Soup & Sandwich night on the menu on Buzzfeed's $20 week of vegan meals!.. this was my splurge. Bread. I went with a local sourdough from Duke's Bread. Roasted Carrot Soup with Carmelized Onion & Hummus Sandwich was the meal plan. It looks like a recipe for college students as it was mentioned it was for making in between classes. It was simple, needed more seasoning so I spiced it up. Sandwich I went open faced style but was an interesting idea.
I love looking at photos of beautiful vegan bowls online and ordering them at restaurants but I've never made one before! This was fun and had me wondering why I don't have more bowls in my life. I chopped the veggies up for easier eating and topped with siracha. Leftovers rolled up well in a tortilla! Buzzfeed's Trader Joe's Challenge Protein Packed Vegan Sweet Potato, Kale and Chickpea Bowl I would make again. I paired it with a brew from back home that is a 2016 finalist in one of my favorite lists, the Good Food Awards.... a Lakefront Brewery Growing Power Organic Farmhouse Pale Ale.
I love a challenge, especially a vegan one! So when I got an invite to try Buzzfeed's 1 Trip To Trader Joe’s + $20 = 5 Easy Vegan Dinners I was excited to get on board. I had already had the tip that the instructions were somewhat lacking and found a better list of instructions from Veggies Save the Day. My biggest challenge was that since I live in a smaller city, I only have one Trader Joe's so when I got to that side of town to get started on my list I found most of the items to be out of stock. So frustrated, I decided to change the game plan and keep it local. Living in North Carolina I love the year round farmer's markets and small local grocers so I decided to start with what I could get there then head on over to trusty Harris Teeter for the rest! So I am not the best with keeping track of my spending but I'd say I came out around the $20 goal as many of the veggies are much cheaper at my farmer's market, and I'm not a fan of canned beans so I cook batches of dried ones. My one splurge was bread, getting a $5 local sourdough. Stay tuned for my week of vegan meals!
is the smallest kitchen ever. We used to watch those decorating shows that said they were doing small kitchens and then could see that 4 of my kitchens would fit in their "small kitchens".