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

Veggie-Loaded Quesadillas (No Cheese!) and Easy Guacamole Recipe

I might be having an affair with foods that have the words ‘Veggie-Loaded’ in their name: Veggie-Loaded No-Cheese Quesadillas today, Veggie-Loaded Enchiladas a few weeks ago… Well, that’s what plant-based food is all about for me – the more vegetables, the merrier! I’m still amazed sometimes at how easy it is to sneak even more vegetables into an already healthy, vegetable-based recipe. The idea for these no-cheese quesadillas came from Preety’s Kitchen blog. Preety has a lot of traditional Indian recipes on her blog, but her quesadillas were influenced by Tex-Mex flavors. I liked the idea of using hummus and refried beans on the same tortilla, but decided to try sneaking in even more vegetables, and then finishing off the assembled quesadillas on an open-fire grill (you can grill them on a dry pan on your stovetop instead if you don’t want to mess with an outside grill). I had some basic … Read the rest of the post

Three Bean Barley Chili

Chili is supposed to be a wintertime meal, a perfect dish for those long, dark evenings when you’re all cozy on the couch with a hot steaming bowl of this velvety goodness … Well, I’ve never been a fan of limiting deliciousness, so why not give it a try in the summer? I first read about the idea of adding a hearty grain to a vegan chili recipe in Scott Jurek’s book, Eat and Run. In the book, Scott admits to never having liked chili before until he tried a chili recipe with grains. According to Scott, they can give a vegan chili that heartiness that meat chilis have. He provides a recipe that he calls Minnesota Winter Chili and suggests using bulgur wheat along with beans and other ingredients. I’ve had my own chili recipe for a few years when I was still eating meat. It always came out perfect … Read the rest of the post

The beginning of a beautiful journey

So this is where it all starts: I’ve finally gathered all my courage and decided to start a blog on what I’m truly passionate these days, namely eating the vegan way and running. I’ve read so many awesome articles on all kind of blogs devoted to veganism/plant-based nutrition/nutritarian approach, watched numerous videos and documentaries on the subject, etc – that about two months ago (in May 2013) I finally ditched eating meat as well as almost all dairy (only when I go out to eat, and there’s no dairy-free option on the menu – I’m still working on it though!). There are many opinions on whether or not eating the vegan way is beneficial to us humans, and I’ve become convinced that this is THE WAY for me after watching the now famous documentary Forks Over Knives and reading the incredibly inspiring books Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat And Run by … Read the rest of the post