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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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That? Right there? That’s music for your mouth, otherwise known as Sweet n’ Sour Baked Cauliflower Steaks!

They’re easy, healthy and you’re not tied to the sweet n’ sour version I made. You could top them with any flavor of sauce you like… or no sauce at all! You could just rock a little olive oil and salt & pepper and call it a day!

In case you were wondering, they’re Cooper and Sally Approved

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Theoretically speaking, of course. They didn’t actually get to taste any… but I feel certain that if they had gotten a taste, they’d have given it two enthusiastic paws up! Good dogs!

Do you guys love cauliflower? I’ve been eating quite a bit of it lately, it’s delicious and versatile, which I love. Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza? Cauliflower n’ Cheese? Done and doner.

You simply start by slicing and roasting the caulisteaks (haha, can’t stop using the cute little “tm”!), then literally just top it with your favorite sauce and serve. They make a great main OR side dish.

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. S&P
  3. Olive oil or non-stick spray
  4. Sauce of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper OR cover with non-stick spray.
  2. Peel off the green leaves at the base of your cauliflower, then slice it (top down) into 3/4" "steaks". Make sure you leave the bottom of the cauli intact, that's what will hold your pieces together. You'll also end up with some smaller bits, so just throw those in too!
  3. Spray the steaks with a bit of the non-stick or brush on some olive oil, and add a pinch of S&P. Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping once, or until they're soft enough to cut easily with a fork. I put mine under the broiler for a few moments to get a little color.
  4. Top with your favorite sauce (or with more olive oil and S&P) and get ready to make your tummy happy!
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Mile High Vegan Eats: Tasty Harmony

So, when I started the MHVE reviews, I said I wasn’t going to feature all-vegan or all-vegetarian restaurants. I have two reasons for this: Because everyone who’s interested in eating veg in Denver already knows about places like Watercourse, City O’ City and Native Foods, and because I live in an omni world where many of my friends and most of my family eat meat and dairy… and I’m pretty sure your guys are in that same boat with me. I want to use this space to share reviews of  “regular” restaurants that have tons of delicious options for us plant-eaters, the types of places your friends and family are already eating. The types of places where you’d like to be able to join them!

It’s a wonderful argument and I totally stand by it. Today, however, I’m breaking my own rule. Which is okay because this is MY blog and I get to write about whatever I want. And so my review today is for Tasty Harmony, and all-vegetarian restaurant in the fabulous city of Fort Collins!

Mile High Vegan Eats: Tasty Harmony

A group of us went to FoCo for the day last month, to visit some breweries and to eat at Tasty Harmony.

You know how it is when you discover a restaurant online and spend weeks staring at their menu before you finally get the chance to eat there? You literally start to dream about what you’re going to order and you just can’t stand it?

That’s what happened to me with Tasty Harmony. I must’ve looked at their menu at least 5 times a week, trying to decide what I’d order first. Their online menu is actually a little frustrating for vegans, because although many of the descriptions look like they might be vegan (cashew cheese, etc), it doesn’t actually say what is vegan and what isn’t.

Good news: Once you get there and look at their IRL menu, almost everything is vegan!

I had the Nachos de Ynez… as my lunch. And yes, I think that’s perfectly okay!

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Beans, guac, salsa, vegan sour cream, and cashew cheese! They weren’t the best vegan nachos I’ve ever had, but they were very yummy!

Jamie had the Kentucky Fried Freedom: Battered and pan fried mock chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, black eyed peas and garlicky greens!

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That’s what I had last time I ate there, and what I wish I had ordered this time. You know how you have that old favorite, and you’re torn between ordering that one dish again and again, or trying something new that you might love even more? Such a hard decision, especially at a place like Tasty Harmony where everything is, well, TASTY! Still, this dish gets my vote as Best Of Menu :)

What else was ordered? Mark had the Heart of Provence (cornmeal and almond crusted tempeh triangles, garlic seared polenta cakes, Provence inspired tomato sauce) which we all picked at…

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And Mike chose the Reuben, which was AMAZEBALLS and was made with marinated tempeh, homemade sauerkraut, cashew cheese and Russian dressing on toasted marble rye bread.

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There are still lots of options on that menu that I want to try, so I can’t wait till I find myself in Fort Collins again! And if you’re planning a visit, you simply must stop by Tasty Harmony!

Want more Colorado restaurant reviews? Check out my Mile High Vegan Eats page!

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Gratuitous Camping Pics

We just got back from a 3-night/ 4-day camping trip, which was my longest stay yet in the RV, and I had a BLAST! I got to hike and drink and eat… basically my three favorite things. Another favorite thing? Getting a new outfit for the aforementioned hiking! Seriously, I could blow my entire paycheck each month on cute little athletic outfits :)

Camping Pics

Well, of course I don’t hike in the flip flops, but isn’t that little skort just the cutest? Technically it’s for running, but if you wont tell on me I’d appreciate it. And those cute little furbles are my “bonus dogs”, Allie (the golden) and Cody. Behind me is the view we had from our camp spot in Gunnison County on the edge of the Big Blue Creek. We saw elk nearly every morning and night as they went back and forth to the water.

I love Colorado. I know there are beautiful spots all over the world, but this state will always be my favorite! Here’s a few more:

Cody and Allie playing in the creek…

Camping Pics

Allie giving herself a bath…

Camping Pics

A view of Lake San Cristobal, south of Lake City…

Camping Pics

And some more green mountains. I don’t remember where this was shot exactly, but it’s too pretty not to share!

Camping Pics

I got to stop in three Colorado towns I’ve never been to: Gunnison, Lake City and Creede. I also got to visit two awesome restaurants, one in Del Norte and one in Gunnison, both with great vegan options which I’ll be sharing on my Mile High Vegan Eats page soon. The dogs got to play in the water and we all got to see tons of elk. It was fantastic!

We also ate very well. Because we’re glamping rather than tent camping, we have a fridge and stove and microwave which makes things easy. We had green chile black bean burgers the first night, with spicy pasta salad, and we also had tuno salad sandwiches and grilled seitan steaks! And wine. Lots and lots of wine and beer and gin and vodka. I’d say it was a well-rounded menu :)

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Vegan Sausage Pizza

Vegan Sausage Pizza… with Peppers and Onions!

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I ate this glorious pizza nearly three weeks ago, but sitting here looking at these pictures has me drooling all over again. All that delicious melty Daiya… the fresh veggies, the meatballs… and look at all the oregano and crushed red pepper on there! Divine!

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I’d go on a date with this pizza, and I’d make out with it SO HARD. I’m in love.

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Ok, so maybe “love” is too strong a word (and “lust” would probably be a little weird), but I’m really into this pizza. I hadn’t had a sausage pizza since I went vegetarian back in ’08, but a couple months ago I saw one on a menu somewhere. It wasn’t vegan so I had to wait and recreate it at home, but it was 100% worth it. And obvs you can make it with sausage or meatballs and it’s yummy either way.

If you used to be into meaty pizzas, you simply must try this. Leave work, and go to your nearest grocery store for supplies. Go home and bake the pizza, then shovel it into your foodhole.  There will be plenty of time to thank me afterward :)


Vegan Sausage/Meatball Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. One pizza dough, store bought or homemade, rolled out and ready to go
  2. 8-10 vegan meatballs or slices of sausage
  3. 1 small onion
  4. 1 bell pepper
  5. 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  6. 1.5 cups Daiya shredded mozzarella
  7. S&P
  8. Oregano
  9. Crushed red pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven and pizza stone to 425.
  2. Heat the meatballs over medium heat in a frying pan just until warm. Slice in half and set aside.
  3. Slice the peppers and onion, set aside.
  4. Pour the sauce onto the pizza dough, spreading out evenly. Top with 1/3 of the Daiya, then add the meatballs and pepper/onions. Add the remaining cheese over the top, and sprinkle on the S&P, oregano and crushed red pepper as desired.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until melty.
Notes
  1. I used Nate's meatballs, but Trader Joe's are exactly the same and would work great as well!
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Creamy Pasta Alfredo with Spinach, Tomatoes and Mushrooms | www.thatwasvegan.com

Confession time: I’m totally copying my blogger-friend Annie right now. She’s been going back and updating some of her photos, which is a fabulous idea.  All food bloggers have those early recipes and pictures that they’re maybe a little bit embarrassed less proud of.

And it’s more than just pride, of course. This recipe for Vegan Creamy Pasta Alfredo with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Mushrooms is a perfect example. It’s totally delicious, but my pictures from waaaaay back in April, 2012 just didn’t get that across. No one is going to trip over themselves to try a recipe when the picture only looks mediocre, right? The pictures need to draw you in, maybe make you drool a little bit.

I think these ones do that.

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You can get this delicious pasta recipe here.

I also wanted to show you my beautiful little plant. I bought her at Lowes, and I can’t remember what the fruit is. It’s a lemon/orange hybrid. Maybe a Rangpur?

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Rangpurs are apparently every popular and I’ve seen flavored products popping up all over. Including gin, which is obviously my favorite rangpur-flavored-product EVER.

Anyway, I just thought they were super pretty and wanted to share!

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As you’re reading this I’m on my way to the Gunnison National Forest for some serious glamping and hiking! We’re staying in an area that I’ve been wanted to visit for more than a year (The Uncompaghre Wildnerness) and I’m beyond excited. I’ll be back next week with some pictures… have a great weekend!

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY! We’re halfway there, folks. And to make your week a little bit brighter, I have an awesome giveaway for you: Four bottles of delicious salad dressings, marinades, and dipping sauces from Terrapin Ridge Farms!

 

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They were all great, but let’s break them down by just how much I loved them…

Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce (vegan, gluten free):  Hands now, this was totes my fave. It was a perfect combo of spicy and sweet, and although they categorize it as a dipping and cooking sauce, I loved it the most as a marinade! I would press a block of tofu and then it sit in this sauce for at least an hour before grilling or baking it. Then I’d drizzle a bit more on top before serving. I bet it would also be delicious as a dipping sauce for raw veggies!

Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free, fat free): I tend to be a little suspicious when something this delicious is fat free (How do they do it? Magic? Unicorn tears?), but of all the flavors I used as salad dressings, I loved this one best. It’s not sweet like a honey mustard, it actually has this crazy bite to it which is perfect for spicing up your salad. When I’m having salad for dinner and I’m not super excited about it, this is the dressing I use to really perk it up.

Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free, fat free): Honestly, this guy came from behind and almost took 2nd place! I wasn’t sure I’d like it that much and actually put off opening the bottle, but as soon as I did it went pretty quickly. I was keeping it in the fridge at work for my lunch salads, and as soon as my co-workers caught on, they started using it too. The ginger isn’t overwhelming but you can taste it. It’s a very light dressing, which is perfect when you don’t want a heavy, creamy type.

Garlic & Herb Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free, fat free): This one scared me a little bit when I first pulled it out of the box, those huge chunks of garlic! This sauce worked wonderfully as a marinade though. So far I’ve only used it on tofu, but would like to try it on tempeh too…

I also really liked how these sauces were marked as vegan, gluten free, etc. It’s nice when companies don’t make us guess, right? And definitely check out their full product line. They have tons of mustards (sweet beet and horseradish!? I need that NOW!), jellies, salsas, and more. They’re not all vegan though, so be careful.

 

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Enter below to win FOUR bottles of Terrapin Ridge Farms Sauces (Roasted Pineapple Habanero, Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette, Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette, and Garlic & Herb Vinaigrette). There are lots of ways to enter… start by leaving a comment letting us know which flavor you think will be your favorite. There are FB and Twitter options too!

The contest is open until Midnight, Sunday 6/22 Mountain Time, to US residents. Good luck!


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

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Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

First (and more important!) while my fabulous friend Angie (as in Angie Eats Peace) is traipsing her way around Europe, I’m excited to have written a guest post for her, so please go check it out! It’s all about how eating vegan doesn’t need to be complicated or hard. Go on, we’ll wait…

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Are you back? Okay good, cuz you’re not gonna want to miss today’s creation: Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza! What’s it got on it?

Cauliflower that is swimming in Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese
Follow Your Heart vegan ranch
Fresh basil

What more could you want?

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We all know that cauliflower is the new kale (for now, anyway… who knows what will be the new cauliflower by this time next year!?), and we also know that Frank’s buffalo sauce is both vegan and delicious (two things that nearly always go hand-in-hand), so why not put them together. On a pizza. Because if there’s anything we all know, it’s that I’ll put anything on a pizza!

Breakfast? Yes. Korean BBQ? Yes. Tater tots? HELL YES.

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And don’t even think about skipping the vegan ranch dressing or the fresh basil. They take the buffalo flavor to a whole new level. Trust me.

Here’s your handy dandy printable.


Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
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Who wants to eat buffalo wings when you can have buffalo cauliflower... on a pizza!?!?
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pizza dough, store bought or homemade, rolled out and ready to go
  2. 1 head of cauliflower
  3. 1 cup Frank's buffalo wing sauce, divided
  4. 1 1/2 cups Daiya mozzarella shreds
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. S&P taste
  7. 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  8. Vegan ranch dressing for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven and pizza stone to 425.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and water saute for just 3-4 minutes. They don't need to be fully cooked, you just want to take the edge off. Drain any water out of the pan, then stir in ~ 3/4 cup of the Franks.
  3. Top the pizza dough with the remaining wing sauce, spreading evenly. Add the saucy cauliflower bites, then sprinkle with the cheese and seasonings.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is melty. Top with the basil leaves and drizzle with the dressing right before serving.
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Grilling Vegan Style

Summer Grilling Vegan-Style

I can’t believe how nice and warm the weather has been lately! Because this is Colorado, of course, we’ve had our ups and downs, but overall the weather has been really pleasant. Fingers crossed that it stays that way!

So, in the spirit of warm weather and the quickly approaching first day of summer, I’ve put together a couple of non-traditional grilling ideas for you. And when you get to the bottom, be sure to check out my What to Serve at a Vegan BBQ and 2012′s Labor Day Burger Round-Up posts for a whole mess of other grilling ideas!

 

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Whole Grain Mustard

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Whole Grain Mustard

 

Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas

 

Grilled Sriracha Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sriracha Sweet Potatoes

 

Grilled Caprese Quesadilla

Vegan Caprese Quesadillas

 

Grilled Buffalo Tofu Spring Rolls Vegan Tofu Buffalo Spring Rolls

 

Grilled Beet Salad

Vegan Grilled Beet Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

 

Grilled Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Vegan Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

 

Grilled BBQ Tater Tot Pizza

Vegan Grilled BBQ Tater Tot Pizza

Now, go check out some great ideas for what to serve at a vegan bbq, and my vegan burger round up!

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Dear Vegan Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Tacos with a Spicy Cream Sauce,

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to think of a shorter, more succinct name for you. It wasn’t because I don’t love you (I do!), and it wasn’t because you weren’t insanely delicious (you were!). It’s just that you have so many wonderful ingredients and I wanted to include them all in your name!

❤, Me

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Okay, the sappy love letter portion of this post is over. Can you believe it’s Monday again already? I can’t. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had some crazy weather here in CO (a tornado in the mountains? WTF!?) but I still found time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Saturday we did a crazy mountain bike ride. I looked very cute:

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Well, at least I did when this picture was taken, before we started. 4 hours, 15 miles, 2,000 feet of elevation (gained and then lost!) and at least 1,500 calories burned later, I was a hot sweaty mess. Also it was raining so I kind of looked like a cat that just got a bath.

This was the loop we rode:

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It was described in our guidebook as “Moderate”, which was a big huge lie. Any ride that gives me the dry heaves is *not* moderate! I didn’t actually shed any tears, but I did fall three times and lost a little bit of skin. I’m pretty sure there was also some internal bleeding but I toughed it out. #plantstrong  Mostly I was pissed that the ride took so long we didn’t have time to stop off at The Bucksnort for a beer!

And I made up for it by lying on the couch yesterday drinking wine and binge-watching Orange Is The New Black. Speaking of which, it really seems like this season is off to a slow start, doesn’t it?

 So, about those Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Tacos with a Spicy Cream Sauce you came here to see…

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The sweet potatoes are baked with cumin, maple syrup and a little bit of salt & pepper. The kale is water sauteed with just a touch of the maple syrup, and then the whole thing gets sprinkled with coconut bacon. If that sounds like it’s too sweet, just wait until you taste the spicy cashew cream sauce!

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I love the sweet n’ spicy combo. And tacos in general, because I get to eat them with my hands.

I have very simple tastes.

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Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Tacos w/ Spicy Cream Sauce
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Tacos
  1. 1 large sweet potato, washed and diced
  2. 1 teaspoon cumin
  3. S&P to taste
  4. 3 tablespoons maple syrup, separated
  5. 1 bunch kale, washed, de-stemmed, and torn into bite-sized pieces
  6. 6 corn tortillas, taco-sized
  7. 1/4 cup coconut bacon
Sauce
  1. 1/4 cup cashews, soaked in cool water for 30-60 minutes
  2. 1/4 cup nondairy unsweetened milk (I used almond)
  3. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix the potatoes with cumin, S&P and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, then spread out on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, flipping once.
  2. Water saute the kale. When it's almost done, stir in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and a pinch of S&P.
  3. Add the cashews and about half the nondairy milk to a small blender pulse until smooth. Add the additional milk as needed. Chop the pepper and add to the blender, continuing to pulse. It's okay to have some pepper chunks (if you'd like) but you don't want any cashew chunks! Taste the sauce and add additional milk, peppers and salt as needed.
  4. Separate the potato mixture into the 6 corn tortillas and top with the kale. Sprinkle with the coconut bacon and then top with the cream sauce.
Notes
  1. This is *not* the time to skimp and use that fake maple syrup. Shell out for the real stuff and you'll be glad you did!
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