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Friday Foodie Favorites: October 10, 2014

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It’s Friday!  What’s not to love?  The work week is coming to a close.  I have fun pumpkin picking/carving plans with my girlfriends, and I am more than ready to do some eating, drinking, and relaxing (along with school work) over the next several days.  The weekend is almost upon us and I think that is something we can and should all be extremely happy about.

I have several recipes on my “to make” list for this weekend from other bloggers and I imagine that I will be sharing them with you shortly.  You all never fail me.  Sometimes it amazes me just how many cooking successes I have thanks to you.  But should I really be surprised?  Food bloggers are awesome <– I might be slightly biased 😉  While I expect to have several recipe successes to share with you in the future, I won’t be leaving you empty handed today.  I have four delicious recipes from around the blogosphere that I tried last month and I just know you are going to love them.  Enjoy!

Friday Foodie Favorites: October 10, 2014

friday favoritesI go through food phases from time to time.  When I first became a vegetarian I ate tofu a lot!   I inevitably got tired of it and moved on to other plant-based protein sources (lentils, tempeh, etc.).  And while I am still majorly obsessed with lentils and tempeh, my cravings for tofu have returned!  Back in August I ran across Kiersten’s recipe from Buffalo Tofu Wings.  My buffalo sauce obsession had been in full swing, so I figured it was the perfect thing to flavor my tofu with.  I am going to be honest.  I used bottle buffalo sauce and bottled vegan ranch dressing.  What can I say, I was feeling a bit lazy.  But the results were still fantastic.  Buffalo sauce is a delicious, flavorful way to season tofu.  I also love that Kiersten recommends that you saute the tofu first and then bake it.  The texture (which can either be awesome or not-so-awesome with tofu) was fantastic and I was really digging the spiciness.  I dipped my tofu “wings” in ranch for dinner and then in sundried tomato ketchup the next day for lunch.  These reheated quite well, too.  I think I found my new favorite way to prepare tofu!

friday favorites 2A couple of Saturdays ago I did some major food prepping.  I made Katie’s Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos for dinner and for many meals to come.  I love that these burritos hit up all of your major food groups: veggies, protein, healthy fats, and carbs.  Plus, they taste delicious when paired with a side of salsa.  I followed Katie’s recipe exactly (except I used red quinoa because it is what I had on hand) and ended up with eight burritos instead of six.  I was definitely not complaining about that!  I have a whole gallon-sized plastic bag full of burritos in my freezer just waiting and ready for lunches and dinners to come.  Sometimes you just do not feel like cooking, you know?  These will definitely become a staple in my weekend meal prepping over the years to come.  You really cannot beat making eight meals in 30 minutes!  I highly recommend adding these to your next food prepping day.

fff stewNext up: A delicious stew that is perfect for the chilly Fall and Winter weather ahead of us!  I made Kalyn’s Mushroom, White Bean, and Tomato Stew and loved it!  I left out the parmesan cheese and topped mine with nutritional yeast instead in order to keep it vegan.  I also upped the veggies by adding in French-style green beans that I had in my fridge and serving it over cauliflower rice.  I imagine that it would be absolutely fantastic over brown rice or quinoa, too!  Stews are not just for meat-eaters and Kalyn has certainly proven that with this dish.

fffMy final favorite pick for delicious recipes that I have tried lately is Brittany’s Garlicky Kale Salad.  Similar to tofu, I go through phases where I crave kale like mad and the past couple of weeks have been one of those times.  Brittany stated that this was “the best kale salad,” so I knew that I had to give it a try.  She created it using the Garlicky Kale at Whole Foods for inspiration.  Whole Foods and I are pretty  much BFFs, so I knew I would love it.  I also happened to have a jar of tahini in my pantry that I needed to put to use.  I kind of figured that it must be a sign or fate… or something like that.  I am so glad that I gave this recipe a try.  Kale on it’s own can be so bland, bitter, and boring.  This salad was anything but that.  It was flavorful and complex, but also light.  Basically, it was perfection when it comes to kale salads.  I paired the salad with a side of broccoli pancakes.  Random?  Maybe.  But both made for a delicious dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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  • Katie (The Muffin Myth) October 10, 2014, 1:27 am
    Yeah, freezer burritos for the win! And yay for bonus burritos! It really depends on how you fill 'em and how big your tortillas are. Nothing wrong with two extra burritos though! Great list, and thanks for including my burritos!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 8:40 am
      I was definitely NOT complaining about have two extras! ;) Thanks so much for the great recipe. I am loving them!
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 10, 2014, 9:05 am
    Great recipe roundup! I'll have to try that tofu. Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...Fashion Friday- Maroon Fall Sweater & LeggingsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 4:45 pm
      It might be my favorite of the four. Sssshhh.. don't tell ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes October 10, 2014, 9:28 am
    I agree - I usually have the most success with recipes from other bloggers! My most recent fail was a recipe from Betty Crocker. Boo. I just made butternutsquash soup this week that was wonderful and super easy thanks to the crockpot and immersion blender (I linked to it on my Friday Favorites today!). :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 4:47 pm
      Aren't immersion blenders SO fun? I pretty much take any excuse to use mine.
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health October 10, 2014, 9:29 am
    if you are a pizza lover, i'd recommend checking out http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/2014/09/homemade-whole-wheat-pizza-crust/# Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted...Acai Bowl with Berries, Almonds, and Toasted CoconutMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 4:47 pm
      I am most definitely a pizza lover!! Thank you for sharing that :)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine October 10, 2014, 10:04 am
    Oh man, those burritos and that stew looks delicious! How about you come visit - I'll give you our guest room if you cook for me :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 4:48 pm
      That sounds like the perfect plan for me!! Let's plan for that sometime in the dead of winter ;)
  • Brittany October 10, 2014, 10:05 am
    Great roundup lady! Those buffalo tofu wings are calling my name. Thank you for trying my garlicky kale recipe -- I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. :) Brittany recently posted...Egg and Hummus Breakfast WrapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 4:49 pm
      It was wonderful! Thank you for sharing it :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 10, 2014, 12:09 pm
    I want to eat all of these! I'm so happy it's lunch time! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Friday Five 36My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 10, 2014, 4:49 pm
      It is a good thing you waited to check out the post during lunch and not before ;)
  • lindsay Cotter October 11, 2014, 6:22 pm
    just bought more tempeh.. and now i'm going to make the first recipe. WOO! the only soy i can eat. yay
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 11, 2014, 8:05 pm
      Ooo, I bet that will be AWESOME with tempeh! You'll have to let me know how it turns out. And yay for being able to eat tempeh. I think it is the BEST of all of the soy-based meat substitutes :)
  • Nicole Browne October 13, 2014, 3:11 am
    Love the blog! Your food looks amazing, especially the burrito, deffinately going to have to try that one :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 5:35 pm
      Thank you Nicole! Yes, do try the burritos. They are delish!

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