Vegan Breakfast Favorites

Vacation mornings are pretty glorious.  I’m currently on my third glass of iced coffee.  Typically, on school mornings I sit down at my desk before 7 am which means I usually have my coffee and breakfast on the go.  This morning I soaked up not having to go to work.  I got up at 6, went to the gym, swung by the grocery store, and came home to make breakfast.  Right now I’m watching two worker install our fence.  Did I mention I love vacation?

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I wanted to share one of our favorite breakfasts, though this isn’t really much of a recipe.  As I’ve mentioned before, easier is better for us these days.  I could seriously eat this every morning.

Ingredients

  • English muffins
  • Tofutti cream cheese
  • chopped scallions
  • chopped tomatoes
  • Everything Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes/ or salt

Simply toast your English muffin, spread cream cheese, and top it with some savory goodness.  I enjoy copious amounts of scallions.

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I’ve experimented with my share of vegan cream cheese and Tofutti is my favorite, it’s also the least expensive.  I highly recommend it if you are looking to for a nondairy alternative for cream cheese. The Everything Bagel seasoning really throws this all together.  If you visit a TJ’s I recommend you grab some.  It sort of gives you the everything bagel experience without all the calories.

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Now here’s a picture of my cute baby!

Enjoy!

Easy Lentil Enchiladas

I had a few requests for this “recipe” the other week, sorry for the delay!

When it comes to meals, easier is better for us these days.  I recently hit a home run with dinner.  It was simple, healthy, and most importantly delicious.  If you ever find yourself at a Trader Joe’s make sure you pick up a package of the precooked lentils in the refrigerated section, usually by the tofu.  I love these lentils, and best of all you can eat them right out of the package!  Lentils are a great source of protein and an excellent meat substitute, especially if you’re trying to stay clear of processed foods.  In this case, I used them to fill my enchiladas.  So here’s what I did, but feel free to tweak it to your liking.  I love to pack my enchiladas with veggies, but the tortillas tend to explode!  So that’s why my veggies are on top, plus, its kind of pretty isn’t it?

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Lentil Enchiladas

  • One package precooked lentils from Trader Joes
  • One can of vegetarian refried beans
  • One packet of taco seasoning (or choice of spices)
  • One packages of corn tortillas
  • One can of your favorite enchilada sauce
  • Chopped veggies of your choice (I used broccoli, tomatoes, and onions)

Preheat oven to 350.  Basically all I did was spread a layer of refried beans on the tortilla  In a separate bowl I mix the cold lentils and taco seasoning.  Next I placed a healthy spoonful of the lentils into the tortilla on top of the beans and wrapped the tortilla.  I then placed the enchilada in my cast iron skillet but you could use any baking dish.  Once I wrapped up all my enchiladas I topped them with the chopped veggies and drizzled the can of enchilada sauce over everything.  I cooked these for about 25 minutes.

That’s it!  Super simple and tasty.   My husband loved it, and it make great leftovers for lunch the next day. I served these with fresh guac and hot sauce.  You won’t even miss the cheese and sour cream.  Enjoy!

Trader Joe’s Vegan Finds: Penne Arrabbiata

I’ll always love a snow day.  I know we make it up in June, but I’ll take it now, especially if it means I get to stay home with my boy.

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This morning I woke up to a two hour delay for my district.  I had a suspicion that they might end of canceling since the snow was coming down harder than was anticipated.  I was hanging out with Soy Bean on the couch when a certain odor signaled to me that he needed a diaper change.  When I came downstairs I saw a voicemail on my phone.  Woohoo!

So I’m hanging with SB today, unfortunately my husband’s school opened at the regular time.  The babe and I have no big plans today besides doing some laundry and of course snacking.

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Speaking of food, on Sunday I was able to swing by my favorite Trader Joe’s.  I was able to load up on some of my favorite items and maybe some cheap wine…

I’ve been trying to write a top five Trader Joe’s list for awhile now but it’s just too hard to narrow down a list.  I figured I could feature some of my favorite goodies instead.

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One of my favorite and super easy dinners from Trader Joe’s is their penne arrabbiata.  This meal comes frozen and literally all you need to do is throw it in a pan!  This is one of my hubby’s favorite meals, and we ate a lot of this when I was pregnant.  I usually add some sort of veggie meal like vegan chicken, ground beef, or sausage.  I tend to add any veggies I have laying around as well.  The sauce has a little kick to it, but it’s not too spicy.

It’s delicious and super easy.  What more could you ask for?  Oh and it’s vegan. 🙂

 

Vegan Dining: Sam Diego’s

 

So I’ve reached that awkward point in adulthood where my childhood nightmares become my happiest dreams.  My husband and I are buying a house in the town where I grew up and I could not possibly be more excited.  It’s close to our families, our jobs (I was commuting about two hours last year back and forth to work), and it’s located on the beautiful (well at least I think it is) south shore of Massachusetts.  Fifteen year old me would find it totally lame to move back to the town I grew up in. So boring!  Adult Sarah is pumped.

Thankfully, this town has diversified and opened up more restaurants and grocery stores than where available when I was a kid.  I think the only restaurants in town when I was growing up was the “fancy” Italian place that served too much garlic (but can you really ever have too much garlic?) and Unos.

We plan on venturing out once in awhile, but as many of you know, buying a house means a change in the way you spend money.  Frankly, I’m looking forward to cooking more.  When we’re not eating Subway, my family and I have been living off of four plates and a pan the last month in anticipation for this move.  I’m excited to be reunited with my Fiestaware and real wine glasses.  I’m also transitioning into an awesome kitchen with more than three feet of counter space.  Woot woot!

We’ve spent quite a bit of time on the south shore this year, mostly for baby’s doctors appointments, visiting family and stalking our new house, and we’ve been lucky enough to have a few dates nights here in there.  My husband and I are blessed with wonderful parents that love our kids and actually WANT to spend time with them.  Last week we dropped baby boy off with my parents and ventured out to the Plymouth waterfront.

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There are few things in life more enjoyable than a margarita the size of your head.

Though not the most original dining conquest we went to Sam Diego’s in Plymouth and were not disappointed.

I guess it’s hard to be disappointed when you order $40 dollars worth of (mammoth) margaritas (we got good tequila okay?), but no seriously, we were not disappointed.  While they have a vegetarian section on their menu they actually have a separate special menu with vegan options.  You just need to ask for it.   We ordered the black bean burritos and quesadilla to split.

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“Special” menu. Gluten-free options were on the back as well.

The wonderful thing about Mexican food is that meat can very easily be replaced (via beans).  At home when I make a Mexican based meal I usually will incorporate vegan cheese and sour cream.  This meal had no vegan substitutes but we were not missing out at all.  The quesadilla was my favorite, and had caramelized onions in it which gave a nice meatiness to it.  Everything was really delicious, and I don’t think that’s much the margaritas talking.

The hubby and I have find Mexican restaurants pretty easy places to remain vegan when dining out.  Worst case scenario, you order something with beans and hold the  cheese and sour cream.

Speaking of bean dishes, once we’re all moved and settled (and most importantly have internet) I need to share my chili recipe.  I can’t believe I haven’t shared it yet!

I hope you’re all enjoying the last days of summer!

 

 

Vegan Dining: Julian’s

Well I’m certainly behind.  I’m enjoying the last half of my April vacation and reflecting on dining experiences I had during February vacation.  Funny though, the weather was a bit nicer in February.

As I’ve mentioned before, we live very close to Providence.  I love (parts of) Providence.  I appreciate the history, the countless veggie friendly restaurants, and the easy parking (because I’m old).

Our friends had spoken highly of Julian’s, which is right down the street from one of our other favorite spots, The Grange.  We heard high praises for their brunch and drink menu.  Well, we didn’t’ make it to brunch and obviously I’m not taking too much advantage of the bar these days but we were certainly not disappointed.

We decided to grab an early dinner at Julian’s on a Friday night.  Julian’s is not a vegan/vegetarian restaurant but they have tons of veggie friendly options.

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Vegan Tasting Board Yumminess

We started with the vegan tasting board which came with sumac cheese, eggplant -quinoa pate, root vegetable chips, squash jam, pickled veggies and naan.  It was so flavorful and unique!  I love apps that give you a little taste of everything.  The best part was it was only $12  For our entrees Dylan order the vegan “steak and cheese” wrap and I opted for salad adding grilled tofu (which was out of this world).  Dylan’s wrap was also delicious (of course he had to let me have a bite or two).

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The bar menu was expansive and had a great beer selection.  They even had a mock tail section which made this pregnant lady happy!

The hubby and I are in baby and house buying mode right now, so we are trying to save our money as much as possible, but we are going to have to check this place out for brunch sometime.

 

Checking In…

I can’t believe I survived March (without wine I might add).  In Teacher World March is one of the longest months of the year.  No vacations, no days off (though we did manage to sneak in a snow day), grades closing, and for some reason tons of meeting for us special ed teachers.

I also can’t believe I’m finally in my third trimester.  I’ll be 30 weeks tomorrow and I can hardly believe it.  10 or so more weeks until I get to meet Soy Bean.  It’s so exciting/terrifying!

Knock on wood, I’ve been pretty lucky with this pregnancy.  I’ve been feeling great besides occasionally getting dizzy, at tiny bit of heartburn and sometimes having trouble getting up from the couch (it’s not a pretty sight).  I haven’t had any random strangers try to touch my stomach and no one has preached to me about drinking caffeine.  I’ve been lucky enough to have my mom take me clothes shopping and have found some nice deals myself.  My sister-in-law advised me when I was first pregnant that I should make an investment in some good maternity clothes.  I have to say I totally agree. When you enjoy what you’re wearing it can make your day, especially when your body is changing daily.

Now back to food.  I was scrolling though the pictures of my phone I realize my husband and I have hit up some great vegan places since the last time I posted so I guess I have plenty to write about.  Date nights will be few and far between once this baby comes so we are taking advantage now 🙂