Cookbook Lovin’

First things first, is it a cookbook or recipe book?

I’m cooking at home.. again! I picked up the Pretty Simple Cooking recipe book at Goose the Market. Goose the Market is a full-service butcher shop, also serving cheese, sandwiches, and drinks daily! WINE ♥ If you’re still in need of the Pretty Simple recipe book, then I highly suggest stopping in and grabbing one from Goose the Market.

Haven’t heard of Pretty Simple Cooking? It is a recipe book full of VEGETARIAN dishes.. be still my heart! Reasons I truly love this book →

  • Simple Ingredients – I’m 25 and my cooking days are just beginning. I’ll admit, my pantry lacked many of the ‘basics’ for cooking. I’ve managed to purchase a few different items for these recipes and my ‘basics’ are slowly growing. I take my recipe book with me to the market and find everything I need! No shame 🙂
  • Pictures – Food photos make everything better
  • The directions are easy to follow!
  • I love the quotes throughout the book.. favorite quote “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t” – Michael Pollan, Food Rules 

Santorini Bowl 

Gluten Free • Vegan 

I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a delicious Santorini Bowl! The bowl is packed with so many ingredients I had not used in recipes before, so I did purchase a few new items. From the ingredient list of this recipe, I picked up white wine vinegar, bulgur wheat, and kalamata olives. I’m excited to see how I can use these items a little more often in my cooking. The other items on the list are pretty common in other recipes… or at least I think they are 🙂

There is also a homemade Creamy Artichoke Hummus recipe in the book. I had NO IDEA hummus was so easy to make at home. Find me making homemade hummus from now on.. spending five-dollars on hummus is a thing of the past. Overall, I’d say it was a simple recipe to pull together!

Want the full version? Purchase your copy here 🙂

Cheers,

Meg

 

Holiday Cheer! #IMSLights

Happy Holidays! I consider Speedway, Indiana one of my most favorite spots around town. I was lucky enough to spend a year after college living in Speedway with one of my close friends (YAY! She’s now getting married to the person she met while living there!!) ANYWAY.. living in Speedway truly made me appreciate everything it has to offer. I spent many summer nights at Big Woods, playing their Giant Jenga and drinking way too many 10th On Main beers. I also celebrated the Greatest Spectacle in Racing the ENTIRE month of May… both years. It was amazing! I have some of my greatest memories of living in Speedway during the month of May. So, why am I talking about Speedway in December?
I’m talking about the Greatest Spectacle in all Holiday Lights! Lights at the Brickyard is open and the lights are bright as can be. The 3-mile drive is filled with fairytale characters, Santa in his own car, and Frosty sledding down the bleachers. I’m not an expert on holiday lights, but I will say they’ve made a pretty epic 30-minute drive through the IMS grounds. Might I add, you also drive over the bricks instead of kissing them at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Let’s be honest, no one wants to kiss bricks when it’s 20 degrees out. 
   
Plan a night in Speedway, then head over to the IMS to Lights at the Brickyard!
 
I’ve added a few dinner/drink ideas for you, and my favorites at each spot. Enjoy!
 
Dawson’s On Main – Wedge Salad, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, or The Wheeler Pizza
Tacos and Tequila – Tortas (no meat)
Big Woods – Pulled Pork Nachos with 10th On Main Beer
1911 Grill – Tater Kegs
Yogulatte – they serve coffee // lattes // hot chocolate AND froyo … get a treat after dinner for Lights at the Brickyard
I hope you enjoy your visit to Speedway and Lights at the Brickyard! #IMSLights
Cheers,
Meg

Update On the Plant Life #30DayVeganChallenge

Ah! So I must update you as I approach the final day of my 30 Day Vegan Challenge.  When I started this crazy challenge, I ultimately said I would not change my day to day activities. My week usually consists of at least two dinners or events out in Indianapolis. I’ve had to change my outlook on these events because of the lifestyle change I’ve made. My visit isn’t always based on how all the food tastes anymore (unfortunately). I’m now looking to see what kind of vegan dish they can prepare, how well the dish is prepared, and the overall service of the restaurant.

Today I’m sharing three spots I would suggest checking out as a Vegan in Indianapolis.

Piada Italian Street Food, Keystone at the Crossing

YUM! This has been one of my favorite meals this month. The Mediterranean Power Bowl is served with a Greek yogurt drizzle, so you must request the vegan option. The bowl is packed with delicious roasted veggies including broccoli, cauliflower, and my all-time favorite, sweet potatoes. The glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on the bed of red quinoa with harissa made the bowl very filling. Wondering what harissa is? Harissa is a hot chili pepper paste that gives the bowl a little kick.

I highly suggest Piada if the people you are going with aren’t living a vegan lifestyle. It would be very easy for a non-vegan to fall in love with their menu 🙂

 

General American Donut, Indianapolis

Say what? A VEGAN DONUT! Donut dates are better than dinner dates. Seriously, we should all jump on the train of appreciating the morning hours a little more. I was pumped to start my day with a delicious cup of coffee, this mouthwatering donut, AND my friends. This is also the only bakery I know of in the city that offers vegan donuts. I’d like to mention how much I appreciated this treat in the month of my vegan challenge. It was close to the only sweet treat I was able to enjoy all month longgggg. (no pumpkin pie.. or pecan… or sweet potato casserole… yes, this was not ideal)

Go get your Vegan Hibiscus Donut and cup of black coffee at General American Donut Company. I highly suggest hanging in the shop to enjoy your treat. It’s a hidden gem in our neighborhood! It’s like escaping the city and bouncing back to the 90’s.

Prime 47, Downtown Indianapolis

Cue that’s what I like from Bruno Mars because this was the most wonderful lunch ever. Not only did I get this at Prime 47, but Chef Patrick made this dish during a Yelp Elite Event!! I’ll forever be thankful for the introduction to this delicious vegan creation.

The dish was a stuffed red pepper with a balsamic glaze… SO FREAKIN SIMPLE!! I mainly wanted to share this dish because he wasn’t prepared to make this, nor did he have to make this for me. I can’t say it enough, but I’m truly impressed by how many chefs have been so willing to serve me a vegan dish off the menu or switching up ingredients in order for me to enjoy my meal. THANK YOU to all those chefs, you’ll forever be loved by me!! I’d also like to mention that these were not my only vegan meals out in the city. I plan on sharing a few more in my final wrap up of the 30 Day Vegan Challenge.. so stay tuned 🙂

Check back soon for the final #30DayVeganChallenge update! ♥

Cheers,

Meg