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Vegan Options Sharky's Mexican Grill in CaliforniaSomehow July seemed to fly past once again, no idea how this happened again.  We are still in the process of becoming California residents and here we are already in August.  So, I thought was high time I posted some food photos so entice all of you to eat a little healthier and have a little adventure along the way.

Sharky's Grill Vegan Options CaliforniaPhoto Above and Salad:  These two dishes are what we order just about every time we dine at Sharky’s Woodfired Grill, an establishment we dine at a few times a month in Palmdale, California.  There are other locations so check out their website and see if there is one in your city.  We love this restaurant since it is clean, the staff members are friendly and there are vegan options.  Something we wish they did was change up the menu a bit for vegans, it does get a bit boring after a while.  Make sure to tell them you are vegan to assure you get nothing with cheese.

The Quinoa Salad is vegan: Organic Red & White Quinoa, Organic Baby Spinach, Cabbage, Jicama, Cucumber, Sweet Peppers, Cilantro, Green Onions, Avocado Vinaigrette topped with Avocado Slices & Sprinkle of Toasted Flax & Chia Seeds.

The Fajita Bowl is vegan with tofu: Grilled veggies and onions, organic rice, organic beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, choice of tortillas.  Remove the sour cream and you have yourself a vegan option.

HCLF Vegan recipesHCLF Lentil and rice dish:  This is a dish we have just recently added to our favorites, a super easy dish to toss together on an evening I don’t feel like spending hours in the hot kitchen.  Original Recipe Here

Salad recipe ideasSalads have been everything lately as it is a great way to get a ton of minerals and nutrients while still staying cool. Side dish of HCLF Lentil Dal.  Genki Husband had a large serving of the Lentil Dal and I had a large salad with small amount of Lentil Dal on the side.  My salad included romaine lettuce, radishes, jicama, cucumber, hot sauce, and homemade vegan ranch.

HCLF Lunch IdeasHCLF Lunch Idea:  Salad with hot sauce, cucumber, purple cabbage and radishes.  Side of a few roasted potato slices (no oil), a few more unseen.

Low-calorie vegan snackThese Sugar Snap Peas are found in just every grocery store around the nation, even at Trader Joe’s and Walmart.  This is a California brand that I have been devouring lately, I eat the entire bag in one sitting.  These are the perfect way to cool off in the summer heat when you don’t feel like watermelon.

Cherry and Blueberry Nice Cream (raw Vegan)Cherry and Blueberry Nice Cream (raw Vegan), my love addiction at the moment.  One would think a few bananas wouldn’t last the entire morning but it really does give one energy to last for hours.  This contains around 4-5 bananas, blueberries, cherries, coconut sugar (since my bananas were a bit weird) and coconut shreds for crunch.  There is nothing like adding some coconut shreds to the mixture to make it seem like granola has been added.  I’m a crunch type of person so this definitely helps me out.

HCLF Burrito recipeAlmost HCLF Burritos that will change your mind about healthy eating within the first bite.  These do take a bit longer than slapping some refried beans from a can on a tortilla and eating it but it is well worth the effort.  These do have some fat content for the pan, but not much is needed.  Original Recipe  We made our own guac though.

Kasha Overnight Oats

Kashi now makes an overnight oats that contains almonds, coconut shreds and cacao nibs. It is accidentally vegan!  Normally we do not purchase items such as this, especially not Kashi because the high sugar content in their products.  But when we saw this in the store, we purchased one to test it out since Genki Husband has to leave the house too early for the sun to shine.

Kashi Overnight OatsThis is the overnight oats the next morning.  Genki Husband found it to be very bland (no added sugar) but I fell in love with it.  The ingredients are very simple and nothing is added that contains unnatural sugar.  We did find soaking the oats two nights worked best.

Salad ideas for vegansIf you follow me on Pinterest, you will already know about our leftovers taking over the fridge.  This was what we had one night seeing as we were hungry and cooking was not an option.  There is romaine lettuce, peas, purple cabbage, homemade guac, bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes from our garden, and finally corn.  The sauce was just a hot sauce mixture.

There will be a few more food postings in the next few days, unless I melt away in the heat.  Who knows what will happen first… stay tuned.

What have you been enjoying at the table lately?

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