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Just one Busy Vegetarian Mom working on transitioning to a Vegetarian lifestyle for myself and my family. I am recording what I learn here along the way. You can also find me writing at Daily Dish Magazine and Inner Child Food.


Introducing New Holiday Sweet Treats at P.F. Changs

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you haven't visited P.F. Chang’s, this Holiday season is the perfect time to give this modern twist on Asian and American cuisine a try.  They have introduced some new Holiday inspired desserts that you do not want to miss. 

After experiencing a delicious dinner (plenty of vegetarian options) you will have the chance to enjoy the newest dessert wontons:

Chocolate Raspberry 

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or Sweet Vanilla Cream

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If wontons are not on your Holiday wish list, then you might want to try one of the new dessert beverages instead!  You have the choice of a hot Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino or a Vanilla Bean Bourbon Milkshake (this one I am dying to try myself!) 

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No matter what your choice is, it is sure to be fabulous.  I've never eaten anything I didn't LOVE at P.F. Changs! 

Be sure to keep up to date and Follow @pfchangs on twitter and Follow P.F. Chang’s on Pinterest and never miss all the new menu options and special promotions.

 

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FREE Baby Sling Offer ~ Get it before they are gone!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Featured, General Reviews, Giveaways, Misc, With Kids | 1 comment

FREE Baby Sling Offer ~ Get it before they are gone!

Wow, I don’t bring a lot of offers to you but I found this on one of my affiliate networks and it is such a great deal I had to share it with you all.  I must disclose that if you do click the ad below and take advantage of the offer, I will receive affiliate compensation.  Just want to be honest here Smile.   I have never tried this product myself, but hey… you can’t beat FREE!  

 

Free Baby Sling Offer: 

Seven Slings wants to give you a promo code for a free baby carrier (a $48 value) at (link). The promo code is “ENBABY”.

Go to (link) , click on ‘Shop Now”, select any baby carrier you would like.

Be sure to go to the sizing page so that you can get the right size carrier for you.

Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “ENBABY “ .

This promo code will take 100% off of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees.

You can use the code more than once- simply open a new browser window to do so.

Due to it’s nature, this offer can’t last long , so order soon!

 

 Click Photo Ad to Get Your FREE Sling! 

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Funfetti Cake Batter S’mores

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in dessert, Featured, On the Road, Recipes, Recipes for Kids, Travel, with Friends, With Kids | 2 comments

Funfetti Cake Batter S’mores

So I have discovered since I made the “healthier” Funfetti Cake Batter Dip, I can do so much more with it than just dip!  It is campfire season and S’mores are a must.  But when you run out of marshmallows you improvise.  I decided to pull out the cake batter dip and slap on a big spoonful with the chocolate on the graham cracker and OMG!!! Pure Bliss!!!  

Yes, I do have a weakness for cake batter so I think anything that tastes like cake batter is just heaven, but these were actually really good.  I know it is not the healthiest recipe I have posted on the site, but hey, it’s Summer and everyone deserves to splurge from time to time.  

I dare you to give it a try! 

 

Funfetti Cake Batter S’mores

 

Cake Batter S'mores

 

 

Click Link for:  Healthier Cake Better Dip Recipe

 

 

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S’mores Cones

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in dessert, Featured, Recipes, Recipes for Kids, With Kids | 0 comments

S’mores Cones

OK, this isn’t a “healthy” treat but it is a FUN treat for the kids to make and you can switch up your ingredients to make it a healthier snack ;)  We actually planned on making these while camping over my sisters birthday but we couldn’t wait and just decided to test them out at home using the microwave instead, lol!! I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest a long time ago and the idea just stuck with me.  It was really a lot of fun doing this with the kids! 

 

S’mores Cones

 

S'mores Cones

 

 

S'mores Cones
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Ingredients
  1. Sugar Cones
  2. Chocolate Chips
  3. Mini Marshmallows
  4. Frosting (in a can is easiest)
Instructions
  1. Fill your cone with your chocolate and marshmallows.
  2. Melt over fire, grill or in microwave.
  3. Top with Frosting.
Notes
  1. Make it healthier by subbing in dark chocolate or vegan chocolate and add banana or strawberries. Try a homemade frosting from coconut milk instead of store bought.
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I Want That: Ravioli Maker

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Appliance Review, Featured, Misc | 0 comments

I Want That: Ravioli Maker

Ravioli.  It’s something that we have fallen in love with since starting our Vegetarian journey.  Butternut Ravioli with Rosemary and Sage, a sprinkle of Parmesan.  YUM.  However, we either have to go out to one of our favorite local restaurants, Casa Mia, or buy ready-made Ravioli in the refrigerated section of the market.  

So on my wish list is a Ravioli Maker, I just can’t decide what route I should take.  I have a Kitchen-Aid and could get the Ravioli Attachment: 

That might make things super easy.  It seems like the logical choice.

 

OR…. I could go with a more cost-effective “Stamp” like this one: 

 

Then there are separate manual devices like this one that might be just as easy: 

 

So many choices… How do I decide?  If you have any feedback I would love to hear it!!! Leave me a comment below please :)

 

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Grilled Veggies in the Smoker

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in entree, Featured, Recipes, side dish, vegan | 0 comments

Grilled Veggies in the Smoker

Before we went Vegetarian, we had bought a Traeger Smoker.  While it’s awesome for cooking meats, we havn’t utilized it much for Veggies.  So I decided it was about time and we did some experimenting.  This Grilled Veggie Dish comes from everything I had left over in my house!  

Now the Acorn Squash takes a bit longer to cook than the rest so I suggest you start it in the Microwave so it gets nice and soft, otherwise the rest of your veggies will be well done and your squash still a bit firm.

Even the pototoes could use a little head start as well. 

The taste of all these veggies together in the smoker is just awesome.  I think I will be firing up that grill far more often now!

Grilled Veggies

 

Grilled Veggies

 

 

Grilled Veggies in the Smoker
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Cook Time
50 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. Acorn Squash
  2. Asparagus
  3. Red Potatoes
  4. Onions
  5. Veggie Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Cut Acorn in Half, Scoop Out Seeds.
  2. Pre-Cook Acorn in Microwave or Oven Until Softened.
  3. Pre-Boil Potatoes Under Just Fork Tender
  4. Toss Onions, Asparagus and Potatoes in Veggie Seasoning
  5. Place in Grill Pan
  6. Smoke for 30-50 Minutes at 350 Degrees Until Done
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Healthier Funfetti Cake Batter Dip – Party Time

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in dessert, Featured, Recipes, Recipes for Kids, With Kids | 2 comments

Healthier Funfetti Cake Batter Dip – Party Time

I have seen lots of variations on cake batter dips but when I stumbled upon the Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip from Craft Craving, I knew I had to try my own version.  This recipe is so simple and is much healthier than eating the actual cake.  It is so rich you only need a small serving to satisfy your cravings.

I usually try to stay away from processed foods, but this is definitely one of those “special treats” that you might allow from time to time.  I stuck fairly close to the original recipe for my first time, but I will most definitely will be experimenting to make this even healthier.  Off the top of my head, I would make my own dry cake batter mix, and maybe sub out the cool whip for thickened coconut milk.  So many ideas of what you could do with this recipe!

 

Funfetti Cake Batter Dip

Healthier Funfetti Cake Batter Dip - Busy Vegetarian Mom

 

 

Funfetti Cake Batter Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
  2. 1 Container Light Cool Whip
  3. 2 Cups Light Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Dannon Light & Fit)
Instructions
  1. Stir together Funfetti Cake Mix and Yogurt
  2. Fold in Cool Whip
  3. Serve!
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If you think this looks good, you have to go over and check out the Red Velvet Recipe too! 

Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip
Via Craft Craving

 

Follow link : Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

 

 

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Warm Raspberry Spinach Salad

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in entree, Featured, lunch, Nutrition, Recipes, side dish, vegan | 1 comment

Warm Raspberry Spinach Salad

This salad is inspired by one that my sister makes.  Now that my spinach is growing like crazy, I need to find some new spinach recipes to use it all up without getting bored.   I actually had thought of this recipe for a “berry salad” recipe challenge from a few days ago, but just didn’t get it make in time.  I decided to still try it out and glad I did.  

It’s so quick and easy to make.  One its own or as a side, it’s fresh, fruity, hearty and hearth healthy!

I used frozen Raspberries in my recipe just because I had them and the fresh at the market were still quite spendy.  You really could use either.  You could also switch things up and use blueberries or blackberries, be creative! 

Warm Raspberry Spinach Salad

Warm Raspberry Spinach Salad from Busy Vegetarian Mom

 

 

Warm Raspberry Spinach Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  2. 1/2 Sweet Onion (Diced)
  3. 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  4. 1 TBSP Dijon Mustard
  5. 1/2 Cup Raspberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  6. 2 Cups Fresh Spinach
  7. Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Saute Mushrooms
  2. Add Onion
  3. Add Raspberries
  4. Drizzle in Balsamic
  5. Add Mustard
  6. Saute until well blended and thickened
  7. Place over Spinach
  8. Top with Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Notes
  1. All ingredients are approximates, add more or less according to your tastes.
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Enjoy!

 

 

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Moms Night In – A Good Book and Good Wine

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Featured, food review, General Reviews, Misc, Reviews | 1 comment

Moms Night In – A Good Book and Good Wine

Tonight I bring you to my neck of the woods.  South Eastern Washington State.  I’m having a mom’s night in with a good book and some good wine!   Both the book and the wine are local! 

The Book -

“For Love or Money” written by a personal friend, Cathy Perkins.  This is the third book of hers to be published and my favorite yet.  

The book is set here where I live, the Tri-Cities, a growing area of South East Washington with a desert landscape.  Holly Price is a hot-shot accountant working high dollar deals in Seattle.  When her father runs off with the yoga instructor, leaving her mother alone to run the family business back home, Holly returns to get her mom caught up and grow in order to sell the family accounting business.   

When Holly goes out on a “date” that turned out to be a hunting trip through harsh terrain, she and her date, Alex stumble upon a dead woman’s body.  But not just any body.  This is Marcy.  Her friend Marcy that works across the hall.  

Things go from bad to worse quickly when who of all people show up to investigate, JC, her EX-fiance.  She quickly finds herself labeled a suspect in the murder. The fact that he is not over her leaving town isn’t making her life any easier.  The fact that he is just as attractive now REALLY doesn’t make things any easier.

The story takes many twists and turns as we learn Alex is working with Tim, who happens to be Marcy’s Boss.  Slowly, we learn more about Marcy’s past and new suspects arise.  New questions arise.  Not only does Holly want to know who killed Marcy, but WHY did they kill Marcy.  

Finding those answers is the only way Holly can clear her name.  

I’m not going to spoil it for you all because you NEED to read this book.  An Entangled Suspense with a bit of Romance tossed in.  The perfect book to snuggle up with a glass of wine for a night of reading.

You can find it on Amazon or any major book seller.

Oh yes… The WINE!!!  Tonight I’m enjoying one of the wines from “Original House Wine“.  These wines are made in the Columbia Valley and are quickly becoming one of my favorites.  They have all been very affordable and very good!  Need I say more? 

Tonight I happen to be drinking “House Red Wine 2010″ which is a yummy blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 15% Syrah and 3% Cab Franc.  

I also love the Steak House Red and the House Wine Chardonnay.  I have yet to try the Merlot, Syrah or Fish House – But they are most definitely on my list! 

 

 

So do yourself a big favor and grab, “For Love or Money” and some “House Wine”

and get ready to enjoy a nice Mom’s Night In!! 

 

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Summer Chill Raspberry Mint Wine-Sicles

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Featured | 1 comment

Summer Chill Raspberry Mint Wine-Sicles

You may already know I’ve become a fan of Robert Mondavi’s very affordable Woodbridge Line of wine, despite me being a WSWS. (Washington State Wine Snob).  It has turned out the I have enjoyed all the bottles I have sampled so far.

*Disclaimer: I received the wine and popsicle kit free of charge to give an honest and thorough taste test. All opinions expressed are my own. 

So when I got my next shipment I was really excited… until I opened the box and saw Moscato.  That has to be my least favorite wine. PERIOD.  But then as I pulled open the box, it was packaged with a popsicle making kit and directions for Wine-Sicles… OK… now your talkin’!

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I was actually so excited, I dropped what I was doing and immediately ran to the kitchen to get started.  One small problem.  I didn’t have the ingredients.  Good News… I have never let that stop me, so today I will share my modified version!

FIRST… lets talk about this Moscato.  It is a 2012 with a Chile-Coquimbo Appelacian.  63% Muscat Alexandria, 21% Muscat Rosado and 16% Mixed White varieties. 

Moscatos tend to be slightly bubbly or “frizzante” (in Italian).  Woodbridge lives up to this expectation with a light “frizzante” and a sweet orange and marzipan flavor.

To my surprise, it was not too sweet for me to sip on while preparing the wine-sicles and while waiting for them to freeze, but it was sweet enough that I knew I did not need to add any additional sugar to my recipe.  

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Moscato Raspberry Mint Wine-Sicles

Moscato Raspberry Mint Wine-Sicles

 

Moscato Raspberry Mint Wine-Sicles
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Water
  2. 1 TBSP Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
  3. 1/2 Frozen or Fresh Raspberries
  4. 3/4 Cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato
Instructions
  1. Muddle Raspberries and Mint
  2. Add Water
  3. Add Wine
  4. Mix Well
  5. Pour Into Popsicle Kit
  6. Freeze
Notes
  1. These are really light and slushy. What we ended up doing with our few leftovers is placing in a glass and drinking them frozen with a splash of your favorite spirit!
Adapted from Candice Kumia Via Woodbridge Wines
Adapted from Candice Kumia Via Woodbridge Wines
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Enjoy! 

 

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