Our Adventures in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA: Beautiful Views, Whimsical Art, and Delicious Vegan Food

Hi all! So I was planning on posting a new update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training this week, but last weekend Rob and I discovered a new little gem here in the Pacific Northwest – a city of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island that happened to be quite vegan-friendly – so today I decided to share our adventures from last Saturday instead of a marathon update. As you may know, we live on Whidbey Island that’s located just to the north of Seattle. If you look on the map, you’ll see that there’s a whole constellation of islands to the north and a little to the west from us called San Juan Islands. We heard that things were beautiful over there, which makes San Juans a popular vacation destination in the summer – so popular that you have to make hotel/bed-and-breakfast/camping reservations half a year in advance. Last summer that … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Vegan Collard Wraps with Kimchi and Sweet Potato Filling, and the Time I Met Scott Jurek in Person

I know it’s been forever FOREVER since the last time I posted a recipe, but it’s all going to change today! I’m particularly proud of today’s recipe for vegan collard wraps with kimchi and sweet potatoes because they seem to me like the healthiest food out there, with all of the veggies, fiber and probiotics – a perfect meal for springtime! Here’s the deal in our household: Rob eats almost all plant-based foods I put in front of him (a huge improvement from when we first met!), but there are a few things he won’t touch. Collard greens are one of those things. He’s not thrilled with kimchi either. I, on the other hand, like both quite a bit, even thinking of fermenting some kimchi at home in the near future. So a couple weeks ago, when Rob was out of town on business, I knew it was my chance … Read the rest of the post

New Vegan Lunch Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Wrap with Homemade BBQ Sauce

And here we are, entering the time of the year after the Superbowl. Personally, I don’t even care much about football, but living in Seattle area it was hard not to get under the influence of thousands of people rooting for the Seahawks. Oh well, they didn’t win this time, but losing gives us plenty of opportunity to learn a few lessons and come out wiser from the experience. Today I’d like to share a simple recipe I recently came up with while looking around for ideas of what to make for a casual Sunday lunch. Wraps often come in handy because I can wrap just about anything in a tortilla, and the wrap will taste just fine. I was trying to do something different this time, and here’s how the Barbecue Portobello Wrap was born. The beauty of this wrap is that it requires only a handful of ingredients, … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Sandwich with Roasted Rosemary Fries

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

5 Easy and Healthy Vegan Office Lunches

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. 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 lunch, and faced the necessity of planning out my meals and snacks for the … Read the rest of the post

Awesome Asian-Style Cabbage Slaw Recipe with Rockstar Peanut Sauce

You’re in for a treat today! I finally decided to post the recipe for one of my favorite side dishes – Asian Slaw with Rockstar Peanut Sauce. Okay, the name might sound kinda cheesy, but this stuff is too tasty to be called anything but Rockstar. I could literally make this slaw every week if there weren’t any other recipes to make! I mean, if my cabbage-disliking husband polishes off a bowl of this slaw and then goes for seconds, that says a lot! The Rockstar Peanut Sauce makes this slaw plate-licking delicious – literally, as I might have been seen licking my salad plate and my fingers after eating this before! The secret of the sauce is in combination of my homemade peanut butter and light miso paste. In case this combo sounds strange to you, just take my word for it: it’s one of the most genius food pairings ever! … Read the rest of the post

10 Quick and Easy Plant-Based Meal Ideas for When You’re Short on Time

Ask just about anyone what keeps them from switching to a plant-based/vegan/healthier diet, and one of the most common answers (besides ‘I love my cheese/bacon too much’) is likely going to be, ‘I just don’t have the time to make those elaborate meals’. Okay, I understand that making a fresh, wholesome plant-based dinner every night sounds like too much work, especially if your schedule runs crazy, you work long hours, you’ve got kids, etc. So today I’ve made a list of 10 meal ideas that will show you how to have a quick and healthy homemade meal even when you’re pressed for time. Nothing fancy or complicated, just 10 meals that’ll keep you from making a bad decision even when all else fails. Staying on track with your plant-based diet has never been easier – after all, where there is a will, there is a way, right? 10 Easy Plant-Based … Read the rest of the post

It’s Veggie Burger Time! Chickpea and Sweet Potato Burger Recipe

Ahh, the elusive Holy Grail of the perfect vegan burger… I’ve searched for you far and wide by making other people’s recipes and even experimenting myself a few times, but you just seem to laugh in my face and keep fleeing… …Until the other day it hit me: while it’s unlikely that a perfect vegan burger exists (I’m not talking about the store-bought burgers of the mystery-fake-meat variety), there’s no need to be sad. In fact, it’s a blessing to all of us plantivores – meat eaters munch on the same exact thing over and over, but we get to experiment with dozens of varieties of delicious, healthy veggie patties from all over the blogosphere! Heck, we could eat a different type of veggie burger every single day for months if we wanted! On this note, I bring to you my latest invention – the Chickpea and Sweet Potato Burger: I’ve … 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

Warm Potato Salad with Spinach and Chickpeas

I make it no secret that potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables: I cook them in different ways a few times a week, and I’ve featured a number of recipes with potatoes on my blog in the past. Today’s recipe for a warm potato salad is very easy to make, requires only one pan (less cleanup!), and is almost impossible to mess up! As you see, this is not your typical potato salad with mayo and not much else that’s usually served at barbecues and picnics. In this recipe, potatoes are cooked with the rest of the ingredients on a hot skillet, and there’s no need to add any dressing at the end because the combination of fresh rosemary, basil and other spices brings all of the flavors together very nicely. I’ve been making a version of this potato salad for a few years, usually as a side for eggs before … Read the rest of the post