a vegan couple: eating; running; living–minimally.

LDP Month 4 — April

End of the month and a day or two late in writing the LDP recap for April. The beginning of May falls right smack-dab  at the end of my semester, which would not be so stressful if I didn’t have to drive down to Cape Cod next Thursday for a Ragnar Race with Strong Hearts Vegan Power. This means getting all my papers read and students’ final evals done by Tuesday, while working at Starbucks Sunday and Monday and having a sweet lil’ 9 week old. Granted, Hattie is damn easy as far as babies go…but add all this together and writing the LDP post dropped to the bottom of the heap.

Generally speaking the month went very well: we didn’t buy anything unnecessary for Hattie — diapers, infant Tylenol, some leggings — and for us it really just came down to coffee, sweet treats, breakfast out with friends and beer (which doesn’t really count, right?).

However, we decided to break the bank and buy Avett Brother tickets. They are playing outside this fall at the Shelburne Museum. We thought it would be a great local concert to take Hattie to — the ability to sit on the grass, walk around, enjoy the open air, see the sunset over the Adirondacks. It should be a wonderfully memorable occasion.

Well, that does it for this month. As I already said, May beings with me heading down to Cape Cod. The weekend will no doubt be epic — racing for 24hrs with a bunch of crazy vegans? Should be something else! I can’t thank Katie enough for allowing me to peace out for a few days. She truly is a special person and a wonderful mother…hmmm, its Mother’s Day next Sunday…I wonder what I’ll be getting for Katie?

Bowl Week – The Easiest, Most Diverse Way to Eat Vegan

This week is Bowl Week.

No, not that kind of Bowl Week. The bowl we are referring to consists of taking this

filling it with tons of this

and this

and this

to make amazingly delicious meals that are easy, satisfying, diverse and reasonably inexpensive.

The reason that bowls are so great is that you can do just about anything with them — throw in whatever the hell you have in the cupboard or leftover in the fridge and you are all set. This week we opted to try four different types of bowls: Burrito, Sweet Potato-hodge-podge, Macro, and Asian. The bill for shopping came in under $60. For four meals with some diverse ingredients that was pretty good. (Full disclosure we did have a number of grains already bought which helped.)

The ideas for these bowls come from a range of sites. We took the basic recipes each one provided and tweaked a little bit here and there. You’ll notice the absence of beans in all of these dishes. Katie is nursing Hattie right now, and we are trying to see if cutting out beans will cut down on her gassiness.

Burrito Bowl

  • Brown Rice
  • Beyond Meat Chicken Stripes
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Kale
  • Creamy Chipotle Sauce (silken tofu, chipotle in adobo sauce, garlic, lime juice, cumin)

Sweet Potato-hodge-podge Bowl

Macro Bowl

  • Maple Soy Glazed Tempeh (maple syrup and soy sauce)
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Quinoa
  • Sauerkraut
  • Oranges
  • Spiralina
  • Tahini Maple Dressing (tahini, maple syrup, vinegar, water)

Asian Bowl

  • Baked Tofu
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Shelled Edamame
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Red Pepper
  • Peanut Sauce (peanut butter, vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, water)

Remember, you are just setting out to explore the subtle intricacies of “the bowl” don’t be afraid to try anything and everything. Try with what you have laying around, but always remember the motto: a grain, a green and a (pro)tein.

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