Where is the sun and vegan meal delights!

Maybe I am still spoiled from growing up in Arizona, but it has seemed AWFULLY gray this October compared to previous years.  This wears me down: physically, mentally, even emotionally. I need sun. Not just for that all critical Vitamin-D but for the warmth and pleasure it brings on my skin, to my soul. Perhaps a bit dramatic, but darnit – WHERE IS THE SUN? (do do do do)

I’ve been resting from running much this week as my left thigh/hip flexor continues to heal. I did manage a solid eight miles on Sunday morning and will enjoy runs both upcoming weekend days. I had to skip my favorite YMCA class yesterday as I was fasting for a 10am doctor’s appointment.

What I learned about myself: I am the world’s biggest baby when it comes to fasting. Granted, a 10am appointment is much different than an 8am. And, 10am does not actually mean 10am. After waiting, waiting, quick visit with doctor, more waiting, I finally left the lab post-draws at 11:30am.

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I was the very, hungry, caterpillar.

I’m anxious to receive my results and compare them to last year. I do have concerns about getting enough iron, calcium, B12, etc. in my diet. While I take supplements, I also recognize through research that said supplements have mixed results of actually providing nutrients into the bloodstream. Experimenting with new recipes and ensuring certain key nutrients are incorporated into meals (and making sure not to mix some where benefits might be eliminated) are on the top of my list.

Speaking of new recipes, this past week was a bonanza of trial and error at the dinner hour, and I’m glad to report that the vast majority were a huge success! My top three meals from the week of vegan are:

1) Snobby Joe’s via Post Punk Kitchen: http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/

ImageWe threw these Joe’s into pita – HOLLA!

2) Falafel Bean Patties w/Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

Falafel via Eat Live Run: http://www.eatliverun.com/falafel-bean-patties/

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce: http://greek.food.com/recipe/vegan-tzatziki-239629

I may have finally learned how to spell Tzatziki.Image

 

So, so, so good. I did not realize how much I liked falafel until diving into this recipe.

3) Rice and Bean Casserole (dinner on the cheap) via Eat Live Run

http://www.eatliverun.com/dinner-on-the-cheap-rice-bean-casserole-with-guacamole/

Put ingredients into pan, seal, bake for 90 minutes = dinner served?

Ok.

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If you try any of these three recipes, drop me a comment and let me know! [All photos are via their websites – like I could ever take food photos like that. Instagram, anyone?]

 

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