Archives For May 2014

Everyone has those childhood dishes that are forever inscribed in their memories. Thankfully enough, my mom has eagerly veganized a couple of my own childhood favorites over the years so we can continue to enjoy them. This weekend, she brought two of these classics back in one delightfully filling evening ensemble.

Rotel Dip

The first is a dish that not only centers around Rotel Dip, but includes my favorite childhood vegetable, green beans, along with yellow rice. I’m not sure what originally inspired my mom to combine these three entities into one dish, but it’s certainly a favored entrée that has withstood the test of time. My mom brings out this dish when requested for special occasions, in this case, the extended holiday weekend that just passed. Rather than the traditional version of Rotel Dip, requiring Velveeta cheese and Jimmy Dean Sausage, simple swaps of vegan cheese and vegan sausage can be made to reinvent this classic in plant-based fashion.

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Ah, music festivals. The prime spot to see flower wreath headbands by the thousands, and the youth of America running a total muck. Yes, festivals make for a surreal experience filled with nonstop people watching, fashion trends I can’t possibly pretend to understand, vegan food (if you’re lucky), and peculiar things on sticks (i.e. horse heads).

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As the summer heat and Florida humidity have been steadily on the rise as of late, I’ve been especially craving food that is what I consider to be stripped down, light and airy. Yesterday afternoon, I found myself dreaming of lettuce wraps. I have no clue what inspired this day dream of mine since it’s been quite awhile since I’ve munched on lettuce wraps, but it was pretty vivid. Minutes later I opened the fridge to figure out what I was going to eat after yoga, and lo and behold, our neighbor had given us a giant bag of green leaf lettuce. Clearly lettuce wraps were meant to be.

Lettuce wraps offer a great way to get some added roughage in your diet, and are an alternative to tortillas. While lettuce on its own may seem a bit boring or bland, I find wrapping food in lettuce to be nothing short of entertaining. Just like with tacos, you can literally wrap anything into a piece of lettuce.

For some lettuce wrapping inspiration, here is a quick look at how I rolled last night.

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Mum’s The Word

May 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Between my marathon trip to Nashville with my mom just two weeks ago, and Mother’s Day Sunday, “Mum” has certainly been the word lately.

With the launch of Vegan on the Run, and marathon training, I’ve spent ample time since the beginning of the year reflecting on two arenas my mom has been (and continues to be) highly impactful, and two appreciations that we share—running and food.

During marathon training, my mom encouraged me every step of the way, all the way to the finish line. When I found myself battling doubts leading up to the race, she was quick to call me out, set me straight and eagerly share her own marathon trials and stories. She reminded me that although running the marathon was something I really wanted, it wasn’t the thing I wanted more than everything else in my entire life. She reminded me there were other things I wanted and had invested myself in, urging me to keep in mind that it’s all part of the never-ending balancing act.

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Although it still seems surreal, exactly a week ago today, I was running my first full marathonthe St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee.

“You ran a marathon today!” yelled a lady in the crowd, while jumping up and down and pointing her finger at me as I was running down the final hill, and making the turn to approach the finish line. “Trust The Struggle” read loud and clear on my wrist, as I sprinted my way to the finish.

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