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Amy’s saves the day

A few weeks ago, our girl’s night group started doing a weekly Bible study in addition to the regular eating and movie-watching that we do together on Wednesday nights.

The book we have been using, Ruth by Kelly Minter, includes a recipe for dinner each week which Beth, our host and leader, has decided to cook for everyone.

Unfortuntely, only one of them is vegetarian and none are vegan. But I really don’t mind making a little extra effort so that I can still eat with my girlfriends and still be able to stick with my personal dietary preferences.

The meal the first week of our study was chicken enchiladas. My friend Ashley was kind enough to bring some extra rice for me that was vegan friendly and I just had to come up with what to eat for my main course.

I think I was going to grab a non-dairy burrito but then I just so happened to find these one day when I was walking around Target. And they were on clearance!

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It was so nice to be able to eat basically the same thing as my friends only more suitable for me 🙂

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The enchiladas were very tasty and filling, I probably could’ve eaten just one but I was starving at the time so I inhaled them. Absolutely delicious!

Check out these nutritionals:

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1  
Servings Per Container: 2
Serving Weight: 135 g
Calories: 160
Calories from Fat:50
% Daily Value
Total Fat: 6g 9%
  Saturated Fat: 0.5g 3%
  Trans Fat: 0g  
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 390mg 16%
Carbohydrates: 22g 7%
  Fiber: 3g 12%
  Sugars: 2g  
Protein: 5g
0%  
Organic: 90%
 
Vitamin A: 8% • Vitamin C: 10%
Calcium: 8% • Iron: 8%

Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada
INGREDIENTS : (VEGAN) FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC CORN TORTILLAS (ORGANIC WHITE CORN COOKED IN WATER WITH A TRACE OF LIME), ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, ORGANIC ZUCCHINI, ORGANIC TOFU (FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, NIGARI[MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, A NATURAL FIRMING AGENT]), ORGANIC BLACK BEANS, ORGANIC YELLOW CORN, ORGANIC ONIONS, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC SWEET RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, SPICES, TAPIOCA FLOUR, BLACK OLIVES, SEA SALT, ORGANIC GARLIC, ORGANIC GREEN CHILES. CONTAINS SOY.

Dairy FreeCholesterol FreeLactose FreeVeganKosherTree Nut Free

I’m becoming a big fan of Amy’s products more and more these days. Yes, they are processed but the ingredients are all good and I love that everything is vegetarian and many things are vegan and organic too.

Thanks Amy’s, you saved the day! 🙂

First potluck of 2010

For those of you fairly new to my blog, you might not know that every Wednesday, my girlfriends and I have a Girl’s Night Potluck, where we take turns bringing different dishes (main course, side or dessert) and spend time together usually watching movies but sometimes doing other things like playing Wii and whatnot.

This week was the first potluck of 2010…when I wrote out the title I nearly put 2009! Guess I’m still not used to the new year yet 😉

For our main course this week, Beth made Garlic Linguine with tomatoes. She made a few adjustments to the original recipe (added sea salt and more EVOO) and it was delicious! It was also nice to just have a little pasta on my plate with other things and not a big heaping bowl of it. My stomach thanked me too 🙂

On the side, we had some mixed steamed veggies (pretty much my favorite) and some Italian bread (I ate another unpictured piece). I also made a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette (Market Pantry brand from Target — appears to be vegan, far as I can tell).

In lieu of dessert (non-vegan Key Lime pie), I had a nice glass of white wine, which went great with the Italian theme to me (I’m not a professional wine pairer, ha ha).

This was the Beringer Pinot Grigio and it was quite good. I checked the handy Barnivore site and Beringer is listed as not vegan friendly. But that is something I am still working on and trying to figure out if I’m going to follow. I think for now, I won’t worry if it’s something someone else bought (in this case) but perhaps at home, I’ll make more of an effort to get vegan friendly wines.

I also kept up with my 9:00 “stopping” time to give my stomach adequate time to settle before I go to bed. This has also helped tremendously with nighttime/mindless snacking. Three days strong!

We ended up watching the People’s Choice Awards and had lots of laughs. We are really blessed that we can get together every week. Girl’s nights are the best!

Do you do anything special with your girlfriends on a regular basis?