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Spring Break Treats

Posted Mar 22 2009 3:36pm
Okay, I put this post off long enough. I had a fabulous Spring Break week. I’m sad that it’s over. My sister went back home, and she took my nephews and our mother with her. I feel bored and lonely. I guess it’s back to the real world tomorrow, getting up at 5:45, going to work, a workout with my trainer, bills to pay, a dentist appointment, and having my car worked on. I got the spring fever bad!

We had lots of food fun during the week, mostly lunch outings and then snacking on leftovers for dinner.

We had a lunch at Houston’s where I knew my only option would be salad, but I love salad for lunch so I didn’t mind. The last time I went there they put eggs in my salad and I had to send it back. This time I got cheese and I had to send it back. I brought my own dressing. Do you carry salad dressing in your purse like me and my sister do?

We also had a lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. Chase had a nice hummus plate, and I had a super salad that had grilled corn in it. That was a nice touch and I need to remember that this summer.

Of course our favorite lunch outing was to Marble Falls about 45 minutes from Austin where my cousin has opened her second restaurant, TexasNation. I said in my last post I hoped to get a special vegan dish, but would have been fine with a salad. Well, I got both! Here’s a picture of my amazingly delicious gluten free fettucini with mushrooms, avocado, black beans, red bell peppers, green onions, and capers.

Like I always say, I never expect to get a fab vegan dish when I go out. I really just go for the company. But it’s so nice when you do get great vegan food. I would say I ate waaaaay too much last week!

As far as cooking last week, I made the LDV Biryani again because it’s now a favorite. I also made another new favorite, Chickpea Tacos from VegTimes. The filling recipe is merely mashed avocado, chickpeas, and lime juice. I had to spice it up just a bit by adding cumin, garlic, and salt.

We put this on tostados and topped it with crispy salad and salsa. Oh, man, these were terribly good. A big hit for sure.

As far as baking last week, I made several treats.

Banana Bread – can’t remember what recipe I used.

Black Bottom Blondies – from My Sweet Vegan. I have to say these weren’t the hit I had hoped they would be. But you know what? It’s not Hannah’s fault because I saw that Kim had made them too (and enjoyed them) and mine look exactly like hers. It’s that dam* Earth Balance! It tastes horrible and I am never using it again.

Banana Oat Bundles – from one of Dreena’s books, Vive I think, and always delicious.

I have to say that since my sister was driving such precious cargo 1000 miles back to Alabama, I offered to make her any cookies she wanted, even ones with real butter and eggs. She asked for more Sticky Chewy Chocolate Cookies. I made them again, and they are still so chocolaty yummy. You really should bake yourself up a batch!
Right now I’m working on Chase’s Sunday dinner. I promise to try to catch up with all of your posts soon. I really haven’t even had time to peek but I know you’ve all been up to something delicious!

I leave you with a little mosaic of fun from the past week – scooter rides, Blogger Bash, and lunch with family at TexasNation. (You can see individual pictures on my Flickr page.)

See you again soon!
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