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! UPDATE July 2015: This recipe has been approved by Dr. Michael Greger of Nutrition Facts.org to be a part of his healthy plant-based recipe directory! 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 … Read the rest of the post

The Quirks of Whidbey Island: Our Weekend Adventures, Plus The Traffic Light Lentil Stew Recipe

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we moved to the Washington state! Almost every day we get a chance to see how different the Pacific Northwest is from our previous home in the Southeastern US (Alabama, to be exact), and to be honest, we love it so far! From the overall laid-back, almost hippie vibe of Whidbey Island, our current dwelling, to the breathtaking views that open up every time you turn around the corner – it’s all worth experiencing in this lifetime. Right now the only drawback is that the weather is quite a bit cooler than what we’ve been used to living on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, but at least I’ve been enjoying the fact that I don’t sweat like a sasquatch when I go running outside. Speaking of sasquatch… We see this guy every day passing by Bailey’s Corner, a very laid-back community … Read the rest of the post

Triple Lentil and Cauliflower Soup with Rice

Earlier this week, Rob and I were returning home late at night after a day trip. This was just a few hours before the entire Gulf Coast area was hit with an ice storm, so the temperature outside was rapidly dropping. Rob said that he wanted to have some warm soup for lunch the following day. I was surprised by his request because he hardly ever eats soup for lunch, let alone specifically asks for it. I promised him to make some kind of soup by lunchtime the following day but realized that we didn’t have a lot of groceries at home since we skipped our usual grocery trip on the weekend. When I took a look around the house, I found just enough ingredients to make this soup. It turned out to be delicious and easy to make, and it was certainly a perfect lunch and dinner for us … Read the rest of the post

Stuffed Italian Rice Balls: How I Veganized My Husband’s Family Recipe for Thanksgiving.

Did everyone have fun this Thanksgiving? We sure did! This was our first Thanksgiving since going vegan. As if this wasn’t challenging enough, we also traveled to our friends’ house in Panama City Beach, Fla. What was the challenge, you might ask? Well, I had to make sure my husband and I had plenty of vegan food choices at the overall non-vegan Thanksgiving table our friends were planning to have. To make that happen, I spent the entire afternoon on Wednesday cooking one vegan dish after another, and then packing the entire spread to travel. I know, people do that all the time for Thanksgiving, but honestly, this was my first time of doing that, so it seemed challenging. Did we end up having enough vegan food? More than enough! Clockwise from top left: sautéed kale, stuffed rice balls (today’s recipe!), curried butternut squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes, creamy mushroom gravy, Hippie Loaf … Read the rest of the post

Meaty Vegan Black Bean & Tempeh Burger Recipe for Any Occasion

Ahh, the charming simplicity of a burger! I can’t say that burgers were the one type of food that I’ve missed the most since going vegan. After all, vegan burger recipes are never in short supply on the internet. The variety is so large that you can pick from simple recipes to some rather complicated ones that’ll send you searching for exotic ingredients at your local ethnic markets. I’ve tried lots of homemade burger recipes, and while some of them turned out better than others, the one thing that I almost always found lacking was texture. As a former meat eater, I was used to biting into a firmer, chewier burger. Most veggie versions couldn’t deliver that, and while I have no intention to harm any cows for a burger’s sake again, I thought that it would be nice to find a burger with a texture similar to meat. Lo and behold … Read the rest of the post