It’s no wonder people are scared of their significant other’s parents; with movies like Meet the Parents, in-laws get a pretty bad rap. Fortunately for me, this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth.
I just got back from a weekend+ getaway with Kyle’s family and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining his family than if they were the sole heirs to the Whole Foods chain.
Not only are they amazingly accepting of my vegan lifestyle, but they go above and beyond to accommodate it, to the point of straight up spoiling me!
They had vegan treats in every nook and cranny of the kitchen, along with a fully vegan menu planned for the entire time I was visiting. I mean, we all know I would have been perfectly content with a (Costco sized) tub of hummus for 10 meals in a row, but this was beyond my wildest expectations. Seriously, I could go on and on about how at home this made me feel, but I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking…trust me, you’ll see what I mean.
Saturday started bright and early with a pound and a half of (unpictured) coffee…I was too tired to unpack enough to find my camera.
Dave’s Killer Bread! (I’m pretty sure luring us to move back to the west coast was what motivated 99% of these purchases…)
The Powerseed flavor is my favorite, and it was just as delicious as I remembered it being. Dave, get your products to the East Coast already!
I also tried Amy’s quarter pounder veggie burgers, which has been on my to-try list forever now. Veggie burgers are tricky business in my opinion. They can’t be too much like a meat wannabe, and yet, they have to have a fairly sturdy texture to hold up for grilling. This one was made on the grill and held up fabulously, and the nutty/seedy taste was perfection in my book. It reminded me a lot of the Plant burger I had in San Francisco (probably because both have a nut base).
I had mine with avo, tomato, lettuce, and copious amounts of course & grainy mustard and BBQ sauce. Dave’s Killer Bread sealed the deal. This was heaven in my mouth. I was pretty stuffed after, but I still managed to pack away another half of a veggie burger. That’s how I roll.
I hardly had any time to digest lunch before the snacking continued…and continue it did (all freaking day long).
Now THAT’S a big package 😉
While Kyle went to town on the Costco box of Wheat Thins, I worked my way through the hummus on the right. Lilly’s is no Sabra, but I’m not one to turn down a chickpea.
For dinner we had a Vegetable Green Curry dish (new recipe, see below).
Vegetable Green Curry
- green beans
- red bell peppers
- green curry paste
- coconut milk
- fresh basil leaves, chopped
It was a bit heavy on the green curry paste, but I love a good and spicy Thai dish. Hey, if you can’t take the heat…
My tongue and lips were on fire, but I never broke a sweat (aka it was perfect).
I also had brown rice to soak up the excess sauce and give my taste buds a break from the heat.
Dessert was nice and cool, though.
If you have never tried Tempt, you are missing out. It’s a hemp milk based vegan ice cream and the Coffee Biscotti flavor was like the vegan love child of a Starbucks frappucino and a chocolate chip cookie. And what’s a sundae without a bit of brownie? My vegan agave sweetened treats were a big success (so it’s a good thing I didn’t polish them all off on my layover in Seattle).
Sunday started much the same with a huge cup of coffee (and more not so subliminal hints to move West).
It wasn’t so much of a meal day as a day of constant grazing.
Art’s Original Blend PROBAR, Banana Bread Larabar, vegan chocolate fudge oat bar, vegan dried fruit & nut chewy bar, medjool dates, vegan/gluten free pretzels, and the creamiest homemade hummus ever
Avo mash on it’s way to fresh guacamole…
I snapped photos of a few plates (this was just the tip of the iceberg…trust)
More evidence my in-laws heart me…Kombucha!
We kept ourselves busy throughout the day with football, a trip to the nail salon, and (wouldn’t you know it) MORE eating.
Kyle and I did sneak in a walk with the dogs and a 2 mile run. My cardio efforts weren’t to stay in shape or anything, but rather to keep things moving in the GI realm (if you know what I mean…)
Dinner was another new dish and this was by far my fave of the trip.
Pumpkins stuffed with a brown rice mixture of green chilies, kidney beans and corn, then topped with chopped tomatoes.
These flavors were sensational together. As they baked in the pumpkin it all melded together and BAM!
Insta-yum in each bite. Plus, the dish gets extra points for it’s presentation, dontcha think?
Gorgeousness. The pumpkin was baked to perfection and practically oozed out as you scooped into the pumpkin to serve the rice mix guts.
IT. WAS. SO. GOOD.
On the side we had a salad with spinach, avocado, shroomies, orange slices, dried cranz, and red onions. I googled my way to a dressing for the salad and it turned out so great I copied it down to share:
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. grated onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
The wine-ing continued into the late night fasho. What can I say, I’m a classy gal!
Monday started with an early wake-up call. We decided to hit up the tree farm to get the Christmas spirit under way.
But apparently, the weatherman didn’t get the memo.
Brrrr…coffee on the way there (hardly enough to get a buzz).
I was going to get in a second dose of java after we returned home, but something else sounded a little better.
I had TWO mimosas!
Empty stomach + champagne before 10 am = drunk hippie 😕 (please refer to above photo)
Lunch came early because I needed solids to absorb the booze. Whoops!
Amy’s quarter pounder veggie burger sando on DKB (round dos)…with an extra veggie burger on the side (and the usual heaping portions of colonel mustard and senior ‘cue).
Apples on a plate – ’cause I’m dainty and eat ma slices with a fork.
X-mas spirit indeed! I felt like Saint Nick with my belly protruding over my jeans. Not cute.
I was in no position to help put up the tree in my food coma state so instead I cheered on the boys as they flexed their muscles.
Mounted and ready (twss).
It’s a rough life…eating around the clock like you’re storing for a long winter (while doing nada to exert yourself).
I learned how to play pinochle (confusing!) and went for another stroll through the neighb with my K love. As darkness set in, we popped the cork (yet again).
While chopping and prepping for dinna’ we enjoyed wine & hors (aka my freshman year of college).
Dinner was (you guessed it) ANOTHER new vegan recipe.
On the stove top…zucchs, peppers, carrots, celery, etc. sizzled away. Then the quinoa joined the partay with the carrot juice. Hello naranja!
Done and steaming like a mo fo!
Side dishes included a BN squash/cran salad and grilled asparagus.
Butternut squash with cranberries (and walnuts*):
- 2 lbs. butternut squash (peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts*
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tbs orange blossom honey
- 1 tbs orange juice
- 1 tbs walnut oil
- 1/2 tsp cranberry juice
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
*Since I hate walnuts, we swapped them out in exchange for chopped dates (so the nutritional info isn’t really accurate).
Per serving: 120 kcals, 2 g pro, 5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 20 g carbs, 0 mg chol, 5 mg sod, 4 g fiber, 9 g sugar
Kyle was not digging all the orange, but I was in squash heaven.
I had two HUGE servings of squash and felt 4 months preggo by the end of it. No complaints here.
Dessert "tempt"ed me yet again, but I don’t have a photo because I was too warm and cozy vegging on the couch to be bothered. The (above) photo was Kyle’s dessert (slices of apple and pumpkin pie).
Tuesday was a day full of flights. 4 airports, 14 hours, 100 lbs of food. My carry on was literally busting at the seams with all the food we packed. Kyle’s parents didn’t want us to go hungry, and I can say with 100% certainty that that DID NOT happen. I’ll post on the en route chow tomorrow because this post is already way too long. Good thing I had all your questions to pass the time. Seriously, you guys asked some AWESOME Qs…it’s gonna take awhile so bear with me.
Question: Do you like your in-laws? Love em? Tolerate em? Dish it!!