We got our first “snow” of the season today.I know you that live in the more northern states are laughing at me by now We don’t see a lot of snow here in Tennessee very often so we take what we can get. Waking up to our dusting this morning put my dogs in a frenzy. They are very spoiled little dachshunds and they don’t like the cold temps. I tend to spoil them a bit.
They love to be snuggled up on their heated throw and they dare you to move them. They are the funniest little creatures. They are my fur babies and just like any mom I like to spoil them. I have been known to give them special meals quite often. I will chop up carrots and peas and throw them into their dogfood with some vegetable broth.They are happy little campers.They love carrots , apples and countless other pieces of veggies that may drop on the floor during my cooking sessions How could you resist that face ?
They were my inspiration today for my baking experiment. I wanted to make a little doggy snack for them. Just because I’m easing up a bit on the baked goods I have to channel my energy on other things
Apple Carrot Nibbles
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 large apple (minced)
1/2 cup carrot (chopped)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup water
Pre -heat oven to 350
I chopped the apple and carrot in processor until nicely chopped.
In large bowl mix flour,oats,cinnamon and add to mixture apple,carrot,maple syrup,and water until mixture forms a dough.
Scoop out small mounds onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes and flip over and bake for another 10 minutes.
They were jumping for joy
I even had a little nibble myself and they were not too bad. I think the neighborhood dogs may get an early Christmas gift from their neighbors Buck & Chuck.
These were very easy and it would make a sweet little gesture for the fur babies in your life or others.
Buck & Chuck say woof woof vegan dog treats rock
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I am well into day two of my own little challenge. So far so good but I have not really been too many place to be tempted to eat goodies. It’s not that all the goodies are bad it’s just I have done an overload on them. I’m FINALLY starting to feel better. Having a cold is no fun and some of them seem like they want to hang on for dear life. I am easing back into my half training but I will probably only do 2 miles for the day. I am very eager to get back into it Once you start running and you stop for illness or injury it literally drives you crazy because I think your body craves it. To hear myself say that really makes me kind of chuckle because back in the days of high school I actually got failing grades in gym because I hated it so much. I remember when we had to run a mile and I thought I was going to die It just goes to show you anybody can change.
Today I wanted to spice up some potatoes. I couldn’t decide between sweet potatoes or white potatoes so I went for both Earlier this month I was introduced to a sweet and spicy marinade that I have just fallen in love with. It is all natural and its a great blend of spices and peppers.
I have always been a sucker for sweet and sour sauces. I’m also a dipper I love to dip my veggies,bread,crackers and countless other things into dips. So I get excited when I find those things that are all natural and vegan.If I could only find a solution to ranch dressing!!!!! Here’s the website if you would like to check it out….. http://captainrodneys.com
Sweet Potato Pie
Sliced sweet & white potatoes
1/2 cup canned or fresh corn
Half of a sweet onion
1/2 cup Captain Rodney’s
3/4 cup – 1 cup water
1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp Herbs De Provence
salt to taste
olive oil for drizzling
Pre-heat oven 10 425
I simply sliced 1 sweet potato and 1 white potato and layered in a casserole dish drizzling olive oil and salting between layers. Add corn and sprinkle Herbs De Provence to top.You could add any spice you wish
Bake for 15 minutes
While potatoes are baking saute the chopped onion until carmelized and adding water ,garam masala and Captain Rodney’s
After 15 minutes take potatoes out of oven and pour mixture over top and bake for additional 15 minutes.
This turned out fabulous. It was just the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Those are my favorite combinations. Opposites do attract huh ? I also liked the blend of both types of potatoes plus it gives your dish a lot of color
Well I must go and suit up for my 2 mile run maybe more we will see. I just figure it’s probably best to ease back into running when you have been under the weather for a week.
I hope you are having a splendid day… you deserve it
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Challenge……don’t you just love that word? The very sound of it makes you feel a little stronger. I can can get in such a rut with the things I eat that I bore myself to tears There is such an abundance of beautiful fruits and veggies that I know are out there but because of my rut I give them the cold shoulder. In return my body starts telling me in subtle and not so subtle ways that it lacks certain nutrients and vitamins. For the past week I have been battling this awful cold thing and have felt so tired and lethargic. I have had to put my half marathon training plans on hold because I’m trying to allow my body to heal. I feel like I’m finally turning the corner and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
During my resting time it has giving me the time to reflect upon what I have been putting into my body. Sure I focus on eating a vegetarian/vegan diet but what I realize is that in my attempt to veganize a lot of my holiday goodies that I have done this overload on sugar. I have become this mad chef turning my holiday cookies and cakes into the vegan variety. I have had quite a bit of success because you know that you have to taste test things My belief is that no food is the enemy but it’s how we eat these foods that become the enemy. Moderation is always the key. As much baking as I do around the holidays I am challenging myself to cut back on the baked goods for 14 days as kind of a cleanse.
I don’t like being sick and this is the sickest I have been in a long while I start today with paying closer attention to what I’m putting in my body. I will focus on eating more of a variety of fruits and veggies. I want to share this with for the next 14 days to keep me accountable. I feel like my body so needs this right now.I can’t wait to get back to my training and just to get back on track.
Do you ever get into eating ruts? Do you find it difficult sometimes to take rest days when you are not feeling your best? I know that ever since I started running that it’s sometimes difficult to take needed rest days because I love it so much.I am always curious how other people deal with these issues.
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I have been eating a vegan diet now for about 6 months and I have to say I have not missed eating meat that much at all. I do have to be honest and confess that there have been times when I have been in the presence of my mothers fried chicken that I want to cave but I don’t I think the biggest thing for me to give up has been cheese. I miss its creamy texture when melted and added to pasta or to have it grilled into a sandwich. Trying to substitute that has been difficult I know there are cheese alternatives out there but in my research you have to read labels carefully because not all non dairy cheese is vegan. They can be tricky with the ingredients so I do my investigating and I’m always plotting and thinking about what I can use to create the perfect cheesy sauce.
As I was sitting at my desk at work today I had a brainstorm from out of no where I came home and started scurrying around my kitchen to gather my ingredients. I felt like a mad scientist going from the fridge to the pantry and grabbing my spices Those hamsters were really spinning that wheel up there in my head.
Thus I introduce to you …….
Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Alfredo Sauce
1 Roasted red bell pepper * See note at bottom of recipe
3/4 cup toasted walnuts
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper or more if you like a lot of spice
Warm Almond milk and add yeast and spices while peppers are roasting. Place all ingredients into a blender or processor and blend.
Once blended place into sauce pan and add in 1 Tbsp flour mixed with 1 Tbsp water to thicken sauce. Heat until thickened a bit and serve over your favorite pasta
* To roast pepper cut in half, remove seeds and ly in a broiler pan or cast iron skillet. Rub with olive oil and broil until outer skin is blackened. When done remove blackened skin.
I have to say not too many of my brainstorms turn out to be great the first time around but this was very delicious. It was warm and toasty and hit the spot for a cheesy sauce craving It’s not even got out of the 30 degree temps here today but this sauce warmed me all the way down to my toes
I served my sauce over whole wheat angel hair pasta with brocoli florets. Yum Yum Yum!
Happy Hump Day Everybody
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On my last blog I mentioned I was to start my half marathon training this week. I came home from work on Saturday and everything fell apart. My throat became super sore and I started having chills and my body ached something terrible. I haven’t been this sick in a long time Needeless to say training for now is on hold until I can rest and get my body well. Thats not easy for me. I like to be doing and going. I feel like I’m missing out on things just lying here but I must take care of me. Do you have a hard time being still even when you are sick?
My diet for the last two days has not been very exciting either. My appetite has been zapped and these are the only things that I even care to consider right now:
These have been a life saver for my throat
I have fallen in love in with hot tea even before I became sick.
Soup...its good for the soul
All of these things plus plenty of rest have made me feel a little better. I’m still recovering and can’t wait to feel normal again The body is an amazing thing in how it heals itself when given the proper care. If you take the time and listen to it and respect it you will bounce back from injury or sickness a lot quicker
I hope this post finds all of you well but if you happen to be under the weather as I am please take it easy and take of yourself.
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