Monday, June 24, 2013

Vegan Cooking for Non-Vegan House Guests


As I said in my last post, this weekend I had two lovely friends come stay with me.  I took it as a great opportunity to cook up a storm all weekend.  We made lots of things, went to Glow Yoga, checked out the River Market, cooked more things, and watched a lot of Girls.

Amanda and Devon

Friday



I had some bbq tempeh leftover from the night before, so I made myself a breakfast wrap.  I ended up eating  a LOT of wraps all weekend.  Yum!

BBQ Tempeh Wrap


4 slices bbq tempeh
1 spoonful walnut paste
1/4 avocado, smashed
1/4 c shredded carrots
sriracha





I had to work a little bit while my friends hung out at my house, but I was out relatively quickly.  I came back to hang out with them, and whipped up some snacks.


The brussels sprouts were just roasted in the oven in olive oil, 375 til brown and crispy.  I usually top with salt and pepper, and I had a side of cashew cream sauce.  This was really just soaked, blended cashews, a little lime juice and salt and pepper.



We got all dressed up and headed to Barefoot Studios for 80's Themed Glow Yoga.  It was SO much fun.  We painted all over ourselves, danced, and had a great class!  My friend, Erin, came to glow flow with us too!













After, we were sweaty and covered in chipping paint, but we went ahead and headed to ZaZa's for some huge salads.  Erin and I split a southwest salad, and she got all the cheese on the side.  Devon and Amanda were shocked at how large the salads were, and they were unimpressed with the pizza.








We spent the rest of the night drinking wine and watching HBO Go.  We were all pretty worn out from yoga.

Saturday

I got up bright and early and whipped up some Low Carb Tofu Scramble.  When I went vegetarian in college, tofu scramble was one of the first dishes I learned how to make. I would make it for my girlfriends whenever we hung out, and it kind of became our signature dish.  I think they make it more than I do!  We had it wrapped up with salsa and cashew cream sauce.  It was a really good breakfast to fuel us for vegetable shopping!



We headed to the River Market and picked up tomatoes, peaches, green beans, and blueberries!  Yum!  I love produce in the summer!  We also got some popsicles at Le Pops, because it was HOT.  I had the avocado, and it was great!



We were feeling like snacking and getting out of the head, so we stopped over at Rumba for some lunch.  We got mango salsa, and Devon and I split the California Love tacos.  You have to make sure to ask for no cheese on the tacos and corn if you're vegan.  The sides were pretty good, but we both thought the tacos were terrible.  They basically had no flavor at all.






That afternoon, Devon had to leave, but Amanda stayed, so we decided to make up an awesome dinner with our farmers market veggies.  I decided to make Ashley's Vegan Caprese Baked Pasta!  This recipe is as good as it looked.  I made a vegan and a non-vegan one, because some of our dinner guests don't like tofu.  We had some more friends over, and everyone seemed to love dinner!  We had fresh green beans and made bruschetta as side dishes.  I busted out some daiya cheese wedges as well.









Ashley's recipe was AMAZING, and we have a ton of leftovers.  I think this dish would be great after it's reheated in the oven.  It was so quick and simple as well.

Sunday



I got up and made blueberry pancakes for Amanda and Josh.  I used the same recipe as this breakfast, and we had strawberries and Arkansas Peaches on top.  Yum!!









After Amanda headed home, I whipped up some popsicles.  I am still working on the recipe, as these tasted strongly of banana, and Josh isn't a fan.  This was 1 banana, 1 can coconut milk, 1 can peaches, 1 tsp vanilla extract.





Lunch and dinner were tofu scramble wraps, and I mostly sat outside all day while Josh worked on the pool.  Home ownership, especially with a pool, is tough work.  No complaints though, I am fortunate to have what I have.







When I came in, I opened my box from Esalon and tried out their hair dye.  I was pretty impressed.  You can make a custom color, then they send you professional hair color with easy instructions.



I like how bright it turned out!  So, that was my HUGE weekend recap.  I love having house guests and cooking tons of amazing things for them.  It's not hard getting your non-vegan friends to like your food if you make it delicious!

I have to get back on the wagon, though, in terms of weight loss, so here are my goals for the week:

No Weekday Drinking
Get in my workouts
Eat within my calorie goals
Try to eat moderate amounts of carbs

We are going to a cabin with some friends from out of town this coming weekend, so I'll be planning what vegan awesomeness I can bring on that trip, too.  I love the summer + cooking!!

6 comments:

  1. Wow!! What a fun post. So much tasty looking food! :) Thanks for the recipe review and so glad it was a hit!

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    1. Yeah, the weekend posts tend to be TONS of pictures, haha. Everyone LOVED your recipe, and I will be telling people to check it out. I love your blog!

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