A very vegetarian birthday!

Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but I’ve been slacking on cooking while I celebrated my birthday! ;D  Hubby treated me to a Baja Fresh dinner and margaritas on Friday evening before catching up on our Rockband 2 play on the Wii.

Yesterday, my awesome mom prepared a mostly vegan Mexican feast for everyone as we celebrated my birth!

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She made a Mexican-inspired hummus from a past issue of Vegetarian Times magazine, which she served in her adorable penguin dish!

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She also made a creamy black bean salsa recipe that she found in Vegetarian Times magazine, which was a HIT with the omnis… this bowl was practically licked clean by the end of the night!

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For the main course, my mom made the baked vegan taco ring that I love, along with cheesy bean enchiladas and Spanish rice!

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Vegan cheescake cups... all dolled up!

My mom also attemped a vegan cheesecake cup recipe and borrowed some agar flakes from me to make it.  To her disappointment, they didn’t firm up at all and instead had the consistency of melted ice cream… which was still absolutely yummy!  My mom was really bummed but I still loved them.  I mostly loved her effort to make this a completely vegetarian meal for me.  Last year she served meat along with a vegetarian option, but I’m so proud of her for going completely veg for me this year.  I love you, Mom!

I consider myself to be soooooooo blessed that my family is supportive of my food choices.  They got me awesome veg gifts, too… the cookbooks Go Dairy Free and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, along with some CDs, Wii games and a 24-count cupcake tote!  Now I can bake some cupcakes and take them into work to share with my coworkers!!!  Woohoo! :-D