Tried And True Recipes Series #3: Comfort Food Edition! 5 Recipes From All Over The Vegan Blogosphere

Tried and True Recipes Series #3

Hi all! It’s time for another episode in the Tried and True Recipes series, this time it’s all about comfort foods! Fall is in full swing, and I find myself craving foods with rich, complex flavors. In case you think that finding those on a low-fat, plant-based diet is a challenge, I’m going to show you that it’s not hard at all: the recipes below hit the spot without containing lots of added fat, except for one of the desserts that’s nut-based. Read on, and get your comfort food fix without busting your waistline! Check out other episodes in the Tried and True series over here. Tried And True Comfort Foods From All Over The Blogosphere Recipe #1: Smoky Mac’n’Cheese A few weeks ago, I came across this recipe for smoky macaroni and cheese from My Darling Vegan blog, and immediately realized that I HAD to make it that very night! I … Read the rest of the post

New Breakfast Recipe: Pumpkin-Carrot Pancakes

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Hi all! Phew, the past couple days have been quite hectic over here: I’ve planned on publishing today’s post earlier in the week, but on Tuesday our landlady found out that the wiring in the house we’re renting from her has gotten pretty bad, so she turned the power off in the house and asked us to spend the night in a hotel. As it turned out, finding an available room at a hotel on Whidbey Island is not an easy feat on a Tuesday night during the off season (hotel attendants go home early). By the time we finally found a room, it was already too late, and blogging was the last thing on my mind. The situation repeated on Wednesday because the electrician wasn’t done by the end of the day, so Wednesday night was also spent at a hotel. Finally, on Thursday the wiring in our house was … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Sandwich with Roasted Rosemary Fries

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I think we all can agree that sometimes it’s nice to dig our teeth into a good burger, especially if it’s served with a side of delicious, crispy French fries. Thankfully, being vegan doesn’t mean forever depriving yourself of this simple pleasure: there are more vegan burger recipes on the internet than my fingers could ever count (I’ve shared my recipes for Black Bean Tempeh and Sweet Potato Chickpea burgers here before). For those of us who don’t feel like experimenting in the kitchen, a lot of grocery stores offer veggie patties – I’m not a huge fan of those, but they’ll do in a pinch, as long as you’re not turned off by the ingredients list. But sometimes, the craving for a nice burger hits when it’s too late to run to the store or start making veggie patties from scratch. The solution is easy – use Portobello mushrooms! The … Read the rest of the post

Pawz by the Sea 5k Recap, Plus How I Managed to Beat My Anxiety

Pawz by the Sea 5k Recap

This past Sunday, I participated in a small local 5k called Pawz by the Sea, and surprised myself by finishing 3rd female overall! What was so surprising about it? Well, this was my first running race in months, and given my 2-month break from running over the summer to heal my plantar fasciitis, and the fact that I haven’t trained to run fast in a very long time, this was a pretty unexpected achievement. Another win in my book – taking part in this race helped me get control over anxiety that’s been plaguing me for a while now. I usually avoid talking about my emotional state here on the blog, but it would be unfair for me to make you believe that my day-to-day life is all roses and vegan cupcakes. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed in the past months with all of my commitments – a new job that … Read the rest of the post

5 Easy and Healthy Vegan Office Lunches

5 Easy Vegan Office Lunch Ideas

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far! Today I decided to share with you 5 of my favorite solutions for the permanent dilemma that I assume most vegans with full-time jobs have – what to eat at work for lunch? Going out to eat is not always an option, plus what should we do if we don’t have any leftovers from the night before to take to the office? These vegan/plant-based lunch ideas don’t require fancy ingredients or a lot of effort, and help me every time I don’t have any leftovers to pack with me. (Came here to see if you’ve won the Juti Bars giveaway? Scroll down below!) As you know, I’ve started a full-time job a few months ago after almost three years of staying at home. Right away I had to say goodbye to the freedom of being able to cook whatever I wanted for … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: Enter to Win 6 Organic, Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan Energy Bars by Juti Organics

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Hi all! Guess what? I’ve got another exciting giveaway for you starting today! This time, the prize is – as you can tell from the title – six organic, gluten-free, raw vegan energy bars by Juti Organics. Juti bars got on my map recently after I was contacted by a representative of O2X Summit Challenges – a mountain running race series taking place in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. O2X series focuses on setting up uphill race courses with only naturally occurring obstacles – no artificial ice-filled pools or burning fences, just the beauty of nature and lung-burning altitude ascents. O2X Challenge has partnered with Juti Organics to promote the idea of fueling with all-natural food that’s also gentle on the environment. The word ‘Juti’ means ‘energy’ in Sanskrit. The idea of creating Juti bars came to Matt Zembruski a few years ago after he tried his mom’s … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series, Episode #3. What Being Vegan Is Like In Russia: Petr’s Story

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Hi everyone! I am very excited to bring you the latest episode of the Everyday Heroes series, where people just like you tell their stories of how they embraced veganism. Today I have a special guest for you: please meet Petr from Russia! I’ve personally known Petr for years: we went to college together in the Russian city of Tula back in the day before I moved to the US in 2006. A few years ago I found Petr again on Facebook. I was surprised to find out that he and his wife were vegan – at the time, I was far from considering veganism for myself as I thought that vegan lifestyle was too hard to maintain. I suspected that in Russia, vegans must have an even harder time as the winters are very long and cold, and fresh produce tends to cost too much. Fast forward to this … Read the rest of the post

Tamarind and Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe

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Labor Day has passed, and you know what that means – fall recipes are beginning to pop up all over the blogosphere! Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for Tamarind and Kabocha Squash Soup that I recently came up with – but before you say to yourself, ‘Those ingredients sound way too fancy!’, bear with me for a minute: I’ve got some suggestions for easy substitutions down below. A couple weekends ago Rob and I visited Uwajimaya – the legendary Asian grocery store that has three locations in Seattle area and one in Oregon. I was amazed to see rows upon rows of green tea, seaweed, dried mushrooms, noodles, as well as some traditional Asian ingredients I’ve never heard of before. For a while, I’ve wanted to make tamarind soup after eating it a few times at Asian restaurants, so I made sure to find some tamarind paste … Read the rest of the post

Tried and True Recipes Series, Episode #2: Five Recipes From All Over The Blogosphere, Tested And Reviewed!

Tried and True Recipes Series #2

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got another episode of the Tried and True Recipes series for you. In this series, I’m sharing with you a few recipes from various blogs and cookbooks that I’ve recently tried and liked (or didn’t?). This way, you get to experience lots of vegan deliciousness from sources you may have not heard of before, and try out these recipes yourself! In case you’ve missed part 1 of this series, you can find it here. 5 Recipes by Other Bloggers/Food Writers I’ve Recently Tried: Recipe #1: Dark Chocolate Pancakes! I usually don’t go very complicated with breakfast during the week, but on weekends all bets are off! Pancakes are quite a regular staple as a weekend breakfast in our house, often served with fruit, peanut butter and whatever else strikes our fancy. I’ve made these Dark Chocolate Pancakes by Lindsay S. Nixon of the Happy Herbivore blog a few … Read the rest of the post

New Breakfast Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Pancakes

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hi all! Another week flew by, so it’s time for an update on what’s happening in the Vegan Runner Eats headquarters. Before I proceed to tell you about the delicious vegan Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Seed Pancakes, let me share with you the amazingly freeing running experience I had yesterday. You may remember from this post that I decided to stop running for a while in an attempt to give my left foot a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis. After not running for a couple months, I slowly started using a treadmill once or twice a week to run shorter distances – the treadmill belt is softer than asphalt, which provides less impact. My treadmill experiments lasted for over a month until finally I decided to try running outside again yesterday. The best part – I got to try out my new running shoes (in … Read the rest of the post