Warmed Portobella “Steak” Salad…yes it’s Vegan!!!

Warmed Portobello “Steak”  Salad

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Ingredients:

2 Portobello caps (stems removed) and cut into 1 inch sections

1 cup vegetable stock

2 tbsp. tamari (or soy) sauce

4 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 tbsp. of rice wine vinegar

Mixed greens salad (romaine, spinach, anything you want!)

Cucumber diced

Tomato diced

Half of an avocado

Dressing:

1 tbsp. of each: rice wine vinegar, tamari and sesame oil, sunflower seeds.

Directions:

1. Take first 5 ingredients and sauté or wok for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat. This will create a nice glaze on the mushrooms but not turn them into mush.

2. Take the next 4 ingredients and toss together to make the salad.

3. Take the dressing ingredients into a glass jar and shake to mix.

4. Pour dressing over salad mixture, then top with the warm mushrooms. Garnish with some sesame seeds and cilantro. Eat immediately. The warm mushrooms will start to melt the avocado and it’s so yummy!!!

Garlic and Lemon Roasted Artichokes with Scallion Vinaigrette

Garlic and Lemon Roasted Artichokes with Scallion Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

4 large artichokes, about 3-4 inches across
2 medium lemons, sliced in half
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt, sea salt or Himalayan salt preferred
Freshly cracked pepper
1 recipe scallion vinaigrette

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Cut the stem of the artichoke so there is an inch or two remaining. Cut an inch off the spiky top of the leaves and tear off the tough outer leaves.
3. Take one half of the lemon and rub the inside flesh of the lemon on the cut surfaces and around the outside where you removed the leaves. Then cut the artichokes in half from top to stem. Using a sharp paring knife or a spoon; scrape out the fuzzy interior that sits inside the heart and about 2 layers of the very inside leaves. Rub this with lemon as well and place them all on a baking sheet.
4. Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl (removing any seeds) and mix in the oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture in between the leaves over the cut interior. Lay the artichokes cut side down on the baking sheet and coat the outer leaves in oil that has dripped onto the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the heart is nice and tender.

5. Serve immediately with the scallion vinaigrette, or without is just fine!

Scallion Vinaigrette

Artichokes with Scallion VinaigretteIngredients

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons wine vinegar

4 scallions including green tops, chopped

6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

1 cup olive oil

Instructions

In a small glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the mustard, the rema4 tablespoons vinegar, the scallions, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and the ground pepper. Add the  oil slowly, whisking. Serve each artichoke with a small bowl of vinaigrette alongside for dipping.

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

This recipe was a failed attempt at making an amazing soup by a local restaurant in Gainesville, FL called Tempo Bistro to Go. Even though mine is no where near as good as their’s

soupIngredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves  garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

1- 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1- 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground cloves

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

1- 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1  carrot, peeled and chopped

4 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon  salt

1/4 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

1 pinch cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot, and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.

2. Pour water into the saucepan, and season the mixture with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

3. Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook until heated through. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro.

Stuff it!!!! Vegan protein stuffed avocados

Just stuff it! That’s exactly what I want to say when people exclaim “you are vegan?? But how do you get your protein?!?!!!” I would love to respond by first telling them they are insanely ignorant and then slapping them, but I chose the more socially acceptable response of saying “from plants”. Recipe below is a great after workout snack that first appealed to me because it was different than all the other stuffed avocado recipes, but it stuck with me for my love of edamame and salt after a work out. Enjoy!!

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Ingredients

2 ripe avocados, sliced in half and pits removed
1 1/2 cups shelled edamame
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, toasted
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
2 tablespoons chopped nori (optional)
For the dressing:
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Whisk dressing ingredients in bowl and let sit
2. Mix filling ingredients together
3. Pour dressing over filling and just stuff it! Into the avocado.

Vegan Veggie Stir Fry

It’s Sunday Asian night!!! Ran a half marathon this morning that shattered my last PR, so I’m stoked to have some rice tonight! hahah

VEGAN VEGGIE STIR FRY

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For the Sauce:

1/3 cup tamari

¼ – 1/3 cup water

3 – 3 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar

1 – 1½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil

5-6 medium-large cloves garlic, minced

2 – 2½ tsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp arrowroot powder

Stir-Fry Mix

½ – 1 tbsp oil or splash of water for oil-free

4 ½ -5 cups broccoli, cut into flowerets and stalks peeled, trimmed, and sliced in rounds (just over ½ lb of broccoli)

couple pinches of sea salt

couple teaspoons of water

1½ cups red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, sliced (about 1 medium-large)

½ – ¾ cup raw cashews

1/2 cup sliced green onions

Directions

1. Add the broccoli and a pinch or two of sea salt and a teaspoon or two of water (the water will help to steam and soften the broccoli once covered) into a skillet over medium-high heat.  Toss the broccoli through, cover and let cook for just 2-3 minutes.

2.  As it is starting to turn to a brighter green color, remove the cover to your skillet, add the bell peppers, and saute through for another minute.

3.  Add the teriyaki sauce, and increase heat to high.  Toss the sauce through the vegetables, and let the sauce come up to a slow boil.  Once the sauce is at a slow boil and has thickened, cashews, and green onions, toss through the sauce and remove your pan from the heat.

4. Serve immediately over rice noodles, soba noodles, or a whole grain of choice such as brown rice or quinoa.

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Superbowl Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Thank you Pinterest for this amazing recipe!!!! This will also be served to my crowd of guys for Superbowl Sunday!!!…..and I will admit to LOVING this recipe every other day as well. Ok shocking reveal ahead…..I don’t like cauliflower. I know as a vegan, I should love all veggies, but in general…I’m not the biggest fan of the cauliflower…..until now!

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

ingredients:

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1 head of cauliflower

1 cup of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup of almond milk (unsweetened, not flavored)

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1/4 cup Franks Buffalo hot sauce

1/4 cup organic BBQ sauce

Directions:

 

1. Whisk the flour, milk and garlic powder together. Preheat over to 425 degrees

2. Cut the cauliflower off of the head/stalk into small piece. Dip into the flour batter and let excess drip off.

3. Place batter cauliflower onto a slightly oiled sheet pan. Drizzle lightly with more oil.

4. Bake for 15 minutes then flip. Bake 10 more minutes.

5. Mix BBQ sauce with the Buffalo Sauce (this can be adjusted for flavor…this is a very mild  sauce. You can add more hot sauce

6. Toss cauliflower in sauce and bake 10 minutes more.

7. Serve immediately!

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Let’s Catch up!!!

Hi all!!!

I realized today that I haven’t done a blog in a little while that simply explained where I am in my life now! There are tons going on and it’s an amazing journey!!! My type A personality makes me want to organize this by numbering them…so here goes!!!

1. Tons of folks are purchasing the movie UnSuperSize me and it sincerely warms my heart to know that my story is helping to inspire others!!! Check out this trailer at WWW.UNSUPERSIZEME.COM. The movie can be purchased here for the upcoming gift season, or streamed online!

2. Carly and I have had tons of requests for public speaking appearances and film viewings. Last month we were in Tucson, Arizona, and got to see people’s reaction to the film first hand. It’s so interesting to see others reactions, since sometimes the things we find funny in the film aren’t funny to the audience and sometimes they laugh at things we did not realize was funny! But most of all, it was so inspiring to me to be able to answer questions during a Q&A session after the film. The questions were so thought out, and very honest. It was probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. They really cared about me and my journey! Check out a small clip of this session here

3. We have received tons of reviews…some even international stating how inspirational the movie is! This is such an honor!!!! Veganism, EyesIn Magazine, a German vegan site, RunSpiration, blogger Bianca Phillips, Podcast, Favorite Run Community and much more!!! We have been busy spreading the word and love it!! (Reminder: the message I’m referring to is how I lost 200lbs in one year using a plant based diet and exercise, which is explained in the UnSuperSize Me Documentary).

4. I completed my 5th Half Marathon, the Marine Corps Half Marathon in Jacksonville, FL.

5. Oh yeah….I COMPLETELY MY FIRST WHOLE MARATHON!!!!!!! The Marine Corps Marathon on October 27, 2013!!! My first race ever was the Gainesville Turkey Trot 10k on November 24, 2011. Less than two years later and I have completely a marathon. Check out the amazing medal!!

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6. UnsuperSize Me was asked to be part of a newscast to spread the word further. What a great honor to be on the news and as a featured speaker at the Northeast Florida Veg Fest! Loved every moment!!! Click on the links below to watch some of our new presence!!!

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But honestly most important to me, which was way I originally started this blog back in 2011 was to help open the line the communication about obesity. Life does not have to be hard. No one has to be imprison by physical or emotional barriers. Our goal with UnSupersize Me is to help show people the easy solution to a huge problem that has plagued our world. Just think about this…three years ago, I could not go up a single flight of stairs without being winded…and now I have completed a marathon! Please if you do nothing else for your health…just watch this movie in hopes that it will inspire you to make small changes and see big results. www.unsuperszieme.com.

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