Qdoba Mexican Grill for a Vegetarian

Veggie Bowl

Veggie Bowl

Veggie Hubby really enjoys going to Qdoba Mexican Grill.  His favorite meal is the burrito veggie bowl with brown rice, black beans and the green salsa (which I believe is the medium heat). He loves to get the fajita vegetables and guacamole added to it.  For vegetarians there are many options from burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas.  You can certainly go vegan as well by leaving off all the dairy.

For me I usually get the pick two and get crunchy tacos with ground beef and then either a steak quesadilla or a steak bowl.  I’ve included several pictures here so you can see how the bowls look at different visits.

We also participate in their award program, called Qdoba Rewards.  The basics is for every 10 meal items you buy you get one free.  So on the 6th visit we get one of our meals free.  Each visit we get 2 meals times 5 equals ten.  They also send some pretty good coupons for chips and salsa and such every so often.

Do you eat at Qdoba?  If so, what is your favorite meal?

Pick 2 - Steak Quesadilla and 2 Crunchy Tacos

Pick 2 – Steak Quesadilla and 2 Crunchy Tacos

Veggie Bowl

Veggie Bowl

Pick 2 - Steak Bowl and 2 crunchy tacos

Pick 2 – Steak Bowl and 2 crunchy tacos

Veggie Bowl

Veggie Bowl

 

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What food should I make for the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl 2015

Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots

With the Super Bowl next Sunday, you are probably asking yourself the question “What food should I make for my Super Bowl Party?”  And if you have people coming over you probably have some that are vegetarian or gluten free or just plain picky (I fall in that category :)).  So I thought I would create a list of the recipes I have already shared on my blog that may come in handy for the big game.

First off no Super Bowl is complete without some really good chili, especially if you are in a cold climate like we are.  So here are my recipes for chili.  One is vegetarian and one is full of beef. Both are delicious and easy to make and of course gluten free. Make the day before and the flavor will be awesome!

Of course you need some finger food heres some good choices to make everyone happy.  And for the salad if you put in fake bacon the meat eaters won’t even know.

Great vegetarian snacks.

And finally you need some sweets stuff to go with the chips.  Here’s some of my favorites.  No big surprise that most of them have chocolate as an ingredient!

Great sweet snacks for the party.

What are your favorite Super Bowl treats?  Please share in the comments below.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex for Vegetarians

Chevy's Seasonal Vegetable Fajitas

Chevy’s Vegetarian Fajita

Chevy’s Fresh Mex for Vegetarians

One of our favorite restaurants is Chevy’s Fresh Mex. Chevy’s menu is made up of Mexican and Tex Mex dishes. Unfortunately there aren’t any located in Colorado, but when we lived in San Diego we ate at Chevy’s 2–3 times a month. Now we only get to eat at one when we travel. We ate at one in Orlando back in November and we actually ate at one in Virginia on Christmas Day when were were driving from North Carolina to Maryland.

Veggie hubby loves the vegetarian fajitas. He does have them leave the mushrooms out as he is not fond of mushrooms. I like both the steak and chicken fajitas, but probably favor the steak ones. We both love the corn tomalita and the black beans and refried beans are very flavorful. Veggie Hubby orders the black beans and I usually order the refried. My favorite thing of all are the fresh tortilla, which they make at the restaurant. Usually they make them right up front where you can watch. Wait I might have misspoke, I really like the chips, they are thin and light and yummy. And the salsa is pretty good too!

Chevy's Steak and Chicken Fajitas

Chevy’s Steak and Chicken Fajitas

Unfortunately all the Chevy’s in southern CA have gone out of business now, so when we travel back to San Diego we can no longer enjoy a meal at Chevy’s.

Do you have a favorite Mexican or Tex Mex chain? Please share in the comments below.

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Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing - after cooked

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing – after cooked

Veggie Hubby loves stuffing at Thanksgiving. He even let me use chicken broth. You could definitely make this with vegetable broth as well. This recipe was very easy and very yummy. It actually got better as left overs. The flavors were even more enhanced when reheated.

I found this recipe on allrecipes.com.  You may notice that my onions are large pieces.  I don’t really like onions so I left them large in size so I could pick them out 🙂  I also added green pepper.  I had the tops from the stuffed green peppers I made so I thought they would be good in the stuffing and they were.

The other change I made is I found gluten free bread cubes at Whole Foods so I used them instead of making them myself.

Here is the recipe copied from here with my changes. I divided the recipe in 1/2.

 

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing - before cooked

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing – before cooked

Ingredients 

  • 1 package of gluten free bread cubes from whole foods
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup green peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 3-quart baking dish.
  2. Cut bread into cubes about 3/4-inch square and spread onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crisp, 12 to 17 minutes.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onions and celery in the hot oil until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir sage, thyme, salt, and black pepper into the vegetables.
  6. Mix toasted bread crumbs, chicken broth, and eggs into vegetables.
  7. Spoon dressing into the prepared baking dish and cover dish.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, uncover, and bake until top of dressing is crisp and lightly browned, about 10 more minutes.

For Vegetarian option, substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.

For Vegan option, also substitute eggs with egg replacer.

Please comment below with any suggestions for improvements.

Almost Gluten Free Thanksgiving!

Almost Gluten Free Thanksgiving Table

Almost Gluten Free Thanksgiving Table

Veggie Hubby and I celebrated Thanksgiving with just the two of us. It has been a very hectic fall and I’m really sorry that I haven’t been able to blog lately. We decided this year to have a nice quiet day at home. I love to cook, so I spent the afternoon before and morning of Thanksgiving day cooking some of our favorites.  All but 2 items are totally Gluten Free.  Those two items are the Apple Pie and the Scalloped Potatoes.  In hind sight, I could have used corn starch instead of flour as the thickener in the Scalloped Potatoes and they would have been Gluten Free as well.  I will share the recipe for the potatoes in a later post, as they were awesome!

Here is a list of what is on the table.  I have shared several of the recipes on previous blog posts and have linked to the posts here.

Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham

You can actually order a Mini Honey Baked Ham and they start at between 3-4 pounds in size.  The one pictured is 4 1/2 pounds.  I freeze the left over in individual packs for later consumption.

I’ll also share the recipes for the Gluten Free Stuffing, Apple Pie, Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie and Green Bean Casserole in later blog posts.  If there is one you really really want sooner than later, please share in the comments below and I’ll share it first.

We had a great Thanksgiving Day and indeed a great Thanksgiving Weekend.  We wish you all very Happy Holidays!

PF Chang’s for Vegetarian

Vegetable Dumplings - pan fried

Vegetable Dumplings – pan fried

Almost exactly 4 years ago I wrote a post about on PF Chang’s being great for vegetarians. Click here to see it.  This is still true.  There are many options and they are really great if you get something you don’t like to replace it with another dish.

We love the vegetable spring rolls and vegetarian dumplings.  The picture only had one because Veggie Hubby ate the other one before I could get a picture! :))  Veggie Hubby likes the spicy green beans and the Stir-Fried Eggplant dish as well.  Usually Veggie Hubby gets there Buddha’s Feast which is stir fried veggies.

I have to say that their wonton soup is really yummy.  The last time I went I got chicken lo mein and it was great too!

The service was also fabulous.  Our waiter was new, but he was so friendly and helpful.

Vegetable Spring Roll

Vegetable Spring Roll

Stir Fried Eggplant

Stir Fried Eggplant

Chicken Lo mein

Chicken Lo mein

Spicy Green Beans

Spicy Green Beans

Gluten Free, Nut Free Light Rolls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe recently discovered that Veggie Hubby is sensitive to Almonds and Eggs so I’m on the lookout for a bread recipe that doesn’t contain either.  He loves the rainy day biscuits I shared in an early post but unfortunately they are made with almond flour and eggs 😦

While searching I ran across a recipe for Gluten Free Yeast Free Dinner Rolls and decided to give them a try.  Veggie hubby liked them and I thought they were ok.  I think they need to have some butter added to give them more flavor.  I will try that in the future and report back.

You do need to be very careful when cooking these as they tend to brown on the top very quickly.  I ended up putting some tin foil over them to let them cook a little longer.

All in all a pretty good find.  Very easy to make.

I used Blue Sky Lemon Lime soda for the white soda in the recipe.  I have to admit I have  not heard of white soda before attempting this recipe and I had to search on the internet for a definition.  Actually there were several different definitions but decided after researching that what this recipe was calling for was like Sprite or 7-up.

Also we found the Ener_G egg replacer at Whole Foods.

Please leave suggestions for alternative ingredients or recipes in the comment section below.