Saturday, December 29, 2012

My dinner with Will Travel For Vegan Food at Shojin

Okay, I have to admit that its been a while since I've been to the best sushi spot in Los Angeles...don't pretend you don't know I'm talking about Shojin. :-) Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to munch on some Shojin cuisine with Kristin, and chat about her travels. For those that don't know, Kristin, from  Will Travel For Vegan Food has been driving cross country, making pit stops at every vegan food place in sight. I first heard about Kristin's journey last year when I saw her kick starter campaign promoting her trip and I've been following her travels ever since. With her pimped out Chevy van, named Gerty, Kristin has been sharing on her blog, the most incredible vegan eats from New York to Los Angeles...and a few surprise stops in Hawaii, Canada, and Europe. It was such a pleasure getting to meet her and share such a yummy dinner. I must admit I was a little intimidated to eat with someone who's had just about every vegan dish out there. I felt like I was eating with a very fancy vegan food critic. But, Kristin was a very nice and down to earth cool chick, who just so happens to travel and eat tons of vegan food for a living. It was nice to share in a little bit of a happy food dance when we were served our delicious Shojin rolls, because let's face it, it's no fun dancing alone. ;-) Check out Kristin's website for all the cool spots she's been to and check out the pics below to see the always delicious Shojin grub we ate. I have found a new favorite roll there that I can't stop thinking about! Must return soon. :-)
Spicy Shiso tempura

Seitan strips

Dynamite roll. My fave!

Purple Treasure roll. 

Pirates of the Crunchy roll. My new fave! 

I ordered the Spicy Miso Ramen for my entree. Also my fave!

Kristin ordered the Seitan Steak with garlic herb butter, brown rice, and veggies. 

Me with Kristin. I was sporting my Vegan, What? shirt if you can't tell. :-) 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Since the Thanksgiving Holiday is officially over, I guess I can post the lovely meal I got to enjoy. All the yummy food you see was prepared by my mom, except for the squash and the gardein roast. 

Roasted Butternut squash with earth balance and cinnamon.

My first time trying Gardein Roast.

On this plate I have some roasted squash, asparagus, mushroom stuffing with veggie gravy, collard greens, and potato salad.

This gardein roast was pretty yummy. 

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Salad Fuel!

Lunch: Mixed greens, herbs, spinach, kale, avocado, tomatoes, red onions, a little quinoa, garbanzo beans, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, and apple cider vinegar. Love fueling my body on workout days with a big salad. :-) 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 27! Burgers & Sauteed Asparagus!

Sad to say, but this is the last day for VeganMoFo (Vegan Month of Food). Despite missing a few days due to sickness, I think I had a pretty good run. :-) And, what better way to go out than with veggie burgers!!! I love Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers. It almost feels like you can taste the veggies inside. I layered this bad boy with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and daiya vegan cheese. I paired it with sauteed asparagus, mushrooms, and shallots. Yum!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 26! Kale Chips!

I love this kale chip recipe because it's as close to the Alive and Radiant kale chips brand that I can get to without breaking the bank. Kale chips are such an amazing snack and are so much healthier for you than regular chips. 

1 1/2 cup of soaked cashews
1/4 red bell pepper
1 whole lemon squeezed
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
3-4 tbs of water

Blend until creamy and then pour over you rinsed and cut up pieces of kale. Dehydrate for about 10-14 hours (depending on your dehydrator)

Here's the video: 

For the batch below I cut the recipe in half, because I didn't have as much kale as I usually do.

Monday, October 29, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 25! Beyond Meat with Brown Rice & Beans!

Today is Day 1 of getting back on track with my fitness routine. I'm so glad to be done with that stupid cold that held me back for that week and a half and threw my whole workout schedule off. There's nothing worse than having to start all over again when you just started an intense program. Trust me, I went through this when I was in the midst of the wildly popular Insanity program. But, I know I can do this so I'm pressing forward and giving Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer program, my full effort. Here's what I ate today to keep my body fueled:

Tofu scramble & Coffee for breakfast.

Perfect Fit Protein & Chocolate Zico post workout.

Soaked almonds, strawberries, and bananas with peanut butter  for snack.

Yay! So happy I snatched this up! It's a big bag of Beyond Meat. The Whole Foods close to my church sold this to me, which was great because the last Whole Foods I went to would only sell it to me through their marinated Beyond Meat salad. 

Beyond Meat Chick'n Salad with mixed greens, kale, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, raw zucchini, chia seeds, hemp seeds and topped with squeezed lemon, apple cider vinegar, and a little maple syrup. 

Raw bites for afternoon snack. 

Dinner was layered with brown rice, beyond meat, red beans, avocado,  and salsa with a side of steamed broccoli. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 24! Z-Pizza & Some Good Wine!

Tonight we had some good wine from BevMo and a yummy pizza and salad from Z Pizza. We ordered the Berkeley Vegan Pizza, which is the only vegan pizza they have, but it's quite good so I don't complain. I love a salad with avocado so I was more than happy to gobble it up. I also added some kale to mine and scooped off the olives and placed them on my husband's pizza slices, since I can stand olives and he seems to love them. I grabbed a bottle of Riesling from BevMo and couldn't bother to wait for it to chill so I just dropped in some ice cubes and had some with dinner. Stuffed and ready for bed! :-)

Friday, October 26, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 23! Yummy Cupcakes!

Who love cupcakes??? I do! I do! If you haven't checked out my previous post about Yummy Cupcakes, you should click the! First Yummy Cupcakes Post

Yummy Cupcakes usually has about 2 to 3 vegan selections everyday. I wish they were a full vegan cupcake bakery, because they have such interesting and yummy sounding flavors. Unfortunately, they've been slacking my favorite flavor, Peanut Butter Chocolate, so I haven't been hitting them up as often. But, I guess in some ways that's a good thing for my Anyways, they had it today, so I had to make a quick pit stop and snatch up some goodies. Check them out! :-)

My favorite one! Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcake.

Vegan Vanilla, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Oreo Chocolate Cupcakes. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 22! Beyond Meat!

Have you tried Beyond Meat yet? I've been waiting and waiting for the stuff to finally hit Southern California and it finally has. Woo Hoo! Beyond Meat is a great new meat substitute. And for those of you that are into products like Gardein, you're going to love this. Now, meat substitutes aren't for everyone but for transitioning vegans this will be great for when you feel like you're missing out. Serve this to some of your curious friends and I bet that you could fool most of them with Beyond Meat. Not only is Beyond Meat vegan, but it's also full of protein (19 grams per serving), no saturated fat (like real meat), no cholesterol, and gluten free! Check out their site and see if they're in your area. :-)

I had my Beyond Meat Sesame Chick'n Salad with some brown rice. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Afternoon Snack!

Just a little afternoon snack for today:

Apples sprinkled with cinnamon and a nice blob of peanut butter. :-)

VeganMoFo Day 21! Vegan Protein & Protein Shaker!

Yay! I got my protein shaker in the mail and they sent me some great samples. I ordered last week before I got sick and now I'm so excited to be able to start using it after I get back to the gym on the regular. I've used it once so far and it mixes great! The mixing ball inside gets all the protein all nice and mixed up with no chunks of protein leftover. I was pleasantly surprised at the free samples I got. I love Sun Warrior Protein. It was definitely a staple in my house before I switched over to Tone It Up's organic protein. I'm really excited to try the Vega One and Plant Fusion shakes and protein because I've heard so much about them. Next week, it's on! Back to working out and building some plant power muscles! :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 20! Amy's Vegan Pizza!

There's nothing better than a hot cheesy pizza with extra sauce. Since Domino's hasn't stepped up its game yet with getting into the vegan pizza game and I don't live close by to receive delivery from my fave vegan pizza shops, it's always nice to know that you can find great frozen pizza from your local Whole Foods. I've tried Tofurky Pizza, but I have to admit that Amy's Vegan Pizza has them beat. It has just the right amount of daiya cheese, plenty of sauce, and yummy crust. This was definitely the perfect treat. :-)

I added a little parsley on top. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 19! Sickly Vegan!

Soup! That's what I've been eating everyday since last Wednesday. Yes, this vegan has been sick the past few days peeps. It started Sunday night with my hubby getting a sore throat. Monday, he was full on sick mode and I swooped in to take care of him and tried my best to maintain my own health since I was starting a new fitness program. Unfortunately, Tuesday night, the sore throat crept up and on Wednesday, I was knocked completely out by the sick bug. So, after only two days of a workout program, I had to quit...for now. Man, it's been awful!lol I hate not working out. I mean, as much as I hate working out, I love how my body feels when I'm in shape. So, all I was left with from my two days of hard core weight training was a cold and sore bones...awful. But, nothing makes you feel better than a hot bowl of soup. I've been eating mostly canned vegetable soup but Saturday, I dragged my coughing body to Lotus Vegan to get some of their delicious Veggie Soup.Yum! I made sure I got two large containers to hold me both Saturday and Sunday. I am feeling much better today so I can't to start eating other foods get back to weight training. :-)

Lotus Vegan Vegetable Soup

Sunday, October 21, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 18! Jackfruit & Chickpea Mini Loaves!

Along with the new workout program I've started they also have some great recipes that you can veganize. One of the recipes is a turkey meatloaf muffin. Since this program is focused on clean eating I knew I didn't want to use a processed meat substitute but I couldn't figure out what I could use instead...then it clicked...Jackfruit! Great meat substitute without all the crazy chemicals and processing. Since jackfruit doesn't have a lot of protein I decided combine it with some chickpea patties I had in the freezer. Here is the link to the original recipe: Besides replacing the meat I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, except I used refrigerated mustard instead of dry,  no celery, and chili powder instead of chipotle pepper. I didn't know if they would be too dry so I added a tiny little bit of a sweet and spicy sauce that I had on hand. The results were better than I expected. I might add a little more sauce next time but these are a great little meal to take on the go.


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