Blogging) Part 12

You guys, I feel really crummy about badmouthing Teddy the other day. He IS a good boy. Well… sometimes at least. And the rest isn’t his fault.  I’m resolving to be more patient and let him take all the time he needs. Because his is (mostly) a good boy 😉 

Okay, now the food! Here are some of the wonderfully vegan things I’ve noshed on lately, starting with my favorite thing- a delicious cocktail! Mom and I went furniture shopping a few weeks ago and then stopped at Seasons 52 for a short happy hour- I had the Cranberry & Sage (Prairie organic gin, white cranberry juice, cranberries, candied sage leaf) and Mom had the Bourbon Berry Bramble (which is what I usually order- bourbon, elderflower liqueur, raspberries, blackberries, lime). I adore their bar, everything about it screams (whispers?) decadence. And the shopping? Well someone bought herself some new bedroom furniture for Christmas!

Another day, another boozy shopping trip with Mom! This trip was to Homegoods and Gordman’s to find new artwork/stuff for our homes. I bought an awesome painting for my living room, and Mom found a great wall hanging for her master bath. We toasted our shopping skillz with a pint of beer at this little brewery in the shopping plaza. The place wasn’t anything special but the beer was good! 

Flashback: Here’s my Christmas dinner plate, cooked by Mom… She made us a little Field Roast, green beans, corn, mashed taters, cranberry sauce, and I contributed my Butternut Mac n’ Cheese. Yum! And yes, I mix my cranberry sauce and potatoes because I’m a child and I like my potatoes pink. So what? 

Healthy dinner alert! A Chef Ernesto burger from the Dollar Tree wrapped in lettuce and topped with pickles and tomatoes and onions, a huge side salad, and some leftover roasted beets. This is the kind of dinner I eat when I’m hungry but not super motivated. 

And another healthy yet easy dinner: A baked potato topped with salsa and a little Daiya, plus another big @ss salad. 

I keep eating these falafel sandwiches so I’m gonna keep sharing ’em! They’re from a little Syrian place a couple blocks from my office and they’re to die for. The white sauce on there is some sort of garlic and eggplant mix, totally vegan! 

Pizza! A bbq chick’n pizza, to be specific. With red onion and cilantro, so good! It wasn’t quite perfect yet, which means I have to make it again so I can photograph it and blog it. Poor me, right? 

Hmmm… what else? Oh boy, this was one of THE BEST sandwiches I’ve ever eaten! The Buffalo Po’ Boy from Sputnik, it was stuffed full of deep-fried tempeh, house-made buffalo sauce, onions, tomatoes, pickles and ranch slaw, served on a toasted hoagie roll with a side of sweet potato fries. I was so full after, but very, very happy! If you live in Denver, you gotta try Sputnik. Their vegan menu is fantastic!

One night for dinner I made my Tofu Scramble with a ton of maple syrup on it, because I’m from NH and forget about Vermont- NH maple syrup is where it’s at!

I’ve been doing a lot of projects at home lately (which demand their own post) and all that work makes a girl hungry. I had some leftover bbq tofu in the fridge, so the other afternoon I made this super quick quesadilla with Field Roast tomato cayenne cheese… and extra bbq sauce on the side!

That’s it for now. I promise to deliver on the projects update soon… and I’m making SO MUCH progress on my 40 Before 40 that I’m dying to share too.  Muah!

 

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Good Dogs and “Bad” Dogs

This is Sally. She is a good dog. 

This is Teddy. He is not a good dog who has a lot of naughty moments and tries to drive me crazy. 

Don’t get me wrong. I love him and he will live with me the rest of his life and I will always make sure he’s safe and happy and healthy but OMG am I struggling with this boy. He had a very tough life before he came to me, so it makes sense that he’s not warming up the way I’d like (no snuggles yet, although he does let me love on him when he first wakes up in the morning!), and since he was never a pet before (he was a working sled dog) it makes sense that he never learned the difference between his toys and my shoes/books/mail/slippers/socks/blankets/food/candles/mittens… But this weekend, he took it all a step further. I’m going to spare you the details because this is a vegan blog and you’re all animal lovers too and I don’t want you to experience the trauma I felt on Sunday morning, so I’ll leave it at this: Teddy caught one of the squirrels he’s always chasing around the yard. It was horrible. For the squirrel, obviously, and for me. And my floors and rug. It’s really hard to feel warm feelings for a dog who’s face is covered in blood. 

But, of course, it wasn’t Teddy’s fault in that he didn’t know he was doing something wrong. Nature and all that. And, squirrel aside, I should thank him for helping me keep my house clean and decluttered, right? Anyway… I’m just venting. Teddy and I will be fine. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest!

 

 

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Healthee Organic Brown Rice Bowls

I wont lie… all some days I don’t feel like creating a whole meal from scratch, and I know I’m not alone in this. The problem is that we, as smart and healthy vegans, don’t want to rely on bland products made with subpar ingredients, right? We want products that will help us at the end of a busy day that are also delicious!

Enter Healthee and their line of fully cooked, ready to eat brown rice bowls that are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan.  They’re available in three flavors:

  • Fried-Style
  • Coconut
  • Turmeric

I’ve already eaten all three, and enjoyed them all. Here’s a shot of the Fried-Style Brown Rice topped with water- sautéed carrots, zucchini and kale… with a little spicy BBQ sauce. 

It took maybe 10 minutes to make this healthy dinner. I sliced the veggies and put them in a pan with a little water, and cooked them till they were lightly done (I like my veggies with a bit of toothsomeness). While they were cooking I put the rice in the microwave, and when the veggies were done I drained the water and stirred in some sauce, then plated it all together. EASY.

The rice was flavorful and the texture was spot on. Light, fluffy… just as good, or better than, those boxed rices that you actually have to cook. 

For some reason that’s the only picture I still have, but I did similar dishes with the other rice flavors as well. The Turmeric Brown Rice was my favorite- I steamed some broccoli and carrots with a bit of turmeric, mixed them with the rice and then topped it all with some Follow Your Heart vegan ranch (based on this recipe).

The Coconut Brown Rice was also great. It had a light coconutty flavor that I think would pair well with an Asian-style sauce/veggie duo. 

It’s a new year and we’re all trying to eat healthier, or maybe save time for the things that truly matter to us, and this product can actually help with both. Check out their website to find where they’re sold near you, and grab a couple boxes!

*I was provided free product to review but the opinions are 100% mine!

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Angry Veggie Tacos

Angry Tacos: Spicy and smoky chickpeas and sweet potatoes | www.thatwasvegan.com

Angry Tacos. Why angry? Sitting on the bus one day I saw a sign at one of the fast food places for an “angry burger”. I assumed that meant it was really spicy, and liked that idea. So I unabashedly stole it, turned it into vegan tacos, and there you have it. Very spicy, smoky, flavorful tacos full of chickpeas and sweet potatoes, a maple-chipotle-adobo sauce, and just a touch of crisp cabbage on top. 

Oh, and happy new year by the way! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. I spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with my mom for the first time in more years than I want to count, and it was wonderful. It was also Teddy’s first holiday season, and I feel like he enjoyed it… especially since I bought him and Sally new toys and baked them dog treats. Those dogs are spoiled af, but that’s okay. New Years Eve was a quiet affair, spent snuggled up on the couch with wine and food. I was definitely ready to tell 2016 to hit the road, and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive 2017. Partly because of my 40 Before 40, and also just because I’m so darn happy these days. I have so many projects planned and trips to look forward to and friends and loved ones to spend time with. It’s gonna be a fantastic year, I promise!

There are also going to be a lot of tacos. I’ve never stopped and counted the number of taco recipes I have on this blog, but I bet it’s a lot. And this one is my new favorite!

Angry Tacos: Spicy and smoky chickpeas and sweet potatoes | www.thatwasvegan.com

These tacos are so flavorful. And very, very spicy. Please take that seriously. These tacos are not playing around.


Angry Tacos
Serves 4
Spicy, spicy, spicy tacos!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large sweet potato
  2. 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  3. 4 chipotle peppers packed in Adobo sauce, chopped PLUS ~2 teaspoons of the sauce
  4. 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. Nonstick spray
  7. Salt & pepper to taste
  8. Topping as desired (sour cream, purple cabbage, coleslaw, etc)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Slice the potato into 1/2" rounds. Bake on a sheet with just a little non-stick spray and some salt and pepper until tender. 10 minutes, then flip and another 5 or so minutes, depending on how thick they are.
  2. Combine the peppers, adobo sauce, maple syrup, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. When the potatoes are done, remove and turn off the oven BUT keep the door shut so it holds in the heat. Chop the potatoes into smallish bite sized cubes and return to the baking sheet. Add the chickpeas and top with the sauce. Stir until everything is coated, then return to the (still hot) oven for 5 or so minutes.
  4. Prep your toppings, and when the filling is warm, serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 8 tacos. Peel the potatoes if you like, but I prefer the skin on.
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40B40 – 2 Months In & More Podcasts I Love

40 Before 40

It’s been two months since I turned 39 and launched myself headfirst into my 40 Before 40 challenge, and I wanted to give you guys a few updates.

#7 Foster at least 10 animals. I’ve had three 8 week old foster kittens- Moses, Sara and Miriam. They were sick, they all had URIs which, if you know kittens, can be fatal- even though it’s really just a cold. They also had ear mites, the little buggers! They all took their meds like champs though, and within two weeks were ready to be spayed and neutered and adopted!

#26 Visit at least 2 more museums. Check! My mom and I visited the Byers-Evans House and the Molly Brown House.  Both were super interesting (my mom and I love old homes mixed with history lessons) but Molly Brown’s was my favorite. Yes, partially because Kathy Bates made her seem so bad-ass in Titanic, but also because they had all the Christmas decorations up so it was extra beautiful. 

#30 Have a more positive outlook on Sundays and Mondays. I’ve actually been doing this! I’ve found that by planning something I know I’ll enjoy on Sunday afternoon (a long bike ride with a friend, a bottle of wine on the couch with Netflix, whatever appeals to me that week), it really does make the weekend feel longer and more fulfilling. 

#35 Keep monthly mileage on my car below 500 (6k annual). I’m totally kicking butt at this one! In the 2 months, I’ve put less than 600 miles on my car, which is actually well ahead of my goal. I’ve been taking the bus to work almost everyday, and riding my bike (#36!) on errands. Seriously, I’ve been to the liquor store on my bike 3 times now! I just can’t buy more wine than fits in my backpack 😉 

There are a couple others that I’m working on too, and will update you on soon! And now, on to my new favorite podcasts!

There are so many podcasts that I adore, and not enough time to listen to them all (although, with the upcoming projects I have planned… let’s just say, nothing makes painting go faster than binging a good podcast)- and I’m always looking for more. So please! Share your recommendations in the comments, and here are some I shared before.

Ok, here’s what I’m listening to and loving right now…

  • Someone Knows Something – The second season of this Canadian BBC mystery is fantastic and I’m enjoying it just as much as the first season- perhaps even more because the mystery feels more solvable to me. Plus you can’t beat that soothing Canadian accent! This season is about a 20-something year old woman who was murdered in 1997. Her fiance is the likely suspect, but was never charged. The host, David, takes you through her life, talking to her mother and her old friends and her fiance’s friends and family, piecing everything together. It really draws you in!
  • You Must Remember This – OMG! OMG! I love this podcast. I love Karina Longworth and every story she tells. Her voice is 100% Old Hollywood elegance, and she’s very pleasant to listen to. The focus is on “the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century”, so it goes very well with #39 on my 40B40. Each season focuses on a different topic, and you learn so much. I’m currently two seasons back, learning all about Hollywood’s black list and the hysteria our country was in, people turning on each other over their real or perceived communism. It reminds me a lot of how a certain reality tv personality has gotten this country fearing and hating immigrants and people from other religions, then using it his own political advantage…
  • Last Podcast on the Left – This one is definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you like true crime and gory details, you might really enjoy this one. It’s a group of friends who are all comedians and actors and are very funny, and each episode is somehow both disgusting and laugh-out-loud funny. The first time I listened to them it was their 3 part series on Albert Fish, one of the most horrendous killers (and cannibals) in America’s history, and they still made me laugh. They’re very respectful of the victims, but they have a great time making fun of the bad guys. What I also really enjoy about this podcast, as opposed to My Favorite Murder, which I talked about last time, is the way they research. They’ll make you squirm with the details, and they’ll make you laugh like a fool while you’re listening on the bus, but they’ll also educate you. You can repeat facts you learn on this podcast, as opposed to MFM (as I learned the hard way because NO, JonBenét’s father is NOT married to Natalee Holloway’s mom!)
  • Afford Anything with Paula Pant – I’ve gotten a lot more into personal finance podcasts lately, thanks in large part to my friend Cynthia with whom I’ve shared many great personal finance discussions. Paula is young, brilliant, and interesting, and her podcast is really about learning to spend your money on what actually matters to you. If you’d like to learn more about getting smarter with your money in a way that’s easy to understand, I definitely recommend this podcast.

Now it’s your turn- tell us what podcasts you’re listening to!

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Let’s start with some of the randomness, shall we? The Denver Botanic Gardens has the romantic date market on lockdown with their annual Blossoms of Light event- This was a sort of “tunnel of love” you walk through towards the beginning. The temperature was in the teens while we were there, so I didn’t take any other pictures. You’ll just have to trust me when I tell you how beautiful it was! And now, the foods…

Warming up after the chilly garden stroll was absolutely delightful at True Food Kitchen in Cherry Creek- one of my very favorite restaurants. I really need to do a MHVE review! 

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The restaurant is just lovely, very contemporary-industrial-chic, and the bar faces into the open kitchen so you can watch everyone work. They also have a very delicious sparkling rosé on their menu. We shared the Herb Hummus which comes topped with a greek salad and a side of warm pita bread (make sure you ask them to hold the feta).

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Other adventures included a Sushi Burrito at Komotodo in Writer’s Square, this time with my girl Chelsea:

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The burrito was followed by vodka shots at Red Square, and a freezing cold selfie in front of the Capitol building…

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Last Saturday my mom and I brunched at City O’ City before visiting the Molly Brown House Museum. Visiting more museums in Denver is on my 40 Before 40 list, so this wasn’t all booze and food fun and games, haha!

I had a rosé (of course) and my mom had a pinot noir, and we shared Seitan Buffalo Wings and the BBQ Mac Wrap which is bbq tofu, mac n’ cheese, creamy coleslaw, pickles and shallots. All vegan, all delicious!

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I took my friend Eric to a birthday lunch at Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs where I can never resist the Sweet Potato Tots

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And a team I’m on at work had a very fun and delicious holiday lunch at Lowdown Brewery too! This is the They Call Me Portobello, which is the best sandwich ever. I ate every single bite and all the fries (and the Patio Pounding Pilz) and didn’t feel a bit bad about it!

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I also managed to cook a few meals at home, believe it or not. I made my Spicy Italian Drunken Noodles for a date night dinner (it was a hit!):

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I also made a Massaged Kale Salad… something I make pretty often because it’s easy and healthy and delicious! This shot is pre-massage, clearly…

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And last Saturday, which was a wonderful quiet night home with the dogs, I made myself a big ol’ batch of Spicy Seitan Fajitas (using my Chicken Seitan recipe)…

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Speaking of the dogs, they asked me to let you know that I’ve also been baking for them! That’s right, they got some very special Christmas Cookies, made with my Pumpkin Pie Bites recipe… and they loved ’em!

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Okay, that’s it! I hope you’re all enjoying your holidays. I know I am… and I’m planning to get some cooking done and share some new recipes with you soon!

 

 

 

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Mesquite Smoked Sea Salts

Essence of New Zealand Salt

I’m an unapologetic lover of all things salty. I’m that person who will lick the tip of her finger and stick it straight in the salt, just taste it. I especially love flavored or “essenced” salts. Rosemary and Italian salts, anything savory, and this crazy Dancers Dust salt that I picked up at a restaurant in Daytona Beach once that combines hints of celery and poppy seeds… they all find their way into my recipes. 

Smoked salts are my favorite though, so I was pretty excited to unpack this box from Pacific Resources International that contained an array of Mesquite smoked sea salt and Mesquite BBQ salt. The flavor is fantastic and it’s a really easy way to add that smoky flavor to any dish- especially when recreating a formerly meaty recipe, like I tend to do. 

Here are a few ideas that might get you excited to try some of this delicious smoky salt…

Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Tacos with a Spicy Cream Sauce

Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Tacos w/ a Spicy Cream Sauce | www.thatwasvegan.com

Chipotle Potato Bites

Vegan Chipotle Potato Bites

Chipotle Sweet Potato Chowder

Vegan Chipotle Sweet Potato Chowder

BLPTS: Bacon, Lettuce, Pickle and Tomato

BLPT: Bacone, Lettuce, Pickles and Tomatoes

Zucchini and Tofu Soft Tacos

Vegan Zucchini and Tofu Soft Tacos

Chili Cheese Red Potatoes

Chili Cheese Red Potatoes | www.thatwasvegan.com

Tofu Scramble

Spicy Vegan Tofu Scramble

Thick n’ Hearty Taco Soup

Vegan Taco Soup

Smokey Kale and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole

Smoky Kale and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole #vegan

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Mile High Vegan Eats: Lowdown Brewery

MHVE: Lowdown Brewery

Yah, I know… I had you at Brewery 😉 

The Lowdown Brewery & Kitchen is on Broadway and 8th, just a short walk from my office, and one of my favorite places for a special lunch. As you can see it’s a cool urban spot, and they have tons of space, both indoors and out. Their patio is even dog friendly! They have lots of great, seasonal food for everyone AND all vegan items are clearly marked. Can’t beat that. They also have some great beer choices- The Patio Pounding Pilz is my favorite!

This sandwich is one my favorites: They Call Me Portobello- braised portobello mushrooms, edamame hummus, pickled carrot, red onion, roasted red pepper, toasted pumpkin seeds, mixed greens on lightly toasted sourdough. And as you can see, it came with a little side salad. 

MHVE: Lowdown Brewery

MHVE: Lowdown Brewery

I also love, love, love this salad, The Boulderite- Watermelon radish, asparagus, dried cranberries, carrots, quinoa, roasted pumpkin seeds, spicy cashews over arugula tossed in charred orange vinaigrette. This is a seriously pretty salad!

MHVE: Lowdown Brewery

They also have a rotating selection of hummus, all of which have been quite delicious. I can’t remember what kind this was… but right now they offer Edamame and Ginger Hummus, and they’re always accompanied by lots of crispy veggies and crostini. 

MHVE: Lowdown Brewery

Check out their website… They really are a great spot for beer and food, with options for everyone! 

Want more Denver-area restaurant reviews? Check out my Mile High Vegan Eats page!

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What I Eat (When I’m Not Blogging) Part 10

First, don’t miss your last chance to enter the Super Amazing Awesome giveaways before they end- Superfun Times Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra, Superfood Soups cookbook by Julie Morris, and 4 bags of delicious Activated Superfood Popcorn!

Second, I hope you all had a lovely ThanksLiving! I spent it with family, and most importantly with my mom- it was our first Thanksgiving together in 17 years! I made so much food… Isa Chandra’s seitan roast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, corn, rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie, sugar cookies. It was insanity. Delicious, delicious insanity.

Here’s the obligatory shot of the table, and my plate:

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We did have a little drama on Sunday though… I woke up to sweet Teddy with a snout so swollen his eyes could barely open! Poor kid. I got him in the car and called the ER vet on my way  and Alex the vet tech was waiting for us in the lobby to make sure right away that Teddy was breathing okay. He was, so she took him back for a more thorough exam. The vet told me it was an allergic reaction to something, but since they couldn’t find a stinger and he wasn’t on any new food or medication, they didn’t know what it could be- so they treated his symptoms and sent us home. Thankfully the swelling started to go down right away, but it was still really scary!

I’m off to a work conference this week, so I’ll just leave you with a few shots of the amazing food I’m lucky enough to have here in Denver. I hope you all enjoy your week, I’ll be back next Tuesday!

Pho! This time to go, but as always it was from Phonatic– the best pho in Denver! What made this even better is that it was raining and I somehow convinced a co-worker that HE really wanted to Pho… and since he was going anyway, could he just pick mine up as well? 😉 

wie3Another delicious lunch at work- Falafal wrap and fries from the Shish Kabob Grill in Cap Hill. They make this dairy free sauce, it’s not quite tzatziki, but more like a thinned out hummus? Whatever it is, it’s tasty!

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Beet infused vodka shot from the Red Square Bistro. I’m not sure what flavor the other one was. They had close to 20 different infused vodkas, and we tried a lot of them. A. Lot. They all come with pickles, which is fun.

wie4This was a dinner at home with the fam… my Best Fall Casserole, Orange-Vanilla Massaged Kale Salad, and a yummy pasta salad my mom made.

wie2My mom and I had brunch at City O’ City a while back, which consisted of Buffalo Seitan Wings with vegan ranch, and …

wie7Cauliflower Chorizo Tacos which were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! From the menu: “chorizo spiced cauliflower topped with chipotle aioli, chimichurri slaw and vegan sour cream. served on corn tortillas.” Freaking amazing!

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Oh, and there were more Buffalo Wings too… this time to go, from The Vegan Van, Denver’s very own all-vegan food truck. I had just finished dinner and was walking home with my cousin and brother when I spotted them. Even though I wasn’t hungry I had to show them so love, so I got the wings to go and ate them for breakfast next morning. Delicious! They came with buffalo and bbq sauce, and they made their own vegan ranch, which was super tasty!

wie5This was Birthday Sushi I had with my bestie Eric at Tokyo Joe’s- not the best sushi but I was craving it, and it really hit the spot.

wie8I learned about Sushi Burritos from my blogger friend Hannah, and set out immediately to try one. I wasn’t disappointed! This monster is from Komotodo (which, funny enough, is basically next door to the beet vodka place!) and is called The Green’ Go: it’s got tofu, portabello mushroom fries, avocado, asparagus, and other stuff, all with a teriyaki sauce. The sauce it was supposed to come with has dairy in it, so you have to be a little careful when ordering. Also prepare to be a bit annoyed- their menu reads “Dairy free cream cheese option”… the option is to not have cream cheese added to your burrito. Huh? But, anyway, the sushi burrito is enormous and delicious and I can’t wait to have another one!

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Giveaway: Superfood Soups Cookbook

Don’t forget to enter our other two giveaways here and here!
Superfood Soups

Are you guys ready for tomorrow? I’m very excited to give Teddy his first Thanksgiving, I just know he’s going to love it. My fam is coming over and we’re having an all-vegan feast, and I can’t wait. I know the dogs (and foster kittens) will all get spoiled, and it’ll be a great day. I hope all of you and your critters have a fabulous day too!

But first, you need to enter another giveaway, because this is “Teddy’s First Thanksgiving Week of Giveaways” and he’ll be disappointed if you don’t.

Today, for our third and final giveaway we have Superfood Soups by New York Times bestselling author Julie Morris, a natural food chef, writer, and advocate of whole, plant-based foods. Beautiful color photographs, amazing recipes, and helpful soup-making advice make this one of those must-have cookbooks!

I’m also sharing a recipe for White Bean and Winter Squash Soup that I think you’ll enjoy!

Superfood Soups

Soups are obviously perfect for this time of year, but I also think they’re really great for newbie vegans, or for making for your non-vegan friends and family. They’re full of real, whole foods, nothing “strange” or scary to people that aren’t used to eating vegan. So enter to win a copy for yourself, or as a gift for someone you love! Because, after all, this is the “Enter a Giveaway For Someone You Love” week, right? Happy Thanksgiving!


 

White Bean & Winter Squash Soup with Kale
Serves 4
You can use just about any variety of hard winter squash in this recipe, from butternut to kabocha (my current favorite is blue hubbard squash, which is so good I’ve vowed to put it in my garden next year). This great weeknight soup comes together in less than half an hour, and it is packed with protein, fiber, and minerals for an easy, balanced meal.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
  3. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  5. 1 lb winter squash, such as hubbard or kabocha, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice (3 cups)
  6. 3 cups cooked cannellini beans (2 15-oz cans,drained)
  7. 4 cups Miso Broth (store bought)
  8. Sea salt and ground black pepper
  9. 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  10. 5 cups (packed) baby kale
  11. 3 Tbsp tahini, divided
  12. 1/3 cup hemp seeds, divided
  13. ¼ cup micro greens, for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Warm the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rosemary, and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the winter squash, beans, and broth, along with ½ teaspoon sea salt and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
  2. On high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the squash is very soft. Remove the pot from the heat and use the back of a soup spoon to mash some of the squash into the broth until the soup has slightly thickened. Stir in the vinegar, baby kale, 1 tablespoon of the tahini, and 2 tablespoons of the hemp seeds. Cover the pot and let the soup rest for 5 minutes, then taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.
  3. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and lightly drizzle each with the remaining tahini. Generously scatter the remaining hemp seeds on top of each bowl and crown with a small bundle of micro greens.
Notes
  1. FEEL GOOD FACT: Hemp seeds are a wonderful beauty food, full of omega 3 fats and vitamin E, two nutrients which are well known to promote shiny hair, strong nails, and radiant skin.
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