Considering we’re well into August, it’s about time I wrapped up posting about June, don’t you think?
I apologize if my posts lately have seemed a tad hurried, with less chatter than usual. I’m a bit flustered by how behind I am, and if I’m going to get caught up in time for Vida Vegan Con, I’ve got a lot to get through! So for awhile longer, my posts will have fewer words, more pictures. (But maybe you prefer it that way anyway!)
I was on a major green juice kick when I got back from Living Light, so I drank many kale-cucumber-celery-apple-lemon juices like this one in June.
I made Matt some pasta one night and topped it with a simple homemade “meat” sauce.
One week at the farmers market, we picked up some beautiful thinner-than-pencil-thin asparagus and these adorable baby potatoes, and I roasted all of it for our breakfast that same day.
I worked on my low-fat, low-sugar Strawberry Blondies recipe, which I hope to share with you in the future.
I found out that honeydew juice (flesh AND rind) with a squeeze of lime is the most refreshing summer drink ever.
Inspired by the curry-veggie wraps I ate so many of at Living Light, I tried my hand at making my own. I crafted the dehydrated wrappers out of zucchini and red pepper, and I filled them with romaine lettuce, a quick sunflower seed pâté, shredded carrots, sliced red pepper, and alfalfa sprouts.
Before going on a date one night to see Macbeth at Shakespeare in the Park, Matt and I stopped for treats at one of our favorite establishments, Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse. We got this mini chocolate cupcake with peppermint icing…
…and this “fauxstess” cupcake.
Cream-filled! Just like the real thing, but VEGAN. Yay!
I’m sad to say that Matt’s grandfather passed away while we were in Toronto. Just a day after our return, we had to travel down to the small town of Newton, Kansas for the funeral. We attended the wake that evening before staying overnight.
At the wake, Matt’s mom (who struggles with diabetes and overweight) surprised us by revealing that six weeks prior, she went vegan! Matt and I had visited her in April and gifted her with Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, hoping that she’d at least read it. Imagine our shock and happiness to learn that she’d not only read it, but she’d taken it to heart, and in six weeks had already lost 15 pounds and was working on reducing her diabetes medications. Incredible! It nearly brought tears to our eyes. Matt and I are both proud of her beyond words.
The next day, before the funeral, we went out to lunch with Matt’s parents at Reba’s Restaurant & Bar. Not a place you’d expect to find veg food, eh? Well, we were pleasantly surprised. First, we shared a White Bean Hummus & Tabbouleh platter, with toasted pita bread and fresh cucumber slices. Not bad at all! The hummus was SUPER-garlicky, just how I like it.
Matt, his newly-vegan mom, and I all got the same entrée: a Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger, hold the mayo and cheese, on a toasted ciabatta bun, with mashed avocado and mixed veggies. Way to go, Reba’s!
One more impressive thing about itty-bitty Newton is that they actually have a health food store! It’s called Prairie Harvest, and although it’s fairly modest in size, they have a wonderful selection.
Matt and I picked up a nondairy blueberry smoothie and some carob-spirulina energy chunks before we attended the funeral and headed home to KC the next day.
QUESTION: Have you ever found surprisingly-good veg food in an unlikely place?
3 years ago…
Lollapalooza in Chicago
2 years ago…
Vegan in Wichita & Dallas
Deep chocolate brownies
A duo of raw sauces
Black-eyed pea-quinoa pizza
1 year ago…
Latin American onion-pepper sofrito
Venezuelan black beans & cilantro rice
Cuban ‘ropa vieja’ shredded seitan
Cavewoman bars reviewed