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.

 

Ⓥizzawich

Field Roast Fieldburger is an amazingly hearty meat substitute. There are many of Ⓥeggie patties out there that are constructed with quality ingredients and simply are on another level beyond just a meat substitute.

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Daiya as well as Go Veggie ‘parmesan cheese’ were utilized in this endeavor. The Pizza Sauce was more of a Marinara Sauce with various canned Tomato products, Boca crumbles, Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and Falafel Balls (which were not in this recipe). Onion & Mushrooms were pan-fried before being smothered on top of the grilled Fieldburger. Sauce and Daiya were then layered even higher. A Croissant Bun was cut and slightly grilled before baking with Sauce, Spinach and Daiya.

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With Potatoes on the side, the Croissant Bun could barely contain this massive design. Napkins and a face wash were a must. What a perfect day to enjoy a Good Beer, stay inside and create and consume a wonderful sandwich, messily.

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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

 

Balsamic Sriracha Charred Cauliflower Tacos

Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year! A Taco Tuesday is an excellent way to start the year. Have no fear, responsibly, enjoy a Good Beer.

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In a mixing bowl, Sriracha, Balsamic Vinegar, light Olive Oil, Tarragon, Sea Salt & Pepper were mixed together before adding the big Cauliflower Florets to be tossed generously.

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A scorching hot cast iron skillet was utilized in the oven to char the Cauliflower. Meanwhile, Spinach, Jalapeños, Radish, Black Olives and Scallions were sliced.

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Corn Tortillas were warmed and slightly charred by flame immediately prior to the sliced in half charred Cauliflower was ready.

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Stuffing Tortillas without meat, without dairy, without meat or dairy substitutes. Simple seasonings with explosive flavors and creative textures, Cauliflower is super diverse.

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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.