Vegetarian’s Struggle

I know this may be a bit late in the game but I’ve been sitting on this for a while and I have to share it. I came across this article in the New York Times several months ago about a vegetarian man that moved to the Midwest. He went out to eat at several different locations and claims that there is nowhere to go as a vegetarian in the Midwest.

“So, yes, I’ve “eaten” at some of these famous restaurants. There was the meal at the Golden Ox steakhouse (baked potato), Stroud’s fried chicken (rolls) and Arthur Bryant’s barbecue, where, searching for vegetarian options on the menu, skipping over the lard-bathed French fries, pausing to consider the coleslaw, I ordered the safest option (a mug of Budweiser).”

I understand that vegetarian options are not always easy to find in the Midwest but why would you go looking for vegetarian food at places that obviously don’t cater to vegetarians? He went to a steakhouse, a fried chicken joint, and a barbeque joint. What did he expect to find?

Over the past several months, I’ve pointed out several options here in the Midwest for vegetarians, both dining in and dining out. I’m sure that if I were to go to Kansas City, where this man is, I’d find several more vegetarian restaurants. And my guess is they wouldn’t take me all that long to find either!

Yes, being a vegetarian can be difficult but in my opinion, this guy just wanted something to complain about so he went to every place that so obviously wouldn’t have options for him.

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Cinco de Mayo: Part III

What is a Cinco de Mayo celebration without a margarita? In my opinion, not a great one! My friends and I love celebrating this holiday and we always do it with a margarita in our hand.

Though there are a lot of delicious margaritas out there, I found a recipe for one that I think everyone should try. This coconut mango margarita is absolutely amazing! The coconut water and the mango combine together and create an amazingly refreshing taste. It’s light and fruity but not overly sweet! It’s so great! And the best part (in my opinion) is that it masks the taste of tequila!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as my friends and I are going to!

 

Cinco de Mayo: Part I

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, I realized that I had no recipes for the party that I’m planning that evening. My friends and I always get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and this year it’s my turn to host the party. As I’ve told you before, most of my friends aren’t vegetarians but I decided that I was going to cook an entirely vegetarian meal.

Salsa is absolutely amazing and I plan on making several different batches: hot, mild, black bean and corn, and salsa verde. Salsa Verde is a new one for me so I went on the hunt for a recipe that looked easy enough but that could also be made in large batches cost effectively, and I found one!

This salsa verde recipe by Food Network is so delicious! I tried to make a small serving of it and it was amazing! Any salsa lover is going to enjoy this recipe!

Happy cooking!

Vegan Barbeque Sauce

The weather is heating up and school is almost over! Summer time is almost here and with that comes grilling season… Luckily, just because you’re a vegetarian (or vegan) doesn’t mean that you have to miss out! When I started eating vegetarian, I thought I would really miss BBQ. I used to love grilled chicken coated in barbeque sauce. Obviously, chicken is no longer something that I eat and surprisingly, vegetarian barbeque sauce is a lot harder to find than you’d think. Because of this, I went in search for a homemade barbeque sauce recipe and found a great one!

This sauce is extremely easy to make and tastes good on everything! I’m really looking forward to breaking out the grill this weekend and making some delicious grilled tofu coated in BBQ sauce! Not only does this taste great on tofu but it tastes great on veggies as well. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, this sauce is sure to please!

 

Happy grilling!

 

 

Healing Foods

While I was browsing Vegetarian Times, I found another wonderful resource! I’ve shared the reasons to become a vegetarian, detox foods, and several other stories from Vegetarian Times with you but I found one that is even more interesting and helpful than the others!

There is not question that some foods harm your body while others heal your body. Luckily for us, Vegetarian Times takes some of the guesswork out of it! They released a list of healing foods that include:

  • Acai
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy
  • Walnuts

The list goes on and on. Included in the list is also what these healing foods help heal. Whether they help fight gum disease or help digestion, it’s all there!

Why Go Vegetarian?

In case all my rantings about health the past few weeks hasn’t convinced you yet, Vegetarian Times released a long list of reasons to make the switch to a vegetarian diet. This list of reasons includes those such as:

  • To ward of disease
  • Keep your weight down
  • Longer life
  • More energy
  • Less chance of being exposed to toxic chemicals
  • Save money

In case those reasons aren’t enough, there are several more reasons to eat vegetarian. Along with this list of reasons, Vegetarian Times also includes information on how all of these reasons are valid.

I found it extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to sharing it with some of my friends who are on the fence but haven’t quite made it over yet!

Detox Veggies

Lately I’ve been feeling a little blah so I thought I’d do a detox. Some people choose to drink the detox drinks or fast for days at a time but I took the more natural approach.

Although all veggies are good for you, Vegetarian Times says these 8 veggies target key areas such as the liver and gallbladder and clean them out.

Not only did this article help point me in the right direction for my detox but it also provided delicious recipes for all of the foods that were listed! I’m off to try some now!

 

Wichita, Kansas Farmer’s Markets

Yay! The farmer’s market is open again! Opening weekend was last weekend and I’m pretty disappointed that I missed it. I will more than be making up for that mistake this weekend though. Bright and early on Saturday morning, I’ll be at 21st and Ridge ready to buy some delicious, fresh produce!

I love going to farmer’s markets because I always find amazing produce for amazing prices. Not only that but I usually find things there that I’m not able to find in the grocery store on a regular basis like beets. I love them but very rarely am I actually able to find them at the grocery store. On Saturday, however, that’s the first thing that I’ll be looking for!

For some reason, Farmer’s Markets are really hard to find here in Wichita. They happen every week during the spring but for some reason they aren’t advertised anywhere. I had to hunt for them last year and now I luckily know when and where to go. In case you’re also having a hard time locating them, The Kansas Grown Farmer’s Market will lead you in the right direction. Not only does this site include the locations and times of all of the Farmer’s Markets around Wichita but it also has a list of the vendors that you’ll find at the farmer’s markets.

I hope you all can make it out this weekend to help support Kansas farmers!

Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

After eating at River City Brewing Co. the other day, I’ve been craving Mac ‘N’ Cheese so I found a delicious recipe for Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese.

Not only is this recipe absolutely amazing but it’s super simple also. The recipe calls for broccoli and though it was delicious, the next time I make it, I plan on adding a few more veggies into the mix. I’m thinking some red and green peppers and maybe even an onion.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! Happy cooking!

Delicious Vegan Finger Food Recipes

Not only do I plan to cater to the vegetarians at my NCAA tournament watch party this weekend, but I want to be able to cater to those that are vegans also. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or none of the above, these two recipes are sure to be a slam dunk!

As I’ve said before, hummus is one of my favorite things in the world! I love everything about it! One of the greatest things about hummus is that you can put just about anything in it and it will taste great. Whether it’s green peppers, olives, spinach, etc. you can’t go wrong. Hatch Green Chile Hummus is one of the many examples of absolutely delicious hummus. Whether you serve this with vegan pita, carrots, celery, or just plop it on crunchy leaves of lettuce, it’s sure to please the stomachs of all of your guests this weekend.

Green Chile Hummus

Another delicious vegan finger food that will please everyone: Cashew Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms. I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms in general but with cashews and pesto, you can’t go wrong. These are extremely easy to make and they are so great. You can use any type of mushroom you’d like and it will add a different flavor to it all the time. Not only are these mushrooms vegetarian but they are vegan!

Cashew Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms