Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

It tastes like chicken…vegan meat?!

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Jessica and I have visited one or two different vegetarian/vegan/raw vegan restaurants and it seems to be a general theme (although not so much in raw vegan) that dishes revolve around a meat substitute rather than letting the cuisine shine on its own.

Do you have an opinion on this? Are you vegetarian or vegan?

Please let us know what you think about meat substitutes, and also if you have a favorite variety/brand. I’d love to experiment more with this idea, especially if it means adding even more vegetarian meals into my diet.

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April 27, 2011

Vegan on the Run

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Yesterday I needed something substantial for lunch, and since I decided this last minute, I ran out to the health food store near my job and took a peek around the freezer section. I wanted something quick, healthy and filling.

I found two items that fit into my diet, were gluten-free and vegan: Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie and Kettle Cuisine’s Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup. Both are organic, vegan, gluten-free and 150 calories or less.

As I’d never tried either of these before, I thought I’d do a short review for our readers and take a few photos (please excuse the quality, my iPhone was the only option for photography).

Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie  

150 Calories, 3g of Fat, 590 mg Sodium, 27g Carbohydrate, 4g Dietary Fiber, 2g Sugars, 5g Protein

Bottom line, this is filling and has decent texture/flavor for a frozen product. A thick vegetable stew topped with a polenta-like mash, for the amount of calories this really is a viable lunch option that is great for on the go.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give it three carrots. It’s good, not amazing, but I’d eat it again when looking for a quick healthy lunch.

 

Kettle Cuisine Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

100 Calories, 3g of Fat, 410 mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrate, 5g Dietary Fiber, 9g Sugars, 1g Protein

I’m not good with spicy food, and when I bought this I didn’t think of the coriander. Therefore, anyone with a taste for heat may like this soup a lot better than I did. The soup itself is thick once you stir it and has a nice flavor, but the heat from the coriander overwhelmed me. It took two glasses of water in the middle just to continue eating it. But I did like the carrot flavor and it tasted very fresh, unlike many frozen meals.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give this one three carrots, as well. Even though I personally would not purchase this again, it was not due to quality. My personal tastes just cannot handle the amount of spiciness this little soup packs!

Overview

The whole meal, for 250 calories, is filling and satisfying. Being a completely vegan meal (and me being an omnivore), this is a huge accomplishment for both brands. I really enjoy the quality that both Amy’s and Kettle Cuisine have upheld, and will continue to purchase their products.

Plus, each one was only $3.49 at my local health food store, so great on price, as well!

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Tell us! What are your favorite veg/vegan frozen meals?

April 26, 2011

To the Moon for Luna

by jem614

Look what I got in the mail today!!  Luna Bars have been a vital part of my running routine for the last two years.  They provide the needed burst of energy when I’m wiped out after a long run (or before).  If I’m in Whole Foods, I make a beeline for the isle with Luna Bars.  I registered with them to learn about upcoming products and they have been faithful about sending me info and samples so I just wanted to to send a shout-out to them and say thank you for caring for your consumers! 🙂

Luna bars nutritional info can be found here www.lunabar.com, they are “Entirely Natural and Gluten Free”! Luna is also involved with humanitarian causes as well as promoting the health of women through exercise.  They are a fantastic company.  They get 4 Carrots!

April 21, 2011

Vegan Marshmallow Peeps

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I recently discovered that marshmallows are not vegetarian, much less vegan. I knew that gelatin was an animal-based product, but being the oblivious omnivore that I once was, I never put much thought into it. So today, while munching on a purple Peep and telling Jessica about the exploding-Peep-in-a-microwave trick, I started pondering marshmallows.

I did a quick Google search and found various vegan marshmallow recipes (which we are hoping to test out for you in the very near future). But what I didn’t expect to see is an actual vegan Peep pre-made. A company called Sweet & Sara, based in New York, makes 100% vegan marshmallow products. From simple marshmallows to s’mores to our beloved Easter treat, the sugar-coated Peep.

I’m sad to say that it appears I’m too late to purchase any vegan Peeps this year, as they seem to have disappeared from Sweet & Sara’s website, but I’m looking forward to trying some of their other products. I will definitely be coming back to their site (or trying to find a retailer here in South Florida) to do a proper review of their products later on.

For now, my traditional Peep will have to do, but soon I’ll be digging into some cruelty-free marshmallows.

 Sweet & Sara

http://sweetandsara.com/

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April 20, 2011

Spinach and Israeli Couscous

by jem614

Spinach has been revered since the days of Popeye (and most likely before that but that’s as far back as I can remember) as a wonder vege.  My husband even loves spinach but it’s usually fried in oil and joined with chicken and onions.  On the healthier side, spinach can be combined with many things to make a healthy, nutritious, meal.
Last night, before my “Insanity” workout, I combined Spinach and Israeli Couscous for a yummy pre-workout meal.  The great part is that Spinach has a bundle of great things like carbohydrates, protein and fiber.  This is a triple threat and combined with a low caloric content, it really can’t be beat (except maybe by Kale but I only use Kale in my green smoothies).
Israeli couscous also has some great health qualities, providing great carbohydrates and it’s high in fiber and other nutrients.

Israeli Couscous and Spinach
Makes between 2-3 Servings depending on Serving Size 

1 Cup Israeli Couscous
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Sprinkle of Sea Salt to taste
1 Vege Bouillon Cube (amazing addition to any meal)
Cover and put over medium heat- watch it because it cooks quickly. 

Spinach-
In saucepan place one teaspoon of olive oil.
Add a bit of water to the bottom unless you’re using frozen spinach.  You don’t want it to fry, the oil is just to taste.
Place 1 Clove of diced garlic in the oil
Add 1/2 a small onion
1 Package of Fresh or Frozen spinach
On medium heat, stir
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Combine with the couscous when it’s done and enjoy! 


April 18, 2011

The Apartment Farmer

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Eating locally is an amazing step towards a fresher, healthier and more sustainable way of life, for yourself and your community. With that in mind, what could be more local than your own balcony? I personally am a city-dweller, living right in the midst of a sea of high-rises, a true concrete jungle. However my surroundings have not hindered me from cultivating a thriving kitchen garden, while small, baring the fruits of many plants. All you need is a sunny spot, a way to irrigate (whether that be a fancy watering system or just a simple watering can) and lots of patience. I change my garden every season, planting new and exotic plants to keep me entertained. But even just a bit of green and a sprinkling flowers will brighten your mood and home. When shopping for plants, be sure to read the labels for the proper sunlight recommendations (full sun, partial sun, full shade) and choose dwarf varieties of larger plants to maximize space on your balcony. I haven’t yet been able to get one, however I would love a dwarf lime or lemon tree. The scent of the leaves is intoxicating, and the dwarf variety can easily be grown in a container. I’ve included some photos of my past endeavors in my little piece of jungle. Feel free to comment below if you need help cultivating your own kitchen garden.

April 18, 2011

Pizza Cravings…

by jem614

Hi all you crazy veggie people! It’s Jess, I have been craving pizza the last few weeks. I did give in to a Amy’s pizza this weekend but our store doesn’t have the Amy’s with vegan cheese yet so I kind of cheated.

Anyway, I love the sprouted wheat tortillas so made up my own very simple recipe-

Sprouted wheat tortillas get hard quickly so make sure the cheese is not super cold when you make this.

Ingredients:

Organic Tomato Sauce plain (if you live in Miami, you can find this at Publix but I’m sure Whole Foods carries it too and it’s like .79 cents a can)
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat tortillas
Daiya Cheese (melts soooo good)
Oregano, Sea Salt and pepper
1 Sausage link from Tofurky (I just learned that Tofurky actually makes their own pizzas! wow!)
1 tsp Olive oil
Green/black Olives

Directions:

Season the tomato sauce with the oregano, salt and pepper.
Spread a thin layer of olive oil on top of the sprouted grain tortilla and then spread the sauce on top.  Cut the olives in half and sprinkle on top.
Grill the cut-up tofurky sausage ahead of time till it’s nice and crispy and then place on top of the tomato sauce.  On top of that, place the daiya cheese.
Put in the oven on low heat so you don’t make the tortilla too hard (they get toasted fast so be careful)
Eat & enjoy – less fat, better for you!
You can put any topping you want but remember that you’re not heating for too long so don’t put anything on top that needs to be cooked- onions could be grilled with the tofurky sausage if you like them but do it ahead of time otherwise they will be crispy and too fresh (unless you like that sort of thing).

April 15, 2011

Our Mantra

by ashley

We are a dynamic duo, work colleagues by day and experimental chefs by night. Jessica is our resident committed vegetarian, while I (Ashley) am just a curious omnivore. We are willing to try anything once – even if that means testing the putrid “miracle noodles” that have become the recent craze. We are going to do all the research for you, our beloved readers and friends.

The idea is simple: find recipes, products and trends that make your healthy, yet hectic, lifestyle easier.  We will be testing vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan recipes and products, rating them on a scale from one to five.

If you have something you’d like us to test, send us an e-mail at vegontherun@yahoo.com or tweet us @vegontherun

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