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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Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies

If you like Sugar Cookies and you like Chocolate, you will love these. I made these cookies over the holidays ant they turned out yummy. You can find the recipe here. These cookies were one of the favorites this year. They also traveled very well. Veggie hubby liked these. In fact there weren’t any cookies that Veggie Hubby didn’t like.

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening – Melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter – room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Melt the shortening and set aside to cool
  3. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in medium bowl
  4. In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 3 minutes on med-high speed
  5. Add in shortening, egg and vanilla, mixing after each.
  6. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture
  7. Place dough still in mixing bowl in refrigerator for 15 minutes
  8. Drop tablespoon size cookies on parchment lined baking sheets 2 inches apart
  9. Bake for 8 minutes until edges are firm
  10. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies before being cooked

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies chilling in refrig

Please comment here if you have tried this recipe. I would love to have your feedback on any recipes that I share.

White Chocolate Grill for Vegetarians

White Chocolate Grill

White Chocolate Grill – Park Meadows Mall

We first went to White Chocolate Grill for Valentine’s Day in 2009. And the story goes something like this….

Veggie Hubby was talking with a client the day before Valentine’s Day and the client ask what our plans were. Veggie Hubby relayed that he had forgotten to get a reservation at restaurant and had tried for the last few days to get one without success, so we would probably just go get a pizza some place. His client thought this was a bad idea and teased Veggie Hubby a lot. When they got off the phone his client proceeded to call restaurants all around the Denver area, even though the client was located in NC. He eventually called White Chocolate and convinced them to take one more reservation for us. He then called Veggie Hubby and let him know what time our reservation was.

We had not heard of White Chocolate before this. In fact the restaurant it 40 miles from our house and located on the other side of Denver from us. We were so touched by the gesture that even though there were snow flurries that night we still headed to the restaurant. When we arrived we were seated promptly and was served one of the best meals we have ever had. To top it off the desserts as you may have guessed by the restaurant name were fabulous. The card included here is a Thank You card I made and sent to Gary’s client. Not only did he find and make a reservation for us, he gave the restaurant his credit card and the meal was totally on him. What a great Valentines memory!

White Chocolate for Vegetarians

Since that meal we have made it a point to go to the restaurant a couple of times a year. Without traffic it takes us a little over an hour to get there, so its not some place we can go to often. We have never been disappointed.

This year since Valentine’s day again fell on a Saturday like back in 2009 we decided to celebrate Valentines Day at White Chocolate again. White Chocolate Grill has several options for Vegetarians, including a quinoa veggie burger and salads. Veggie Hubby does eat Salmon once in a while and White Chocolate makes a wonderful Atlantic Grilled Salmon.  Veggie Hubby loves their homemade fries as well.

This year I had baby back ribs and Veggie Hubby had salmon.  We then shared the White Chocolate Brownie.  White Chocolate was not taking any walk-ins.  They were totally booked up until after 10:00pm. I’m so glad Veggie Hubby called 3 weeks ago to get us a reservation.

Below I shared pictures of what we had this year as well as some photos of some of the other food we have tried.  It was all delicious.

They also have a pretty extensive gluten free menu. Check out their menu here.

Do you have a special restaurant for Valentines Day? Please comment below.

White Chocolate Brownie

White Chocolate Brownie

Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Grilled Atlantic Salmon

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Quinoa Veggie Burger

Quinoa Veggie Burger

White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Gluten Free Baked Goods or Snack Mixes

Glutino Brownies

Glutino Brownies with Chocolove Chocolate Chips

All but two of the gluten free goodies I made for Christmas were homemade.  The two that were not from scratch, sugar cookies and brownies were both from the brand Glutino.  These mixes were both very easy to make and turned out to be very delicious.

For the brownies I followed the directions and took their suggestion and added chocolate chips.  My favorite chocolate chips are from Chocolove, which I’ve posted on this blog before in other recipes. Veggie Hubby really liked the brownies.  In fact he picked all of them out of the cookie boxes I made but didn’t give away.

For the sugar cookies I also followed the directions. I made half of them plain and the other half I rolled the balls in cinnamon sugar.  Veggie Hubby liked the cinnamon sugar ones the best, so next time I will be making all of the cookies by rolling the balls in cinnamon sugar.

Glutino Sugar Cookies

Glutino Sugar Cookies half plain; half rolled in cinnamon sugar before being baked

I’ve tried many mixes over the last two years and the two I like the best are Glutino and Lillibee.  I buy both at Whole Foods.  I like the Lillabee brownies, but we liked the Glutino ones better.  Lillabee has a very good mix for muffins!

Have you tried either of these mixes?  Do you have any gluten free mixes you like?  Which ones?  Please list in the comments below.  I’m always looking for good snacks to make at home.

Glutino Brownies

Glutino Brownies

Glutino Sugar Cookies

Glutino Sugar Cookies

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 Chocolate Macaroons

Gluten Free Chocolate Macaroons

Gluten Free Chocolate Macaroons

These Gluten Free Chocolate Macaroons are very yummy. As I stated in last week’s blog I lost the recipe for chocolate macaroons that I made last year, because the link is broken this year, so I searched online and found a new recipe. Here is the link and I will also put the recipe here with my modifications, so we won’t lose it for next year.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces), divided
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
Gluten Free Chocolate Macaroons - Ready for the oven

Gluten Free Chocolate Macaroons – Ready for the oven

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. place 1 cup of chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on low setting at 10-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Using mixer, beat egg whites and salt in medium bowl until soft peaks form.
  5. Gradually ad sugar, then vanilla.
  6. Fold in melted chocolate and coconut, then remaining 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
  7. Drop heaping teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.
  8. Bake cookies 10 minutes. Reverse baking sheets and bake for 1 more minutes.
  9. Cool on baking sheets or on racks.
  10. Store airtight at room temperature.

My changes are I used Chocolove full size chocolate chips because I like them and its what I had. I also used unsweetened coconut.  These turned out plenty sweet without using sweetened shredded coconut. I also used cane sugar instead of refined white sugar.

I especially love these because the chocolate chips added at the end add a nice chocolate surprise when you bite into them.

Do you have any suggestions for improvement or a recipe for chocolate macaroons that you recommend? If so please leave a comment below.

Gluten Free Christmas Goodies aka Cookie Day!

Holiday Cookies - Gluten Free

Holiday Cookies – Gluten Free

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year, Cookie Day! I love to bake and there are so many really good Gluten Free recipes. I spent the day baking all kinds of fun treats. In the picture you can see from top to bottom, left to right – Girl Scout Samoa’s, brownies, Chocolate macaroons, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, homemade almond joys, chocolate sugar cookies, sugar cookies (some with cinnamon sugar), ginger shortbread cookies, chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies, mounds cookies.

Some of these cookies I made last year and if you click on the link you can see the recipes from the blog posts from last year.  I will post the other recipes in upcoming blog posts.

I also made caramelized pecans and a new recipe for me for Pecan Carmel Pop Corn Mix.  So far everything has been yummy.  Still mine and Veggie Hubby’s favorite are the homemade almond joys. This year I did make them smaller than last year and ended up with 25 total.

Holiday Cookies - Gluten Free

Holiday Cookies – Gluten Free

This picture is the gifts I made up for friends and family so I could share all the yummy treats. Please let me know if something peaks your interest and I will share that recipe sooner than later.

Some of the recipes use no refined sugar and I actually used cane sugar for those that called for refined white sugar.

The chocolate macaroons was a new recipe.  The link for the recipe I used last year is broken, so I will share the new recipe here in my next post.

Please share in the comments some of your favorite holiday treats!

Pecan Carmel Pop Corn Mix

Pecan Carmel Pop Corn Mix

Caramelized Pecans

Caramelized Pecans