Today was the first annual NationBuilder Olympics and a great time was had by all! The whole day was filled with activities but my two favorite were the cookie competition and the lunch. Our event planner/coordinator asked for my advice planning the vegetarian and vegan options which I greatly appreciated. She took my advice and got Doomie's as the vegatarian/vegan option for our BBQ lunch. We had vegan pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, and mac and cheese.
The vegan pulled pork was even better than any pulled pork I remember having because it didn't have any fatty taste. The mac and cheese was a huge hit with vegans and non-vegans alike - in fact, many omnivores came up to me and told me how much they enjoyed it :). The potato salad was good but nothing out of the ordinary. I was very appreciative to see the thoughtfulness that went into having vegan options at our Olympics.
On to the cookie contest! I've been a huge fan of baking my whole life and was thrilled that we were having a cookie contest at work. After some deliberation I decided on white chocolate cashew butter cookies Every time I make the recipe I was reminded of how great they are so I was excited to make them for the contest. I do not usually bake with brown sugar but I made an exception for the contest as I knew it would increase my odds of winning. I am thrilled to report that I ended up winning the contest! I love that a vegan, gluten-free cookie won the contest and that a paleo cookie was another favorite. Just goes to show how you do not need eggs, butter, white flour, or refined sugar to make great cookies!