Here I go again… I’m off to another location! Oh, how I love to travel! I really hope to be able to do much more traveling once I have me some $$$.
This time the destination isn’t South, but up North. I’m off to Minneapolis, MN! I have never been up north and am prettyexcited for this trip. I am going there to attend a conference (in which I will present in as well!) and I think it’s going to be a great ol’ time.
I will be traveling with two other nursing students and we already have planned in a swim at the hotel’s pool!
But before I’m off, let’s review some of this week’s eats.
I made VeggieGirl’s PB Banana Bread in muffin form for a potluck this weekend. I was inspired by the Hungry Yogini to make this recipe into muffins, plus it was easier way to disperse them at the potluck. I made 24 of these babies and NONE were left. Everyone raved over them and kept asking me for the recipe. Definitely a keeper!
For lunch one of these days I decided to try some of Amy’s Chili. At first, I was lovin’ it. It is chock full of veggies and beans, but then as I started to eat more and more I realized that this was getting a bit too spicy for me. My mouth ended up on fire by the end of the bowl, but it was good. I topped it with Galaxy Vegan Rice Cheese slice, for good measure. Mmm, the only thing I needed was a good ol’ corn muffin.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast. Today I had raspberries, blueberries, and bananas topped with unsweetened shredded coconut alongside Silk raspberryyogurt. Mmm! So refreshing!
This week I was bit by the baking bug, after such a success with the PB Banana Chocolate Chip muffins. I decided to make more baked goods! Once again, I decided to turn to the vegan baking queen for inspiration and decided to make her Almond Butter Hemp Cookies, with one yummy substitution.
I didn’t use just any almond butter… I used the most delicious one out there – Barney Butter! MMM! These cookies were AMAZING! Better than any peanut butter cookie I’ve ever consumed (and trust me, I’ve had a lot of them in my time). Definitely making these again, though sadly it won’t be anytime soon…
But luckily this awesome recipe yielded 8 large cookies (my favorite kind!) and I’m able to enjoy the taste of Barney Butter for a bit longer.
Yes, this snack had almond goodness all over it! 😀
I also had some very ripe bananas that were begging to be made into Veganomicon’s Lower Fat Banana Bread, although I don’t think my version of it was exactly “lower fat”. I decided to add in two tbsp of coconut oil and boy did it take this recipe to a whole nother level! This bread was so moist and bursting with banana goodness with a subtle hint of coconut sweetness. I highly recommend it!
I am going to finish up packing for my weekend excursion up north. My flight leaves tomorrow morning and I’m hopeing to have a swell time in the twin cities. I’m hoping to hit up the legendary Pizza Luce and grab some fresh baked goods at the French Meadow Bakery and Cafe. I’m excited!
Have a great weekend guys!