Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 3 Update: New Surroundings, Running in the Wild, and an Unexpected Injury

Rock'n'Roll Seattle marathon Training month 3 update

…Okay, when is an injury ever expected? But anyway, can you believe that I’m already more than halfway into my Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon training?! Month 3 was eventful, to say the least: you may remember me mentioning in my previous marathon training update that Rob and I were moving into a new house in a different neighborhood, so that alone brought so many new experiences. Bring on the new running routes – even though this area is just as hilly as our old ‘hood, if not hillier! Thankfully, the move was successful, and now we’re thoroughly enjoying living without landlords for the first time ever and making plans on what we’ll be doing with the house soon. Oh, and hoping that this darn injury takes care of itself soon. It better! Ups and Downs of Month 3 Ups: 1. I’m glad to say that I was able to maintain my … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Menu Bingo: a Fun Way to Plan Your Meals. Guest Post by Trina

Vegan Menu Bingo - a fun way to plan your menu for the week!

Hi everyone! Rob and I are busy moving into our new house, so today I have a guest post for you written by Trina. Trina has been vegan since early 2014, and in this post she’s going to tell you about her favorite fun way to decide what vegan recipe to cook every day – Vegan Menu Bingo! Here’s what Trina has to say: Vegan Menu Bingo If you’ve just gone vegan, then you probably find yourself scrambling for new recipes to cook every day. Vegan Runner Eats has plenty of delicious vegan recipes that bust the myth that going vegan can be boring, but it can also be a harrowing experience to try and decide what to cook. Creating a meal plan can be just as frustrating as finding recipes that you’d actually want to try, but today I’d like to present a solution: Vegan Menu Bingo! Bingo has always been a popular game because it … Read the rest of the post

Cookbook Review: Vegan Ethiopian Extravaganza in Teff Love by Kittee Berns, Plus an Interview with the Author!

Ye'Diflin Misser Sambusas - Ethiopian lentil-stuffed pastries with a chickpea flour crust

I can’t say that my vegan cookbook collection is huge: I’m usually quite picky about adding another book to my rotation because not every cookbook is set with recipes that I would be willing to make every day to justify its spot on my book shelf. One cookbook I knew right away I would be using a lot, before I even received it, is the recently published Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopian Cooking by Kittee Berns. Today I’m happy to share with you my experience with cooking from Kittee’s wonderful new book as a part of Teff Love blog tour (you can see the lineup of all participating bloggers here) – and there’s even an interview with Kittee below in which she shares her favorite recipes and useful tips to get the most out of the book! Ethiopian cuisine, and its vegan version in particular, is like one of those … Read the rest of the post

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 2: Ups and Downs, Snacking Extravaganza, and Legs that Don’t Run in Sync

Rock'n'Roll Seattle marathon training update, month 2

Believe it or not, it’s time for the second update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training! Time flies when you’re having fun – and so did month two out of five of my marathon preparation. I’ve proven to myself before that it’s possible to train for a marathon as a vegan, so this time around, I’ve set to prove that one can balance marathon training with working a full-time job. Overall, this month went fine, with a few ups and downs that proved once again that I’m only human. I’ve been on the same 5-workout per week schedule, with three solid runs and two strength training sessions at the gym. Most marathon training plans will tell you that running only three times a week is not enough, but I’ve learned from training for my two previous marathons that too much running is a surefire way for me to get injured, … Read the rest of the post

10 Homemade Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressings: Quick, Healthy and Foolproof. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

10 quick and easy homemade vegan salad dressings - no blender or complicated ingredients needed

Do I need to prove to you that salads are healthy? Most likely, you already know that a variety of fresh, raw vegetables served on a bed of greens is almost always a good idea as a healthy meal or a side dish. Why ‘almost’? Because it’s often easy to sabotage the healthfulness of your salad by drenching it in oily store-bought dressing that has a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients. I’m not even going to talk about shredded cheese, bacon bits and croutons as salad ingredients because here at Vegan Runner Eats we’re all about the healthy vegan stuff. (Why do I recommend skipping oil? See how it affects our health in this post, plus get my top 8 tips on cooking oil-free.) So what’s the next logical step for a person who decided to ditch as much processed store-bought junk as possible? Make homemade salad dressings! The abundance of … Read the rest of the post

Seattle Hot Chocolate 15k Race Recap: Hills, Amazing Views, and Chocolate Fondue

Seattle Hot Chocolate 15k 2015 race recap

It’s been a while since the last time I participated in a running race, but last Sunday I finally put my fears and doubts aside and took part in Seattle’s Hot Chocolate 15k. Today I’ve put together a detailed race recap to show you exactly how I managed to exceed my expectations and have a successful run this past weekend. Not going to lie, it felt great to finally add another medal to my collection of race bling! As you may know from my previous posts, I’ve been in a full-on training mode for my 3rd marathon coming up this June. The marathon is also taking place in Seattle, so I knew that running last week’s 15k race would be helpful in at least two ways: it would show me what racing in Seattle felt like, and teach me what running a bigger race was all about. All of my … Read the rest of the post

Tried and True Recipes Series, Episode 4: Five Vegan Recipes I’ve Been Making a Lot Recently

Tried and True Recipes Series, episode 4

Hi all! I’m so glad that I finally got the courage to put together another episode in the Tried and True Recipes series, in which I’m going to share five vegan recipes by other bloggers or food writers/creators that I’ve been making over and over in the past few months. You can see all of the previous episodes in the Tried and True Recipes series here. Today’s roundup sounds like one heck of a feast if you were to serve all of these at once: a sandwich, a soup, a pasta dish, a stir-fry, and some delicious baked donuts for dessert. Portobello Mushroom Bacon BLT Sandwich This recipe for Portobello Mushroom Bacon was popping up in my Pinterest feed quite a bit a few weeks ago, so I finally gave in and made some for a low-key dinner. The recipe is easy and fairly quick – the longest part was … Read the rest of the post

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 1: Preparing for Bigger Things to Come.

Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon Training_month 1

…And here we go: it’s time for the first update about my training for Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon that will be happening on June 13th, 2015! This is going to be the third marathon in my life, and the second one I’m going to tackle as a vegan. This time around, I’ll be updating you once a month about the progress in my training so that you could learn from all of my ups and downs – hopefully more ups than downs! You may remember that I started this blog over a year and a half ago as a way to document the training for my first all-vegan marathon in Pensacola, Fl in 2013 (my second 26.2 overall). You can read all of those posts over here. A lot has changed since then: when I first announced signing up for this marathon, I outlined 3 ways training for this marathon is … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series: Meet Susan from Wisconsin, an Avid Hiker Who’s Passionate about Our Planet

Everyday Heroes Series - Susan's Story

I am excited to bring to you a new episode of the Everyday Heroes series, in which the readers of Vegan Runner Eats tell us about their journeys to becoming vegan/plant-based. Please meet Susan from Wisconsin – her journey began a year and a half ago, and while she’s not a 100% vegan yet, she’s been on the right track to make all of the important changes in her diet and lifestyle. In the last year and a half, Susan has lost weight and improved her cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Besides her motivation to become healthier, Susan is also driven by her love for our planet. An avid hiker, Susan appreciates the beauty of our planet and makes a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste her household produces. Here’s Susan’s story in her own words: 1. Introduce yourself: your first name, city, state. My name is Susan and I live … Read the rest of the post

New Vegan Lunch Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Wrap with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Vegan Barbecue Portobello Wrap with homemade BBQ sauce

And here we are, entering the time of the year after the Superbowl. Personally, I don’t even care much about football, but living in Seattle area it was hard not to get under the influence of thousands of people rooting for the Seahawks. Oh well, they didn’t win this time, but losing gives us plenty of opportunity to learn a few lessons and come out wiser from the experience. Today I’d like to share a simple recipe I recently came up with while looking around for ideas of what to make for a casual Sunday lunch. Wraps often come in handy because I can wrap just about anything in a tortilla, and the wrap will taste just fine. I was trying to do something different this time, and here’s how the Barbecue Portobello Wrap was born. The beauty of this wrap is that it requires only a handful of ingredients, … Read the rest of the post