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12 October 12
Image for my next Chic Vegan article.  Look for it on October 26th!

Image for my next Chic Vegan article.  Look for it on October 26th!

3 July 12
vegansaurus:

Reader Katie sent us this cool graphic from the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming! I love stuff with pictures. I didn’t know that bit about the gallon of dairy milk vs. gallon of gas. Scary! We should all drink almond milk and drive Big Wheels instead. 
The Coalition to Fight Factory Farming is a Bay Area-based educational non-profit that empowers people to save the environment, animals, and our own health through our daily food choices.  For more info visit www.cfff.info and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

vegansaurus:

Reader Katie sent us this cool graphic from the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming! I love stuff with pictures. I didn’t know that bit about the gallon of dairy milk vs. gallon of gas. Scary! We should all drink almond milk and drive Big Wheels instead. 

The Coalition to Fight Factory Farming is a Bay Area-based educational non-profit that empowers people to save the environment, animals, and our own health through our daily food choices.  For more info visit www.cfff.info and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Reblogged: vegansaurus

2 May 12
A fun little Jeremy Fish-inspired illustration I did for a made-up group called Pachyderm Powerlifting :)
Being green = being lean!

A fun little Jeremy Fish-inspired illustration I did for a made-up group called Pachyderm Powerlifting :)

Being green = being lean!

17 December 11

Taking a break from the holiday hippo painting to bake chocolate graham bark for my co-workers :)

(Easy-to-make! Graham crackers, melted baking chocolate (or vegan chocolate chips), some peppermint sugar sprinkles, slightly toasted almonds,  and optional dried cranberries —> let sit in freezer for about half an hour —> yummm!)

10 December 11

My new shoes, the Brooks Green Silence!

Had heard great things about these sneaks for a while, including thumbs up from No Meat Athlete's Matt and Runblogger's Pete.  I was looking to transition to a lighter, more “minimal” shoe, but since I live in a city and do most of my runs in on asphalt and other hard surfaces, it seemed unwise to jump head-first into barefoot-running-type kicks. These seemed like a good transition shoe, have a wider toebox than most racing flats/minimal-ish shoes (my feet are kinda wide), and I couldn't resist all the amazing “green” aspects!

From Brooks’ website —

Key Green Features:

  • BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
  • 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
  • Biodegradable insole and collar foams
  • Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
  • Water-based adhesives are used throughout
  • All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
  • Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled

Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.

Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy®.

Took these babies out for a 4.5 mile run yesterday morning and they were so comfy!  Definitely felt a lot lighter though less supportive than my Nikes, but no soreness etc. afterwards :D  And though I felt like I was going slower trying to get used to this, still managed to hit 8:17min miles for a regular morning jog…not too shabby. Love the way they look, and I feel like they definitely make more more conscious of mid-foot striking.  Time will tell how they fare for definitely big props for the time being.  Even if they don’t end up being ideal for racing/long runs etc., I have a good pair of stylish, Earth-friendly shoes to show off!

Oh, and did I mention vegan ultramarathoner/general superhuman Scott Jurek wore these for over 165 miles at the 2010 AU 24-Hour World Championships to set a new American 24-hour record? Baller.

7 December 11
Delish sandwiches made with bread from When Pigs Fly (and au jus from a pot pie!)

Delish sandwiches made with bread from When Pigs Fly (and au jus from a pot pie!)

2 December 11
Vegan shepherd’s pie by Jeff…yum!  Helps that the corn was so fresh and sweet.
"Tastes just like I remember it…which I guess is a good thing?" (referring to elementary school cafeteria shepherd’s pie)
Don’t worry Jeff, yours is much better :)

Vegan shepherd’s pie by Jeff…yum!  Helps that the corn was so fresh and sweet.

"Tastes just like I remember it…which I guess is a good thing?" (referring to elementary school cafeteria shepherd’s pie)

Don’t worry Jeff, yours is much better :)

30 November 11
Happy belated Thanksgiving!  So thankful for all the loved ones in my life and the many blessings that we often take for granted.  Let’s all continue to thrive for more compassion, justice, and love for our fellow human beings, co-inhabitants, and precious planet.
(pic of my creamy vegan pumpkin pie with homemade crust, based on the awesome Lunch Box Bunch recipe! It’s not as pretty and I used about 2/3 as much maple syrup mixed with a bit of steevia…still one of the best desserts I’ve ever made!  Just realized this pie could totally be a no-bake pie too, which I might just do since I have a graham crust laying around that needs to be used up muahahaha)

Happy belated Thanksgiving!  So thankful for all the loved ones in my life and the many blessings that we often take for granted.  Let’s all continue to thrive for more compassion, justice, and love for our fellow human beings, co-inhabitants, and precious planet.

(pic of my creamy vegan pumpkin pie with homemade crust, based on the awesome Lunch Box Bunch recipe! It’s not as pretty and I used about 2/3 as much maple syrup mixed with a bit of steevia…still one of the best desserts I’ve ever made!  Just realized this pie could totally be a no-bake pie too, which I might just do since I have a graham crust laying around that needs to be used up muahahaha)

22 November 11

Thanksgiving Festivities Begin!

Tonight, I get to eat all of these 100% vegan yummies at Red Lentil for $22!  Thank you, Boston Vegetarian Society!  A delicious meal where no sentient beings had to suffer…now that’s something to be thankful of :)


BEVERAGE

Hot Spiced Cider


SOUPS

Saffron Cauliflower Soup - Roasted cauliflower, carrots, celery, cashew milk and onions, topped with saffron and drizzled with chive oil

Cinderella Squash Bisque - Cinderella squash, spiced apples, vegan crčme fraiche and candied pumpkin seeds


SALADS

Maple Pear Salad - Rum lemon roasted Frijs pears, chili oil toasted pecans, frisée, and pomegranate seeds tossed with cranberry vinaigrette

Far East Ceviche - Peruvian potatoes, avocado, grilled Belgian endives, trumpet mushrooms, chilies and passion fruit tossed with five herbed truffle oil and lemon dressing


APPETIZERS

Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Black eyed pea fritters served with house fig chutney, chive oil and red pepper chipotle lime remoulade

Garbanzo Bourdetto with White Beet Skordalia - Garbanzo beans with tomatoes, white wine, mint, oregano, olives and white beet skordalia


ENTREES

Mushroom & Chestnut Wellington - A hearty mushroom chestnut bake wrapped in seasoned collard greens

Pumpkin Moroccan Stew - With fall vegetables, chickpeas and apricot


SIDE DISHES

Parsnip Carrot Mash

Gravy

Brussel Sprouts

Saffron Infused Israeli Couscous - Served with Cilantro Walnut Pesto and Harissa Oil


DESSERTS

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse with Walnut Toffee Crunch

Apple Charlotte with Vanilla Ice Creme and topped with Kumquat Cranberry Sauce and Whipped Creme

I’m super excited!

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh