A Late WFDW…

I okay, so I’ll confess that I thought most of today was Wednesday.

That will happen this time of year!  Tomorrow is my last day of the 2017-2018 school year and I’m so anxious for summer!  I love my job and my seeing friends at work everyday, but I can’t wait to walk out tomorrow and be free.  I’ve been waiting all year to have unlimited Soy Bean time.  Last summer I was so nervous taking him out and plus I was recovering from having him, so this summer I want to soak up.  It’s also going to be the first full summer in our house, and we are excited to do some yard work and enjoy our home.

Well I didn’t document it, but we had burritos from Moe’s last night.  I have a good excuse though.  We had a pretty eventful evening.  One of our cars unexpectedly crapped out on us last week, so we had to buy a new one.  I wasn’t thrilled at first, I mean having just one car payment is pretty sweet, but I love the new car.  I guess I’ll deal with it.

Soy Bean had his 12 month appointment today and he is officially a giant!  Well maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole, but he’s a big boy.  I’m so grateful that he’s healthy and thriving.  I’m sure Soy Bean was happy too, but maybe not so much after his three shots and blood test.  He’s a tough cookie though.

Alright back to food, so I didn’t take a picture of our dinner last night, but I thought I’d dig through the archives of my phone and find a few foodie ideas (that I could have easily eaten on a Wednesday).

Also, yes, I take pictures of food randomly…my phone is loaded with Soy Bean, Sophie, and food pics.

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First, as you can see is vegan tikka masala from Trader Joe’s.  I can’t tell you how bummed I am that I don’t live 10 minutes away from a TJ’s anymore.  This meal is great when you don’t have time to cook, but you want something satisfying.  When I make this I usually mix in some broccoli as well.  I’ve brought this for lunch at work since it’s microwaveable and I’ve made it for dinner for the hubs and me when we want take out food but don’t want to go out.

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Next is the Beast Burger.  I’ll probably be plugging Beast Burgers a lot since I bought Dylan a grill for Father’s Day.  Beast Burgers are the most amazing veggie burger out there.  What I love about them is they are a pea based protein (I try to limit soy) and they honestly taste and look like a real burger.  Who doesn’t love a burger (and fries)???

So next week is my fist official week of summer.  I’m hoping to fit some blogging in (when SB is sleeping of course).  So far I have SB signed up for swim lessons, but that’s really it for solid plans.  We’re hoping to spend as much time outdoors as we can and have some playdates with friends.

Alright, I’m going to retire for the evening.  One more wake up!

What’s for Dinner Wednesday

Okay, so I thought I’d start something new now that we are approaching summer…What’s for Dinner Wednesdays.  Clever right?  Don’t be disappointed if this is the only WFDW post, but I will make my best effort.

Tonight for dinner, the hubs and I rebelled against Taco Tuesday and dove head first into Taco Salad Wednesday, which is Taco Tuesday’s healthier cousin.

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I replaced the taco meat with Beyond Meat’s beef crumbles.  I was able to find the “feisty” version at Whole Foods.  I sauteed this with (no oil) frozen corn, peppers, and onions and topped it on a simple salad with some homemade guac.  Easy enough.  Oh and don’t forget the chips on top as well for some crunch.  I used hot sauce as a dressing, because I’m weird like that.

Having one meatless meal a week has a positive impact on animals.  I encourage my carnivorous friends to check out Beyond Meat’s products.  I really think if you tried this salad you would not know the difference!

Well this is our first edition of WFDW…tune in next week if now before.

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!