TⓋatⓋiki Salad Wrap

Happy Sunday! Snow falls again, here, in Northern Illinois. A top secret mission was devised and completed in the form of a booze snow hike. I love snow, but I despise ice. And ice underneath fresh snow is ever slippery. Hulk legs do help, but out of the seven slips in 25 minutes, I fell to my knee once. This Illinois winter needs to be my last.

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In a mixing bowl, Iceberg Lettuce, chopped Spinach, Lemon Juice, Sea Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic, Onion slices & chopped Tomatoes were mixed with plain Ⓥegan Yogurt.

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Tofurky ‘bologna’ slices lined these Aldi multigrain Flatbread with Flax before loading almost every space with the TⓋatⓋiki Salad. Rolled tightly including the Salad & Tofurky in every layer, aluminum foil was demised to hold this powerful punch together.

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CHEERS.

Pasta Ⓥizza

Happy Monday to all and, to all, a happy Tuesday! Pizza addiction is real. Although, I’ve made a personal theme that Ⓥegan Pizza doesn’t count as relapse in a never-ending struggle. Ⓥizzawich was orchestrated, recently, with leftovers.

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Make that dollar count! Feed yourself, Feed your friends, Feed your family, Feed hungry people! Please, do not throw food away or let spoil. Please read my prior post if you’d like a glimpse of the recipe. This blog is meant only for Inspiration. Cook your own! 🙂

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CHEERS.

 

Arizona Travels

The road traveled to O’Hare Airport, I-88, is not the way to ease the mind and prepare for a four-hour flight westward when flying typically makes one uneasy. I-88 is the definition of Chicago-driving with utter havoc and ever shuffling chaos. Perhaps, letting the anxiety escalate prior to arrival to the airport would calm some down in preparing for flying. And I think it did calm me. Being a cyclist, I can go months without ever being in a vehicle. An IPA, did also, help calm my nerves before flying.

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Arizona is an extremely diverse state and, within a week, I experienced most its awesomeness. I’ve earned my MTBing badge by biking, by myself, in Sedona red rocks for the very first time. Riding over wet boulders and rocks on the cliff side did not excite me much, yet, extruded survival skills. I am not ashamed that at certain points, I was terrified, and walked my rental bike.

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The Grand Canyon truly is grand. It is literally too awesome to stare at for too long. And due to a partial government shutdown bullshit, the walkways were layered with pure ice. Luckily, there was a safety railing saving hundreds from their plummeting death that day.

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Phoenix has millions (like five) of different cactuses that are wonderfully approachable and huggable. One hug and done. Phoenix/Arizona also likes to make my stay longer than planned. Due to horrific wintery conditions in Illinois, my flight cancellation extended my vacation 48 more hours. And years ago, due to an Arizonan monsoon, my flight was canceled. I am a sunshine addict and maybe the sunshine is addicted to me… Or it could be matching energies.

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I had a wonderful trip out West. I learned that I enjoy diversity in people and weather throughout one day. I learned that MTBing is extremely difficult. I learned how friendly Arizonans are. I relearned that assumptions do not usually bring closure. I was reminded heights and ice are my worst enemies. And when combined, it is my kryptonite. Arizona restaurants are mostly Vegetarian/Vegan friendly. Arizona beers are OK, but Chicago/midwest beers reign supreme. Currently, in Northern Illinois, it is negative 25 degrees and feels like negative 56.

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Stay warm out their, friends!

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CHEERS

 

2018

Ups, downs, twists and turns were my 2018 on Earth. Strongly addicted to the sun, 2019’s goal is to exploit this addiction. Winter in the midwest is ever dreary – depleting my mojo, yo. If you experience the harsh winter, hang in there. Be positive:)

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Please, take more quality photos, ride more bikes, enjoy good local brews and cook your own food:) Don’t forget to get plenty of sunlight. It’s the only reason that we’re alive.

Daiya Hasselback

Happy Sunday, y’all.

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A Russet Potato was sliced Hasselback-style and roasted. The roasted Potato was stuffed with chopped Daiya slices to be further roasted. A Daiya Sauce was constructed on top of the oven in a saucepan.

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Coconut Milk (dairy-free) Creamer was simmered and seasoned with Garlic Powder, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Sea Salt and Pepper. After heating, chopped Broccoli Florets and five slices of Daiya were stirred into the Vegan Cream. The heat was increased, allowing the dairy-free greatness to expand while stirring frequently.

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The Sauce stood for a few minutes before engulfing the plated daiya infused Hasselback-style Potato. Vegan Bacon was a tasty garnish for this amazing Potato.

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CHEERS