Friday Things

I can’t believe that it is already Friday! I hope that everyone is having a great week! I have had a pretty normal week, but a couple of exciting things to report!

This week was my last week of classes for the semester! I am glad to be done and next semester I only have one class, my thesis! I can’t wait to graduate in May. It has been a long time coming!

I made two cakes for Hector’s advanced typography class this Wednesday. I love to bake for others & this was a fun project to do! His group had designed a logo for this idea of growth & decay. They came up with a bunch of different projects that related to growth & decay. It was very artistic! I baked the cakes & made the frosting, but he did the cut-outs and frosting. Everyone in the class said that it was great & asked if I was a pro. I will take that compliment for sure! 😉

logo for growth & decay

Last night for dinner I made roasted acorn squash & black bean enchiladas. I also made homemade green tomatillo sauce to go on top! I used my favorite tortillas, El Milagro. I have been able to find them at my Whole Foods on some days and always at the local Mexican grocery store & also they are at my Target. After having fresh tortillas from the local tortilleria in Mexico, these are the next best things! They turned out really yummy!

thursday's dinner

The Disney World Marathon program is now available! This marathon is getting really close & I am both scared due to my lack of being properly trained, but I am also getting super excited just to have fun!! Plus, we are spending a week in the parks! I love Disney World. Plus, I get to spend time with my parents.

best family photo ever.

Speaking of my parents, they are coming this Sunday!! They are staying downtown & I might be staying with them. I’m not quite sure yet. I expect that we will be doing some very touristy things. I will be heading back to Michigan with them next Wednesday. I will miss Chicago because I won’t be back until after Disney.

Have a great weekend everybody! 🙂

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Monday Happenings & Eats

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that your week is off to a great start! I can’t believe the weather. It is really warm here in Chicago & I am wondering if this winter is going to be mild.

For breakfast I tried a new frozen waffle: Nature Path’s Buckwheat Wildberry Waffle. I really loved that these were gluten free! I normally make my own waffles, but I wanted to have something that was easy & didn’t take a lot of time to make. I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast almost everyday for the past 5 years. I am really sick of it & looking for new options!

nature's path waffle

This morning Chicago was extremely foggy. I haven’t rode my bike to school in a few weeks & it felt really nice to get out there again! I really love riding the bike, except in the wind. For some reason I really struggle when I am riding against the wind.

foggyride

foggy bike ride

For lunch, I had an African sweet potato & peanut stew from The Vegan Table. It was yummy! I love the combination of sweet potatoes and peanut butter. {Sorry for the crummy photo! It just didn’t turn out with my phone!}

African Sweet Potato & peanut stew For dinner, I made my own version of Mexican rice using brown instead of white. It was really yummy! I have made a chili rub tofu before & it has been really good. While I was making it today I ran out of mild chili pepper and had to add some really hot pepper! The tofu was so spicy, but the avocado helped cool it down!

Mexican rice & tofuI really want to start posting here on the blog a lot more! I also want to show my eats on a more regular basis. I am now off to read some articles for my thesis project.

Have a great night! 🙂

Turkey-Less Roast {Holiday Eats}

Earlier this week while I was at Trader Joes, I spotted a vegan turkey roast. It was located in the refrigerated section by the real turkeys and veggies. It was $9.99 and I normally wouldn’t spend that much on one item, but I really wanted to try it. They always get me with new vegan products. I just want to try every vegan product that I see!!

I knew that I wanted to try this roast well before Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, it is time to figure out what to make! So, last night I tried it for dinner. On the side of the box there is directions for a holiday roast. Basically you cut up some veggies coat with olive oil and salt & pepper. Place the roast on top and bake in the oven. Simple. Anyone can make this.

One hour later the roast was done. It came with gravy and you just heat the up on the stove.

Overall, I thought that the roast was pretty good. It was simple and easy to make. I normally do not eat processed “meats” like this, but every once in awhile it is a nice treat. It kind of tasted like Gardein, but not sure if it is. I would definitely recommend this, especially if you like to eat Gardein, Tofurky, etc. I eat them only a couple times a year, so this really was a treat. Hector said that he could eat it everyday. I am not sure if I will be having this for my Thanksgiving dinner, but it is a good backup option for me.

It would be great if you had vegetarian/vegan guests coming to your Thanksgiving and have no idea what to make. Just put it in the oven and your done! Your vegan guests would greatly appreciate the effort!

Have you tried a vegetarian roast before? Do you have a favorite roast?

Quesadilla La Reyna del Sur

Yesterday was not only the first day of November, it was also Happy World Vegan Day! To celebrate, Hector and I went to Quesidilla La Reyna Del Sur for lunch. We have been wanting to try this restaurant for months, but we have always wanted to go on a Saturday and they are not open on Saturdays. I was excited that we were finally going to try it!

It is located in the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood. We drove and we were able to park right in front! I hate having to worry about parking.

We sat down and we were brought chips and salsa right away.  The menu had a good selection of tacos, tortas, and quesadillas. There was also a great selection of fresh juices. I was tempted to get one, but I decided not to. I did notice that there was a lot of soy items on the menu.

Hector ordered two barbacoa tacos. Apparently the flavor is suppose to be like lamb. Hector enjoyed them, however, there wasn’t much salt. I think that is a good think though.

 I went with the xochimilco taco. It had soy steak, mushrooms and cactus. I think I went with the xochimilco taco because it reminded me of the time I went there when I was in Mexico. {If you are ever in Mexico, I highly recommend that you go!}

We also ordered two tamales. Now, we wanted normal tamales that were not in the banana leaves. Well, we were brought tamales that had been steamed in to banana leaves. I opted not to eat mine. I love tamales, but these just didn’t appeal to me. Hector ate them, but said that they needed more flavor.

Overall it was a pretty good lunch. Next time I wouldn’t get the tamales, but something else. It is worth going back to.  I really like that there are so many vegetarian options here in Chicago.

Do you have a favorite vegeatarian/vegan restaurant in Chicago?

PPK October Potluck

Yesterday was the Chicago PPKs monthly potluck. Each month we meet & have themed potluck. This month it was Halloween! We are a very small group, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying wonderful vegan food & company.

I had no idea what to make. I went with an autumn stuffing. It had Field Roast’s smoked apple sausage, dried cranberries, apples, walnuts, and spices. This went with Halloween, right?

Megan made a wonderful pumpkin fruit dip to go along with apples from the farmer’s market. This dip was scrumptious!

Nissa, our wonderful host, made a delicious stew. It went really well with the Halloween theme!

She also made cat shaped tortilla chips! So adorable! I dipped mine with the stew & it tasted amazing!

Dessert: fauxstess cupcakes made by Nissa. These looked & tasted amazing. Just look at the detail in the web! Perfect for Halloween!

All of the food tasted great & I had such a wonderful time at the PPK potluck. We won’t be having one in November due to schedules, but we are planning our next one for early December . The theme is going to be gingerbread houses & a cookie exchange. Can’t wait until December!

New to Me {Granola &Yogurt}

For Veganmofo, I set out to try new to me things. I love granola. I tend not to buy it because I will eat the whole bag. There is just something about the nuttiness and sweetness that granola provides the taste buds. Granola is addicting. Enough said.

A while ago at Whole Foods I spotted a bag of Simply Suzanne’s granola. I had previously seen this granola, but never bought it even though it looked really good. When it was on sale, I picked up a bag of the So Very Cherry Granola. I no longer could resist granola that was sweetened with Michigan cherries!  What I loved about this product was that it was made in Michigan, my home state, and that it didn’t have preservatives. Only all natural ingredients where used to make it.

 

I had some of the granola with Wildwood’s unsweetened plain soy yogurt. My favorite thing about this yogurt is that it was unsweetened. I don’t like really sweet yogurt, especially if I am having it with granola. I also love that it has 10 grams of protein & 8 grams of fiber per serving!
I loved the granola with the yogurt. It was a nice snack. I can see myself having this after a run or for breakfast. I highly recommend trying Simply Suzanne’s granola. They are amazing!! I am looking forward to trying the other granolas!
*All thoughts are my own and I purchased these products on my own. If you would like me to do a review of your {vegan} product, email me at hungryveganrun@gmail.com

Ceramics & Native Foods

Yesterday, I needed to work on my vessel for my ceramics class. This vessel has to be 12 inches high, have two handles and a foot. My is huge. Compared to everyone else’s in my class, mine looks massive. I am really enjoying making this pot. I find working with clay very therapeutic and calming. Maybe I found my future career, probably not. I still have to add the handles to it.

After Hector and I left school we went to the Target in the Loop and picket up a few cleaning supplies. After leaving the store, we were famished. Instead of heading home for dinner, we stopped at one of our favorites, Native Foods. I decided to get the Roasted Chile Taco Trio.  It was really good. Just enough to fill me up! The taco shells were filled with beans, rice, mangoes, and guacamole. Although I was tempted to get the oatmeal creme cookie, but I stopped myself. I do want to try that cookie sometime soon!

Hector got the classic ruben. I think that this is his favorite meal from Native Foods. He seriously gets it every time we go!

Today I will be heading back to school to finish my vessel. I am planning on going to the Chicago Marathon expo after probably around 5. I am so excited to check out all the vendors & see all the excitement for the marathon! I will also be going Saturday afternoon with my cousin Kristin who is arriving via Amtrak at 12!! I can’t wait! 🙂