and all of these “vegan essentials”:
So this might look like junk to some people but it’s a countertop full of happiness to me. I have green smoothies, fresh juices, homemade beans and grains and tons of fruits and veggies every single day specifically so that I can enjoy all of this yumminess guilt-free. I love healthy vegan food. I love vegan junk food. Hey, I even picked up some white chia seeds and the that jerky is make out of black beans – practically health food!
Before leaving the Neat Market I had lunch at the Vegan Van.
Spicy Tofuffalo Sandwich with Ranch Slaw
So ridiculously delicious!
When I returned from my vegan shopping day my husband and I went to our dear friends for a BBQ with a bunch of triathlon coaches who had just spent their weekend at a Level II training at the United States Triathlon Association. Our hosts, Justin and Natalie, support my veganism beyond imagine. So though he was grilling up meat for all of the other guests, he brought out a grill section for the BBQ that had never been used and dubbed it the “JL section” of the grill which will never be touched by animal products (love him). There was a vegan pasta salad (made by Justin and my hubby, Dave), a leafy green salad (vegan), steamed asparagus and potatoes that Justin made in the pressure cooker.
Yep, my protegé rocked two pressure cookers that night.
I brought over a piece of my own homemade seitan that I thawed and marinated in a homemade barbecue sauce (ketchup, maple syrup, liquid smoke and ground ginger).
It was a great meal!
I had an interesting exchange with one of the guests at the BBQ which I shared on my Facebook page:
Wow – I got a big response to that status update! I hope you’ll give it a read. I’m glad I was wearing vegan while eating vegan because it demonstrated that I wasn’t eating vegan solely for my health – my veganism goes beyond the plate.
The next night Dave and I attended the local MeetUp - Colorado Springs Vegan and Vegetarian Group - at Il Vincino. The MeetUp organizer, Jackie, brought Daiya cheese and asked the restaurant to serve it to the vegans who requested it. So I had the vegetable calzone with Daiya.
YUM! We made friends with two couples and immediately planned a visit to a vegan-friendly brewery after the Sunday Brunch Potluck this weekend. I have found local veg MeetUps to be such a wonderful way to connect to the local community. Do you go to veg MeetUps?
Yesterday I was up and at ‘em early for a day-trip to Dallas for work. I traveled in vegan style:
Dave made me a green smoothie to drink on the way to the airport (almond milk, spinach, and frozen banana and blackberries) and I stuffed my GUNAS laptop bag for the day. You can shop at GUNAS with this code – JLYNN05 – and get 10% off!
I met up with some colleagues before a meeting and had an interesting lunch experience – which I again shared on Facebook:
I hope you’ll read the comments as I tried to explain that my response to the situation was to simply demonstrate what it means to be a joyful vegan. I didn’t eat the rice but I also didn’t make a big deal out of it. I was with colleagues, two of whom I didn’t know, and I wanted them to walk away from the situation seeing me as a happy vegan. I feel that I am really growing as a joyful vegan. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
There you have it. Just another Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of my vegan life!