Rob’s Birthday, Our Trip to Pasado’s Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, and a Vegan Cooking Class!

Strawberry Cheesecake bars by Fire and Earth Kitchen

Do you ever have a feeling like weekends fly by too quickly? I sure felt that way last weekend! Maybe we just had too much fun? It was Rob’s birthday last Saturday, and since we decided a while ago that experiences, not material things, are the best gifts, I was excited to find out that Pasado’s Safe Haven animal sanctuary was having a tour on its premises AND hosting a vegan cooking class by Fire and Earth Kitchen on that day. So I went on to book the tour as a birthday gift for Rob. On Saturday morning, we started Rob’s birthday weekend off right by having vegan chocolate cake for breakfast! I stayed up till 11 pm the night before making this beauty: A few days earlier, Rob requested a cake that would have chocolate sponge layers and the frosting based on the filling of his favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter … Read the rest of the post

Hearty Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup Recipe

Hearty Chickpea, Mushroom and Rice Soup from egan Runner Eats

I’ve mentioned before that I could eat soup any time of the year, and I truly appreciate the fact that soup always makes great leftovers. Less time stressing over what to bring to work for lunch = happy and pleasant me. However, when I made this Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup the other day, I almost had to hide the soup pot after Rob and I had a couple bowls: it was so good that it sure seemed that we were going to wolf down the whole pot and not leave any leftovers for the following day! I’ve made different variations of this soup in the past months, but it all started as an attempt to recreate one of my favorite soups form my childhood. My parents used to make this hearty and delicious soup with rich cuts of lamb or beef back when I was a wee lass growing up in Russia. We … Read the rest of the post

How to Cook with No Oil: 8 Useful Tips. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

How to Cook With No Oil - 8 Useful Tips

I know it’s been a while since the last episode of the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series, but better late than never, right? Today I’d like to talk about the single thing that can improve your vegan diet from the health standpoint – cooking with no oil. Why would we want to cook with no oil, you may ask? In case you haven’t noticed, the subject of cooking with or without oil is one of the most polarizing among vegan chefs and cookbook authors. One school of thought believes that as long as all of the ingredients are cruelty-free, they are worth using in our kitchens, so hail to the vegan butter, vegan margarine, vegan shortening, all types of oils, etc. Another school of thought is convinced that using all of the above in your cooking on a regular basis will have a detrimental effect on your health, starting from chronic … Read the rest of the post

Our Christmas Holiday Trip to New York: Vegan Food is Everywhere! Manhattan, Family Dinner, and Vegan Airport Finds.

Rockefeller Center at Christmas

Happy New Year everyone! I’m finally back to blogging after our Christmas vacation in New York, full of new ideas for Vegan Runner Eats in 2014. Before I start churning out posts with lots of useful info about vegan diet and lifestyle, I’d like to share with you the highlights of our trip to the wonderful Empire State. It’s been our tradition for as long as Rob and I have been together (going on five years!) to go to New York for Christmas week to visit his family. Rob is originally from New York, and his parents still live on Long Island. This year, however, our trip was a bit different because we were flying to NY from our new home of Northwest Washington state, as opposed to all previous years when we were coming from Alabama. In the past years, it felt to us like we were going from the … Read the rest of the post

The Story of Vegan Runner Eats in 2014: a Cross-Country Move, Counting Blessings, and a New Perspective

Langley WA

Is it only me, or does everyone feel like this year has sped up towards the end? I can’t believe we’re less than a week away from Christmas already! This year has been very eventful both for me and for Vegan Runner Eats, so today I’ve put together a timeline of all pivotal moments that happened around here. Last week must have been one of the craziest of them all. On top of launching a giveaway of Journey Bars (I’m announcing the winner at the end of this post), writing a recipe for the Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014, catching up on all of the sock monkey orders for my Etsy shop – oh, and I shouldn’t forget my full-time job! – I had everything planned out and scheduled right until our island in the Pacific Northwest was slammed by one of the worst windstorms in years on Thursday night. Dozens … Read the rest of the post

Broccoli-Apple Winter Salad ‘Tacos’ with Creamy Pumpkin Seed Dressing – Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014

Broccoli Apple Winter Salad Tacos VVP 2014

…Aaand the day of the Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014 has arrived! In case you don’t know what it’s all about, I’m here to help: the Virtual Vegan Potluck is an online event that unites lots and lots of food bloggers to link up to each other’s posts and form a long chain of delicious vegan recipes, from appetizers to beverages, entrees, desserts and so much more! My today’s recipe of Broccoli-Apple Winter Salad ‘Tacos’ falls under the Salads category. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll see buttons that you can click in order to move to the previous or following recipes in this recipe chain, and see a link to the list of all participating blogs. As you can tell from the title of this post , today I’m sharing a recipe for Broccoli-Apple Winter Salad ‘Tacos’. The idea for this recipe was one of those accidental … Read the rest of the post

New Review and Giveaway: Journey Bars – Nutrition Bars that are Savory! Plus and Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe.

Journey Bar Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative of Journey Bar, and asked if I would be interested in checking out these savory nutrition bars and possibly creating an everyday recipe with one of them. ‘A SAVORY nutrition bar?’, I thought, ‘That sounds interesting!’ So I decided to give them a try, and today I’m hosting a giveaway to give you a chance to try them out too! Let’s face it: there are tons of nutrition/energy bars out there on the market, but the absolute majority of them are sweet, so much that sometimes they are nothing more than candy bars disguised as a good-for-you snack. As I found out, the creators of Journey Bars – avid world travelers and backpackers – became concerned with this issue, and set out to develop a savory snack bar that would not only be low on sugar, but also deliver nutrition from real food … Read the rest of the post

Our Vegan Thanksgiving Recap: Recipe Hits and Misses

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Recap

I thought of beginning this post with ‘I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already passed!’, but looking at the amount of holiday leftovers that have overrun our fridge in the past week, I can’t help but believe that Thanksgiving 2014 is already behind us. So today I decided to post a recap of all of the delicious, cruelty-free vegan Thanksgiving recipes both Rob and I made to celebrate this holiday. This year, it was just the two of us at our Thanksgiving celebration. Because both of our families are too far away – Rob’s on the East Coast, mine in Russia – and the fact that we both are very introverted to make new friends easily, we realized early on that this Thanksgiving wasn’t going to be too crowded at our house, and made peace with that. However, I wanted to pull all the stops and cook a lot of traditional dishes anyway. This is … Read the rest of the post

Running, Blogging, Living: on Finding Balance

Running, Blogging, Living - searching for balance

A couple weekends ago, I found myself quite emotional: it was the weekend of Pensacola Marathon, the race I’ve participated in for the previous three years, starting with my first half marathon in 2011 and following with full marathons in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 race was especially near and dear to me because I started this blog in an effort to document training for it as a runner who became vegan a few months earlier. As I was watching race reports and pictures pop up on Facebook from my running friends back in Alabama, I found that I was sad not so much because I wasn’t participating in the race this time– we’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest earlier this year, and I’m not planning on traveling back to Pensacola, FL, anytime soon – but because I’ve been running much less these days, which prompted thinking whether or not … Read the rest of the post

Chanterelle Stir-Fry with Potatoes and Herbs

Chanterelle Stir-Fry with Potatoes and Herbs 3

Today I’d like to share with you a recipe that’s been near and dear to me ever since I was a kid growing up in Russia: a delicious and simple stir-fry of chanterelle mushrooms and potatoes. The chanterelle season in central European Russia falls on mid-summer, so this dish was always a treat we used to have a few times every June and July. Since I came to the US eight and a half years ago, I never had a chance to find chanterelles again until Rob and I moved to the Pacific Northwest earlier this year. We found out that this type of mushroom grows pretty well around here, but the season falls on September-October. A couple things to clarify: 1. No, I didn’t put on my brand-new rubber boots and set off on a mushroom foraging trip in the nearby woods to find me some chanterelles for this stir-fry, even though that probably would have been … Read the rest of the post