~ Back at Home with Hummus and Gardein Crispy Tenders ~

Back at home, back in the ski resort bubble…. (Raul said, “Antigua is like living in a bubble”, so I guess I bounced from one bubble to the other!)… all I could think of when it came to dinner was quesadillas, tacos, refried beans, guacamole, rice…. so I kinda made up my own little thing with Pita Bread! It was definitely tasty and good variety!

So i just made up some Hummus, fried up some black beans with chopped onions, garlic and cumin (then mashed them after they were cooked), had some left over Chickpea Salad (please check out Vegan Licks to get the recipe for this salad, it is absolutely a keeper and is a great staple in your fridge! So crunchy, so nutritious!), cut up some cucumbers and tomatoes, kinda layered it all up inside the Pita Bread (which I had toasted first) and tossed in a little salsa…. very delicious and filling! You can refer back to my posting from Jan. 2, where I have all the details about my “7 Layer Dip!” which contains the Hummus ingredients and also more delicious yummy details on the Refried Beans!

My palate was satisfied, but my soul wasn’t. But it was the closest I could get to Antigua for now!!

Another dinner option this past week were the Seven Grain Crispy Tenders from Gardein , which actually taste “really” good, and are a “hit” (which is quite important) with my 15 year old son AND his friend! (They are made up of millet, Kamut, oats, flour, quinoa, amongst other things, but everything you can say).

They look like chicken fingers, and even when you bite into them, they still look like chicken fingers and they have the same consistency. When my son was eating meat, a.k.a. chicken fingers, he quite enjoyed them, and I think was missing this dinner option when he chose to go “meatless”. So now that there is Gardein, he can once again enjoy his chick’n fingers (Gardein-style)!  My son is impressed and he was rather surprised when I first served them because he thought I was giving him “real” chicken fingers! I served these with steamed broccoli and carrots, and pasta. Now, he is still eating cheese, so he grates his marble cheese over the pasta, and I had some Tahini-Lemon Dressing left over which is amazing with almost anything, I think! This turned out to be a good little Thursday night dinner!

I had just discovered Gardein  and so, went to my local IGA and thought I’d try it out! I am glad I did, and I will be trying more of these meatless options!  Gardein is a product line of meat-free foods made by Garden Protein International in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

Here are the details on the Tahini-Lemon Dressing, which I tried from Oh She Glows (this woman is amazing, incredible recipes, a must for your kitchen!):

Toss all ingredients into a food processor till smooth: 1/4 C. Tahini, 2 garlic cloves chopped, 1/2 C. fresh lemon juice, 1/4 C. Nutritional Yeast, 2-4 tbsp. olive oil and 3 tbsp. water! What isn’t devoured is poured into a glass jar and kept in the fridge for later!

Hope your Vegan Days are Awesome and Amazing!!  Remember All Beings want to live and be free!!  All Beings want to be free of suffering and pain!  

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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