Snowshoeing, Vegan Dinner for Non-Vegans and a Weekly Round-Up (3/10/13)

Greetings from the snowy mountains!

snow in silverthorneFriday I shared how we prepared for this trip.  We arrived in Breckenridge in the afternoon and we met a blog reader and her husband (Hi Fran and Roy!) at Amazing Grace for lunch.  We had a great conversation and I enjoyed this lovely spicy tofu salad and a vegan chocolate chip cookie.

spicy tofu salad at amazing graceWe met up with our friends, who graciously hosted us this weekend, in Frisco and found our way to the condo later than night.

We awoke to a snowy morning.  When my friend started to make his steel-cut oats I had to stop him. Why take all that time when I had my pressure cooker with me?!

steel-cut oats in the pressure cooker1 cup of steel-cut oats, 3 cups of water, 5 minutes at pressure, natural release, and breakfast is served!

It was snowshoeing time for me and Dave!

snowshoes!

Neither of us have ever hiked – or snowshoed – so we made the obvious choice and opted for the 4.5 mile / 2.5 hour loop at the Frisco Nordic Center, without water. (What can I say? We’re new around here!)

We were hooked with the first step.

JL goes snowshoeing

And once we got here…

the view, snowshoeing

…we knew there was no going back. We’re buying snowshoes this week and are planning our next mountain weekend getaway!

Saturday evening  I was in charge of dinner for one vegan (hi!), two vegetarians and one omnivore.

We had massaged kale salad (with avocado, lime juice, coconut bacon and diced medjool dates).

Massage Kale Salad on JL goes Vegan

I simmered the seitan and Dave prepped the potatoes and carrots for the pressure cooker.

seitan and root veggies

We cooked the root veggies in vegetable broth and then I mashed them in homemade vegan butter. Dave made gravy from a mix (we added seitan broth and a dash of cinnamon and ginger).

Dinner was served!

vegan buffet in silverthorne

Divine!

vegan buffet plated

Dinner was a hit!

We are heading home early to see the Colorado Springs Philharmonic this afternoon so I won’t be sharing vegan news you can use this week (sorry!) but here’s a quick round-up from the blog.

This week on the blogs [click to continue…]

JL Fields is co-author of the forthcoming Vegan for Her: The Women’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet and writes the blog JL goes Vegan.

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