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Resolutions

Happy New Year!

I always like to recap progress on last year’s resolutions, and set some new ones so I have goals in mind for the coming year. Let’s see how 2013 panned out shall we?

1. Successfully complete Yoga Teacher Training! – Done. I did it! Now to continue to be a student, and hone my teaching skills.

2. Proactively hang out with my friends (i.e. Invite people places more) – I was better at this with some friends more than others. I will strive to be a better inviter in 2014.

3. Only drink once a week during teacher training – I can’t remember if I was successful at this. . .probably because I wasn’t. lol.

4. Don’t cheat anymore with dairy products. – I cheated. It wasn’t horrible, but it’s hard sometimes to avoid the dairy. Especially when travelling for work. It’s possible though. and I can do better.

5. Travel for Fun – Check! We went to Hawaii, Austin, and Raleigh for fun. I did Memphis for work/fun. 2014 might bring some more exciting travels, we shall see!

So, what are resolutions for 2014?

1. Establish a daily yoga practice – even if it’s just getting on the mat for 3 sun salutations. I will do #yogaeverydamnday in 2014.

2. Participate in a yoga workshop at least once per quarter – to continue to hone my skills as a student and become a better teacher. This might also help to lead to 3. . .

3. Press up into handstand – this is a lofty goal. Especially since I can’t stick handstand yet in the middle of the room. We all have to start somewhere.

4. Be present. – I am so easily distracted. by technology. by my thoughts. I will work harder to be present and in the moment.

5. Become a morning person. – I am not a morning person. Never have been. BUT, I want to be. I want to jump out of bed energized in the mornings. So, I must condition myself and establish a good morning ritual to look forward to everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey guys,

How’s it going? Long time no see?

Remember that time I said I’d be blogging again in June? Whoops.

So, let’s recap all that’s happened since March:

  1. I got my 200-hour yoga certification! Woohoo! And started teaching yoga twice a week, and subbing lots.
  2. We traveled to Hawaii, Raleigh, and Austin. It was all fun, and full of yummy vegan eats. Perhaps I will do a summer/fall travel roundup with the food photos I took along the way.
  3. I got promoted at work. Awesomesauce.
  4. I got another year older. But that’s cool.
  5. I went to Atlanta VegFest 2013, and it was awesome.
  6. We ate out more than I cooked.
  7. I started a new blog for a second, and then realized that I already have some loyal readers at this domain, so I decided to delete that blog and pick back up over here.

So, thank you to the folks that keep checking in on the blog, and that keep sending suggestions for the “Where Can a Vegan Eat in Atlanta” page.

Now that I’ve been teaching/taking lots of yoga, I’ll start covering that topic a little more here. I’ve written about Ahimsa before, so living that branch of yoga definitely fits in with the blog.

The past 9 months have been a blur. But, I’m going to start updating more frequently again. Also, I’ve still been reading lots of vegan blogs, and getting inspiration from all of you!

Namaste.

Hiatus

I’ve been a bad bad blogger. I apologize. I’m juggling a busy season at work, with an exciting adventure to become a yoga teacher (which includes homework), with family time and friend time. So, I don’t have a lot of time or leftover brain space right now to blog.

BUT, Former Fish Taco Fanatic will be back in June, so come back and stay tuned for some changes!

Husband-Friendly Vegan Meals

As we’ve transitioned to a vegan diet, I have compiled a list of my hubbers favorite meals. He’s a tall guy with a healthy appetite, and I like to make sure that I’m cooking meals that can keep him full.

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Veganizing an Old Favorite: Mom’s EasyPeasy Pot Roast

Well, this year has already been crazy busy – but all with good things so I can’t complain! Alas, I haven’t had much time for blogging, but I HAVE been cooking and have accumulated some good posts.

One of the dishes that I miss the most is my mom’s pot roast recipe. It was always super easy, and I would make it in the crock pot so it would cook all day and I would come home to a filling one-pot meal. After figuring out how to veganize her brisket recipe for Chanukkah, I decided to tackle the pot roast next.

And it is still easy peasy.

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Mom’s EasyPeasy Pot Roast

  • Sprinkle a packet of onion soup mix on the bottom of the crock pot
  • Add two packages of Gardein Beef Tips
  • Add 6 quartered red potatoes and a bag of baby carrots
  • Add 1 cup of vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water
  • Sprinkle second packet of onion soup mix on top
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Voila! An easy and filling one-pot meal that leaves your house smelling like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day!

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2013 Resolutions

Last year, I made 30 resolutions for my 30th year. I’m not going to make 31 resolutions this year. I’ll stick with a more manageable number. Like five.

I enjoyed having my resolutions written down somewhere public. It gave me somewhere to reference, and kept me accountable. So without further ado – my 2013 resolutions:

1. Sucessfully complete Yoga Teacher Training! – My yoga instructor is offering her first teacher training. I’m so excited to be participating. I can’t wait to start this journey!

2. Proactively hang out with my friends (i.e. Invite people places more) – I tend to be a hermit. And after some of the events of last year, I felt most nights like sitting on my couch watching Homeland and drinking wine. I have some awesome friends, I have some awesome friends moving to Atlanta (yay!!!) and I’ve met some great people that I’d like to hang out with more. So, I’ll get up off my butt and call people, and do things.

3. Only drink once a week during teacher training - I know this might make No. 2 a little tricky, but No. 1 will flourish if I can stick with this one. It’s not like I’m a lush, but when I did Operation Bootcamp before the wedding, I saw much better results during the month where I only had one or two drinks per week.

4. Don’t cheat anymore with dairy products. – In 2012, I was probably 98% vegan. I had some cheats, mostly with baked goods and once during a dire situation where the only thing available was a quesadilla. This year, let’s be 100%. No more cheats.

5. Travel for Fun - I traveled a lot in 2012, but most of it was work-related. Now, it was awesome, but I definitely want to up the “pleasure” to “business” ratio.  We already have some fun trips planned – Portland in May, Hawaii in June, and either Raleigh again or a West Coast adventure for our anniversary.

So cheers to 2013!

2012 in review

Thanks to everyone for visiting, reading, commenting, following and sharing in 2012!! My first year as a vegan blogger was a success! Here’s to more blogging in 2013!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole – and Happy Herbivore Abroad Giveaway Continues!

I hope everyone had a safe and Merry Christmas!! Don’t forget! The Happy Herbivore Abroad giveaway goes until midnight on Dec. 28. Click on the link below to enter via rafflecopter. Giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canada. Winner will be chosen at random.

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HappyHerbivoreAbroad_FrontCoverYesterday, we spent the day with my in-laws for Christmas. Though my mother-in-law did veganize some of her dishes, I felt like we should also contribute to the Christmas meal.

I’ve been craving a really good hash brown casserole. The kind with lots of cheese and a buttery corn flake topping. Vegan Crunk’s Cookin Crunk Cookbook came to the rescue!! DSCN3725

Bianca has a whole section dedicated to dishes perfect for potluck meals, and in it was that yummy, cheesy hash brown casserole that I had been craving!

I made the casserole a day ahead, and since we didn’t want to wait until the next day to eat it, I also made a smaller casserole for the two of us to eat that morning.

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This was DELICIOUS!! And, it keeps overnight in the fridge really well. The only change I would make is to save the corn flake topping and add before taking it to the party, since the corn flakes did get a little wilted.

We will definitely make this again! And if you are looking for a belated holiday gift, be sure to pick up your own copy of Cookin’ Crunk!

 

Happy Herbivore Abroad – Another QandA with Lindsay Nixon and Giveaway!

I’m a big big fan of Happy Herbivore, Lindsay Nixon. Her cookbooks helped me make the transition into a vegan diet, and recipes from her two cookbooks are some of my favorites.

I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing her during blog tours for Happy Herbivore and Everyday Happy Herbivore.

More on the giveaway after the interview!

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How does Happy Herbivore Abroad differ from HHC and EHH?

HHA is international themed and has a lot of me in it — personal stories and such. You won’t find that in my other books. This book is so personal, and I really love that about it.
You are a world traveler! What destinations have influenced your cooking the most?

Living abroad and traveling throughout Europe has really shaped me as a person, which I’m sure has translated to or effected my cooking and approach to meals/recipes in some way. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific country or even city that has influenced me more than the others — I think all the experience together have influenced me.
What are some of your favorite places that you have visited?

Many of the places I traveled to were so different from each other you can’t really compare them to have favorites. How can you compare the mountains to the desert, for example? There were places with mesmerizing vistas that I could stare at for days, but then there were other places, with no vistas, but such beautiful architecture… or a culture that was so rich and vibrant it was intoxicating… I guess if I had to pick, I’d say Germany, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands…

What are some of the biggest challenges you face for eating vegan abroad, and how do you deal with them?

As with domestic travel, you have to have patience. I’ve never had trouble finding vegan fare (anywhere in the world) but it wasn’t always the most convenient choice. A little creativity and persistence is key.

You are going overseas – what’s in your carry-on bag?

I take my backpack on board as my carryon — which as all my clothes and toiletries in it. In my purse I have my passport, peepers (eye shades) and ear plugs for the ride, my kindle, money, chap stick, a few snacks for the plane and important papers – like travel reservations.

Would you like to win a copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad? Enter below! Giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canada. Giveaway closes at midnight on Dec. 28. Winner will be chosen at random.

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