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Friday Foodie Favorites: October 18, 2013

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Happy Friday!!  Not only am I ecstatic about the fact that it is Friday, but I am especially happy about THIS particular Friday for two reasons.  1. I am only working until 12:00 p.m. today (I could totally get used to 4 hour days ;)), and 2. I am headed to Chicago tomorrow for my best friend, Amanda’s, bachelorette party.  Amanda moved far away from me and lives in Arizona now, so spending time with her is always extra special.  It is bound to be a fun, momentous, exciting, and tiring weekend!

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Everyone say hi to Amanda! 🙂

But before I kick off a great weekend, I wanted to share with you several of my favorite recipes from around the blogosphere.  Eat up, folks!

Pulled BBQ Cauliflower

If you have read my blog much at all, you know that I have a serious love for cauliflower.  I especially love finding new and creative ways to incorporate this veggie into my diet.  This recipe is definitely one of the most creative ways that I have found to use cauli!

friday favorite pulled bbq cauliflower

A couple of weeks ago, I cooked up Meg’s recipe for Pulled BBQ Cauliflower and I swear my life was changed ;).  This is definitely one of the most creative vegan version of a pulled pork sandwich that I have ever seen.  And it is good…I mean REALLY good.  The crispy texture was perfect and the deliciously sweet flavors of the barbeque sauce were spot on.  Please make this one.  If you aren’t yet convinced that cauliflower is amazing, this recipe just may change your mind.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Robyn has done it again.  I recently discovered Robyn’s blog and absolutely adore her writing style and the informative information that she shares.  But I also love her blog for her amazingly delicious recipes.  This one is no different.

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This is an amazing and unique way to eat one of my current favorite vegetables: spaghetti squash!  I have eaten Italian versions of spaghetti squash and Mexican versions, but an Asian-inspired version was new to me.  Honestly, this is probably my favorite way to eat this tasty squash, so far.  The sauce in this dish is amaaaazing (I used PB in place of the sunflower seed butter, but either will do), and the fact that this literally consists of 90% vegetables just thrills me.  Please make this dish, espeically if you are new to spaghetti squash or if you are a major squash lover, like myself.  I have already cooked this twice in a span of about two weeks!

Yellow Quinoa

friday favorite yellow quinoa

When I first saw Melanie’s recipe for her Yellow Quinoa awhile back, I instantly knew that this was a side dish that I would absolutely love.  I love the flavors of Mediterranean cooking, and this side dish is spot on when it comes to fantastic homemade Mediterranean food.  I paired my yellow quinoa alongside baked tofu, but I honestly think this would taste delicious with just about everything.  Plus, let’s not forget how amazingly healthy quinoa is.  You certainly won’t have a problem getting someone to eat this healthy food when it is as flavorful as this.  There really are no excuses for not eating nutrient-rich side dishes.  Cook up a big batch of this and eat it throughout the week.  You’ll be so happy that you did.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Chili

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And finally, what post would be complete without a soup recipe, especially now that the weather is finally turning cold?  I cooked up a huge batch of Emily’s Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Chili on the weekend and ate it for lunches and dinners throughout the week.  Prepping soup for the week is one of my favorite and easy “go to” ways to save time when things get busy.  This soup was an instant hit with me since it was packed full of vegetables (yay for sweet potatoes) and one of my favorite protein sources: lentils.  I still have one more serving of this soup in my freezer and I am already excited to eat it soon.

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!  I’ll see you next week!

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  • Erin @ Sugar Magnolia October 18, 2013, 8:16 am
    The asian spaghetti squash looks awesome!! Erin @ Sugar Magnolia recently posted...Cherry Banana Green Energy SmoothieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 18, 2013, 6:14 pm
      It seriously is. You should definitely make it!
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes October 18, 2013, 8:38 am
    Safe travels and have an awesome time!!! Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted...Friday Favorites: 10/18/13My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 18, 2013, 6:14 pm
      Thanks so much, you as well!!!
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 18, 2013, 11:52 am
    Have fun in Chicago!! Happy Friday!! Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...White Chocolate Biscoff BlondiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 18, 2013, 6:14 pm
      Thank you!! I hope you have a great weekend :).
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 18, 2013, 11:57 am
    I have to check out the details on this pulled cauliflower. I never crave the things I used to eat however I miss BBQ type meaty foods and my Chinese spareribs lol. Find me a recipe for vegan spareribs that don't involve the frozen loaded with extra nonsense fake ingredients and I will be quite excited! Have a great weekend in Chicago - I love Chicago! meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Granny Smith Apples And Hershey Park CookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 18, 2013, 6:15 pm
      You should definitely check out the bbq recipe. I am totally with you on missing bbq. I can pretty much eat bbq sauce all by itself and be happy ;).
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick October 18, 2013, 2:27 pm
    Have fun in Chicago!! How cool to spend the weekend there with your friend! That yellow Quinoa looks great, I need to make some Quinoa this weekend! Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted...Treat yourself like a friend! 4 Reasons why you should be nice to yourself.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 18, 2013, 6:16 pm
      Thank you!! It should be a good weekend :). And yes, you should definitely try the quinoa..it is GOOD!
  • Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies October 19, 2013, 1:43 pm
    I'm a little disappointed that we're halfway through October and I've somehow not made chili even once yet. Sweet potato and lentil chili sounds like a must make! Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies recently posted...Apple Butter (large or small batch)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 20, 2013, 1:35 pm
      Yes, you definitely need to make some chili!! It is a must make for the Fall and Winter seasons, for sure!
  • Katherine October 20, 2013, 8:14 pm
    Hiii Amanda! You two are some gorgeous girls! I had chili last week and it was so good. It seems so Octobery! I'll have to try your recipe too though. It's never too late to join the chili bandwagon! Katherine recently posted...The Peanut Butter Swimmer? Not Sticking to the Status Quo.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 20, 2013, 10:02 pm
      I cook chili year round, but once October hits I definitely cook it A LOT more. Chili is just a "must make" for the Fall and Winter seasons. I'm posting my recipe tomorrow, so you'll have to check it out!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health October 20, 2013, 10:58 pm
    Wow, that BBQ cauliflower looks insanely good! I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Hope you had a good time at the Bachelorette party! Sounds like fun. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Grapestomp 10k Recap + The Rising LoaferMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 21, 2013, 1:53 pm
      You should totally try out that recipe...it's unique AND delicious!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien October 21, 2013, 1:51 pm
    I was JUST looking at Emily's sweet potato lentil chili this week!! It looks amazing...but I was wondering if I should cut it in half since I don't think I could devour all 8 servings on my own. Can't wait to try! Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted...Vegetable, Chickpea & Quinoa Soup + Giveaway WinnerMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 21, 2013, 1:53 pm
      I made it using the same amounts as what she suggested because for me, "8 servings" usually means "4 servings" ;)!

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