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(Not My Mom’s) Corn Chowder: A Redo

 

Thick, creamy, delicious corn chowder from www.thatwasvegan.com

In case you’re all “Huh!? What’s a redo?” it’s like this: I revisit an old recipe from my early days of blogging, see if the recipe needs any sprucing up, and take some better pictures.  This chowder, based on my absolute favorite meal my mom used to make, originally appeared in February 2012. Meaning it was in my first few months of blogging, and the picture appears to have been taken in a dark closet. With a flash. 

The version my mom always made had some questionable (to me, now) ingredients such as ham and velveeta cheeze, but back in the day I just couldn’t get enough. And now I can’t get enough of this version! I made it on Sunday afternoon and immediately devoured two bowls of it. Along with some french bread. 

It was just one of those days. If you live in Denver, you know the weather Sunday was fantastic! I took Teddy for a run, then spent at least an hour sitting outside in the sun with a book. It was glorious. Then I moved the party inside, traded the book for a few glugs of pinot grigio, and got to cooking. 

Thick, creamy, delicious corn chowder from www.thatwasvegan.com

I did make quite a few changes to the recipe this time around. First, I noticed a glaring mistake in the first edition which resulted in not nearly enough corn. In the corn chowder. Crazy right? I also added the roux back in. I was on some sort of health kick when I created the first version and wanted to cut out the white flour. I also added a few slices of Daiya cheddar to mine. Totally optional, but it gave it a little more… richness. The good news is that this version is WAY thicker and WAY creamier and WAY more decadent than the last! 

So head on over to the original post to check out the recipe, and make yourself some chowdah before winter is over! 

 

 

 

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Spicy Sweet Potato Hash with Roasted Poblanos

Spicy Sweet Potato Hash with Roasted Poblano- And easy breakfast or brunch that's full of flavor! www.thatwasvegan.com

It never occurred to me to even wonder if my dogs read my blog, because obviously they have more important things to do with their days. Plus I’ve never told them the wifi password. But then I whined to you guys about how Teddy was trying my nerves by eating everything he’s not supposed to… and then all of a sudden he seems to have smartened up! He’s warming up to me and hasn’t been bad in weeks days.

The only possible explanation is that he read the post about himself and realized it was time to shape up, right? Well, regardless of the reason, I’m happy to report that my big boy is acting more like a pet dog and less like a feral cat, which is wonderful and makes me so happy.

I’m allowed to love on him way more than I used to be, and most of the time when I’m petting him now he remains standing and wagging his tail, rather than flattening himself out on the floor. And he lets me rub his ears! Oh how I love his ears. They’re so soft. One of his nicknames is “Wolfie ears” and I’d rub those little things 24/7 if I could. Sally is “Poodle butt”, by the way. I don’t even remember why.

Spicy Sweet Potato Hash with Roasted Poblano- And easy breakfast or brunch that's full of flavor! www.thatwasvegan.com

The other big news is that I’ve been cooking more. It was as though I lost the joy of cooking for a while there. It felt like a chore… and blogging about it felt like a prison sentence. But I’ve slowly been getting back into it which is good because recommitting myself to TWV? is one of my 40 Before 40.

This past weekend I was craving something brunchy. Something filling and healthy but disguised as many not all that healthy, if that makes sense? So I came up with Sweet Potato Hash with Roasted Poblanos. It really didn’t take all that long, and came out so delicious. I’ve been eating leftovers all week (for lunch, not breakfast, for some reason) and will be sad to see them go.

A lot of hashes, especially of the non-vegan variety, are topped with an egg. You could easily recreate that with a FYH egg or vegan egg yolk, but I chose to keep it simple. Hashes also tend to contain some sort of crumbled meat mixed in, and you could use a vegan sausage crumble if that’s your jam. I was planning to crumble up a loaf of my chick’n-style seitan and use that, but there was only one loaf left in the freezer and I also wanted to make a BBQ Chick’n Pizza that afternoon (I’ll be sharing that deliciousness next week!) so needed to save it. Long story (slightly) short, I decided to run a block of tofu through the food processor, and brown it up a little in a pan with some oil and a ton of spices. It wasn’t meant to be a scramble, I was thinking of it as a meat replacement. And it worked!

You roast the poblano yourself in your oven while the taters are cooking, and it adds such a deep almost smoky flavor, without being that spicy. You can easily up the spice factor, though, but adding some chili powder to the tofu!

Spicy Sweet Potato Hash with Roasted Poblano- And easy breakfast or brunch that's full of flavor! www.thatwasvegan.com


 

Spicy Sweet Potato Hash with Roasted Poblanos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 14oz block extra firm tofu
  2. 2 medium sweet potatoes
  3. 1 large poblano pepper
  4. 2 generous tablespoons of olive oil, plus 1-2 teaspoons
  5. Salt & pepper
  6. Smoked bbq salt
  7. 1.5+ teaspoon montreal chicken seasoning
Instructions
  1. Put the tofu in your presser, and set aside.
  2. Wash and dice the potatoes, and place them on a baking sheet. Top with the olive oil and stir until they're all coated. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Stick the pepper on the baking sheet as well - no oil or seasoning.
  3. Turn broiler on high, place tray on 2nd to top shelf and leave for 5-7 minutes. Flip your pepper and stir the potatoes, then put back in for another 5-7 minutes. Remove the pepper and set aside, under and overturn bowl, and put the potatoes back in for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Crumble to tofu in a food processor. You want little crumbles. Heat 1-2 teaspoons oil in a frying pan and add the tofu, montreal seasoning, and smoked salt. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until hot. Taste and add more seasoning as needed.
  5. Peel your poblano, removing all the burnt pepper skin, and remove the seeds. Run under water if needed. Dice and add to the tofu, along with the potatoes. Stir everything together, taste for seasoning, and serve hot!
Notes
  1. The smoked bbq salt is very important, it really gives the tofu a ton of flavor! And if you want this spicier, add some chili powder to the tofu as well.
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Sari Nutritional Yeast Giveaway!

Sari Nutritional Yeast Giveaway | www.thatwasvegan.com

Nutritional yeast (or as we vegans lovingly refer to it, Nooch) is one of those amazing foods I likely never would have discovered if I never gave up animal products. And that’s really one of my favorite things about being vegan (other than, you know, saving animals and all that), the way it challenges you to test your limits and try new things! And nooch is such a wonderful thing! It tastes like cheese and can be added to nearly any recipe, soup, salad… you name it!

The Nooch I’m sharing with you today is from Sari Foods, a company committed to “empowering conscious consumers to return to high nutrient, plant-based and pure foods as our source of life and sustenance – just as nature intended.” Who can argue with that? 

You may notice the packaging reads “Non-Fortified”. This means it doesn’t contain vitamin B-12. Sari believes non-fortified is a healthier option because nooch is rich in other naturally occurring B vitamins such as B1, B2, B5, and B6 as well as 18 amino acids and 15 minerals. I have to admit a bit of ignorance on my part here, because I’m certainly *not* a whole foods, clean eating expert… but check out their website, they have a ton of great information on the topic! 

So now you’re thinking- Okay, I win (or buy) this huge bag of nooch, how will I use it all? The thing about nooch is you can sprinkle it on anything, but here are a few specific ideas for you:

Make a batch of my insanely delicious Chick’n Style Seitan:

My Favorite ("Chicken-style") Seitan Recipe | www.thatwasvegan.com

Mix it in with these Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for an extra bit of cheesy flavor:

Vegan Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sprinkle it over these Beer Cheese Nachos

Vegan Daiya Beer Cheese Nachos

Top your favorite soups! Any would do, like my Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Cauliflower Corn Chowder | www.thatwasvegan.com

Or my Baked Potato Soup!

Vegan Baked Potato Soup

Or use it to add another layer of flavor to this Lemon Butter Quinoa!

Lemon Butter Quinoa | www.thatwasvegan.com

Just a few ideas to get you started! Okay, now for the good stuff… 


 The Giveaway

One lucky reader will win an 8oz bag of 100% Natural Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast from Sari Foods! To enter, leave a comment below telling us about the craziest food you’ve ever put nooch on!  Contest ends Sunday, January 29th at midnight (mountain time). One winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day. Be sure and log your comment into the Rafflecopter to make it count! Open to residents of US only, good luck!

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

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Red’s All Natural Bean & Rice Burrito

I love burritos. Breakfast, lunch… all burritos, really. If I’m being honest, I’m a huge fan of any handheld food, but now I’m getting off track. Burritos! They’re a total comfort food that’s perfect for any meal, and if you’re like me and are always hungry appreciate an occasional convenience food, then I bet you love having burritos in your freezer, just waiting to be warmed and eaten. 

I guess my biggest complaint with frozen burritos is finding ones that are vegan, and if you’re concerned about eating organic that can be a problem too. So when Red’s All Natural contacted me and said they have a vegan option with their Bean & Rice Burrito I was pretty excited to try it. The burrito is vegan, USDA certified organic, and has 9 grams of protein at just 270 calories. My favorite part is the ingredients list- it’s all real foods and seasonings that you’ll recognize – things like long grain brown rice and anaheim peppers and garlic. At first glance the ingredients list seems too long, but that’s only because they had to include the word ‘organic’ before each item. 

I’ve eaten three of them so far. They’re not huge, but they are filling which is nice. My first one I heated in the oven, which is the ‘preferred method’ listed on the packaging, and added a little salsa and a slice of Field Roast cheese:

They don’t photograph so great because beans and rice and tortillas are all kinda the same color but I promise they were quite tasty. They weren’t spicy-hot, but spicy-flavorful. And when cooked in the oven, the tortilla was nice and crisp at the corners, the way I like it. 

The other two I brought to work for quick n’ easy lunches. This one I enjoyed much more than the super sad book I was reading…

Even in the microwave, they still reheat well. The tortilla was softer and bit chewier than when I baked it, which is what happens in the microwave and not a big deal at all. Still delicious! 

I’ll be buying a few more of these to keep on hand, the next time I’m at Sprouts. Here’s the locator so you can find them near you- in my experience not all stores carry the vegan one (they have a ton of non-vegan options as well), just an FYI. 

 

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

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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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