Tag Archives: spinach

DSCN4529

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

crockpot recipe - recipe - sandwich - trader joe's - vegetarian

I usually bake my sweet potatoes in large batches, but in the summertime, I choose to ignore the oven.

DSCN4498

Crockpot, who knew you were my year-round buddy?  Scrub the potatoes clean, pierce them with a fork, wrap in foil, and slow cook on low for 6-8 hours.

DSCN4503

DSCN4515

Eat with maple butter

DSCN4529

…or mash it up!  I used Trader Joe’s Boxed Carrot Ginger Soup to thin some out…

DSCN4545

…then spread on toasted bread with Vegenaise

DSCN4551

…baby spinach…

DSCN4559

…and TJ’s Balsamic Glaze.

DSCN4566

I wouldn’t really call this a crockpot “recipe” (<—click for past blog posts) but I’m definitely using this method to make sweet potatoes from now on.

IMG_4251.jpg

Blue Apron Meals

product review - vegetarian

I’ve heard a lot about Blue Apron Meals. Joy is a big fan, and was kind enough to gift me with a box.

IMG_4250

Three vegetarian-friendly meals arrived, packed on ice…

DSCN3776

…complete with step-by-step instructions.

DSCN3779

While the ingredients are all measured out, you still have to clean/prep them…

DSCN3831

…which does wind up taking a bit of time…

IMG_4258

…but I love that I don’t have to figure out what to do with all my leftover herbs/spices.

IMG_4251

Packaging-wise, there’s a lot of plastic…

DSCN3832

DSCN3835

…but the results are quite good, and stunning too! This is the Fresh Beet Pasta, and above is the Louisiana-Style Red Lentils (<—click for recipes).

DSCN3838

DSCN3843

Still have yet to make the last dish. Overall, the results are great and I love the concept – I just wish there was a way to customize dietary preferences/order just one meal a week, rather than the required 3 – for a food blogger who eats out almost every meal, finding time to stay home/cook is challenging. My friend Emily recently did a very thorough, detailed review which included the meat options – she has a link for 2 free meals on her site, as well.

DSCN2856.jpg

Blue C Sushi

dessert - dinner - restaurant - vegetarian

I’m at The Arclight several times a month – and have been thrilled to watch the culinary scene expand over the years. All my favorites are within walking distance – Veggie Grill, Stella Barra, Umami Burger, Shophouse – and now Blue C Sushi!

DSCN2810

We sat inside by the conveyer belt

DSCN2813

…which gave us a lovely view of The Dome

DSCN2840

…and a perfect place to get grabby (Abe lost a piece there).

DSCN2828

Everything on the sushi train is priced according to plate colors…

DSCN2850

…and clearly labeled raw/cooked/vegan/gluten-free/etc.

DSCN2893

You can also customize some house specials (like the Tuna BLT, above). I ordered the “Loaded Baked Potato” sans caviar/bacon/bonito so Abe could share it…

DSCN2855

DSCN2856

…along with some seafood for myself – an incredible seared white fish in hot oil, with ginger, garlic, and citrus soy.

DSCN2865

DSCN2868

The rest, we helped ourselves to, and it was ALL vegetarian!

DSCN2821

Crispy tofu roll (above) and Seaweed Salad…

DSCN2823

…Tamago…

DSCN2831

…Vegetable Tempura with green bean, yam, zucchini, onion…

DSCN2837

…cucumber…

DSCN2838

…Sesame Noodles with Daikon…

DSCN2848

…Spinach Gomae…

DSCN2860

…V-8 Roll – with Gobo Root, Pico de Gallo, and Chili Sauce…

DSCN2862

…Edamame Puree (sorta like my Edamammus!)…

DSCN2881

…and Tofu with Chili Sauce.

DSCN2885

Everything was really tasty (Abe was seriously in veggie heaven) but I was astounded at how good dessert (also self-serve) wound up being.

DSCN2841

Super fresh fruit + a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie…

DSCN2873

…plus the softest, moistest (<—apologies to those who hate the word) Vanilla Cupcake.

DSCN2874

Thanks so much to the Blue C Sushi team for treating us to a feast! We’ll definitely be back for many movie/dinner date nights.

Blue C Sushi on Urbanspoon