Archive for Month: December 2010

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2010: The Year I Went Vegan (with a dash of fitness)

What a year! When I woke up on January 1, 2010 I had no idea this would be the year I would finally transition from vegetarian to vegan.  I just knew I didn’t feel like myself.  I signed up for my first-ever cleanse, with a nutrition counselor, which required eliminating dairy.  By the end of the cleanse I realized I was an egg away from being a vegan.  So I stopped eating eggs. I started reading lots of vegan / food blogs and books and stocked my kitchen with healthy vegan foods. I fell in love with cooking, for the […]

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Pickled Carrots

The husband is at it again, dazzling me in the kitchen.  Recently I shared a post about his pickles, (stop it!) which inspired me to dedicate an entire post to his vegan cooking skills (no small feat for an omnivore!). Over the holidays he made pickles for some friends and decided to try to pickle something new. Carrots. In Dave’s words… So, Alton Brown is the chef for all nerds on Food TV.  If you’ve ever watched his Show “Good Eats” you know what I mean.  If you haven’t, or if you have and don’t “get him” then don’t worry […]

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Snowbound fitness

Trapped! Not exactly, but we certainly weren’t able to use the back patio door. I was tempted to spend another day here but then my husband set my road bike up on the wind trainer in the office, next to his tri bike, and I opted for the ride-to-nowhere workout.  After a 45 minute workout, Dave finished his Buddha-licious holiday present (Thanks to spabettie for the great gift idea!) and I blogged about our day with a little help from the baby cat, C.K. I ♥ snow days.

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Pressure Cooker + Green Eating = Happy JL

My passion for the pressure cooker intensifies. Let me back up.  I didn’t even know I wanted a pressure cooker until I read this post on Choosing Raw. As my husband says: “ATC!” (Add to cart).  I did. And I put it to work this holiday season! A couple of days after Christmas I was desperate for a day of green eating.  I started with a green smoothie Almond milk, spinach, avocado, vanilla protein powder, hemp seeds, ice and coconut water. For a green lunch I opted for leftover soup from Christmas Eve (when spur of the moment, I decided […]

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Vegan Chili "Burger"

‘Twas the day after Christmas and there was a blizzard… …so I decided to get creative with leftovers. But before I did that, I took advantage of the “You Waited Long Enough But Not Too Long Sale!” Yep, I registered for VidaVeganCon. I even booked my airfare and hotel (I have the coolest roomie, ever, Sweet On!). I’m incredibly excited to meet, and learn from, so many great vegan bloggers and writers. Back to food.  I merged two leftover dishes to form a Chili “Burger.”  I took one piece of leftover Veggie “Meat” Loaf and smothered it in leftover Red Lentil […]

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My first vegan "Christmas"

Christmas in quotes = I’m Buddhist.  But we had a tree, exchanged gifts and enjoyed a great day of eats! My husband made me a photo light box and this was my first photo: What a great holiday gift! He also gave me this I’m a pirate chef!  Okay, on to our holiday meal.  I’m holding a Veggie “Meat” Loaf, post baking. It started off like this: Veggie “Meat” Loaf:  This delicious loaf is courtesy of Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-tasting, Down-home Recipes. My modifications: I […]

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How to cook with tofu: Basic tips to create the perfect dish

Before I get to the tofu, let me share a tempeh story. On Wednesday I attended the faculty / staff holiday luncheon on campus. I knew that my only vegan option would be a salad so I diced some leftover grilled tempeh—marinated in maple syrup, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, tamari sauce and cayenne pepper—and chopped a few cashews and stored in small plastic container with a spoonful of sunflower seeds.  I took some homemade vegan sour cream, added sesame oil and rice vinegar and blended to make a salad dressing, which I poured into another small plastic container.  Before […]

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Fitness watch 2010 + Delicious meal at Franchia Teahouse and Restaurant in NYC

Where’s the fitness?  Here!  Three workouts in a row this week! A little running and a lot of circuit training make for a very happy JL.  I’m looking forward to more of that as things slow down over the next few weeks. As many of you know, I am a contributor to This Dish is Veg.  Here’s a recent TDIV piece I wrote about lunch at Franchia Teahouse & Restaurant in NYC. Haven’t been? Go! Delicious meal at Franchia Teahouse and Restaurant in NYC Since entering the vegan food blogging world, I’ve read great things about Franchia Teahouse & Restaurant. […]

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PPK’s Red Lentil Thai Chili + Add Your Vegan Voice

I made my first recipe from Post Punk Kitchen this weekend! When I read about this Red Lentil Thai Chili I knew I had to make it. My modifications:  I used 1 cup french lentils and 1 cup of red lentils (omitting the kidney beans), half a red pepper and half a yellow pepper, only 1 T chili powder, carrots instead of sweet potatoes and parsley instead of cilantro. This chili is out-of-this-world scrumptious.  The light coconut milk is absolutely delicious and is such a nice compliment to the spicy Thai red curry paste.  This recipe makes a huge amount of […]

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Four omnivores and a vegan walk into a bar…

…well, they walk to the bar at Candle79, “NYC’s premiere vegan oasis,” to wait for their table. I have been to Candle 79 on several occasions, most recently a summer dinner with my niece and a fall dinner with my husband, Dave, during Vegan MoFo. Both my niece and husband, I might add, are not vegan or vegetarian—not even close. On this occasion, celebrating the holidays, Dave and I enjoyed dinner with three friends who had never dined at Candle 79.  They, too, are not vegetarian or vegan. We enjoyed cocktails before dinner. I started with the Ginger Rush (sake, […]

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Lentil Nachos

Friday morning I had the brilliant idea to make dinner at 7:30 a.m.— so that I could quickly reheat and eat after work.  I got some brown rice going in the rice cooker and pulled out the pressure cooker to make some lentils. JL’s Pressure Cooker…oops, I guess not LentilsServes 4 INGREDIENTS 1 T olive oil Half a medium yellow onion, diced Small yellow pepper, diced 1/2 t hot curry powder 1/2 t ground coriander 1 c french lentils (dry) 3 c water Salt to taste METHOD Heat olive oil in the pressure cooker on medium heat. Add onion, yellow pepper and spices […]

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A delicious vegan meal in less than 10 minutes

Have leftovers? Have fresh produce?  Let’s eat! After a long day of work, on an oh-so-cold day, I wanted a hot and hearty meal. NOW! Here’s what I did. I grabbed a sweet potato, washed it and tossed it in the microwave for 4 minutes. I grabbed some (pre-washed) collard greens and sliced into strips.  I heated toasted sesame oil in a small skillet, added three (yes THREE) cloves of garlic to the oil and then tossed the collards into the skillet.  I stirred and then added a dash of onion powder and cayenne pepper. I covered and simmered for […]

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Vegan Holiday Travel + Vegan Hostess Gifts

Traveling for the holidays? I was honored to write a guest post for Rosey Rebecca on vegan travel strategies. Be sure to check it out for very simple tips to help make your travel a bit easier. Going to four a holiday party? I have two perfect, easy holiday treats to take to the numerous gatherings I will be attending over the next few weeks.  My thanks to The Global Vegan and Hungry Hungry Hippie, who I started reading during Vegan MoFo, for these super-quick, super-good treats! The Cashew Cookie The Global Vegan recently posted these Bite-Sized Pistachio Cookies and […]

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A new (VEGAN SUSHI) twist on an old holiday tradition

My husband and I met the first weekend of November in 1996.  He had just moved to Chicago.  My best friend from grade school was visiting from Florida. Her mother, who lived across the street from Dave’s folks in Florida, was also visiting. So they had the bright idea to introduce Dave and I. It wasn’t love at first sight but maybe at second sight?  By the next day I had lured him to my apartment for chili, beer and The Bears and the rest, as they say, is history.  Just a few short weeks later I invited him to […]

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Trust Your Gut (Where’s the Fitness? + Tofu & Kale Chips without a Recipe)

Where’s the Fitness? If you’re new to this blog, you may be scratching your head.  A food and fitness blog, it’s been about a whole lot of food for two months.  Sure, I could say it’s because of Vegan MoFo but, honestly, it’s because I haven’t been focusing much on fitness. I spent January through September training for three half-marathons. I ran two half-marathons: the MORE Magazine half in April and the Fairfield Half in June.  The week before the third planned half-marathon I ran 12 miles and my right IT band felt awful. I tried to do some short […]

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Asian-Azuki Bean Crockpot Chili + Pure Food and Wine Review

Hand’s down, the best chili I’ve ever made. But I will get to that in a minute. Sunday was a busy day in the kitchen!  I made quinoa and then lentils in the rice cooker. I washed my collards, spinach and kale so that I could easily grab any green to toss in a smoothie, salad or meal this week. I made Hungry Hungry Hippie’s delicious Salty Cocoa Roasted Almonds My modifications:  doubled the recipe, used carob powder instead of cocoa, 2 dashes of sucanat instead of stevia, 1t of salt and mixed in a bowl (instead of shake and […]

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A new(ish) vegan in Barbados

How long can I say I’m a new vegan?  It’s been about 10 – 11 months and it feels old and new at the same time.  But this was my first time back to Barbados, as a vegan, so I’ll stick with new(ish) for now. For the past few years we have stayed at Mango Bay Resort.  We enjoy it but I struggled a bit as a vegetarian (lots of pasta, rice and potatoes as the vegetarian options) and children were allowed.  (No offense but I don’t have children and I don’t want to go on vacation with yours, though […]

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Otarian: "food fast, not fast food"

I attended a day-long conference in Manhattan Friday. I knew I didn’t want to eat the “boxed lunch” that would be provided so I checked out Happy Cow: Compassionate Eating Guide to see what vegan options may be nearby and found that Otarian was just a few blocks away. I started following Otarian on Twitter and Facebook when they announced the opening of several NYC locations but somehow I have never had lunch there. At noon I left the conference (after a highly entertaining keynote address from New York Times tech columnist David Pogue) to grab a quick lunch at […]

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