Well, it’s Meatless Monday (On Tuesday, because I have been running late all week). I wanted to talk about a couple different things, because I had such a fabulous meatless weekend, and also perfected the art of pre-making a batch of smoothies for the week.
FIRST: Flagstaff is incredibly vegan friendly! There were animal-free options at every restaurant, and even one entirely plant-based restaurant called Whylld Ass , which was delicious! I got the lentil loaf, with mashed potatoes and gravy which followed a delicious bean and broccoli soup de jour. I followed up this massive meal with an apricot brownie, which really hit the spot. The most interesting part of this restaurant, was the chlorophyll water. Apparently, chlorophyll can be extracted and added to water. The nutritional benefits have not been researched as of now, however, so it is unknown if any true benefit exists. However, it was a great addition to set the restaurant apart from others in the area.
SECOND: I PERFECTED BATCH SMOOTHIES!!!!! This is exciting for me, becaue smoothie making takes me a good few minutes every single day. It is much more efficient to make enough for the whole week, and only clean up once rather than 7 times. Here’s how:
- Gather all smoothie materials and make smoothies
- Pour into freezer safe mason jars
- Put in the freezer
- Enjoy throughout the week
So, to enjoy, I take one smoothie jar from the freezer and put it in the refrigerator overnight. By the morning, it is defrosted to a perfect smoothie consistency. I also take one frozen smoothie with me to work, and by the afternoon, it is ready to drink! I am so excited by this process! It really makes my life a whole lot more simple.
THIRD: I threw together a delicious vegan lettuce wrap, and wanted to share the love:
- Lettuce Wraps
- Cauliflower Crumbles
- Vegan Taco Seasoning
- Beans (I used an organic tri-bean blend)
- Diced Jalapenos or Mild Green Chilies
- Pre-Heat Large Skillet on Medium Heat
- Add Cauliflower Crumbles and Enough Water to Cover the Crumbles
- Add corn, beans, and jalapenos/chilies
- Cook until desired tenderness, adding the taco seasoning throughout to desired flavoring
- Put into a lettuce wrap and add onions and avocados and enjoy!
If you are not a lettuce wrap fan, you can also use a tortilla in place of the lettuce.
Okay, I will try to be back on schedule with posting blogs for the rest of the week!!