This is a busy time of the year for me due to my job which requires a lot of travel. I haven't had a lot of time to cook any "fancy" recipes at home; but when I do cook, here are some of the meals we have been enjoying lately: (Sorry, no pictures.)
--Rice and beans
--Rice and stir-fried veggies
--Rice and grilled tofu
--Rice and vegetable salad
--Rice and avocado with soy sauce
--Rice and garden tomatoes with Tapa Tio
Okay, so you get the idea. We eat a lot of rice. It's the quickest, easiest thing to make and still manages to taste good!
Other popular meals lately include some kind of pasta with Trader Joe's Traditional Marinara Sauce and artichokes. Oh and salad. A lot of salad.
Anyway. When we're not eating rice, beans, tomatoes or pasta, we are eating at vegan-friendly restaurants. Here are just a few of the fun places we've gone lately and what a vegan can eat there:
Le Papagayo: Leucadia, California
W looked at the menu ahead of time and excitedly announced that they had a vegan option of Pasta Primavera. Yes! That's exactly what I was craving! However, when we arrived at the restaurant for a birthday dinner, the menu said "Vegetable lasagne and veggie wrap with hummus." Um, not vegan, hun, but thanks for looking out. I instead asked for a gnocci that was made in one dish with the putanesca sauce made in another. It turned out to be really delicious!
Meals by Genet: Los Angeles, California
Cosmic Cafe: Dallas, Texas
Don Carlos Taco Shop: La Jolla, California
Of course at places like this I always get overwhelmed with so many vegan options! There were mushroom tofu tamales, veggie burrito bowls, tofu burritos, and basically anything on the menu without cheese and sour cream!! I am going to have to go back. La Jolla is a pretty fun place too. See below:
Cups: La Jolla, California
P.F. Chang's: Riverside, California
That's pretty much been what's been happening in my vegan life lately: easy, quick meals at home and lots of vegan eating out. Maybe once I'm done traveling (in December) I'll look at some of my cookbooks again. Sigh... oh cookbooks, how I miss you.