Training for a marathon takes a lot of motivation, strength, and time. Before I began my training back in June, I read a book by Haruki Murakami titled, "What I talk about when I talk about running." In the story, he discusses his journey of long-distance running, from running his first marathon, to re-creating the first historic run in Greece, to running his first ultramarathon. His journey has given me motivation throughout these last few months. My strength comes from hard work, dedication, and balanced nutrition. Eating delicious homemade vegan food has kept me on the right track! Lastly, with the help of a proper marathon training schedule(Hal Higdon's marathon training guide), I've been able to manage my time . I'm well on my way to reaching my goal of completing a marathon.
While vacationing in Hawaii, I discovered this amazing frozen treat...an acai fruit bowl. As soon I returned to New York, I tried making it with my Vitamix. The all organic smoothie consisted of the following;
Acai smoothie (acai, bananas, blueberries and ricemilk), topped with frozen and fresh blueberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, shaved coconut, almond granola, and agave syrup. Delicious!
Half Daiya Cheese, half vegan ham, peppers, mushrooms, and onion
Vegan BBQ chicken Pizza
Last shot before the oven...
Here are the results...
Melted Vegan Cheese and a crispy crust!
Mmmm....Haven't had Vegan BBQ chicken pizza since Gianna's Grille in Philadelphia.
Recipes for Vegan Daiya Pizza:
One package of Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough
One jar of Trader Joe's pizza sauce
One package of mozzarella Daiya Cheese
1/4 chopped onion
1/8 cup chopped mushrooms
1/8 cup of chopped peppers (red or green)
2 to 3 slices of Vegan Ham (Yves)
4 to 5 pieces of Vegan Chicken (Golden Chicken Nuggets from May Wah)
2 tbs. BBQ sauce
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to packaged dough directions.
Let dough sit at room temp. for 20 mins. Next, split the dough in half. On a floured surface shape each dough ball into two thin circles. Brush with extra virgin olive oil and garlic powder. Bake for 5-7 mins. or until slightly brown. Remove pizza crust and begin adding your toppings.
Pizza #1: Half Daiya Cheese, Half Vegan Supreme
Add just enough pizza sauce to lightly cover (*note too much sauce=soggy pizza). Then add Daiya cheese and toppings; peppers, onions, mushrooms, and vegan ham.
Pizza #2: Vegan BBQ chicken
Add BBQ sauce and then top off with Daiya Cheese and vegan chicken. Add additional sauce if desired.
Drizzle a little bit of extra virgin olive oil on top. Bake pizzas for additional 10-15 mins. or until Daiya Cheese has melted and you have a nice crust on your pizza. Bon Appetit!
Kanpyo and Avocado Roll (Each Veggie Roll here is $2!)
Green Salad with Ginger Dressing
Kabocha Squash with Watercress
St. Mark's Place is a great street for affordable dining here in NY. There are may authentic Japanese restaurants as well as other types of cuisine including Thai-Klong, Vietnamese-Baoguette-Pho, Middle Eastern-Mamouns and much more. Last week, I stumbled upon Go Japanese Restaurant. On a recent visit, I ordered two veggie rolls, a salad, and a side of squash (see photos above). If you're looking for something cheap and quick, go to Go:) (*Restaurant is veggie friendly~Note* they serve meat and fish, but if you're looking for the best vegan sushi try Soy and Sake in the West Village)
I love the fact that there are so many vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants in the neighborhood. Just to name a few, here is a short list; Quantum Leap, Curly's Vegetarian, Angelica Kitchen, Organic Grill, Counter, Pukk, Lan Cafe, and Caravan of Dreams. After a long week of making meals at home, dining out seemed like a great idea.
Dinner took place at Caravan of Dreams, which is located on 6th St. between 1st Ave and Ave A here in the East Village. I ordered the small unchicken caesar deluxe salad for my main dish and could not pass on the berry almond live chocolate cake for dessert. What a nice treat to end the week!
Unchicken Caesar Deluxe-black beans, seitan, croutons, tomatoes, olives, caesar dressing