Don’t Blow your Diet on Mother’s Day

pumpkin cookies

     

Just Because It’s a Special Day

Don’t blow your healthy life-style of eating plant-based foods just because it’s a holiday or special day! These days there are too many wonderful restaurants to enjoy… where you can find a vegan option that even tastes good. Several new restaurants have opened here in San Diego over the past few years so we tried one out this past Mother’s Day.

“Native Foods” restaurant in Clairemont and on Rosecrans

This is not a fancy brunch style restaurant, and it’s not a hole-in-the-wall itty bitty place either. It’s trendy decor is casual and almost rustic. It’s very clean appearance is so relaxing due to knowing that everything on the menu is vegan. There are names, however, that make you think you might be  eating something with animal products, ie. Thai Meatball Bowl or Native Chicken Wings. I assure you that it is all vegan!

Michael and I commented that we wonder why the prices are a little high, ranging around $10 a meal. Is it because fewer people eat plant-based so there is a smaller demand for the food? We noted that each of our portions was of sufficient size to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. And, the restaurant filled up to almost capacity while we were there, so maybe our analysis is way off! Please don’t let the prices dissuade you from trying the food!

I had the Baja Tacos, pictured above, which were really tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed the chipotle sauce that smothered them. The kale was lightly cooked and practically glistened with flavor.

Michael ate the Orange Cauliflower which looked an awful lot like Orange Chicken and he said it even had the crunchy texture of that popular “main-streamed” dish. He must have like it a lot and he finished his long before I finished mine!

Vegan Pumpkin Oat Cookies

               

These are my favorite go-to quick baking cookies for a special day or any day! Here’s the recipe:

Combine the following ingredients in a medium bowl:

         1 – 15 oz. can of pumpkin

         1 – very ripe banana

1/4 cup of almond or peanut butter

         1  teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Add to the mixture:

         2 and 1/2 cups of oats  (may use the quick oats)

1/4 cup of ground flax seeds

2 tablespoons of cinnamon

         1 bag of dairy free, nut free, gluten free chocolate chips (optional)

Mix well and drop by tablespoon fulls

        Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees on a parchment papered cookie sheet. Cookies will not brown much, and will not flatten out. Enjoy warm or later with a glass of almond milk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are a retired teacher, Louisa, and a retired physician assistant, Michael, married for 39 years, who want to help busy travelers begin and maintain a healthy life-style while on the road.

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