Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Triathlete to Teacher

Me and Patty with our award hardware after the race.
Potties make a for a good background, lol.
I did my last triathlon of the year here in Springfield. This one was an olympic distance (there was also a sprint option) called the "Iron Abe". I had good times in each leg and placed first in my age group, BUT it did not feel good at all! I guess that's what I get for taking a two week vacation :) I could do another triathlon this weekend, but I'm just really in a different mindset. I've had my fun, and I'm ready to get back to work! I can't believe I am saying that... wow! I also have 2 marathons in the fall so I can focus on those. I've been training a lot with my other friend Emily B. She and I will be leading a pace group the St Louis Rock n Roll Marathon for Michelob Ultra. 

I had one of my co-workers over for dinner this week to talk art and get ready for the upcoming year.... which starts NEXT week! She brought over some vegan Chardonnay and I made these super easy BBQ cranberry chickpea wraps. Honestly, probably the easiest dinner I've ever made.... and very tasty!! 
This recipe came from one, and so did the picture. I forgot to take one!

BBQ Cranberry Chickpea Wrap
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
1 15oz can chickpeas, drained
3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce1/2 cup sweet onion, diced1 tomato, diced4 Tbsp vegan mayo (I used grape seed Veganaise)3 Tbsp whole berry cranberry sauce (I used canned)

1. Add the chickpeas and BBQ sauce to a medium saucepan and simmer on your stove top for 15 minutes. 
2. While the chickpeas are heating, dice the veggies. 
3. Start assembling your wraps. Add 2 Tbsp of vegan mayo (Vegenaise) and 1 1/2 Tbsp of cranberry sauce to each wrap. Spread evenly. Add in 2-4 heaping scoops of the warm BBQ chickpeas. Top with a palmful of onions and tomato. We also added fresh spinach to ours.
Chickpeas are such a versatile ingredient... I just love them! I just made a mock tuna salad with them... I'll have to post the recipe in my next entry because it turned out bomb! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Veg Food & in the Mountains

I hope you are ready for multiple landscape and food photos from my trip to Colorado! =)
Ryan and I having dinner for my 27th birthday.
I finally made it out to Denver to visit my brother, Ryan. I LOVE Denver. The first place we went to was a little cafe near his school (he had a meeting), The University of Colorado Denver in Aurora. Seeing half the menu items labeled "vegan" or "gluten free" was a breath of fresh air! Later we went to whole foods and picked up some stuff to make dinner- then to get beer of course. Hmmm what's that gonna turn into?

Super Easy Eggplant Pizza's For Two

  • 1 medium Eggplant 
  • Pizza Sauce
  • 1 cup vegan cheese (we used daiya)
  • Your choice of sliced vegetable toppings (we used 1 small roma tomato and a handful of mushrooms).
  • 1tbs dried basil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Slice the eggplant into 1/2" thick slices and arrange on a greased baking tray. Spread 1-2 tbs pizza sauce onto each slice of eggplant. Add your vegetable toppings and basil. Pop those mini pizzas into the oven for 25-30 minutes. 
  3. When the Eggplant slices appear to be cooked through, remove them from the oven. 
  4. Turn the oven to broil. Add the vegan cheese to each mini pizza and put back in the oven until the cheese has melted (about 2 minutes).
We enjoyed our pizzas with a little side salad. This was super easy and fun to cook with my brother. 

The next day my brother took me out to City O City for a birthday dinner. They had lot's of yummy vegan items on their menu as well!
Vegan Mac n Cheese at City O City

Grilled Tofu at City O City

 I got to meet some of my brothers friends and hang with him and my friend Laurie (who I went to college with) for a few more days. For the remainder of my trip I went to Breckenridge to spend some time with family. My mom, dad, brother chris, and even Miki came along for the fun. Here are some pictures from the rest of my trip!

Mountain biking in Breckenridge with Laurie

Boating with fam and friends on Lake Dillon, CO

On a hike, looking at Gray's and Torrey's Peak. Dog's came on this hike. Miki did well!

Hiking up Mount Quandry with Laurie- this was a 14,000ft climb!

Miki has been doing so much sleeping since we arrived home! What a busy couple of weeks for him :)
 I already miss the mountains. And my brother. Maybe I will move to Colorado soon. :)