Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you a very special What I Ate Wednesday all the way from Portland, OR! I am staying with my bestie after she had a sweet little baby, and part of what I get to do to help is…COOK!!! 😀 We hit up two of my favorite Portland-area grocery stores, and a restaurant I’ve been dying to try since last year. I’ve been here since Saturday, so I have a lot to share with you.
The first meal I cooked during this trip: I just used whatever I found in the kitchen. I sauteed two ginormous cloves of elephant garlic in olive oil with salt, pepper, thyme, basil, oregano, and parsley. When the garlic was soft, I added whole wheat pasta with just enough water to cover it. After boiling it according to the instructions, I added about 1 Tbsp of flour to create a creamy sauce – all in one pan, and that could’ve been a meal on its own! But we had zucchini fresh from the garden, so I chopped and sauteed one zucchini and added it to the pasta. Served with garlic toast.
Sunday we all piled into the car and drove out to the Greek church in Portland for Liturgy, the Byzantine chant there is amazing. Unfortunately I hadn’t looked closely at their schedule for the week – they started Liturgy early because of their Greek Festival. Liturgy was over when we arrived 🙁 But at least we got to see the festival, even if pretty much the only thing I could get was this hummus & veggie dish (actually there were also Lenten/vegan cookies sold by the dozen).
You know when I’m home in Michigan I *LOVE* shopping at Meijer, the midwest chain founded by Frederick J Meijer. Well, when I’m in Oregon I shop at Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer has a bigger variety of kombucha and a better price for Ezekiel bread. Meijer has a larger selection of Daiya stuff. Other than that, they’re about equal.
After grabbing a few essentials at Fred Meyer, I was able to make this wonderful breakfast. Patties made from Gimme Lean Breakfast Sausage, toasted Ezekiel bread with Better Than Cream Cheese topped with salsa, and avocado on the side. I ended up adding the avocado to my toast, too, and it was wonderful.
My haul from the all-vegan Food Fight Grocery. Every time I go to Food Fight I tell myself I’m only buying a couple things. Yeah right. I bought myself a big ol’ pile of candy, Dandies pumpkin-flavored mini marshmallows, Follow Your Heart ranch dressing, VeganMozz from Miyoko’s Creamery, Parmageddon from Vegan Magic, and VEGAN CAVIAR. And even more exciting, I got my all time favorite Food Fight treat: A Dillo. Dillos are the vegan version of Twinkies!
Last year Next Level Burger was supposed to have their grand opening in Portland during the weekend I was in town for the Vegan Beer & Food Festival, but the opening was delayed. Monday night we finally got to try it. We each had a burger and tater tots smothered in vegan cheddar, bleu cheeze dressing, and BBQ sauce. And then we split this Brownie Explosion shake with chocolate sauce 🙂
And finally last night was pizza night. The crust was homemade, but we cheated and used half a jar of store bought marinara for the sauce on the veggie pizza, which also had onions, fresh garlic, roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, green olives, bell peppers, mushrooms, and vegan sausage, with Miyoko’s VeganMozz and Vegan Magic Parmageddon. The other pizza is buffalo tofu and onions with Follow Your Heart ranch as the sauce.
When I am eating a giant slice of thin crust pizza loaded with toppings, I can’t help but hear the voices of everyone that ever said to me, “It must be so hard to find things to eat.” Nah. I have pizza, burgers, shakes, and pretty much anything else I want. Vegan life is good.
What’s your favorite vegan dish to make for friends?