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

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (Vegan, Oil-Free)

Who could resist the delicious fall flavor of pumpkin combined with the rich decadence of peanut butter, all whipped up into a warm, soft cookie? Not me! I love pumpkin, especially in desserts, but for some reason I tend to forget about it after the holidays. Now that I have the recipe for these yummy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies, I’ll have a reason to enjoy the delicious pumpkin flavor any time of the year. Gotta love that canned pumpkin puree! Here’s how the recipe for these cookies was created. Some time ago, I stumbled upon this recipe for Exotic Spice Cookies from Figgy and Sprout blog. I made them a couple times with some substitutions, mainly skipping the added oil and replacing it with unsweetened applesauce, and using brown sugar instead of coconut sugar. They came out very tasty, at least for my Indian spice-loving palate. Last week, when I was putting … Read the rest of the post

Holiday Running Streak Begins! Week 1: Thanksgiving through Sunday.

When I announced my intention to participate in Holiday Running Streak this year, I still had about a week and a half to go before the official start on Thanksgiving Day. As it always happens, the big day rolled around in no time, and here I was, embarking on a new running challenge: to run every day, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, for at least a mile. I was a little nervous because we were supposed to travel to our friends’ house in Panama City Beach, Fla., to spend Thanksgiving and the following couple days. Would they think that I was weird with all of my running feats? Thankfully, everything turned out just fine, and our friends were very cool about everything. I used to live in Panama City Beach a few years ago, and while I’ve never wanted to go back all that much after leaving, there’s been at least … 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

Vegan Thanksgiving: Mission Possible! Great Thanksgiving Recipes for Successful Vegan Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone! If you are newly vegan/plant-based like I am, you’re probably getting quite nervous about the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. What to make? How to please everybody? What to do if I’ll be traveling? Here’s the deal: with some advance planning, your first Thanksgiving since ditching animal foods can be a success, and that turkey you won’t be serving will be grateful! Here are a few questions that the newly vegan folk ask the most right before Thanksgiving: Where can I find good recipes of veganized classic Thanksgiving dishes? I’m traveling to another house and won’t be in charge of the menu. How can I make sure there will be something on the table that I can eat too? How should I act around my family and friends who might be skeptical of my newly adopted plant-based/vegan diet? Is it ok if I cheat? Let’s tackle these questions one at a … Read the rest of the post

Virtual Vegan Potluck, November 2013: My Favorite Recipes, Plus It’s Time to Cast Your Vote!

For those of you who missed it, on Saturday, November 16, almost 150 food blogs were united in an online event called Virtual Vegan Potluck. Each blog submitted a delicious vegan recipe for us to try out. All recipes formed eight categories, from appetizers to salads to breads to main dishes to desserts. Didn’t get a chance to check it out? No worries, because the potluck is going to stay down this link indefinitely, so you can see it all for yourself! Each blog put ‘Go Forward’ and ‘Go Back’ navigation buttons at the end of the post (some blogs linked with words instead of buttons), so if you go to the first blog, you’ll need to scroll down to the end and press the ‘Go Forward’ button to go to the next blog in the lineup, etc. Honestly, it took me three days to go through all of the recipes – they all looked so delicious … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Baking in November: Homemade Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

Ladies and gentlemen, do you know what’s happening tomorrow? It’s the day of Virtual Vegan Potluck, November 2013 edition, and Vegan Runner Eats blog is participating! If you’re looking for vegan culinary inspiration, look no further: over 150 blogs will be united in a chain of authentic vegan recipes, from appetizers to salads, breads, soups, main dishes, and desserts! My blog is listed in the soups category, so all you have to do tomorrow is to come back here and view my recipe in the next post, and then click the buttons at the end to take you to the rest of the Virtual Vegan Potluck. The buttons will work even after the event is over, so if you stumbled upon this post after November 16, you don’t have to miss out! Also, to see the full list of participating blogs, you can click here. But since tomorrow isn’t here … Read the rest of the post