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

Vegan Casseroles Cookbook Review and Giveaway, Plus Creamy Spinach Florentine, Almost Alfredo Sauce and Bumbleberry Cobbler Recipes!

Review and Giveaway of Vegan Casseroles by Julie Hasson

Hi Vegan Runner Eats readers! Today I am excited to bring to your attention a wonderful new cookbook by Julie Hasson called Vegan Casseroles. I’ve been cooking up a storm using recipes from this book for about a month now, and today I’m going to share my experience with you. Don’t miss the giveaway part at the bottom of this post – Julie and her publisher kindly agreed to mail out a copy of Vegan Casseroles to one lucky reader of my blog (US or Canada only). Julie Hasson has published a number of vegan cookbooks over the years, including Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes, Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul, The Complete Book of Pies: 200 Recipes from Sweet to Savory. With her interest in developing delicious vegan comfort food recipes, it was only logical that she eventually decided to put together a … Read the rest of the post

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