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This past weekend was the first weekend I’ve been back at home in awhile without some sort of major happening taking place, which meant ample downtime after playing catch up for a few days.

For a delayed birthday celebration Saturday evening, my mom and I enjoyed an evening of grilling on her best friend’s deck overlooking Pensacola Bay. During the summer months my body especially craves lighter meals, which urges me to really focus on clean eating. Once it cools off a bit and gets slightly more tolerable outside in the evening hours, firing up the grill offers a festive way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Our vegetable features for Saturday evening consisted of grilled Portobello mushrooms, zucchini and onions. For a simple marinade, these veggies were brushed with a blend of garlic, salt, pepper and basil in Walnut EVOO.

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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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What do you cook when you are visiting someone afar and working out of a foreign kitchen that is less than stocked with any bare necessities, much less extra goodies, and you’ve volunteered to prepare a vegan dinner for a group of four that has quickly grown to be seven? I just so happened to be greeted with this welcomed scenario Monday night, in St. Augustine. The result appeared as follows.

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No dinner party is complete without a log of cream cheese with juicy jam on top. So why not make it vegan, and take the opportunity to blow a few minds while you’re at it? If you’re party-bound and looking to bring an appetizer along with you that is delightfully sweet and spicy, and takes virtually no time and effort to prepare, this cream “cheese” with a kick just might be the one for you.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 container of original Tofutti (or other vegan) cream “cheese”
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. of jam (Raspberry recommended)
  • ½ – 1 tsp. prepared Horseradish

DIRECTIONS

Mix jam with desired amount of horseradish. Pour atop cream “cheese” in your dish of choice. Serve with your favorite crackers.

This appetizer is recommended for an evening of wining and dining with friends, a potluck, or even a family reunion. It pairs well with any cracker, and no garnishing is necessary. Just be sure to have an extra container of cream “cheese” on hand because this one goes fast.

Nothing adds a touch of spring to a salad, like strawberries. Although I enjoy slicing up these reds and pairing them with spinach on a regular basis, I also enjoy changing things up and mixing them with one of my favorite foods—quinoa, which also happens to be a wonder seed of goodness.

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