Vegan At Moe’s, Potatoes, And More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!