Fall is here, it was 42 degrees for our morning dog walk yesterday – 42! I’m not complaining and ready for October and all the amazing vegan eats to be had especially in the Sacramento area with the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge lasting the entire month! This list of restaurants this year is impressive with many new options, we’re going to try to hit as many as possible! And enjoy more fall themed eats at home too like this fun butternut pumpkin-shaped pasta I found at Trader Joe’s.
I cooked the package per the instructions and the little pumpkins held together pretty well and were delicious with marinara sauce and Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella shreds melted in.
I also had a fun attempt at vegan brunch with hubby using Lightlife Smart Bacon.
This fun vegan bacon only has 20 calories per strip and crisp up fast in a skillet. I cooked them, chopped them up and served with Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg and Nature’s Path Grits with kale and liquid smoke mixed in.
It was tasty – hearty, savory, smokey, and a very decadent vegan breakfast. I’m trying to have a little more breakfast fun occasionally to break the smoothie rut and this was fun.
I also scored some great organic, creamy vegan soups at Grocery Outlet from Imagine Foods Organic. I tried the sweet potato creamy soup for a lighter lunch.
And it was delicious with an impressive rich and creamy texture without dairy. And would make a great base to add beans, grains, and veggies to make more of a hearty meal.
And there was also a messy kale and sprouts salad with tempeh and a thrown together carrot, ginger, garlic, miso, and tahini blender dressing.
I love the atmosphere and vibe for dinner with the nice patio and peaceful and classy dining room. Lately I have been loving their vegan baked entrees and tried the Chile Verde Enchiladas.
They were delicious with a daring level of spice. And hubby went with the taco plate with a delicious side of beans and rice drizzled with vegan cheese sauce.
It such such a peaceful and fun getaway on a weeknight and I can’t wait to be inspired by more of the creative vegan dishes offered this month for the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge.