We hosted our daughters first baby shower at our house this weekend, and what fun it was to decorate with all things pink and tiny. As Kidlet #1 is eating plant strong as well these days (a vegetarian, who is lactose intolerant), I made sure to fill the table with foods she didn't have to wonder about what was in them. She could pick what she wanted and eat without hesitation. Even the cupcakes from Pure DeLite in Strongsville were vegan, and oh so good.
I was on my feet for several days before the shower, shopping for decorations, foods and baby items, and although I enjoyed every single minute, it wiped me out. Today I crashed. I lazed around on the couch most of the day and when it was time for supper, I just wasn't up to standing more or cooking and taking pictures (sorry).
What I did do was order from our favorite Mexican restaurant in town called Fiesta Jalapeños and ran out to pick it up.
It is often difficult to find vegetarian fare at restaurants, let alone vegan, but with some creative ordering I can usually find something to eat. I eat plant strong here at home (similar to vegan), but when I'm out I try not to make a fuss and just go vegetarian. I have to admit, I don't ask what type of broth they use (meat vs vegetable) or if they use butter, etc. When I think about it, I ask them not to add cheese if it's an obvious thing. But, I'm not that strict and am certainly not standing up for a cause, I am just trying to make the best and healthiest choices available to me. A restaurant dinner is a treat, and I treat it as such. Just like eating a chocolate cake, I don't do it every day, every meal, but once in awhile, I splurge.
So tonight I ordered Fiesta Jalapeños vegetarian spinach enchiladas which are topped with chile con queso, rice and refried beans. I typically ask them to add mushrooms but just recently they started offering an addition of grilled vegetables (zucchini, squash, mushrooms, tomatoes and peppers) for just $2.00 more, so that is what I ordered tonight and asked them to put them inside the enchiladas.
Here are some other ways to make healthier choices when going out to eat. If you want to go the extra mile, suggestions in italics are made. Thanks to the Vegan Backpacker for these ideas!