Huge Announcement!

Hey guys!!  I have a huge important change to announce for the Lindsay Loves Veggies blog!  As of today, I will be blogging at a brand new location, because we have officially become http://lindsaylovesveggies.com!!!!  Please click on the link to go check it out, and leave a comment so I know that everything is working correctly!  Also, don’t forget to update your Google Readers and all that jazz!

I decided to host through Go Daddy, and so far I would definitely recommend them.  It was super easy to transfer my blog, and they actually have a WordPress tool, so that everything is almost exactly the same on my side!

Have a great night!  New posts should start coming through on the new address later this evening.

Thanks for all your wonderful support!

<3 Lindsay

 

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Crazy Days

Hello!  Getting excited for the 4th yet??  I know I am!  We don’t even have real plans yet, but I know it’ll be great no matter what happens.  I mean, come one, GO AMERICA!!!

This morning was another one of those lovely mornings where I was not exactly a happy little girl.  I woke up in time to go running before work, had my work clothes on, and was ready to head out the door when I noticed I’d missed a call from my dad.  Dang it!  I realized that Keenan and I were supposed to go help him move a clothes dryer this morning.  So, I gave up on my run, hauled Keenan out of bed, drove to my father’s house, and pouted like a little girl because I didn’t get to go running.

We got back to our apartment with just enough time to shower and get ready to go (benefits of having food for work prepared beforehand.)  At some point, I made the decision that I was going to drive to work instead of the usual public transport.  I love getting to spend some extra time in the car with my boyfriend, especially on my grumpier days.  He’s kinda awesome.  I did miss breakfast/lunch in all the chaos, but I ate a peach on the road, and just dealt with being hungry until my first break at work. 

I brought some of my Red Cabbage Slaw with chickpeas to eat for my lunch.

Definitely just as good the second time around.  I will totally be making this again very soon!  It’s just so easy and delicious!

Along with it, I enjoyed a mix of fruit punch and Sierra Mist.

I’m not usually a big soda drinker, but I was craving something fruity and fizzy to help wake me up when I got to work, and this really hit the spot.  I continued sipping on this for the entire duration of my shift.

My second meal was a can of Wolfgang Puck’s lentil and vegetable soup.

I think this is one of my favorite canned lentil soups.  Lots of veggies mixed in with the lentils!

In other news,today I put in a request for a week off of work at the end of July.  What can we possibly be up to???  I’ll let you know when we know more details. ;)

What do you have planning for the 4th??

I have nothing planned as of yet.  We’re definitely a bit along the spontaneous side when it comes to plans.  It’ll be totally sweet though, no matter what we end up doing!

Have a great night, and an amazing 4th of July!!

<3 Lindsay

PS. Check out this article from FitSugar- 20 Vegan Barbecue Side Dishes! Even if you’re a meat-eater, not EVERYTHING at your 4th of July BBQ needs to be loaded with meat and cheese!

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Red Cabbage Slaw

Good evening my loves!  How’s it going on your side?  I’m doing pretty well.

Today was a pretty typical day at work.  The only things that were atypical were my meals.  I made myself a special treat yesterday in place of my usual salad that I am pretty darn impressed with.  Introducing, Red Cabbage Slaw!

Recipe to follow here in a moment. :)

My second meal was the leftovers from my Vegan Caprese Salad from last night.

Still just as tasty today!

I really wanted to get a Subway sandwich when I got to the ferry terminal, but when I checked for my debit card, I realized that I’d left my wallet at home. Tragedy!  My tummy’s just gonna have to be a bit hungry until I get home.  I suppose I can wait another hour and a half… ;)

Anyway, time for my delicious recipe!

Red Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients (makes 4 side dish servings or 2 entree servings)

1/2 head red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup Vegenaise
1.5T agave syrup
1T canola oil
1T apple cider vinegar
1/4t sea salt

Directions

1.  Put the shredded cabbage in a large mixing bowl.

 Add the carrot to the cabbage.

2.  In a separate bowl, add the remaining ingredients.

Whisk until smooth.

3.  Add the sauce to the cabbage/carrot mix and stir until the veggies are well coated with the sauce.

This recipe is slightly sweet and all natural.  I really liked it because it gave me a huge serving of raw veggies, just like my regular salad, but having a completely different combo allowed me to get a different nutrient profile from what I normally have in my lunch salad.  I’m definitely looking forward to consuming the other half of the recipe tomorrow!

Now I am off home on the super crazy ferry (it always gets hectic on the nights that there are Mariners games).  When I get home I plan on enjoying a quick snack and then going to bed.  I am a tired girl!

Have a wonderful night!

<3 Lindsay

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HIIT and Breakfast

Good afternoon! 

 It’s an absolutely gorgeous day up here in Washington!  I hope you all are enjoying some beautiful weather as well!

I woke up this morning determined to run.  I immediately hopped out of bed, threw on some workout clothes and headed for the door.  According to my workout plan, today was supposed to be an HIIT day.   HIIT means High Intensity Interval Training.  It basically entails alternating between pushing yourself as hard as you can, and jogging, allowing your heart rate to recover.  The purpose is to reach your maximum heart rate at a few different points throughout your workout, thus making you work harder and boosting your performance in the long run.  HIIT workouts also tend to be shorter than normal training runs, because the intensity is so much higher.

This was my first time attempting HIIT without a treadmill, so I was a bit wary at first, but it actually went quite well.  I warmed up by jogging for five minutes, then began intervals of 30 seconds of full out sprinting followed by 90 seconds of jogging, for about 20 minutes, followed by another few minutes of jogging (I wanted to get to a round mileage point!). 

Garmin Stats:

I walked home, downed a huge glass of water, and jumped in the shower to get ready for work. 

Once I was dressed, I ate some Barbara’s cinnamon Puffins cereal with almond milk.

Now, I am sitting on the ferry on my way to work, sipping on a delicious green smoothie that my amazing boyfriend made for me.

Pretty sure this one has almond milk, spinach, a couple bananas, an orange, and frozen strawberries and blueberries.  Pretty fruity!

The rest of my day/weekend is going to be spent at the hospital delivering food trays to patients, but I do have a fun recipe to share with you later tonight, so be sure to check back!

<3 Lindsay

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Vegan Caprese Salad

Good evening!  Hope you’re all doing well tonight!

I had a pretty lazy evening around the house.  I did come up with a pretty darn good recipe, though, if I do say so myself.  I picked up some basil and tomatoes at the grocery store today, so I decided to put them to good use and veganize a caprese salad.  A typical version of the salad would include fresh mozzarella cheese, but I decided to use baked tofu instead.

Vegan Caprese Salad

Ingredients

1 block extra firm tofu
1 tomato
15 basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 400F.  Combine olive oil and minced garlic in a small container.  Slice the tofu into approximately 1/4 inch slices, and coat each slice in the oil and garlic.

2.  Place each slice in the baking pan, and cover the tofu in the remaining garlic from the mixture.  Baking for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

3.  While tofu is baking, cut the tomato into 1/4 inch slices.

4.  Once the tofu is golden brown, remove it from the oven.  On a plate, place two of the tofu slices.  Top them with a tomato slice.  Place three basil leaves on top of the tomato, and top them with another tomato slice.  Garnish with a sprig of basil. 

I ate two of these, and plan on saving the rest for my snack at work tomorrow evening.  It was amazing though.  One of my favorite things about summer is fresh, in-season tomatoes and basil.  Absolutely idyllic.  I love this vegan update of a classic dish.

Once dinner was complete, I sat back to chill out, watch a chick flick, paint my toenails, and sip on some Yogi Detox tea.

The movie was When in Rome, with Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.


 The nail polish color of the evening was Mod-ern Girl by OPI.

The mid-movie snack was toast with vegan cream cheese.

And leftover berries from earlier.

The movie was meh, but the rest was good.  I now remember why I’m not a big fan of chick flicks.  They’re just too cheesy and ridiculous.  However, I’m about to completely contradict myself and go watch Emma in bed.  Old-school Gwyneth, and quite good.  Plus I re-read the book this past winter.  I can’t help myself.

Have a great night!

<3 Lindsay

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Beach Picnic

This morning Keenan, Arlo, and I woke up and immediately headed out of the house to get some chores out of the way.  We went and paid our rent, then went to Fred Meyer to stock up on some groceries.  Our food supply has been lacking lately, so we spent quite a bit of time at the grocery store finding the essentials.  Let me tell you, we now have an AMAZING fruit collection.  I’m stoked.

Since it was such a gorgeous day, we decided to grab some ready-to-eat food to eat down at the waterfront, picnic style.  I tried a new flavor of kombucha, Guava Goddess.

It was quite good.  Not quite as much bite as the flavor that I usualy get; probably because it doesn’t contain lemon juice.  If you haven’t discovered kombuca yet, I urge you to try it.  It has weird stuff floating in it, but it’s just cultures of good bacteria that will make their home in your gut and keep the bad microbes at bay.  It tastes like fizzy juice, I just wouldn’t recommend taking a direct sniff of the bottle (take it from one who knows!).

The main course of my picnic brunch was some brown rice veggie sushi.

I ate a little over half the container with some soy sauce and ginger.  I hadn’t had sushi since becoming vegan, so it was a nice treat to find some that I could eat!

While I ate my little brunch I sat on the stairs and watched my boys play on the beach.

May I just say that my puppy dog smells significantly like rotting sea life now?? Ew!  Time for a puppy bath!

When we got home, Keenan left for work, and I ate a few berries for some workout fuel.

My workout consisted of a circuit that I borrowed from Julie’s blog, and modified for my fitness level. (She is in wayyyyy better shape than I am!)  Then I went on a three mile run around the park.

Garmin Shot:

Today has definitely been a great day so far, now I’m off to make dinner.  One nice thing about being home alone some evenings is that I get to make dinner without having to worry about anyones tastes but my own! 

<3 Lindsay

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Office Space

Hey guys!  How have you been??  Sorry I’ve been MIA all week.  It’s just been one of those weeks.

Since I last posted, I have worked a bit, played a bit, gone out to dinner a couple times (including a terrible experience at a restaurant with an incredible waterfront view that had something to do with an iceburg salad and a Boca burger. Ew.), and gone shopping with my wonderful boyfriend.  I got some new Toms! 

Oh em gee. I thought I loved my black Toms, but this is the real thing.  They’re amazing.  And bright.  And another little kid in a third world country got a new pair of shoes!  Toms may be cute and super comfortable, but really the One for One thing is really what makes me love them more than anything.

Today was a pretty typical work day.  I started out with a iced vente soy chai.

Then I got to work and realized how crazy the hospital was today.  Come on people, quit getting sick already!  You’re cramping my style!

Isn't the uniform adorable??

Thank goodness for breaks.  For my first meal I bought a bowl of Yukon Gold potato soup from the cafeteria.

I went back to work and sipped on some Tazo Zen green tea with lemon.

My lunch was a salad that had been waiting in the breakroom fridge for me since yesterday afternoon when I decided to buy something instead of eating what I brought.  I guess I was hungry, because I didn’t notice that I didn’t snap a photo until it was almost gone.

Spring mix, spinach, shredded carrot, cucumber, avocado, sunflower seeds and Goddess. 

I answered about 5 billion more phone calls in the office, then munched on some organic split pea soup. 

I still can’t remember the name of this soup brand, but it’s no salt added, and I DEFINTELY have to add my own salt.  I’m pretty sure Keenan put a bunch of sea salt on it before I left, but I tasted it, then ran and grabbed three salt packets and two pepper packets from the cafeteria condiments to add to it.  With my alterations it was perfection.  This may look like green mush, but like so many other foods (green smoothies, anyone?) appearances can be deceiving.

I finished up my work day, and headed out.  As soon as I left the office Keenan texted me to let me know that they let him off of work early!  Tonight’s looking to be pizza and movie night in our household!  Combine that with tomorrow being a day off, plus payday, and I am a pretty happy camper.

Do you have any packaged foods that you doctor up to make extra tasty?

I will definitely salt up my soups if necessary.  Added salt generally shouldn’t be a problem for you unless you have a pre-existing heart condition, which I do not.  Of course, you can also find me liberally adding hot sauce to many dishes, as well. 

Have a wonderful night!

<3 Lindsay

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