Crunchy on the outside, creamy inside, spread with sweet homemade whipped topping, and topped with berries and possibly even dark chocolate chips. This is definitely not a dessert for a clean-diet strict vegan. So I guess we’re not always strict. :)… 

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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cashew Creme and Southwestern Beans

Cashew Creme Baked Sweet Potato

Okay, remember those enchiladas with cashew creme? They are amazing. I’ve made them at least 4 times now. My aunt has made them too. She loved them, I loved them, and now…you will love this.

I think my creativity is rubbing off on my husband. He’ll say “how about long curtains  here” or “you should make ___, it would make a great blog post, totally my idea.” Well, this is one of those things…. 

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Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

This past weekend the hubs and I went to the cutest theater. The Valley Theater.

It’s tucked behind some other businesses so you can hardly see it from the road. When you walk in, a lady who greets you like a mom (think “welcome home, honey!”), will take your $4 for the movie and get you any goodies you want. I love that she ripped off 2 tickets from a roll of “admit one” grocery style tickets. There was poor lighting, thank you notes taped to the wall, and bathrooms tucked below and behind the front counter. The greatest part, besides the smallest screen I’ve ever seen in a theater, is that the Bollywood movie next to us could be heard through the walls. Tom Cruise in Oblivion had quite the music in his head!… 

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Taco Pizza…hold the cheese

cashew creme pizza

I love being a runner. There’s something about the hello nod to other runners when you’re out running that feels inclusive. We’re supporting each other on our quest for health. Or something like that. Whatever it is, I like it…. 

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Hummus Plate

Hummus Plate My husband works for Intel. His degrees are in physics and he kinda likes to do math. I got my degree in English. So between the two of us, it’s a pretty good balance. I straddle the humanities and him the sciences. It’s fun because we can help the kids with different things that we feel passionate about. And I think math is pretty cool. It always made me feel like a genius when I figured things out (way back in high school when I did those kinds of problems…wow, that makes me feel old saying that).

Anyway, at Tyler’s work they have a great cafe with lots of food options. There are healthful choices everywhere. The kids and I like to go and visit for lunch (we might let them get pizza slices) and I like to get something I wouldn’t usually have.

Enter the hummus plate.

Not that I hadn’t done this before, but not as a specific “dish.” Hummus and veggies, a little bread, sure. But now, I serve it all dished up as an actual meal. Thank you Intel cafe for the inspiration. It helps cut down my snacking if I actually feel like I’m eating a meal. They served their with 3 different types of hummus, veggies, and bread. Here’s mine with sun-dried tomato peperoncini hummus. I love this new lunch! Think of it as a deconstructed salad.

Happy Friday!