Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Saturday was Beltane, but I had a busy, fun day with friends — an outdoor birthday gathering for my friend Jen's birthday and Beltane celebration on Zoom with some other friends. So I decided to have my personal Beltane feast on Sunday!
Beltane (aka May Day) is the halfway point between spring equinox and summer solstice, and it's the time to celebrate the Earth's fertility. Where I live, Beltane is the time when temps are finally getting bearable (I hate the cold!), and I can start wearing shorts. I live for shorts season. It's also a time when the garden has been planted, and we're just watering it and waiting for it to grow.
I've been using the Llewelyn's Sabbats Almanac to plan my holiday feasts, so I picked two recipes — neither of which were vegan — and veganized them. This Roasted Beet Salad was my fave of the two!
The recipe called for goat cheese, but I subbed Violife Feta. It was my first time trying it, and it was sooooo good. It really has the same texture and taste as dairy feta! The beets are roasted and coated with a red wine-olive oil vinaigrette. Plus, there are red onions and some tasty salt-and-pepper roasted walnuts. I will make this salad again! I love a well-planned, fancy salad.
I made this Pesto Pasta with Follow Your Heart parm in place of the dairy cheese the recipe called for. I typically make low-oil pestos, but for this one, I used the full half-cup of oil. What a treat! Also, I couldn't find Italian basil this time of year, so I used some Thai basil from the Vietnamese market. They carry it year-round, but it's purple, so my pesto is darker than usual.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Now that most of my friends and I are fully vaccinated, we're having more and more get-togethers, and it's been amazing! My friend Susan invited me over for White Claws and snacks after work last Thursday. It was the first time I'd seen her (except in passing on the Greenline) in a year! She made this lovely snack plate with Miyoko cheeses, vegan deli slices, vegan chicken salad, vegan pepperoni jerky, crackers, grapes, and dark chocolate. We sat on her back porch while her two dogs played in the yard.
As I mentioned yesterday, I've been eating lots of bowls and salads since we returned from camping. Just trying to get some healthy habits back. Here are a couple recent salads. This one has an oil-free vegan Caesar dressing from Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Dressings e-book. Those little puffs are Simple Truth Chickpea Puff Salad Toppers. I love a fun, crunchy salad topper! This also has carrots, tomato, cucumber, green olives, pickled beets, chickpeas, and sunflower sprouts.
This salad has roasted chickpeas (homemade, not the chickpea puffs), broccoli, vegan cheese shreds, bell pepper, carrots, dried cranberries, and cashew ranch.
I've been working on chakra balancing since mid-last year, starting from the root and working my way up. With each chakra I focus on, I make the corresponding chakra soup from Sahara Rose's Eat Feel Fresh cookbook. I'm finally on the crown chakra so I made her Crown Chakra Soup a couple weeks back. This is made with roasted beets and cashews for a creamy borscht-like soup. It's topped with cashew cream.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Since we've returned from camping, I've been trying to get back into my healthy eating habits, so most of my meals have been giant salads and grain/green/bean bowls. Here are a few of the bowls I've been eating!
This one has brown rice, chickpeas, red bell pepper, broccoli, kale, tahini, and coconut aminos. Super simple! I didn't even bother to make a real sauce — just drizzled that tahini and aminos right over the top.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Tonight I've got the last in my Chattanooga camping series! Paul and I took our tiny RV to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for his 41st birthday, and we spent four full days there. Day 4 (Monday) was Paul's birthday, so of course, he got vegan pancakes for breakfast (AGAIN!). The man loves pancakes.
I made a Breakfast Burrito with Just Egg, Gimme Lean sausage, bell pepper, kale, tomato, Daiya cheese, and avocado.
Luckily, he started feeling better shortly after, so we kept our plans to visit Chattanooga Whiskey for a tasting.
And then it was on to birthday dinner! Paul's favorite cuisine is Thai food, so we went to Rain Thai Bistro because we'd heard great things. And it didn't disappoint! We started with some Veggie Spring Rolls.
I ordered Pad See Ew with tofu for my entree. Pad see ew is my usual at Thai restaurants, and I have to say that this may be the best pad see ew I've had!
After dinner, we went back to the campsite and played with rainbow fire powder before going to bed.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Paul and I went to Chattanooga for a camping trip a couple weekends ago to celebrate his 41st birthday! We took our RV and stayed at the Lookout Mountain KOA in Trenton, Georgia, just outside Chattanooga. Last week, I blogged about days one and two, and today, I've got a recap of day three when we visited Rock City. I apologize in advance for all the non-food pics in this post, but Rock City was just so amazing, and I want to share so many pics! But there's food mixed in here too!
On that morning (Sunday), I woke up and had an Everything Bagel Breakfast Sandwich with Just Egg and avocado. I love making fun breakfasts while we camp. We have a little two-burner stove, which is perfect for making my breakfast and Paul's pancakes. He wants pancakes every day!
After my food settled, I went for a little 30-minute run. Sundays are my easy days, but there's nothing easy about running in the mountains. Our campsite was surrounded by hills, and this sign was such a tease when I was halfway up a very long hill.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Paul turned 41 on Monday, so we took a camping trip to Chattanooga, TN, to celebrate! Last year, Paul bought a tiny RV, and we enjoyed taking it out last summer and fall. But then it got too cold to camp! Glad it's spring, and we're back at it! We arrived at the Lookout Mountain KOA (actually in Trenton, GA, about 30 minutes south of Chattanooga) on Friday afternoon. This was our home for four days.