I know its sort of strange to be posting a blog about salads on Sunday morning, late September, when the weather is gloomy….but I have been LOVING a good salad lately! And to make this post a little more different than the others, I will […]
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse PROUDLY presented me with Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos!
How many of you have been to BJ’s Brewhouse before? I was in Oklahoma City for a work conference ( yes again! ) and had a little time to thoroughly check out their menu while sitting at the bar.
I must admit that the menu was quite intimidating, there are SO many options, but a lot of options on a menu is a vegetarians dream!
I thought I would end up getting a salad, and then to my surprise I saw Cauliflower tacos and pitas. Who can pass us up vegetarian barbicoa?
I chatted with the bartender for a bit and she said the cauliflower dishes were amazing. She also suggested a few beer samples to enjoy with the meal.
In a nut shell here is the menu description of what I ordered-
Roasted barbacoa cauliflower | roasted red peppers | corn | jack and cheddar cheese | yellow onions | diced tomatoes | Greek yogurt crema | cilantro | chargrilled pita | seasonal bistro grains on the side 650 calories
The pita bread was warm, soft, and fluffy. The cauliflower was chopped up into small pieces coated in barbacoa seasoning. The cream was light and cool, the cheese was freshly grated, and the bistro grains was nothing short of a delicious cold quinoa salad. The bistro salad made the perfect companion for the bold cauliflower dish.
* I have to say, this has been one of my favorite vegetarian food choices from a restaurant*
It’s also sad because I don’t have a BJ’s Brewery in my local area, however that may be a good thing as I would end spending all my money here all eating way too much!
Oh, lets not forget about the beer. I sampled the Blonde and the Midsummer Ale. Both beers were very good. They reminded me of summer. A sit on the beach, under the hot sun type of beers. I wanted something a little bit more bold today. The restaurant had a cool, dim feeling to it so I ended up going with a red ale:
7.30% ABV(Most recent award: 2016 North American Beer Awards, Bronze – Hybrid Style Beers)
The red ale to my surprise was better than expected! While I may not be a beer connoisseur I do enjoy a good craft beer. This particular one was very smooth, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet, and just about perfect as far as red beers go. This is a MUST TRY.
Lets touch a little on price. The dish itself was $8.95, and the beer was $4.95 for the large. That location also gives a ten percent military discount. The prices are decent, and I honestly would have paid more because it was very unique and flavorful. Don’t believe me, give it a try!
Next time I would like to say I would try something new, but probably not. Until next time, eat healthy and be happy!
I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about what motivated me to become a vegetarian.
About 13 years ago, I was a omnivore. No, I was not always a vegetarian. But I knew I was at heart somehow. I was picky with the meat I ate, I over cooked EVERYTHING, and I typically liked meat that didn’t represent meat.
When I was about 10 years old, I did decide to stop eating meat because it just didn’t seem right. Man oh man, my parents were not happy to cook different meals. But they did. I am thankful to have a chef as a dad, so that helped. I slowly went back to my omnivore ways one year at a time.
Fast forward about 10 years ahead. I cant recall exactly, but I was about 20 years old. I woke up one day, and said NOPE. I am not healthy, happy or doing what I believe in. So I went to the book store and bought The Kind Diet.
(The image above is a page out of it that talks about finding food to eat outside the house. I thought that was pretty cool to share on my blog)
It may sound a little hokey but I read it in one day and it CHANGED MY LIFE. It was like she explained everything I always felt my whole life about my food choices. Who’s not to say, that I could have read ANY vegetarian book that day and it would have impacted me. But this one was wrote very well and spoke to me.
Its talks about the impact you have on world and you by eating a plant only based diet.
Also, the recipes are AMAZING! After reading this book, I was strictly vegan for about two years. I now rarely eat eggs and cheese. I don’t drink cows milk, but I am a huge fan of unsweetened almond milk. Yumm!!!
Also, on a side note, Alicia wrote another book I have not read yet. Has anyone read this? What are your thoughts?
And now I’m here, sharing my ideas, knowledge, and everything in between. I hope you guys have read this, or get the chance!