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

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

New Breakfast Recipe: Pumpkin-Carrot Pancakes

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

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

5 Easy Plant-Based Dinner Recipes I’ve Been Making while Waiting for My Kitchen Supplies to Travel across the Country.

As much as I’d like to think about myself as not very attached to the conveniences of modern day life, every now and then life proves to me the opposite. Upon realizing this, I often feel very embarrassed that a minute ago I might have been crying like a little girl over something that wasn’t worth it at all. You probably know from my previous posts that my husband Rob and I have recently relocated from Alabama to Washington State. We’ve moved into a new house less than a week ago, and as of right now, we are still very much looking forward to the moment when all of our worldly posessions finally get delivered to us. Until then, we’ve been stuck sleeping on an air mattress, sitting on the floor all evening, eating from paper plates, and – my personal ‘favorite’ – cooking meals in a tiny pot and … Read the rest of the post

10 Tried-and-True Plant-Based Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’ve put together a list of 10 tried-and-true plant-based recipes that I’ve made many times, and truly enjoy every time I make them. Also, the winner of the most recent giveaway is announced at the end of this post. When I first made a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, I was a little overwhelmed by the necessity to replace all of the recipes in my pre-vegan dinner rotation with a completely new recipe lineup. Thankfully, I soon discovered that Pinterest was a great place to look for new recipes for a newly vegan cook like myself. I was amazed by all of the vegan deliciousness that already existed in the blogosphere, and before long, making dinner didn’t sound overwhelming to me anymore 🙂 Fast forward to this day, I am quite comfortable between all of my vegan cookbooks and Pinterest to decide what I’m making for … 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