Things I Ate Last Week: Recipe Share

I need to preface that this post was written in a perfect, little coffee/grilled cheese oasis, which in my opinion, is an excellent place to write about food. I’ve been living in DC for the majority of the past two years, but the thing I’ve found missing is an abundance of excellent coffee shops — the kind where the music is great but low-key, the baristas are kind and there’s no fear you’ll get kicked out of a great table for just ordering a coffee. It doesn’t hurt that the patio is surrounded by flowering trees either.

Anyway, I thought that I would share a little bit of what I’ve been making lately — a weekly round up of recipes I’ve made and liked and a few meals I’ve had out. I usually try to add one or two new recipes to avoid getting sick of my go-to favorites (there can be too much of a good thing). In general, I’m not opposed to eating meat on special occasions with my family or on my travels, but everything I cook at home is vegetarian or vegan. Part of the appeal was the opportunity to try new things in the kitchen and during that time I’ve learned I love things I swore I hated (looking at you all, mushrooms, squash and peppers). Plus, I know if this steak/burger/chili dog-loving soul can embrace this mostly plant powered food, anyone can.

I’m also going to keep this series real and include a few things that are in no way about veggies (like that ice cream float and my ritual Saturday morning bagel). My body loves the plants, but my soul needs that cream cheese.

Let’s get to the food! Otherwise known as what I remembered to photograph last week.

IMG_3429Eating out: Despite my best intentions and the meal plan I diligently madke to ensure I’m not wasteful…I inevitably go off track once or twice a week when cooking seems like a chore. Union Market is approximately a 3-minute walk from my doorstep and brings along a so many delicious temptations. Luckily for me, Takorean‘s tofu tacos with kale slaw and all the fixings aren’t too guilt-inducing, and they’re so darn good.

IMG_3403My go-to snack: Picture hunger, but it’s not yet meal time, and I’m trying to forget that I bought a box of toaster strudels last week in a moment of weakness. Enter: this bowl of goodness! Honey, chia, hemp and flax seeds mixed in a dollop of plain greek yogurt and topped with berries and an individual pack of trail mix from Trader Joe’s. It’s honestly more delicious than an ice cream sundae after dinner. It also helps to load up your pantry with great toppings to throw on things like this. Other suggestions — sunflower seeds, coconut flakes and nut butters. P.S. Has anyone tried coconut yogurt? Yay/nay?

IMG_3512Tried favorite: Mushroom tacos from Runner’s World! Tacos are probably my favorite food item and these are far too good to wish the filling was meat. It’s not the easiest to pack for lunch the next day (lots of moving parts), but it’s perfect for a fun Sunday night dinner before a new week begins. I top mine with cilantro, onion and a squeeze of lime but black beans, guacamole and Sriracha don’t hurt.

IMG_3454The new guys: Sweet potato burgers and quinoa chili. I’ve cooked my share of misses before — things that tasted fine but not great — but I won’t hesitate to make these two things again! The burger was a nice change from my regular black bean recipe and worked just as well topped with hummus or avocado in a bun or paired alone with roasted vegetables. Mmmm.

IMG_3444I consider chili a year-round staple because it’s packed with vegetables, legumes and tastes delicious, but every now and again I like to see if I can top my favorite recipe. FYI — I added two medium sized, microwaved sweet potatoes and an extra can of black beans to this chili recipe because I like a thicker consistency and loved it!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetSides: Cripsy, oven-fried sweet potato fries! I had a couple extra sweet potatoes leftover, did a quick Google search for a recipe, and I made fries! I highly recommend following the suggestion to season with a little paprika. It was subtle and good. I also used half the amount of olive oil, and they turned out just like I wanted.

IMG_3442Dessert (Out): A blueberry shrub float from Buffalo + Bergen where they handcraft the soda before your eyes. I’m not a big soda drinker, but I can’t resist experimenting with new flavors here. My favorite is peppermint coke!

IMG_3521Dessert (In): I baked Running on Veggie’s Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies! Check out tomorrow’s post for more details 🙂

What did you cook and love last week? 

Friday Five: Blogs to Love

I’m excited to link-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run today! This week’s theme is blogs to love.

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  1. Running on Veggies: This is one of the newest blogs I’ve started reading, but I already have plans to make Lottie’s pre-workout blueberry maca muffins. I’ll post my results when I finish! Once you check out Lottie’s recipes, I’ll be surprised if you’re not motivated to try something yourself. I’ve got dark chocolate peanut butter banana overnight oats lined up next.
  2. Ginger RunnerThis is more of a vlog, but Ethan supplies overwhelming running inspiration and a lot of helpful information on different running products in his short films and videos. His review of the Hoka One One Clifton shoe convinced me try a pair on at my local running store (side note: they’re the best). Check out Altering Expectations, which follows someone completing their very first ultra marathon at the Oregon Coast 50K.
  3. Eat Pray Run DC: As I mentioned above, Courtney is one of Friday Five’s sponsors! This was the first DC area blog I started to read, and it’s a pleasure to read about running from someone who appreciates this city as much as I do. I especially love the training week and race re-caps – details this beginner runner enjoys reading. She also has great advice and transparency on starting or maintaining a blog!
  4. Fit and Faithful: I initially found Chelsy’s blog through Instagram (my favorite thing). She was training for her first 75K at the time, which is an incredible feat and distance! What really struck me, however, was her journey from a 5:11 marathon to a BQ and an ultra marathon! It makes me believe that goals that seem out of reach right now might not seem so impossible with a little more experience under my belt.
  5. Running Out of WineLisa lives in the nearby Baltimore area and is another one of those blogs I started reading right when I was getting into running. Reading about her weekly training and meal-plans fed my running bug!

Do you read any of these blogs too? What else do you suggest?