Ginger Dressing and Party Weekend

It’s that time of year already, my birthday. Well, not until early next week, but I’m taking a couple of days off work to make it a long celebration weekend. And the weekend started off nicely when I came home to these gorgeous roses from hubby.

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Then we headed out to The Chef’s Table for a fancy dinner out. There is typically not a lot of vegan options on their menu, or any at all in this case.

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But they’ve never had a problem doing a custom vegan dish since there are talented chefs whipping up plates at the bar. And last night it was a lovely vegan risotto with local tomatoes and mushrooms.

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A beautifully colorful and light dish with a delicate drizzle of oil and baby greens.

It’s been a lazy and relaxing day here today which has been nice after a crazy work week, Miko has been getting lots of tickles.

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We had a nicely long workout at the gym this morning and I was craving something hearty for lunch after hitting all the weight machines and made a huge kale, tempeh, and hemp seed salad for lunch.

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After lunch we ran boring errands to PetSmart and Target before ending up at Whole Foods to grab some fun dinner ingredients. Since it’s my celebration weekend, I grabbed a splurge snack food – Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Squares. This is a total splurge food that I would rarely by, but it’s a special occasion and curiosity got the best of me after seeing many people gush about these online.

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These are the vegan equivalent to a certain popular snack food that I haven’t had in ages, so long that I wouldn’t remember what they tasted like. But the crackers look a lot like them.

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And they’re darn tasty! Very cheddar like with a hearty toasted crunch. Maybe just a tad greasy, but that’s okay for an occasional snack treat, right?

For dinner I re-mixed my kale salad leftovers with a new dressing recipe that I scratched down on a whim because I was craving fresh ginger and translated that into a dressing using the ingredients we had.

The texture of the dressing is thick and creamy, perfect for coating.

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And the flavor is wonderfully fun with a sweet and savory gingery garlic kick, great for balancing the stronger texture and flavor of raw kale.

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Hubby also created a fun vegan plate for dinner, he made his own vegan cheddar jalapeno burger with onion rings using Daiya Vegan Cheddar Slices and a Boca Vegan burger.

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A plate that’s guaranteed to appeal to many guys, right?

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Comments

  1. says

    Nice eats! Happy Birthday Early!!!!!! I have been seeing those crackers online but haven’t seen them locally yet and have been wondering how they were! Sound GOOD to me :)

    I was just here writing in my kitchen after making some Hemp Milk in my Vitamix and thought I would hop over to see what you were up to :) Back to work tomorrow – for me anyway – sigh – enjoy your few days off!!!!

    • says

      Thanks! It took awhile for our local Whole Foods to keep the crackers in stock, they were gone every time I checked and once the last box was snipped before I could get to that section of the isle! LOL! But the hype seems to be settling down, so hopefully you’ll see them soon.

      Getting a few days off is nice, I’m taking mini vacations here and there this year since we’re not taking any huge trips – I need to find a dog sitter for Skipper which is a challenge with his insulin needs.

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