Everyday Heroes Series: Sandy’s Journey of Going from Vegetarian to Vegan to Plant-Based, and Gaining Health and Wisdom on the Way

It’s time for a new episode in the Everyday Heroes series, and today I’m excited to introduce you to Sandy from California! Sandy’s story is particularly interesting because she became a vegetarian 40 years ago and then made a switch to veganism 20 years later, but still struggled with her health. Eventually Sandy took the leap and went fully plant-based. Not only did she lose a lot of weight since then, these days she also enjoys life to the fullest as an active hiker and a volunteer at an educational farm. Here’s Sandy’s story in her own words: 1. Introduce yourself: your first name, city, state. My name is Sandy and I live in Los Altos, CA which is in the middle of Silicon Valley. I am 68 years old. 2. What inspired you to go vegetarian, then vegan and eventually plant-based? I started reading about animal abuse and exploitation and became … Read the rest of the post

This is 30: a Milestone Birthday, My Life Story until Now, and the Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in My Twenties

Hi all! The week since my last post has been a whirlwind: last Friday we flew to New York to spend the weekend with Rob’s family and attend our nephew’s christening, then came back to Washington on Monday just in time to celebrate my birthday the following day. The big 3-0 has finally caught up with me, and what’s a better way to celebrate it than with a giant vegan chocolate birthday cake?! You know how milestone birthdays have a tendency to stress us out because we assess our lives and what we’ve achieved so far? Well, I’m glad to admit that I enjoyed my 30th birthday way more than the previous couple ones. And I’m not just saying this because I want you to think that I’m oh so perfect (spoiler alert: I’m not), but because I embraced everything that happened to me in my 20s as a pretty crazy … Read the rest of the post

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

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 Vegan Thanksgiving Recap: Recipe Hits and Misses

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

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

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

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

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 Series: Tried and True Recipes! Plus Our 4th of July Weekend Trip to the Mountains

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes lately. Before I pull out the “It’s hard to blog regularly while having a full-time job!” card, I’ve got to admit that lately I’ve been making a lot of recipes from various vegan cookbooks and blogs as opposed to experimenting on my own. So the other day I had an idea to put together a post about those recently tried recipes and share all that vegan deliciousness with you – after all, this post about my 10 favorite recipes from other blogs from a few months ago remains one of the most popular posts on Vegan Runner Eats. Then I had an even better idea – what if I start a new series here on the blog, and regularly share a few of the recipes I’ve recently tried? So today I’m introducing the new series that I’m calling Tried and True Recipes! … Read the rest of the post