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Friday Foodie Favorites: March 21, 2014

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Happy Friday!  And boy, is it a happy Friday for me!  I took off work three hours early yesterday afternoon and headed back home to Iowa.  I am spending my birthday weekend with my family, puppy dogs, boyfriend, and friends and could not be happier.  Home is where the heart is, right?

I have a haircut, some weight lifting, a walk, and some puppy snuggling on the agenda today.  Tonight I am doing dinner with my bf and parents at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, and after that the boyfriend and I are meeting up with two of our best friends to hang out and drink.  We always have a great time when we are together so I cannot wait!

But before I leave you all for the weekend, I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes that I have tried out within the past week or so.  It’s another Friday Foodie Favorites roundup!

friday favorites tempeh baconIf you haven’t figured it out yet, I am obsessed with tempeh.  So, no surprise here, when I saw Char’s post for Tempeh Bacon I knew that I had to make it.  It’s funny, really.  I never liked bacon or BLTs when I ate meat.  But now that I follow a mostly plant-based diet, I cannot get enough of meatless “bacon.”  I cut my tempeh into a bit thicker slices than Char and made three servings out of it.  Two servings were used for BLTs with lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo, and sauerkraut.  I used the third serving in a salad and it was equally delicious.  Seriously, friends, who needs bacon when you have tempeh “bacon?”

friday favorites curry chiliI love curry and I love chili, so when I saw the two combined in Jackie’s recipe for Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili, I was quite certain that the recipe would be a winner.  It turns out that I am a pretty good judge of recipes 😉  This is definitely a keeper.  I love all of the protein that the chili contains and that it is chocked full of veggies, including one of my favorites- potatoes!  Oh, and the fact that you can just throw everything into your slow cooker in the morning and have dinner ready in the evening…well that is the best thing ever.  This one is spicy, but in all the right ways.

friday favorites white bean kale soupI have, in fact, been on a major soup kick lately….as if you hadn’t noticed 😉  When I saw Emily’s recipe for her White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew, it instantly made my meal plan for the coming week.  Anything that contains parsnips, carrots, and kale is pretty much immediately a winner of a meal in my book.  I think I added a bit too much broth to mine because it was thinner than Emily’s, but luckily it was still equally delicious.  I also was super sad when I realized I did not have any chickpeas on hand (weird…) so I was not able to make the crunchy roasted chickpeas to top my soup with.  It was fantastic with crackers and rice cakes, but I definitely think it would have been phenomenal with the chickpeas.  I guess I will just have to make it again so that I can give ’em a try!

That’s it!  I know, I normally post at least four recipes for my Favorites posts, but in all honesty I just have not been cooking up a lot of recipes lately.  Next time I promise I will have four fantastic ones for you…or more!

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 21, 2014, 5:42 am
    Have a great time this weekend!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 21, 2014, 3:34 pm
      Thanks so much Meredith!! You too :)
  • Ashley March 21, 2014, 6:48 am
    Sounds like you have an awesome weekend ahead!! Have a great time with your parents, boyfriend and the pups!! : ) Ashley recently posted...Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Polenta with Mascarpone DrizzleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 21, 2014, 3:35 pm
      Thanks so much, Ashley!! So far so good! :)
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate March 21, 2014, 8:49 am
    Sounds like you have such a fabulous birthday weekend ahead of you! Enjoy your time with friends and family! Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...Fitness Friday and Shoe AdviceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 21, 2014, 3:36 pm
      Thank you Katie!! It should be a good one! :)
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 21, 2014, 9:20 am
    Home is definitely where the heart is. Have the most amazing weekend with your loved ones :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 21, 2014, 3:38 pm
      Thank you so much Amanda! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness March 21, 2014, 12:05 pm
    These meals all sound good! I hope you have a fabulous birthday weekend with friends, puppies and family! Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Thinking out loudMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 21, 2014, 3:38 pm
      Thank you Nicole! And don't worry, I have been taking puppy pictures! :)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes March 21, 2014, 8:14 pm
    Your Friday sounds like the perfect day! Have fun in Iowa - and drink a margarita for me. :) Thanks too for linking up! Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted...Friday Favorites: 3/21/14My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 22, 2014, 11:32 am
      My Friday was great! I didn't have a margarita but I had plenty of beers and a Rumchata shot ;)
  • Casey @ Salted Plates March 22, 2014, 9:09 am
    I had a tempeh reuben at a restaurant a few months ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Might have to indulge this weekend Casey @ Salted Plates recently posted...February Foodie Pen PalsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 22, 2014, 11:33 am
      I don't blame you! Tempeh reubens are SO good! Now you have me craving one ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 22, 2014, 11:45 am
    Love me some tempeh bacon! I made Emily's soup a couple weeks ago without the crunchy chickpeas--they def would have taken it over the top! Have a good weekend at home!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:36 pm
      Yes, next time the chickpeas will be a must!
  • Danica @ It's Progression March 22, 2014, 2:05 pm
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Hannah!! Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...Friday Favorites 3.21.14My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:37 pm
      Thank you Danica! It was great :)
  • Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog March 22, 2014, 3:25 pm
    Mmmm... that slow cooker potato curry chili looks delicious. Definitely will need to "pin" that. I feel you on "home is where the heart is." That's how it always felt when I came back to Omaha :-) And now I'm actually back!! Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog recently posted...WIAW: Cotton Candy Made My DayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:38 pm
      Yes!! And Omaha is such a great place :)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 22, 2014, 6:47 pm
    Everything you made sounds so good! I am definitely intrigued to try out tempeh bacon! Have a great time this weekend - from all you have planned it sounds like you will! Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Friday FavouritesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:38 pm
      It was a GREAT weekend! And yes, the tempeh bacon is fantastic. You should definitely try it out!
  • Jessie March 23, 2014, 9:50 pm
    Since it's now Monday, I hope you had a wonderful weekend w/ your loved ones! Happy Birthday btw <3 Jessie recently posted...March Madness, Pinterest, Sleep DeprivedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:39 pm
      Thanks so much, Jessie!!! :)

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