Archive for Month: September 2010

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What Vegans Eat: My Typical Tuesday

Tuesday is my longest day of the week.  I run 4 – 6 miles in the morning, work all day in Queens and take a graduate course in Manhattan in the evening. I make a point to prep all my meals, snacks and beverages so that I can eat the way I want and avoid paying for meals on the go. I made Gena’s delightful Butternut Squash Smoothie (to die for) for breakfast. I tried it on Monday morning And it was very good but I decided I’m not a real fan of the Vega Vanilla Chai Whole Health Optimizer.  […]

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Last Long Run + Virtual Vegan Friends

I ran 12 miles Sunday morning. I cannot tell you how relieved I was to finish the run.  In February I started training for an April half-marathon.  I took a “rest” week and then started back into training for a June half-marathon.  I laid low (sort of) in July and in August I ramped back up for a half-marathon that I will run next Saturday. I’m tired. I don’t want to run over six miles for awhile. I need a break. In the past, my “break” was competing in triathlons. The cross-training did my body good.  Until I ran into […]

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My Day: Lunch at Pure Food and Wine and a Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe

A day in the (vegan) life…. Good morning! Green Smoothie 1 cup of rice milk 2 handfuls of spinach 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 2 T brown flax seed 5 pecans half a frozen banana 1/2 cup of coconut water Coming up out of the subway at 9:00 a.m. in Battery Park and as I prepare to enter a building on Broadway Tourists really like that bull! Post-meeting I went out for lunch My first visit to Pure Food and Wine! It was a gorgeous day in NYC so of course I chose to sit outside. I love going out for […]

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Weekend Recap: A little running and a lot of food

I packed in quite a bit in two days! Saturday morning I headed out for a five mile run.  It was a grey morning, nice and cool and I felt strong.  After the run I had my monthly massage appointment and tacked on a facial for good measure.  Post spa, my husband and I went out for lunch at Harry’s Burrito’s where we both can eat the way we like (he’s an omni and I enjoy the numerous vegan options on the menu). After lunch I had to hunker down and get some reading and homework done for a course […]

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Azuki beans in the rice cooker = You. Had. Me. At. Hello.

I read one post on The Front Burner about the versatility of rice cookers and I was sold. Do you have a rice cooker? Make beans in it.  Don’t have one? Buy one. I essentially did everything wrong. I didn’t soak my beans overnight and I didn’t save the “extras” (everything after beans/water/broth) for later.  In the morning I rinsed some azuki beans, tossed them in the rice cooker with lots of other good stuff, and set the timer to begin cooking ten hours later.  They were perfect. Here’s the recipe: JL’s Rice Cooker Azuki Beans 1 cup azuki beans, […]

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Pumpkin Miso Tofu: 3 ways

[Source] Pumpkins! The food blog world is buzzing about pumpkin!  I’m a fan, too, and have gotten caught up in all things pumpkin. It started with oats.  I added a dollop of pumpkin, 1t of maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, sesame seeds and chopped pecans to about 1/2 cup of cooked steel cut oats. This was such a warm, delicious breakfast. I wanted to try to create a pumpkin “marinade” for tofu (recipe below). I started adding things that I like and came up with something that sounded good.  I pressed a block of tofu in my Tofu Xpress […]

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Eggplant & Noodles Recipe (Sunday in the kitchen is back!)

Oh, did this feel GOOD!  I’ve mentioned in the past (Sundays with JL, or obsessed new vegan in the kitchen) that I love to cook big over the weekend. I like to cook a few dishes and get my veggies washed and prepped for the week. I’m far more likely to eat well if I have something healthy and delish to take to work and to reheat after work. A crazy (fun) summer of travel and busy-ness got in the way of this very important ritual. I didn’t think I could manage it this weekend, either. Saturday I was up […]

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What’s for lunch? Three easy vegan meals

I’ve never claimed to be a gourmet chef.  I love to eat, I sort of like to cook and I have no desire to write a cookbook or host a Food Network show. Leave that to the experts.  I like healthy, good and simple meals. Here are a few lunches I enjoyed this week. I prepped a protein-packed lunch to take to work JL’s Four-Bean Salad Serves 1 1/3 package of 3-bean medley from Trader Joe’s (here’s a handy-dandy vegan guide from TJ’s), which you can find in the produce section A handful of steamed and shocked green beans, diced […]

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Eating and running through PA

What a great summer!  In July I spent a week in CT with my husband, a weekend in Pennsylvania with my aunt, and I played “tourist” when hosting my niece in NYC.  In August my husband and I spent a long weekend in Vermont and then I headed to San Diego for a girlfriend weekend where we dined out and we dined in. My final summer getaway was another trip to Pennsylvania, this time with my husband. We found ourselves very hungry a couple of hours into the drive.  I couldn’t find vegan/vegetarian options on my Happy Cow iPhone application […]

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Coconut oil for breakfast, lunch and dinner

I heart all things coconut. So when I read about a chance to review Tropical Traditions coconut oil, I couldn’t resist.   I decided to use the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil in three meals. Breakfast I made a green smoothie: 1 c almond milk 2 handfuls of spinach A few chunks of frozen mango & pineapple 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder 1T Tropical Traditions coconut oil 1/2 c coconut water One shot of rum and a cabana boy on the beach and I would have been on vacation!  Lunch JL’s Coconut Kale Salad A handful of kale, cut […]

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It’s my (vegan) Birthday!

I turned 45 today! We’re on our way to Pennsylvania for Labor Day weekend so my darling, omnivore husband made me a vegan dinner on Wednesday night. He prepared a bean burrito with refried beans, sauteed onion and squash, avocado and Tofutti sour cream and made up a fabulous salad. Here’s his recipe (written by him) db’s Bugs Bunny Salad Adapted from about 3 different recipes on the web 2-3 cups of grated carrots Approx 4 ‘big’ tablespoons of Vegenaise About 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice (eye-ball it) About 2 tablespoons of olive oil (eye-ball it) big handful […]

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Fueling the vegan runner: oats, dates, spinach & tofu

Let’s start with the obvious. I’m not the expert on fueling a runner.  There are some great vegan athletes with websites, blogs and products who can guide you far better than I. I posted about them in Vegan Running a few weeks ago.  Go to them for solid advice. I’m just a middle of the pack runner, now a vegan, trying to find her way. My slight obsession about fueling for a run began in April of 2006, I was vegetarian and about to run my second marathon.  Two weeks prior to the race I went to the doctor with […]

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