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A food review and a quick update! June 24, 2010

Filed under: Food... — teamerickson @ 9:45 am

This week has been crazy busy.  I have an event to go to this weekend for work, so I’m swamped with work stuff.

But I need to post something before my Friday update, so here we go…

Last Friday night J and I ate, for the first time ever, at a vegetarian restaurant.  We had a Groupon (see last post if you don’t know what this is) for $35 worth of food at the WaterCourse, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

I picked J up from work on Friday and we drove downtown for our big dinner.  Let me preface this by saying that J was not expecting much.  In fact, he was expecting to have to stop by Taco Bell on the way home to get some “real food.”  Right…

Well we finally got to the restaurant, which was in a really cute part of downtown, off to the east side a smidge.  We walked in and I felt just a bit out of place.  There’s me and J, and then there’s everyone else in their skinny jeans and funky hair and eclectic jewelry and such.  I felt so uncool.

But we had a free dinner, and this place came on a really good recommendation from my work friend Deana, so I resisted the urge to sprint run walk waddle back outside.

So we sat and stared at the menu.  I had absolutely no idea what to get, but we had the budget for an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert, so we scoured the menu for what looked the best.

For the appetizer we ordered Seitan Buffalo Wings with vegan ranch and celery sticks.  OH MY WORD.  First of all, it came to us in a HUGE basket.  And, unbeknownst to J and myself, seitan is pretty darn filling.  We could only finish about half of it, and for those of you who know my husband and me, you know we live like to eat.  It was sooooo goooooood, but we really just couldn’t finish it.  And I’ve had a hankerin’ for these buffalo wings ever since Friday.

J chose the Seitan Fajitas for his entrée.  They were delicious as well, and he could only finish HALF of his plate, people!  It was crazy.  This food is sooo filling.  And I got the Maximus Burger, which is a pinto bean and quinoa burger patty on a sweet potato bun.  I also got French fries on the side, and they come with an all natural kind of ketchup which is SO MUCH BETTER than any ketchup I’ve ever had IN MY LIFE!!

So, we were stuffed.  But of course, you can’t leave without at least tasting some dessert.  I mean, hello, did I mention I had a Groupon for $35 worth of food?  And darn it all if we weren’t going to exhaust the thing.

Our waitress brought out a tray of all-vegan desserts to choose from.  There was pie and cake and all sorts of goodness on there. 

We ended up splitting the vegan Boston Cream Pie.  And it was good.  And we ate the whole thing.  And you can’t even tell it’s vegan.  And here is the only picture I took from the night.

So we left the WaterCourse feeling stuffed, but not in the gross way you feel stuffed after you eat a burger and some chili fries.  We felt lightly stuffed and oh so satisfied with natural foods that our bodies were designed to eat. 

Needless to say, I will be going back.  And if you live in the Denver area, you should check it out!

After dinner we strolled out onto the street and it was still very warm outside so we decided to walk over to the 16th Street Mall and stroll around for a while.  We walked for about an hour or more and then headed home.  What a fantastic date night!!

IN OTHER NEWS…

We have our big ultrasound today.  It’s the one where they check all the vitals and organs and body systems and make sure that everything looks like it’s going ok.  This would also normally be the one where we find out the sex of the baby, but as most of you know we are going to keep that one in the dark.  So hopefully we do not have an “oops” where our ultrasound technician forgets to tell us to close our eyes as she’s checking out the “bits.”  It happened to our good friends Dan and Ashleigh.  What a bummer.

So anyway, keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  As a first timer, I’m a little nervous.

Will let you know how it goes in tomorrow’s update!!

 

In other news… I like fajitas May 27, 2010

Filed under: Food...,Recipes — teamerickson @ 9:00 am

FIRST OF ALL, I’D LIKE TO WISH MY MOM A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!  She’s the best.  I love you mom, call you later tonight.

So I thought I’d post something a little different here. 

I really like to cook, especially when we have people over who can enjoy it!  Last night we had our friends Joel and Keturah and their baby boy Atlee over for dinner.  I made one of my favs, chicken fajitas, and thought I’d share the recipe with ya’ll. 

(Yes, I’m a Northwest girl and I just said ya’ll.  Don’t judge me.)

I took these pictures sometime in January, but haven’t gotten the chance to post them until now.  You will see why I love cooking and why I HAVE to post this recipe when I show you my over the stove lighting…

Ok, totally amazing.  This thing has high beams AND low beams, and it makes everything look so darn tasty!

So anyway, on to the fajitas…

You need:

  • 2 good size chicken breasts
  • 2 limes
  • coriander
  • chili powder
  • chipotle chili powder (optional, but so good!)
  • 2-4 red, yellow, or orange peppers (the green are too bitter for my taste)
  • 1 red onion (such distinct flavor from the red, it’s my fav!)
  • tortillas, beans, sour cream, and whatever else you like to go on your fajitas

So, start by cutting the chicken into small, easily eatable pieces, and stick them in a bowl.

Add the juice from both limes to the chicken in the bowl.  Then add about a half a tablespoon of each of the spices.  If you like more spice, add more.  You can’t really go wrong with this dish.  Stir all the stuff around till it looks like this…

Gross.

Let the chicken mixture sit for at LEAST 5 minutes.  If you want to let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge, that’s fine too. 

Next, get to chopping!  Slice the peppers and onion into thin strips.  Make them as thin and as similar as you can get, so they cook evenly.  Make the onion EXTRA thin, because it takes longer to cook.  Put the veggies aside on a plate.  They should look like this…

So colorful!  I love fajitas.

Put the chicken mixture into a very large pan that’s been heated to medium.  (A big pot will also work.)  Cook until the chicken is done.  It’s very important that you have some patience here.  If you cook it too fast, all the juices will evaporate and leave you with dry chicken and flavorless veggies.  So leave the heat on medium-ish till the chicken looks like so…

Or till Norm comes in to tell you he thinks it’s ready…

Uhhh, I thought I  heard my name.  Did someone call for Norm, party of one? 

When the chicken is cooked, add all the veggies, right on top.  Stir the mixture around, still on medium heat, until the veggies are crisp-tender.  Sometimes it’s helpful to use a lid at this point to sort of steam the veggies.  Feel free to use that method as well.  Just DO NOT over cook the veggies!  Trust me on this one. 

Once the veggies are done, serve immediately.  You don’t want things getting soggy in there.  You can serve with corn or flour tortillas, your favorite beans, rice, cheese, avocado, sour cream, salsa, or whatever your heart desires.

Nom nom nom…

I love this dish because it’s fairly easy, and so delish!  There are no seasoning packets involved, which means LOW sodium and no MSG.  And everything tastes fresh because it is fresh!

So there ya go.  My first blog recipe. 

Check back tomorrow for a Friday Update and preggo belly pictures!!

 

Food, oh how I love (and hate) thee! April 2, 2010

Filed under: Food...,Pregnancy — teamerickson @ 8:43 am

I love food.  I like to eat good food.  But now that I’ve got a bun in the oven, there’s a few things that just don’t look as appetizing.

Chili.  Used to be my favorite thing to make and eat.  Now I can’t even think about it.

Eggs.  Ok, this is sort of a weird one.  I simply can’t eat eggs… unless they’re hard boiled.  I’ll get to that anomaly later.

Falafels.  Oh man I miss them.  But not really because they just gross me out right now.  For those of you not lucky enough to live in CO, you are really missing out on a little thing called Garbanzo’s.

Chipotle veggie burrito bowl with guacamole.  This one is hit or miss, depending on the day.  But it’s mostly miss.

Now, on to the cravings…

Hard boiled eggs.  This one is so weird.  It was my very first craving and it hit me hard.  For about a week or so, I couldn’t get enough hard boiled eggs.  It wasn’t unusual for me to eat three a day.  And from what I’ve heard, most pregnant women can’t even be near them.  I don’t know what to say.

Mac n cheese.  Comfort food!  I craved this after my hard boiled egg craving.  I haven’t eaten mac n cheese at home since I don’t know when.  (I mean, I’d order it at Lucille’s BBQ on the off chance that we had enough money to eat there, but bringing it home was a different story.)  It was sort of off limits cause I would want to eat the whole box.  In one sitting.  By myself.  Had this craving for about a week, then it disappeard.

Canned tuna.  Oh man!  Talk about another weird one.  Mix it with a little mayo and I’m good to go.  And I especially love it with crackers and cheese.  Only thing is, I feel bad about taking it to work.  The smell…

Sugar.  I think this one is pretty normal.  There are some days where I can’t keep my hands out of all the candy dishes at work.  I try to avoid them as much as possible, but sometimes a girl’s gotta give in to the dark chocolate M&M’s.

Update on baby for the week:

I am 10 weeks today!  Baby is about an inch and a quarter to and inch and a half, the size of a kumquat.  (I don’t even know what that is.  Note to self: Google kumquat.)  Baby is swallowing fluid, and my little soccer/football/baseball/badminton player is kicking up a storm.  We’ve also got finger and toe nails forming this week, along with some peach fuzz!  And baby’s little limbs are flexing at the wrist, knee, elbow, ankle.  Fun fun!