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.

Click here to enter to win a copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad!

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!