Days 17, 18, 19

Saturday, January 17th: Due to Joe’s busy concert schedule this weekend, we weren’t able to partake in our traditional Sunday morning Northstar/Trader Joe’s outing. I decided to do our grocery shopping on Saturday after work and added these healthy(ish) vegan snacks to our shelves. It is quite possible that the Cinnamon Apple chips were completely devoured by Sunday evening….just sayin’. 😉 If you’ve ever had cinnamon twists from Taco Bell, these are the healthy version of that treat!

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I was on my own for dinner on Saturday night, so I payed a visit to a restaurant that is 100% vegan, The Loving Hut in Reynoldsburg. According to their website, “Loving Hut is created with a vision that all beings can live in peace, love and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut chain restaurants are newly opening around the world. It is an invitation to gourmet cuisine made with wholesome, vegan ingredients, and it offers an accessible starting point for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet. The Loving Hut in Reynoldsburg, Ohio is one of the many family-owned restaurants. Loving Hut is the fastest growing international vegan chain of restaurants with over 120 branches worldwide. Internationally, branches are currently open in Formosa (Taiwan), Au Lac (Vietnam), Singapore, Indonesia, Tokyo and Hong Kong. More branches will be opening in various locations all around the world in the coming months. As more and more people around the world adopt a plant-based diet, Loving Hut is a beacon of light for an alternative way of living. It’s healthier, it’s compassionate, it’s peaceful and it’s the only way to a sustainable planet.”

I was hoping to have steamed dumplings as an appetizer, but they were out that evening. So instead I just ordered Soba Noodles for dinner, which were really yummy and “clean plate club” worthy. I was hoping to take home a piece of Chocolate Cake for dessert but had to settle for Carrot Cake instead. (Poor me!) Needless to say, I haven’t had much sugar this month, so this little piece of cake was quite overwhelming in its deliciousness. I had a couple of bites on Saturday evening and then shared the rest with Joe on Sunday night.

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Sunday, January 18th: On Sunday we sent our private students home smelling like the caramelized onions that had been in the crockpot all day for our Caramelized Onion Soup we had for dinner. The soup was topped with toasted Italian bread slices with vegan mozzarella cheese. Let me just say that when it comes to cheese, there really isn’t a substitute for the real thing. :/

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Monday, January 19th: Leftovers…bleh…