Archive for Month: January 2012

slide

FAQ #1: Why all the changes post-40?

Finally!  A FAQ series for the blog!  It only took me a year and a half to get to it. My first FAQ–Why all the changes post-40?–felt huge.  I hit some serious writer’s block because there is no rhyme or reason to the changes.  So I have decided to simply have a conversation with you, via video, to talk about what has happened to me post-40 and how it impacts my blog mission and vision. I polled you on Facebook and Twitter and many of you said you were interested in a video and others preferred text. I’m offering you […]

slide

Pinterest + Vegan news you can use (1/29/12)

Before we get to the news, I just have to ask. Are you obsessed with Pinterest yet?  I love it!  Here are my personal boards: Yes,I have a board dedicated to kale.  You’re surprised? It’s become a really great way for me to “bookmark” recipes that I want to try. It’s also become a new way for me to support fellow bloggers. Listen, we bloggers love comments, trust me, we do, but most of us our blogging because we have something to say and we want people to hear it.  So when I read blogs now, and there is a […]

slide

Super Simple Supper (Asparagus + Seitan + Leftover Quinoa)

I’ve been trying to break out of my dinner rut and actually “prepare” dinner during the week, as opposed to always re-heating dishes made from my weekend bulk cooking.  I’m finding a hybrid approach is working best for me. The other night I reheated a bowl of Quinoa-Millet and Veggies to serve as a side dish and then built a meal around it.  I roasted asparagus by simply drizzling a little avocado oil over the spears and tossing them with fresh garlic. I baked them on 425 degrees F for about 8 minutes (you want them bright green and still […]

slide

Quinoa-Millet Veggie Bowl + Our Hen House news!

I hope you had a chance to check out my Portobello Mushroom Barley Soup recipe yesterday!  I’m really proud of it and think you’ll find it a warming and filling winter meal. I’m excited to share another simple, hearty dish but first I have some news to share. Last week I wrote about meeting Jasmin and Mariann for dinner in NYC.  You all know I’m a huge fan of the podcast Our Hen House and you also have probably figured out that I am an activist at heart. If I care about something I try to find a way to […]

slide

Portobello Mushroom & Barley Soup

Sunday morning I slept in, choosing to skip my regular longish weekend run because my body was still sore from my fall and I wasn’t at all interested in running in the six inches of snow on the ground, anyway.  I enjoyed a very lazy  morning and by the afternoon had lots of energy and was ready to tackle some bulk cooking.  I suddenly remembered that there was a box in the hallway that arrived while I was in Woodstock.  My second pressure cooker! I tore into the box like a kid at Christmas, put it together and soon I […]

slide

Vegan news you can use (1/22/12) + Lunch at Garden Cafe in Woodstock, NY

Happy Sunday morning!  I love sharing news bites and links with you each week and have some fun ones that I will get to in a moment. Promise! First, I wanted to quickly wrap up my weekend.  I shared my snowy morning on the farm with you yesterday. After volunteering for a few hours at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary I headed out to see the animals. They were so cozy, warm and happy in their barns!  I got to meet Curly, one of the new pigs. She’s a doll. What’s she doing?  Well, five minutes prior we enjoyed a serious […]

slide

Good Morning from the Farm

Good snowy morning! Last night I drove upstate to attend a party celebrating the opening of The Guesthouse at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. It was a fabulous event (Jenny Brown’s artichoke dip rocked and so did the carrot cupcakes made by a local supporter)! As the party was winding down I climbed the stairs to The Olivia Room–to enjoy my first stay at the charming guesthouse. Within 10 minutes under the covers I suddenly had two bedmates. Get your mind out of the gutter! It wasn’t a swinger party! My bedmates were the two Guesthouse cats, Errol and Leon.  […]

slide

Face plant on the sidewalk

Yesterday morning I headed out for a short run. It was still dark out but I knew it would be light about mid-way into the run. I usually walk through my neighborhood to warm up and I have a spot where I stop, touch my toes and then begin my run.  I walk on the street to my spot to avoid the dark sidewalks.  Yesterday I was cold so I decided to jog to my spot, instead of walk, to warm up my body.  I saw the recycling truck coming down the street so I moved to the sidewalk.  I […]

slide

Tempeh Tostadas

Last week I was bookmarking recipes in my Google Reader and included this one–Green Beans w/Tempeh, Shrooms & Quinoa–from Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe.  Sherry’s technique of cooking tempeh was intriguing to me because I still don’t completely love tempeh. I have now fallen in a deep like of tempeh. Tempeh Tostadas

slide

Soy and Sake (NYC) with the women of Our Hen House

Good morning! I hope you had a chance to check out the piece that The Snarky Chickpea wrote for Stop Chasing Skinny yesterday:  Meg’s Story {Skipping the January Diet}.  I’m loving the thoughtful pieces on embracing one’s body in January instead of depriving it. Speaking of not depriving my body… Sunday evening Dave and I bundled up and headed into Manhattan for dinner with Jasmin and Mariann, the co-founders of Our Hen House.   I am a devoted listener to their podcast and it was fun to learn more about the future of Our Hen House. Jasmin suggested we meet and […]

slide

Veganizing my winter wardrobe (it’s a process)

Baby, it’s cold outside! Yesterday I went on a five-mile run with two girlfriends and the temperature was 17 degrees (F) with a zero (0) windchill. We felt like total rock stars when we completed our frosty workout! Later, my husband and I went into Manhattan for dinner with friends (more on that tomorrow) and it was still incredibly frigid. As we walked down 7th Avenue I was feeling so toasty and warm — and it dawned on me that after nearly two years of a vegan lifestyle I was completely decked out in vegan winter attire! Head to toe! […]

slide

Vegan News You Can Use (1/15/12) + Giveaway Winner!

Guess what I did last night? I attended my first Westchester NY Veggie EatUP!  I actually coordinated it, rather accidentally. We had dinner at Haven, a decidedly not vegan restaurant that has vegan options (which I’ve written about before).  It was a lot of fun! I was excited to meet so many nice people, including Jenn, the woman behind the blog Vegan Dance If You Want To.  I’m looking forward to more Westchester NY Veggie EatUp events! Okay, how about some news and links from the week? In the news Vegucated, the awesome documentary that I was delighted to support, […]

slide

Kale-Lentil-Squash Chili / Homemade Vegetable Stock

My pal Lee recently posted about making her own vegetable stock.  I immediately started storing veggie scraps in a bag in the freezer. In just a few days my bag was stuffed with carrot ends; onion scraps and peel;  cucumber and zucchini peel and pieces leftover after spiralizing them; half an orange bell pepper that was ready to turn; an entire jalapeno also ready to turn; the big stem from a bunch of broccoli + a few broccoli florets; kale stems and a few leftover leaves. I tossed all of the frozen veggies into the crock pot, with a little […]

slide

22 hours in Philadelphia {Vedge Restaurant + Blackbird Pizzeria}

Saturday afternoon I boarded the Amtrak for Philadelphia.  The purpose of my trip was business (an event to attend on Sunday morning) but I’m usually pretty good at finding lots of fun things to do when traveling for work. I packed lunch to enjoy on the train. I filled my thermos with piping hot brown rice-barley+black chickpeas+veggie broth.  While on the train I mapped out my plans for the weekend (love the WiFi on Amtrak).  It was a gorgeous weekend — 60 degrees on Saturday — so I decided that I would try my best to walk everywhere.  I had […]

slide

Fat, gay, vegan and happy {Stop Chasing Skinny}

Friends, Today I direct you to Stop Chasing Skinny where my friend Sean writes about being an …interested and interesting person who happens to be overweight. His words will move you. I rise above the safe sex magazine ads that feature muscular, defined bodies. I rise above television advertising. I reject the notion that I am less worthy as a chubby queer. I embrace my body as the vessel carrying a personality trying to be inclusive and loving. Please check out Sean’s entire post: Fat, gay, vegan and happy.  You will be so happy that you did. *** Have you […]

slide

Win a copy of “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day” by Ellen Jaffe Jones {GIVEAWAY}

It’s January.  Buyer’s remorse?  Spend a bit too much in November and December? No, I’m not talking to myself in the mirror. I’m talking to you. Okay, us. Last month I reviewed Ellen Jaffe Jones’ terrific cookbook Eat Vegan on $4 a Day. I loved the cookbook and really, really loved this Calcium-Rich Kale Soup recipe. In a conversation with the author shortly after I wrote the review, we agreed that January might be a really great time to give away a copy of the book. This time of year some people want to tighten up their budget.  Vegan-curious folks […]

slide

Hello from Philly + Vegan news you can use (1/8/12)

Hello from Philadelphia! Last night I met up with my friend Dynise for dinner at Vedge Restaurant.  I’ll do a full post in the future recapping the phenomenal dining experience but for now, how about a quick drool over these stunning sunchokes? This week my focus is on web links you can use! Have you seen Isa’s 2011 recap? Run, don’t walk to check out The Post Punk Kitchen 100.   I’ve done some serious shopping as a result of reading this list (Isa you may single-handedly boost the economy)!  What’s really awesome is that as I was 1-clicking orders on Amazon […]

slide

Roasted Vegetable & Stir-Fried Tofu Brunch

It’s Saturday morning! How are you going to fuel up your day?  If you have some veggies and tofu on hand you can enjoy this meal in no time! Roasted Vegetable & Stir-Fried Tofu Brunch by JL goes Vegan Ingredients For the Roasted Veggies Broccoli Asparagus Parsnips Avocado oil Lime juice Vegan Parmesan Cheese Iodized sea salt, to taste Black pepper, freshly ground For the Tofu Spray vegetable oil (or water) Extra firm tofu, pressed, drained and diced Yellow onion, diced Sriracha Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Lime juice Instructions For the roasted veggies Heat oven to 400F degrees Dice parsnip and […]

slide

Asian Fried Chick’n Salad

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! In December I received an email about the latest Foodbuzz Tastemaker program and I jumped on the chance to try Kikkoman’s new Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix, particularly because it was for fish or chicken. I thought “Oh yeah? Watch this!” Asian Fried Chick’n Salad

slide

Flageolet Bean & Millet Stew

I can’t believe that I had eleven days off from work!  But now I’m back at it, and how, but I was prepared.  Last weekend I made a point to do some bulk cooking so that I could enjoy hearty, healthy meals all week. Grain 1: Brown Rice + Barley (1 cup each), 3 cups of water, a bit of avocado oil, 2 pinches of salt and a dash of cinnamon. Mix all in the rice cooker and cook on the brown rice setting. I’ve been enjoying steamed veggies with this grain mix. Grain 2: Steel cut oats + Amaranth […]

slide

The year I stopped chasing skinny

2011. The  year I did not diet. Last January I pronounced that I bought bigger clothes, instead of going on a diet. It was a liberating year!  The first full year in which I did not diet, since 2003! It was also a little humbling.  I’m over 45.  My metabolism is slower and my hypothyroidism kicked up a notch this year.  I reduced my exercise dramatically (take a look at the past six years of fitness; I didn’t race once in 2011).  It was pretty awesome to sleep in the morning instead of getting up at 4:30 a.m. to train […]

slide

Vegan news you can use, the New Year edition (1/1/12)

Happy New Year, friends! Did you have a wild night last night? I did, but my night started at 3pm and I was in bed by 8:30 p.m. Lucky for me the neighborhood decided to share midnight revelry with me fireworks, noise makers and other things (there may have been a roaring train) so I actually was up when 2012 rolled in.  I digress. Today I thought I’d link you up to a couple of news items of interest, share a delicious meal I had with a very special friend, and wrap up this week’s posts (plus give you a […]

error: Alert: ©JLFields