My plan is to take Iowa Girl Eat's recipe for Red Beans and Rice (http://iowagirleats.com/2012/02/21/not-so-fat-tuesday-lighter-red-beans-rice-crock-pot-recipe/) and sub Bistro Katie's vegan sausage (http://bistrokatie.com/2011/03/vegan-andouille-sausage/) in place.
While perusing Trader Joe's a few months back, they were serving up their lighter mac and cheese served with some special smoked spices. I had to ask three times to make sure it was veggie mac and cheese because it tasted sooo smoked meaty! I'm thinking a trip back there is going to make the spices in the sausages delightful.
Cookbook Club v.3.0 was a success on Sunday night and we've been eating off those leftovers for awhile. The cookbook was Comfort Food, but I can't for the life of me find it listed online anywhere. I'll keep looking and update with more info as I find it.
We did venture out to Sbrocco before heading to the Civic Center to see Arianna Huffinton last night, but I didn't take any pictures. We all went with the small plates and there wasn't much vegetarian there. Boston's mom got the spicy ratatouille, which was awesome and her friend got the truffled mac and cheese. But neither are traditional tapas style, you know? You expect crostinis, etc. easy sharing and eating foods. Not foods that require silverware. It was a bit bizarre, but hey, I'm not in Spain anymore, so can't expect too much!
I think I've got some pictures waiting to be edited from restaurant visits in January, just got to get those ready and then a few more actual vegetarian dining out in Des Moines posts will be ready!