Yesterday, I revisited several “On the Run” highlights from the first six months of Vegan on the Run. Since at the heart of each and every one of my days is plant-based cuisine, today I’ve decided to revisit the recipes that I’ve shared thus far. And so, I present to you a visual recap of the spread of vegan eats and drinks I’ve included on the blog since its launch date.
Intrigued by any of the dishes below? Simply click on a photo and it will take you to the appropriate blog post—complete with ingredients, directions, health perks and more.
When I’m asked, “Do you want to do brunch?” my immediate thought is, “Is there anything for me to eat there (aside from a fruit cup)?”
Truthfully, while I typically abide by a “You can take me (almost) anywhere” mantra, brunch can be a tough one for vegans. But when it’s on, it’s on. In recent months, I’ve enjoyed some standout vegan brunches across the Southeast states—brunches too good not to share.
With the exception of End of the Line’s $15 all-star, three-course brunch (that I most recently indulged upon this past Sunday with my mom), all of these platefuls came in under ten dollars a pop. For this reason, I will go ahead and refer to the following selections as vegan brunchin’ like a boss on a budget.
Whether you are planning to stay in for brunch, or dine out this coming weekend, here’s a little vegan brunch inspiration to get your mouth watering.
Brunchin’ in Pensacola — End of the Line Café
Brunch Hours: Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST
On My Plate: Brunch of the Day–tofu eggs benny florentine with hollandaise and grape tomato-basil relish over black-eyed peas and yellow grits, served with a spring salad; Not Pictured: roasted red pepper bisque; peach cobbler with vanilla cream and toasted almonds
Selling Points: Although open for lunch and dinner throughout the remainder of the week, Sunday brunch is one of this vegan café’s most notable features. The following excerpt from a write-up I did last year for Inweekly’s Best of the Coast awards sums up my sentiments toward this rave-worthy hole in the wall: “Multi-course weekly spectaculars, tempeh anyway you could dream it up, made to order cashew cheese to take home with you—and that’s only the half of it. Over the course of the past decade, Jen Knight-Shoemaker, owner of End of the Line Café has transformed her coffee shop into a full-fledged, bright, shining, organic, locally-sourced, powerhouse of a vegan restaurant, coffee bar and art space. Yes, it really is quite a mouthful! And a tasty one at that.” Owner Knight-Shoemaker also contributed to a cover story I wrote for the paper last November during World Vegan Month, titled “V is for Vegan.”
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.
I grew up loving breakfast for dinner. At the time, it felt a bit like living on the edge. As an adult, I must confess I still feel slightly rebellious indulging on tofu scrambles at night. Perhaps that’s why I love doing so. Either way, this simple and easy tofu scramble recipe is a 10-15 minute quick fix that easily serves two parties, two bowls full.
Tomorrow (Thursday, March 20) marks the first day of spring. It also marks the internationally recognized Meatout Day. Participants from around the world have pledged to eat vegan on this day, in honor of animals, the planet, and individual health. The goal is to share the benefits and joy of a plant-based diet, and promote the widespread availability and expansive selection of alternatives to meat and dairy.
In my early 20s, during my five year stint of working for Starbucks, they launched the perfect oatmeal, or so it was labeled. It was here I began to see value in this wonder porridge—value I failed to see as a child, unless this value involved having a spoonful of oatmeal with an entire bowl of brown sugar. In between mixing it up for customers, I began to occasionally welcome oatmeal into my life (generous amounts of brown sugar and dried fruit included). Still, shamefully enough, I primarily remained someone who, on most days, swore by iced coffee as fuel of choice. I continued to miss the point. And in turn, I continued to miss out on the value of breakfast.
I’ve recently come to fully understand not only the value in oatmeal, but the value in breakfast, and the damage I was causing my body and mind by skipping out on what I now recognize as the most vital meal of the day. Just over two months into my newfound love for breakfast, I can already say that it has changed my life, or at least my outlook and energy level throughout the entire day at stake. And as for my breakfast of choice? That was an easy one. Yep, you guessed it—oatmeal! At the beginning of 2014 I made a pact to eat a bowl every morning to accompany my cup of coffee and glass of water. I am pleased to report that I have honored this pact 90 percent of mornings to date. In fact, oatmeal has become such a part of my daily ritual, if I don’t have a bowl of oats to start my day, things feel off. My morning oatmeal energizes me without sitting heavily and weighing me down. This oatmeal offers plenty of fiber, and keeps the blood readily flowing, and the heart pumping strong. Plus it aids in stabilizing blood sugar, and helps keep cholesterol levels in check, making it an all around morning win. Still, perhaps the best part about oatmeal (aside from the pleasure of eating it) is that making the perfect bowl is literally as easy as one, two, three, which is a bonus if you are like me, and are not naturally a morning person.
Whether you are nursing a parade hangover, looking for something to leisurely sip during your Sunday fun day, or perhaps even something that can serve as the perfect recovery drink after logging some weekend miles on foot or bike, these purple and green Mardi Gras inspired smoothies will keep you going strong. If you are in the mood for a subtle burst of berries, Purple-ish ‘Drank’ is light enough to be sipped as a sidekick to your meal, yet nutritionally dense enough to stand alone, or act as a post-workout replenisher. On the other hand, if you are seeking a heavier, energizing boost, Green Powerhouse is packed with greens and peanut butter that will leave you feeling ready to get out there and catch more beads, and maybe even take on the world, or at least the work week ahead. Don’t worry, if you can’t decide between the two, you can always do a little bit of double-fisting. No judgement here.