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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Red Pepper Deli

so about those cookies....
I have been in the mood lately for cookies and looking through our cookbooks I found this gem of a recipe in The Everyday Vegan for 'Bill-Friendly' Cookies.  Dreena created this recipe for a friend who avoids sugars in his diet.  They are sweetened with orange juice and raisins and are totally unique and yummy. 

The Everyday Vegan

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'Bill-Friendly' cookies

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I love this recipe, so easy and clean.  I subbed walnuts for pecans as I don't think I've ever bought pecans...thinking I should try them!  You won't believe this , but up until about 5 years ago I did not eat nuts, I was that picky little kid who didn't eat the bread because there were walnuts in it ;)  I'm making up for it now with my love for them for sure. 

Last week after work we went out for a fabulous dinner at Red Pepper Deli, a sort of local (30 minutes away) raw organic restaurant.  I had actually bought a Groupon, like I could pass that up, hee hee.  I love to go there, Groupon or not! 

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His and Hers raw organic dinner...mmm nourishing!

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Dave ordered the raw pad Thai (we both loved this, it is phenomenal) 
It is zucchini pasta, mushrooms, red pepper, bean sprouts, snow peas in a slightly spicy almond butter sauce.  I am pretty certain that being in public was the only thing holding Dave back from licking the plate clean, this happens at home (sorry honey;)  !

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I had the Balsamic Mushroom Pasta which was delish as well.  The marinated mushrooms were the most flavorful part, I would've eaten a whole plate of them!  Love the fresh shoots on top too.
cashew ricotta, zucchini pasta, tomato, spinach topped with balsamic mushrooms

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The deli is fresh and colorful ( oh how I wished we lived a tad closer...see the Help Wanted sign??)

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and smells like freshly juiced wheatgrass, yummola  (organic Ann Arbor grown wheatgrass!)

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You know I couldn't pass up raw dessert.  We I decided on the coconut oreo pie, it was perfect.

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check out the fun floor too (and my Earth Mary Janes ;))

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When we left there were flurries coming down, but we were happy and nourished with dessert in hand.  Raw food makes you feel so good.

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pie enjoyed later at home with strawberries

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so about my love for nuts here's an ode to almond butter photo

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oh how I love thee. 

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