On Friday night, my husband and I went to a members' preview of the Basquiat exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Whenever we go pretty much anywhere, I get to thinking about what restaurants are nearby. I saw on somebody's Instagram account that she got a vegan mac and cheese burrito at Hot Beans in Kensington Market. I was determined to get me one of those very same burritos before the exhibition.
Well, long story short, when we finally found a parking spot and trudged through snow and dirt to get to the restaurant, we opened the door and were told it was closed - early. I don't take food-related disappointment lightly. I practically begged for whatever food was left. To no avail. But the nice guy at the restaurant did stamp a card for me so I would get a free burrito next time I visit. See what begging gets you? In any case, we walked over to Urban Herbivore instead. (Kensington Market is amazing for vegan food options!) We caught them just before closing (whew!) and ordered BBQ tofu sandwiches (made on delicious focaccia bread with a miso sunflower spread). I'm not big on sandwiches overall, but this is a good one.
I also ordered a cranberry lemonade. It was tasty, but I was surprised by just how much lemon pulp it contained. Kind of an odd sensation on the tongue.
For this mid-February What I Ate Wednesday, I'm looking at my Monday eats. I started the day with a slice of spelt bread made in the bread maker. I topped it with good old peanut butter and jam. Sometimes it just hits the spot.
Lunch was leftovers of a vegan stew with dumplings my husband made on Sunday. Lots of beans and veggies, but of course the dumplings are the best part. There are never enough of those.
I did a Costco run after the kids came home from school. Always takes me longer than I plan. So, I didn't feel like cooking much when I got home. My husband fried some tofu slices in barbecue sauce and we put them on toasted buns with mayo, lettuce and tomatoes.
Plus we had a mixed greens salad topped with strawberries, cucumber and some organic dried fruit (cherries, cranberries and blueberries) I picked up at Costco.
Before I left for Costco, I whipped up a batch of these easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies from Sweet Eats for All, a cookbook full of 250 vegan and gluten-free recipes. I'll be reviewing it (and giving away a copy) here on the blog next week. Oh, and I'm going to share the recipe for the cookies too - it's so easy and the whole family loves them. Anyway, I ate two (or three) of these for a snack in the evening.
I'm not going to lie - it's going to take A LOT of chocolate to get me through February and March. How about you? What carries you through the winter?
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