Vegan At Moe’s, Potatoes, And More

April 2, 2010 by Keri

Yesterday, my best friend from college was in town for business so we made plans to grab some lunch before her flight out.  Since we’re both vegan, the main requirement for where to meet is always a vegan-friendly menu!  Since it’s a rather non-vegan-friendly dining area that we were meeting up in our options were limited, but we chose Moe’s Southwest Grill.  Going off of their Vegetarian Menu and cross referencing with their Allergen Information Sheet to make sure to avoid eggs and dairy, we were able to find plenty to eat.  We had a great lunch and my friend, who recently got engaged on a beach in Hawaii, asked me to be in her wedding! So awesome!  After Moe’s, we stopped in a local tea shop for some vegan cookies (they carry the packaged kind from Alternative Baking Company), followed by a little shopping.

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When I got home I was so tired from trying to socialize while keeping a two year old from burning down the mall or disappearing into crowds that I just wanted to crash.  But since dinner doesn’t make itself, I started plotting something quick and relatively easy.  First, I cubed golden potatoes, tossed them in olive oil, Italian spices, and sea salt, and put them in to roast at 475 degrees for 30 minutes.

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While those were roasting, I cut up a few zucchinis and sauteed them in just a little white truffle oil until they were tender.  Sauteed zucchini has to be one of my favorite foods (I probably say that about a lot of foods, but what can I say, I’m becoming such a foodie)!  I prefer mine without any salt or spice because the flavor is just so delicious on it’s own.

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I also cooked up some vegan chorizo (from Trader Joe’s) in my cast iron skillet to be mixed into the veggies.  I was afraid that it was going to be too spicy, but the heat wasn’t overdone.  I let the little guy give it a try because I figured it was mild enough for his taste, but he still ended up trying to wipe the spicy off his tongue with his hand!  I actually ended up giving my chorizo portion away because it was so salty that I couldn’t bear to eat it.

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After dinner, we went outside to hide plastic eggs filled with raisins or dates for something to do because it was still so pretty out!  It’s interesting to think that as far as my son knows, “egg” is just a shape like triangle or square, and he doesn’t yet realize some people consume them.  He recently saw baby dinosaurs hatching out of eggs in a picture book, so he knows something else is up with these egg things, but not that someone would crack it open and fry it in a skillet.

When it was finally time for bed, I was too tired to think about blogging, so I sat down and browsed your blogs instead!  Since I am posting about yesterday today, I’m going to go ahead and include today’s lunch because it was SO delicious!  I chopped up some romaine and fresh strawberries and topped them off with pecan pieces and vegan poppy seed dressing. Yum!  It’s too pretty not to share!  I also wanted to thank you all again for the awesome discussion on my Your Thoughts Thursday post; I absolutely love reading your comments whenever they may appear.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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  1. Andria @ Veg is Sexy says:

    You’ll have to post pics of your bridesmaids dress, obviously! 😉

    • Keri says:

      Well of course! 🙂 I’m in a wedding in June also and luckily the bride was awesome about me get vegan shoes rather than leather.

  2. Melissa G says:

    And I always love reading what you have to say too, Keri….thanks for sharing your life & food! It’s great seeing all the yummy goodness you cook up! Dying for that salad ~ looks so delicious. Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Thank you so much, Melissa- I’m so glad you enjoy it! 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend too!

  3. Danielle (Coffee Run) says:

    Aw I love that you put dates + raisins in the easter eggs 😀 That’s totally something I’d do.

    I didn’t know Moes had vegan fare! Good to know 😀

    • Keri says:

      It’s nature’s candy, right?! 😀
      They also said they cook their tofu separately from their meats, so I get that and then order a vegetarian item sans cheese and sour cream. Yum! 🙂

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    strawbs, poppyseeds, and romaine. heaven. great eats!
    and thx for the vegan chorizo from tj’s mention. not my thing but i could make that for scott and he’d LOVE it.

    your comment re inlaws vs parents, understanding veganism and not. Well my parents dont get it at all. I see them like once a year so it’s not a huge problem but there’s no support or understanding, i know what it’s like. hang in there 🙂

    • Keri says:

      That salad was my idea of heaven too! I’m not a big fan of most faux meats, but since my husband likes the variety I pick up new kinds for him and then I try it to see if it’s one of the rare ones that I like. Also, thanks for the support! 🙂

  5. Vegmom says:

    Man, I love your blog!! Your food pics always look soooo Good!

    We are Moe’s fans here too, when on the go… Can only imagine the food that will be at your Vegan Friend’s wedding 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Aww, thank you so much! I didn’t even realize Moe’s was an option until recently, but it’s good to know for when we’re out shopping and need some eats! 🙂

  6. Love sauteed zucchini. It’s the best way to eat zucchini, especially fresh from the garden. I love it with toasted walnuts.

  7. Amber says:

    Aww you mentioned me 🙂 Love ya chica . . . just browsing around trying to drum up some idea on what I’m gonna make for dinner . . .