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Adventure Days!

Sometimes it’s nice to not have a plan.  My husband and I set out this weekend with only one goal – get our fur baby his favorite treats.  Anything else was just an adventure.  These days are usually my favorite since we can end up anywhere or find some awesome hidden gem.  These days aren’t glamorous or as thrilling as a roller coaster ride, but I love them.  It’s time that we get to spend just chatting about random topics while having fun.

To fuel our adventure day, we choose a classic favorite – Chipotle.  I am pretty sure the entire world is in love with Chipotle at this point.  It’s great for my family since I can easily eat vegan while my husband can get his carnivore fix.  My favorite combination, pictured to the right, is a burrito bowl with white rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, pico de gallo, corn salsa and lots of guacamole!  A little secret for you – if you don’t get a meat in your bowl, guac is FREE!  I mean who doesn’t want free guac on everything!?  They do have a vegan meat alternative that is delicious and tofu based.  You may have even tried it by accident already!  That option is sofritas which is braised with chipotle chilies, poblanos, and other spices according to their website.

Below is a list of all the vegan options at Chipotle to help you make your favorite combination.  The allergen page on Chipotle’s website lists every vegan item as well.

Soft Flour Tortilla (Burrito & Taco Size)

Corn Tortilla (Soft & Crispy)

Sofritas

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

Cilantro-Lime White Rice

Black Beans

Pinto Beans

Fajita Veggies

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Mild)

Tomatillo Red-Chili Salsa (Hot)

Tomatillo Green-Chili Salsa (Medium Hot)

Roast Chili-Corn Salsa (Medium)

Romaine Lettuce

Guacamole

Fresh Tortilla Chips

Bye y’all!

Chinese food can be vegan?

When I decided to go vegetarian with dreams of being vegan, I was missing Chinese food.  My favorite choice was always beef and broccoli and one of my husband’s favorites was sweet and sour pork.  I was never much of a fan because I don’t like a lot of heavily deep fried foods.  When we lived in the city, there were tons of Chinese restaurants that offered tofu options instead of meat, but in my little small town it’s a little harder to come by.

Insert the frozen aisle of most grocery stores even in my small town.

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Gardein Sweet & Sour Pork!  It’s not beef and broccoli, but it’s a great Chinese alternative without all the grease and heavy feeling.  It’s super easy to make and you can easily customize it however you like.  The hardest part of this recipe is waiting on the rice cooker to cook your rice!

 

Follow these simple steps to make your Chinese at home my way.

  1. Place 1 cup of Basmati rice and 2 cups of water in your rice cooker.  I also love this product with Jasmine rice, but my husband doesn’t care for it so I just save it for meals when I’m the only one eating rice.  Remember to wash your rice thoroughly before cooking.
  2. I always serve broccoli on the side with my Chinese food no matter what variation I’m making.  Start boiling fresh or frozen broccoli on the stove top with some water.  Once completed cooking, drain the excess water and add a little bit of sea salt and vegan butter.  I prefer Smart Balance because the price point is usually a little cheaper.
  3. While everything is moving along, put 1/2 a tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet and let that warm up.  Once heated and completely melted, add the porkless chunks.  Saute until all sides are crispy.  It takes about 6-8 minutes when stirring frequently.
  4. Once they are fully cooked, add the sauce packet that comes in the Gardein bag.  At this point, you can add whatever you want in addition to the Gardein pork.  My favorite addition is chopped canned pineapple.  Other options we have added were snap peas, sugar snap peas, sweet onion, bell pepper strips, mushrooms and broccoli.  If you are using these fresh veggie additions, I prefer to saute them before adding, but the pineapple just needs to be heated and mingle with the sauce.
  5. Once plated, I always sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Occasionally I will use a low sodium soy sauce, but not always.

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My favorite aspects of this product are that it is made with Non-GMO soy, it is certified vegan and labeled for easy reading and it’s nutrition content.  For one third of the bag, there are 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 9 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein!  My husband and I usually eat two thirds of the meal the night of and I usually get about a third the next day for leftovers.  It heats up well in both the microwave or stove top the next day.

Wannabe Vegan Rating: 10/10

Omnivore Rating: 9.5/10

Bye y’all!

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