Archive for May, 2012

May 30, 2012

Accidentally Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies! ;)

by jem614

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I say accidentally because these became vegan when I realized I had no eggs or butter in the house.   Thank goodness for Chia Seeds and Vegetable oil!

I found this easy recipe for peanut butter cookies online.  I have modified it quite a bit so I’ll just add the link at the bottom in case you want to try it in it’s original version:

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 C Brown Sugar
Chia Seed – 1/4 C water with teaspoon of chia (soaked)
1/2 C  Vegetable Oil
Pinch of baking Soda
Pinch of baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 1/4 C. Flour
Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs

Blend all your ingredients together (minus the Nibs).  The consistency should not be watery – it should be fairly firm.  Round out a teaspoon full into balls and place on oiled cookie sheet.  Once you have all the balls on the sheet, crosshatch with a fork on each cookie- it should end up looking like tic tac toe.  Then add you little “button” by pressing a CCCNib into the center- it adds a little umph to your cookie.

Place in the oven for about 20 minutes (check at around 12 minutes, each oven is different) at 325 degrees.

You don’t want these to get too brown or they will be hard.

The great thing that I found about these cookies is that the little chia seeds didn’t fully dissolve so it left it with a little crunch in each bite that I absolutely love!

Enjoy responsibly 😉

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May 30, 2012

Vegan Turkey Sub

by jem614

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Sometimes when you go to the store for lunch, you don’t want to eat something that has to be “nuked”.  You want something that tastes fresh and cool and vibrant.  I found this Sub at Nutrition S’mart today and decided to try it to see how it compared to a real Turkey Sub (in my past life, not recently).

Suneen Health Foods is a company based in Pennsylvania that makes vegan products for stores like Nutrition S’mart.  How adorable that they started out as a “pita” bakery!  You might be concerned that something like a Turkey Sandwich is being shipped all the way to Florida (or wherever you reside) but I found it to be quite fresh and tasty.

It doesn’t taste like turkey but it has the same type of consistency- my first bite of the bread was a tiny bit soggy but surprisingly it wasn’t soaked, it had held up very well.  I’m not a big fan of the overstuffed sub (this was a little stuffed) but if you like that sort of thing, this is the sandwich for you.  I couldn’t finish it, it was too much for me and I ended up tossing out the rest of the sub-very filling.

I definitely recommend these for a “chips and sandwich” day or a picnic where others are chowing down on poor defenseless animals (I’m totally kidding).

For more information on Suneen Foods and where you can find their products, go to http://www.sunneen.com/index.html.

May 23, 2012

“Special” Banana Bread

by jem614

My favorite part of baking- the dough 😉

On the way home, I was having a conversation with my mother about a bread recipe I saw on pinterest.  I immediately decided I needed to make some banana bread or I might just faint from hunger.  Not just any banana bread would do though, I needed to “spice” it up.

Fresh out of the oven!

I found a plain recipe online and added some extra  ingredients to make it mouthwateringly delicious, including:  strawberries, crushed roasted and salted almonds, cinamon and oats.
The result? A sweet, crunchy, healthy breakfast (or anytime) bread.
What kind of ingredients spice up your banana bread?

A strawberry banana bite!

May 21, 2012

Chunkie Dunkies Raw Vegan Cookies (Gluten, Sugar & Soy Free, too!)

by ashley

As many of you may already know, one of my favorite pastimes (sad, I know) is roaming my local supermarket aisles in the hopes of finding something fun and new to try. While in Nutrition S’Mart last week, I was lucky enough to happen upon these adorable raw vegan cookies, even more enticing knowing they are made right here in South Florida. Chunkie Dunkies, based in Palm Beach Gardens, is a small business offering several different gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and even sugar-free cookie varieties. Trying to be as healthy as possible in my conquest, I decided to try their Sugar Free Lemon Cream cookies. They are a bit pricey at $6.99 for six small cookies, but I understand that quality ingredients are necessary to make raw vegan cuisine and would buy them again in the future as an occasional treat.

The cookie itself is best served cool and possibly with a glass of almond milk. The texture is fun, albeit a tad dry. The coconut and lemon was a great combination and several co-workers in my office also enjoyed them, including a few omnivores who are certainly not into raw vegan treats. The liquid stevia gives just a hint of sweetness, perfect for a hot summer day.

Chunkie Dunkies are sold in several health food stores throughout South Florida – a full list of locations is on their website at http://www.chunkiedunkies.com/

May 18, 2012

And the winner is….

by ashley

We are happy to announce the winner of our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY, chosen by RANDOM.ORG, is:

 

AMBER GILLESPIE

Amber, please e-mail us within 72 hours at vegontherun at ymail dot com with your address details so we can send your prize!

We are incredibly grateful and humbled by the huge turnout we had for this giveaway – thank you to everyone who took their time to comment and enter. Your readership and comments are what keeps us going, so please continue to check back with us and leave us your thoughts.

Thanks again to everyone and please let us know what you think of the new site design!

May 17, 2012

This Mamma-To-Be Is Drinking Her Chia

by jem614

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In search of some quick energy this morning, I ran over to Nutrition Smart to get some lunch and a drink.  I have seen these fun chia infused drinks for a while but they suggested that pregnant women get advice from a doctor before consuming.  What?? For a natural drink?  Apparently it had herbs that weren’t recommended for me so I’ve been avoiding them.

Until today!  I found this wonderful “Mamma Chia” drink that just has a few ingredients and none that are harmful to me or my baby.  It’s so much fun to drink, it’s like eating watery jello (minus the animal bones) with little seeds in it.  It tastes refreshingly delicious and it is nutritious for you.  Drinking this gives you: protein, fiber, calcium and even some iron.

The next time you’re at Whole Foods, Nutrition S’mart or another local health food store, please look for these and try them out.  I am convinced this will now be my go-to treat for a pick-me-up!

For more information on this amazing drink, go to http://www.mammachia.com/.  Drink up!

May 9, 2012

CLOSED: The Great ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY Giveaway!

by ashley

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THIS AFTERNOON! 

Hello lovely veggies!

I know that we have been a bit neglectful of you in the past few weeks – but know that we have been working very hard behind the scenes to create an all new experience just for you!

And now that it is here for you to see with your own eyes, we’d like to introduce our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY!

We are hand crafting a package of scrumptious delights – a package of our most favorite vegetarian and vegan products. This is going to be the most exciting prize we’ve given away yet!

So here are the rules for winning this awesome prize:

  1. Comment below answering this question: “What vegetarian/vegan/organic product has changed your life?
  2. Like us on Facebook

Earn additional entries by:

  1. Re-Tweet our Contest Link on Twitter (@VegOnTheRun)
CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 18th 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

Thank you for being such loyal fans over the past year! We have had a great first year and are looking forward to what the next few have in store for Veg On The Run!

May 7, 2012

Candle Cafe Frozen Entrees

by jem614

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I am saddened by the fact that California and New York seem to be the only places where you can find a vegan restaurant around every corner.  Thankfully, Candle Cafe has outdone themselves and packaged up their delicious meals for us to purchase at Whole Foods so we can bring their dinners home (or to the office).

The Tofu Spinach Ravioli is creamy and tasty, the only negative in my mind is that there aren’t enough to make a filling dinner!! I love the ravioli’s and want to try to make them on my own.  My biggest struggle with making pasta is that I always make it too thick.  Ashley is the pasta queen so maybe someday I can talk her into making some for me! 😉

These dinners are a little pricey at about $5 1/2 each but worth it every once in a while.  Hope you enjoy!

http://www.candlecafefoods.com/prod-tofu-spinach.php

May 5, 2012

Sparkling Cucumber Water

by jem614

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By Jessica Michael
If you’re looking to refresh yourself with a zero calorie drink this summer, check out these sparkling beverages from R.W. Knudsen.  Several flavors are available including my favorite, blueberry.  However,  if you’re looking for something sweet, look elsewhere because these are more of an “essence ” than juice flavor.  Who wants to be bogged down by tons of sugar and other flavoring?  We just want the fizz and the hint of fruits!

Way to go R.W. Knudsen!

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