First off, I did not consciously try to be vegan today, it just happened. (Except for the beer, I think. I read somewhere that some beers have some type of fish oil in them that make them technically not vegan. Not that I care.)
Breakfast: Cinnamon Puffins, coconut milk, strawberry bliss.
Lunch was…interesting. TJs chicken-less vegan stuffed cutlets. I got these because I was looking for a < 500 calorie lunch and saw this while I was picking up some soy chorizo. They tasted good, but the texture was a little rubbery. It was fine for a desk lunch, but I probably won’t get it again.
Then, tonight’s appetizer was sadness in the form of a failed TJs guacamole kit…
Ohhhh NO. The onion and lime (not shown) were just fine. I tried to salvage one of the avocados but it tasted awful.
And let me just qualify that photo by saying that I love love LOVE Trader Joes. I get their guac kits all the time and this has never, ever happened before. Obviously I won’t stop shopping there, but I am going back there to contest this shriveled guacamole kit and -with hope- exchange it for a good one. A lot of people have told me TJs has a great return policy; I guess I’ll be putting it to the test.
Dinner: stuffed bell peppers. I rocked these bad boys. I used quinoa, carrots, jalapenos, green chile, onion, garlic, salsa, shallots, mushrooms and hot sauce and baked them (covered) at 350° for about an hour. I was afraid it wouldn’t be enough food, but neither I nor Mr. Hubby could finish one. They were grrreat!
And, of course, what would Friday night in springtime be without a cold one on the patio?
Oh yeah baby! You can count on a lot more outdoor beer photos from me until say, mid-October.
Bell’s Two Hearted is in my top five. It’s a good anytime beer, but it’s got enough flavor, hops and ABV that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. It’s got a well-rounded, backyardy, kick-back, floral citrusy flavor and some nice, balanced hoppy bitteriness mixed in with a smooth finish that makes me feel like I could die happy right this minute with no regrets.
And, if you’re wondering, it was completely an accident that I had stuffed bells and Bell’s for dinner. Let’s just call it serendipity.
Have a wonderful evening, friends!
I signed up for the Komen Run today and I have a donation page if you’re so inclined. I’m running the 5k regardless, but if you want to give lots and lots of money to save a boob or two (and maybe even a LIFE!), you can do so right here.
My mama, both of my aunts and my grandma are all funny, smart, strong, beautiful breast cancer survivors so this is a cause near and dear to my heart. I missed the 2009 run because of a sprained ankle but I do make a donation every year, and you should too. Everbody’s little girls and moms and sisters and aunts and memaws will all give you big hugs and kisses for it. ♥