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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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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.

Final Resolution Check-in

So we are nearing the end of the year and let me tell you, I’m SO ready for 2012 to be over. It’s been a weird year, with some amazing experiences, and some pretty crappy experiences. Now, I hope the world doesn’t end on 12-21-12, but I am ready for the dawning of a new age, and a new year.

Let’s see how I did in 2012 with my resolutions. I made 30 resolutions for my 30th year. Pretty bold if I do say so myself:

  1. Eat only vegan/plant strong – I’ve been 98% plant strong. I haven’t had ANY animal flesh of any sort, but I have had a few dairy slip-ups. But they are never straight up. Usually in baked goods. No excuse I know. But I’m keepin’ it real and being honest on the blog.
  2. Pick out our wedding photos for the albumPhotos were picked. Album was approved. I hope to have it before we’ve been married 2 years. We’ll see if that happens. Update: We are supposed to have this in hand this month. Again, we’ll see if it happens.
  3. Procrastinate lessI haven’t been able to procrastinate, too busy. So that’s a good thing.
  4. Learn a new musical instrument – Nope. Not enough time this year. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.
  5. Perform in public – I think I did quite enough damage during my 30th birthday Karaoke extravaganza to fulfill this resolution.
  6. Stop negative self talkI’ve been doing really good. I think Yoga helps a lot with this.
  7. More positive self talkSee above.
  8. Exercise everyday at least 30 minutes and try for 60 minutes three times a week – hahahahaha. What a lofty goal. Although, I do yoga at least twice a week and I can stand on my head now.
  9. Go on an exciting vacation – This year I did Berlin, Columbus, OH, Raleigh, Los Angeles. And on Sunday, I’m taking a week off and going to Florida with my mom, sister and nephew.
  10. Spend more time with my nephew – I’m excited to spend a week with him!!
  11. Take River to obedience class – We actually did this one!! An obedience trainer came to the house. It was great and we have some good tips to help River work on his people skills.
  12. Floss more – Well, now I have to do it much more often, and I will because. . .
  13. Go back to the dentist – I went back to the dentist. I’ve never had a cavity in my life, but my gums are horrible. I’m currently halfway through the torture of correcting this problem. I will floss forever and ever. It sucks getting olde sometimes.
  14. Drink more water – I’ve been good, I could do better. Update: I could still do better.
  15. Eat more saladsWell, I was doing great until I landed in the hospital and they told me not to eat as much raw veggies.
  16. Pay off my student loansDONE!!!!!!!!!
  17. Complete Dave Ramsey Financial Peace (at home version) with Dallas  - We need to finish. Everyone started traveling. We’ll get this done! Update: I really don’t think this will happen before the end of the year, unless we watch a bunch at the beach.
  18. Take on new challenges at work to continue to develop as a professional – For the past three months, I ran our department while my boss was on maternity leave. It was such a good experience and such a good learning opportunity. Definitely challenging at times, but a good challenge!
  19. Stop using credit cards – oy. This has been an expensive quarter. I’ve stopped using it now, but I did have to rely on it for a few things.Update: With hospital visits, vet visits, and other costs popping up, this has been the most expensive year ever. So sadly, it required breaking out the credit card.
  20. Stick to my budget – See above. We’ll get back on track in 2013.
  21. Rediscover my love of running – Yea, not gonna happen this year. Can’t do it all can i?
  22. Participate in another Team in Training event – not yet. This quarter year has been busy.
  23. Take a fun class (language, cooking, painting, etc) – YOGA!!! YAYY!!!
  24. Try more vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants in Atlanta – Wrecking Bar is a continued favorite. Dough Bakery is also a constant in rotation.
  25. Blog consistently – Heck yeah, vegan mofo! Update: vegan mofo was interrupted by my stint in the hospital. So, more blogging to come, and some fun things in the works for december.
  26. Include more photos on my blog – I’m getting better.
  27. Attend Vida Vegan Blogger Conference (if they repeat in 2012) or another blogger conferenceI’m going to VVC in 2013!!
  28. Try stand-up paddle boarding – Didn’t happen, maybe next year.
  29. Go to a music festival with DallasYAY!! We went to Hopscotch Music Fest in Raleigh. It was awesome.
  30. Take yoga classes12 months of yoga and going strong! I love it!!

So, not too shabby for a lofty goal. I’ll be posting my resolutions for the new year later this month.

Updates

Hi all. Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been in the hospital since Wednesday night with pancreatitis.

I went in on Wednesday for a procedure called an ercp, which was supposed to help figure out what was causing all my stomach problems. It was unsuccessful.

I left the appointment with mild pain that escalated through the night. By 11:30 pm we were back in the ER. I was diagnosed with pancreatitis, which can be a rare complication from an ERCP.

I’ve been on IV fluids and unable to eat or drink anything. We tried fluids yesterday, but I couldn’t keep them down. Today seems so far so good. I had some apple juice and veggie broth this morning.They’ll let me outta here once I can eat solid foods. Hopefully that will be soon. I’m so ready to be back at home.

Dulce Vegan

We are lucky in Atlanta to have several vegan options, including some fabulous bakeries.

Dulce Vegan in Kirkwood is one of those bakeries.

D and I have made several attempts to visit Dulce Vegan this year, but we keep forgetting that they aren’t open on Monday! Luckily, they are open on Saturday and Sunday, so a few weeks ago, after taking the Atlanta Zombie Tour, we decided to stop at Dulce Vegan for lunch.

Zombie Tour – grrr. argh.

There were so many good choices on the menu that day. I was feeling like something green, so I ordered the brussels sprouts salad.

D ordered the TLT Sandwich, with a cabbage slaw.

Of course, we finished the meal with a cupcake, but I also gobbled it up before I could get a photo, but it looked something like this:

Not my photo. Courtesy of Dulce Vegan’s Facebook Page

Definitely stop by Dulce Vegan if you are ever in Atlanta. I’ve never had a bad meal there, and the best part – it’s ALL vegan!

Oldies, but Goodies

I love trying new recipes, but there are a few staples that I just keep making over and over again. They are usually easy and don’t require much time to cook. I thought I would share them with you, so that I may help make your weeknights easier.

1)Vegan Pizza

Publix usually has vegan dough. I’m still mastering rolling it into a close-to-perfect circle. The best part is that you can put WHATEVER YOU WANT on the pizza. We like to do Daiya cheese, avocado, and occasionally soy crumbles. If I get crazy, I’ll throw some basil on it too. To lighten up the pizza (and make it work-week friendly), try using a pita instead of dough, and just cook for 15 minutes.

2) Veggie Burgers

My favorite veggie burgers are the Pinto Burgers from Everyday Happy Herbivore. They take no time at all, and always come out moist and delicious.

Sorry – I really don’t like the word moist. I can’t believe I just used it. Twice.

That’s how good they are.

3) Ratatouille

I think this is the only recipe I’ve ever had the courage to make from Smitten Kitchen. Just assemble, cook, and voila! A warm and filling meal on your family’s table. It’s great any time of the year. I usually serve with quinoa and a dollop of tofutti.

4) Easiest Lasagna in the World

I’ve blogged about this before. It’s seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever made.

5) Meatless Balls

Not my photo. Courtesy of Happy Herbivore Website

It’s as fun to say as it is to eat! Happy Herbivore’s meatless balls on spaghetti is probably my husband’s favorite dish. I have to be careful, because I could easily eat six of these. They aren’t too high in calories, but paired with spaghetti. . .let’s just say there’s a reason I don’t make it everyday.

I hope these help you in your quest for easy weeknight meals!

What’s your go to recipe?

Crock Pot Week

This week was busy, and there was no time for grocery shopping. We ate out every night this week. Dave Ramsey would scold us.

Anyhoo. I’m heading to the grocery store and have lots of yummy fall-friendly (and EASY) crock pot meals on the menu for next week.

Stay tuned!

Happy Weekend!