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Eggplant Dinner

Hello Everyone! I know I have been MIA lately. But here is an awesome recipe I made today. SO YUMMY!

What you’ll need (if you can get everything organic, even better):

1 eggplant

1 cucumber

2 carrots

1 1/5 cups of your favorite tomato pasta sauce (I like a mushroom sauce)

1 cup Daiya cheese shreds (I used cheddar style)

Salt and pepper to taste

A little bit of Coconut oil (or olive oil)

Steps:

Pre-heat over at 425 degrees

1. Slice the eggplant and sauté the eggplant in the coconut oil until the eggplant cooks a little bit

2. Chop the carrot and cucumber

3. In a small baking pan, add the sauteed eggplant, carrot, and cucumber. Mix in the sauce and add the cheese on top.

4. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes

5. Enjoy! Makes about 4 portions.

Since I’m logging all my food I can tell you the nutritional facts…you’ll be amazed at how many calories in each serving….

1 serving has 179 calories!! (Might fluctuate based on the tomato sauce you used)

I had a 1/2 cup spinach with a bit of low cal dressing and 1/2 avocado.

ENJOY!!!

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Beefless Tips Dinner

Tonight we had some beefless tips! Gardein brand makes the best beefless tips. They are delicious and oh so easy to make!

I started with a pan and some olive oil. I opened the package and added the beefless tips to the pan along with some “Very Very Teriyaki Soy Sauce”. Let that simmer on its own, no other ingredient is needed.

I then steamed some veggies, if you have not gotten yourself a steamer, you seriously need to get one ASAP! I steamed some mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, and some onions.

I also had a side of salad, which I flavored with the sauce from the teriyaki sauce, and some microwave rice.

YUM! and super easy!!

Enjoy!! =)

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Vegan in Las Vegas

So I have been in Las Vegas this whole week and I didn’t take a single food picture! Can you believe it?? I took LOTS of other pictures but didn’t think to snap a picture of the food I was eating. I hope my narrative and the stock pictures help!

Well we went because my boyfriend presented at a major convention and so, of course, I tagged along. So besides all the shopping and the beautiful hotels, what’s there to eat if you’re a vegan that won’t cost you your mortgage and your first born child? Well let me tell you what I ate.

We stayed at the Palazzo/Venetian hotel, which is a fabulous hotel, fancy, and very expensive…We ate at some of their restaurants as well as other restaurants outside.

We started with the Grimaldi’s Pizza. This place is very nice and very accommodating. I asked for a cheese-less pizza with some mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes. It was OK, I mean, I’ve had better pizza and I don’t think the cheese should have made that much of a big deal. My boyfriend enjoyed his pizza a lot though, so maybe the cheese is a breaking factor.

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I also had some sweet sorbet from Cocolini. They offer Gelatos and smoothies as well. They sorbets were really good!

We also had some burgers at I love Burgers. They have a great veggie burger, we really enjoyed it.

We had breakfast at the Grand Lux Cafe inside the hotel, which was really delicious. They have a buffet with some vegan options such as whole wheat bread, fruit, orange juice, and  hash browns. There was also a bar of toppings for omelets that I used for my hash browns  I added mushrooms and tomatoes for some protein. They also had oatmeal with brown sugar and dried fruit, just the way I like it! We recommend this place, but be aware, it is pricey, but what isn’t in Vegas?

We also did a tour of the Grand Canyon, it is very impressive so if you ever have a chance, please visit. In the guest area, they have a little restaurant where they offer a cheese and veggie sandwich sans the cheese for me of course. Don’t get too excited about this offering though. Two slices of bread with some lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions with a side of fries. Not great, but better than not having anything at all. So I was content (I had a lot of fried on this trip, it’s easier to order veggie burgers and veggie sandwiches when you’re a vegan and they usually come with fries.

I also had some meals in the Grand Canal Shoppes, which is the shopping mall for the Palazzo and Venetian Hotel. There was a small burger place, I forgot the name, where they offered veggie burgers. It was an OK veggie burger, nothing exceptional. I also had some spaghetti with marinera sauce and some roasted potatoes, which were also OK.

We also went to the Aria to watch a Cirque du Soleil show and had dinner there before the show. We ate at a Tapas place called Julian Serrano, which had a whole selection of veggie tapas. We had never had tapas before so we didn’t know what to expect, but in the end the food was very good. We had the roasted potatoes with the aioli on the side, the asparagus, and bread with chopped tomatos.

We also went to downtown vegas where we ate a Mediterranean place, right next to the heart attack restaurant (I’ve seen it on TV), horrible, horrible and it says that if you’re over 350 lbs, you eat free. We didn’t go in there because we were sure they wouldn’t have anything veggie friendly options. The Mediterranean place was ver delicious. We had a falafel pita bread combo and it was great! We enjoyed our meal a lot!

All in all, vegas was pretty good. We didn’t get to go to the more expensive restaurants because we weren’t about to spend $40 on a plate of food. However, we managed to find some spots in the strip and downtown LV where I could eat and be a happy vegan!

I hope this was helpful if you’re looking for some inexpensive restaurants to indulge your vegan goddess!

Enjoy! =)

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Pei Wei

We went to Pei Wei for dinner. They have a great selection of tofu and their tofu is one of the best tasting I’ve ever had.

I had the sweet and sour tofu complete with pineapples, onions, broccoli, and other veggies. I had mine with brown rice.

My boyfriend ordered another tofu meal which was very good.

I like this restaurant because they have high quality food with low prices. They also have the soda fountain available for you to get your own refills. No need to wait on a waiter. Mostly, I like the unlimited fortune cookies!

Highly recommend it!

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Sweet Potato Baked Dish and Gardein Chick’n

Brought to you by Gigi!

You’ll need for 2 people:

– 1 sweet potato

– 1/2 chopped onion

– Canned beets

– Canned cut carrots

– 2 tbs Olive oil

– Salt to taste

– Some minced garlic to taste

– I added some mushrooms. I like mushrooms.

Go ahead and mix everything together in a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.

The chik’n comes frozen, so go ahead and stove top cook it in some olive oil until fully cooked.

Enjoy!

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