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Friday Foodie Favorites: February 27, 2015 + Giveaway Winner

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Friday has rolled around again (thank goodness!) and so has another roundup of my favorite recipes from other bloggers.  I like to think that Friday Foodie Favorites are a bit different from many other food-related Friday Favorites post.  Why?  Because I make and eat everything that I share with you.  Therefore, all four of the recipes below have touched my lips.  These have my Clean Eating Veggie Girl stamp of approval!

Friday Foodie Favorites: February 27, 2015

FFF buffalo cauliflower chiliI truly believe that buffalo sauce and cauliflower are meant for each other.  So when I saw Kare’s recipe for Crock Pot Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Chili, it was instantly added to the next week’s meal plan.  This soup is good for so many reasons: 1) It’s a chili.  I have yet to meet a chili that I did not like.  2) It is made in the Crock Pot.  Having dinner ready when you get home from work is the best thing ever.  3) It is veggie and protein packed.  4) It is spicy!  You will definitely be able to tell that this chili contains buffalo sauce.  It is not for the weak at heart.  If you are looking for a nontraditional chili recipe, you definitely need to give this a try!

FFF salsa lentils and kaleI’m starting to think that I cannot make it through a FFF’s post without lentils.  Brittany’s Lentil and Kale Stew with Salsa is a must-make.  It has some spiciness like the buffalo chili, but in a completely different way.  This recipe calls for salsa to give it flavor.  I used salsa verde for mine and it was so good.  Apparently I wanted even more spice, though, because I topped mine with a drizzle of sriracha!  This is the perfect flavorful recipe to add tons of protein, fiber, and veggies to your diet.  Even the girl who used to hate mushrooms (me) is loving this one.

FFF tempeh reuben bowlI know that several of you have been waiting for this Lentil Tempeh “Reuben” Bowl from Ilene, and with good reason.  Again, say it with me… lentils!  But this time we are talking red lentils.  This dish is about so much more than lentils, though.  It is all about the combination of four of my favorite foods.  I would never have thought to combine lentils, kale, sauerkraut, and tempeh, but they work incredibly well together.  Ilene’s bowl is filling, super flavorful, healthy, and delicious.  Mine was not quite as pretty as Ilene’s (I used regular sauerkraut and did not have any avocado on hand), but I’m guessing it tasted just as good.  Definitely go check out her recipe, even if it is just to see the gorgeous photos!

WIAW 5I have tried many, many spaghetti squash recipes over the past couple of years, but Sam’s Sundried Tomato Alfredo may be the best one yet.  It is most definitely in my top three!  The creaminess of the alfredo sauce in this one is made with cashews.  If you had not already noticed, I am pretty darn obsessed with any type of sauce or dip that is made with cashews.  And with good reason!  With the right seasonings, it makes for a perfectly creamy dairy substitute.  I followed Sam’s recipe almost exactly, but left out the spinach (I only had enough left for one smoothie the next morning), threw in some leftover cherry tomatoes, and add a few sprinkles of fresh basil <– because there is nothing better than fresh basil.  If you are a spaghetti squash addict like I am, or if you are wanting to try cashew “cheese” for the first time, I more than recommend giving this recipe a go.  It has to be pretty darn good if it is one of my all-time favorites!

I hope I brought you some delicious new meal ideas to try.  Before I sneak out, I want to announce the winner of my Robert Irvine LIVE giveaway.  Congrats to Sara B!  Enjoy the show 🙂

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend, all!  I’m looking forward to a game night with old co-workers tomorrow night and a tasty brunch on Sunday with my girlfriends.  Write to you later!

What recipes have you tried lately and loved?  Please share the links in the comments!
Do you have any fun weekend plans?

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  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul February 27, 2015, 1:07 am
    Oh man I'm losing it. I just read you were going to brunch and was like ohh fun!! And then I realized I'm going too. haha All these eats look so yummy! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Friday FiveMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:12 am
      Haha!! You need to go to bed earlier!!! ;)
  • Jen @ SavedbytheKale February 27, 2015, 5:19 am
    That spaghetti squash looks amazing!! and I just realized that I have absolutely no idea what I am doing this weekend...I'm thinking it's time to make some plans! Jen @ SavedbytheKale recently posted...My Whole30 + HypothyroidismMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:13 am
      Yes, you should!! Even if it is just plans to relax and eat good food ;) You should also absolutely try the spaghetti squash recipe. It is truly out of this world!
  • Émilie February 27, 2015, 7:33 am
    You know when you feel like you're always making the same things. That's me right now! I'm trying to branch out and to try new meal ideas! I love how original your recipes are! Émilie recently posted...4 Ways To Make A Little Extra MoneyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:14 am
      It can certainly be easy to fall into a rut, but it's pretty easy getting out of one, too! Just choose some simple recipes and you will be well on your way :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 27, 2015, 9:22 am
    All of that warming food....I need some warmth and comfort meals right now!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:36 am
      Don't we all!! It is FREEZING outside! Luckily, all four of these ARE warm, cozy, and comforting :)
  • Jillian February 27, 2015, 11:28 am
    That sundried tomato alfredo.. YUM! This recipe will be perfect to try over lent. Happy Friday! Jillian recently posted...Dark + Moody Boho Style Inspiration with Free PeopleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 2:44 pm
      It is seriously one of the best ways EVER to cook with spaghetti squash. It would definitely be perfect as a meat-free lent meal. I hope you give it a try :)
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 27, 2015, 3:59 pm
    You weren't kidding about loving the buffalo and cauli combo! hehe Everything you make always looks awesome. I kind of wish I was your roommate. We could take turns cooking for each other! :) Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Buffalo Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos with Vegan Blue Cheese SauceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 4:33 pm
      Oh my gosh, that would be the PERFECT living situation! Who better to live with than a food blogger? ;) And yes... buffalo and cauli are my jam :)
  • Mags February 27, 2015, 6:15 pm
    I clicked on this because I'm a sucker for buffalo sauce, but that spaghetti squash looks amazing too! Mags recently posted...Visit Casa Bacardi – The Bacardi Rum DistilleryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:02 pm
      Both are so, so good!! If you are on the lookout for a nontraditional chili, it is a great one to try!
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola February 27, 2015, 6:20 pm
    I recently tried the barefoot contessa's lemon baked chicken and it was pretty good. I think it was better as leftovers, actually, but still good! Have a nice weekend.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:03 pm
      I actually think it is kind of fun when leftovers taste even better than when you first make it. I almost always feel this way about chili!
  • Ariana February 27, 2015, 8:07 pm
    These look amazing! I really want to try the crockpot chilli and lentil stew this weekend. Thanks for sharing! Ariana recently posted...Get High on Healthy Fats with Hemp HeartsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2015, 9:04 pm
      You are so welcome, Ariana! No matter what you try, they will all be winners :)
  • Farrah February 28, 2015, 4:54 pm
    I am all about hot comfort foods right now (soup, chili, etc.), so that crockpot chili recipe you mentioned sounds all sorts of amazing to me! IT IS WAY TOO COLD. :'( Farrah recently posted...Foodie Friday: Fruity Quinoa Breakfast BowlMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 1, 2015, 9:17 am
      It is definitely hot (temperature-wise AND spice-wise), so it should be perfect for what you are craving! :)
  • Vicky March 3, 2015, 9:39 am
    Ok...that cauliflower buffalo chili looks amazing! You had me at cauliflower, buffalo, AND chili! lol I'm also a huge fan of spaghetti squash and love to find new recipes, so I'm definitely adding the last recipe to me list...I adore cashews too, so a sauce made with these yummy nuts definitely intrigues me :-). Vicky recently posted...Food for your Brain: The Healthy Mind CookbookMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 3, 2015, 4:19 pm
      Oh my gosh, you HAVE to try cashew cheeses/sauces!! They are SO good! Please let me know if you do :)

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