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Vegan Baked Potato Soup

To me, this screams comfort food... creamy, rich and satisfying.

I've taken the classic loaded baked potato soup and veganized it.  It features plant based milk, tofu sour cream, dairy free cheese, and coconut bacon.

This is basically a baked potato in a bowl... how can you go wrong?

Vegan Baked Potato Soup Ingredients 4 large russet potatoes, baked, peeled and chopped 1/3 cup earth balance 1/3 cup flour 6 cups almond milk 3/4 tsp talk 1/2 tsp pepper 1 TBS Cholula (optional) 6 green onions, thinly sliced (reserve 2 for topping) 1 1/4 cups Daiya cheddar style shreds tofu sour cream Coconut bacon (or other plant based "bacon") Instructions Melt earth balance over low heat. Add flour, whisking until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, whisking to fully incorporate. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Add potatoes, salt, pepper, Cholula, green onions and 1 cup cheddar style shreds. Cook until cheese is …

Workouts - Last Week Today - January 29

This week, I eased into running one week post marathon.  I am taking it slow and easy...  best way to recovery, I think.  I didn't feel any soreness or DOMS after the race., and for that I am thankful.

I am enjoy running easy, and although I do have a race on the horizon, I'm not too worried about it.  I am actually thinking about running that race as a "fun" run.

This is how my week ended up:

Sunday - 5 miles easy... first run after the marathon, felt awesome!



Monday - 4 miles easy... enjoyed it with the Gooses Acre Running Club.



Tuesday - Yin Yoga. Still in love with this class!

Wednesday - 3 miles easy

Thursday - Rest.

Friday - Rest.

Saturday - 4 miles easy with Sorcha.





Total Miles = 16



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap.

January Runfessions

I'm linking up with the lovely ladies today for Friday Five 2.0 and the fabulous Marcia for Runfessions.  First of all, how is it already the end of January!

I have a few things on my mind to Runfess...

To tell you the truth... I'm still living on my "marathon high" ... and sometimes in disbelief that I ran 26.2 miles.  Meb was right when he said that it would be life changing.



I am really hooked on Yin Yoga. I took my first class a couple of weeks ago, there were several newbies in the class so the teacher explained a little what it was ... during which he said that it was all about training your mind to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I am usually drawn to a more physical type of yoga, but there is something to be said for training your mind... I can see it helping me in running and in life in general (the hip opener poses are quite therapeutic as well). It is hard, but just in a different way.



While I have set my running goals for the year, I'm still work…

All Caps Cooking + Spanakorizo

Power Vegetables!, a cookbook by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach promises  ALL CAPS cooking for people looking to eat more vegetable-centered meals.  This book turbo-charges vegetable dishes to make them powerfully good... for example, vichyssoise made with dashi, or braised collards with peanut butter.

Power Vegetables! is not a book full of vegetarian or vegan recipes.  There is plenty of fish and dairy in this book... even some bacon.  Many recipes lend themselves to be adapted to your dietary requirements.  Most recipes use ingredients that will get you "out of the box", and create a taste sensation for your mouth.

I enjoyed paging through this book, reading about the recipes, marking those that I wanted to make, and looking at the beautiful pictures.

I made a recipe from this book, Spanakorizo, which I am sharing with you below... it was delicious.  I had my doubts when I read the recipe that it would be anything but boring, and would need some "spicin…

Sweet Potato and White Bean Stew

Some time ago, I had dreamt up this great stew with sweet potatoes, white beans, and swiss chard that I served over farro.  Unfortunately, I never wrote down the recipe so all that remains of it is a photo and a comment about making up this dish while walking the halls at work.

It sounded so good, so I set out to recreate it. This time documenting ingredients.  It is chockfull of vegetable goodness!

It makes a really hearty meal, especially when served over farro.  I think a nice crusty bread would be a great accompaniment.

This serves up a huge batch, but is easily halved... it also freezes quite well.

Sweet Potato and White Bean Stew Ingredients Olive oil for pan 1 onion, chopped 2 red bell peppers, chopped 3 stalks celery, diced 6-8 garlic cloves, minced 1 bulb fennel, chopped 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme 3 parsnips, chopped 4 small sweet potatoes, chopped 2 15 oz cans white beans, rinsed and drained 1 32 oz can crushed tomatoes 1 22 oz jar diced fire roasted tomatoes 2 cu…

Chevron Houston Marathon Recap

Last weekend I ran my very first marathon... the Chevron Houston Marathon.



It was a full weekend affair.  Friday morning started out with an e-mail from the marathon committee warning about the weather conditions during the race.



Friday night I had dinner with the hubs and some friends.  Everyone was excited to carbo load with me.  I made spaghetti for everyone and my special pre-race pasta bake for me. It was a pretty early night for me as I had the ABB 5k in the morning and needed to leave the house at 5:30.  I laid out my outfit for the race in the morning and packed a bag with regular clothes to change into since I would be at the Expo after the race.


ABB 5k
Race morning came early, but I woke up and had some warm lemon water and made a cup of yerba mate for the road.  I wasn't really hungry, so didn't worry about eating anything for breakfast. I got on the road at my planned time and made it to Houston with plenty of time to spare.  I picked up my packet and dropped it off at…

5 Favorite Signs From Chevron Houston Marathon

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0!  I'm still riding that marathon high... so today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite signs I saw while running the Chevron Houston Marathon.









 Do you have a favorite/funny sign you remember from race day?



*photo credit goes to the random strangers that posted pictures on the Chevron Houston Marathon Facebook page. 



I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

Gear To Get You Through Winter In Houston

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "Favorite Winter Gear".  I don't have much winter gear as I'm blessed to live in Houston which has a very mild winter.  So mild that I don't put away my summer gear!

I see snaps of my Instagram friends in colder climates and I'm happy I don't have to bundle up so much.  I have lost whatever tolerance for the cold from living in Kansas about a year after I moved to Houston.

I always look at the nice, warm looking running jackets when they come out in late summer/early fall... but I really have no need for those. I try to keep my winter gear spending pretty low, since I wear that stuff so rarely.  It is really the short/tanks/carpis/lightweight long sleeves where my money goes.

I have a few things in my arsenal for when the weather gets downright cold ... in Houston, that is in the lower 40's-30'…

Workouts - Last Week Today - January 15

Last week was my final week of training before running the Houston Marathon.

Today, I set out to accomplish that big scary goal that I had set out to do a year ago - and I finished!  I'll be posting a recap of the race in the upcoming week... stay tuned!

This week was an easy week for me, as I finished out my taper.

Sunday - 6 miles easy



Monday - 8 x 2 min "fast"... a little speedwork to shock my legs.



Tuesday - Yin Yoga.  I had never been to a yin yoga class and was hoping this would help to get me loosened up.  The instructor described this as a class that you needed to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  It was tough... a great class for mental focus! That evening I started feeling a little "off"

Wednesday -  3 miles easy... was on the struggle bus the entire time with this run.  That morning I had decided my "off" feeling from the night before was a head cold.... boo!

Thursday - Rest. I hydrated like a boss between water and "sick" tea, tryin…

5 Goals for Marathon Weekend

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0!  This week the topic is Dream Vacations or Winter Destinations, I don't have anything to share on that topic at this time. All week I've been obsessing over the little thing happening in Houston this weekend - the Chevron Houston Marathon.  I'm running in it and it will be my first marathon.



Like usual, I've come up with some goals for the race, but this time I'm extending it to race weekend as I'm participating in the ABB 5k on Saturday too.

Take it easy at the 5k, very easy.
Several of my IG friends are running the race, I'd like to meet some of them in person.
Meet Meb. He will be at the Expo on Saturday for 2 autograph sessions... I've got my book ready for him to sign.
Finish what I started. I really don't have a time goal, my main goal is to make it across that finish line on Sunday.
Have fun!! Why do it if it isn't fun?

Do you make goals for races other than …

Workouts - Last Week Today - January 8

I'm heading into my FINAL week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is in 7 days away. I'm hanging out in the taper now. My mileage was a little low last week as I ran my Sunday long run on Saturday due to the holiday.

I made it to two yoga classes this week, which felt awesome!  I've been foam rolling daily.

Sunday - Rest.

Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - 5 miles + strideouts.

Wednesday -  Basics Yoga.



Thursday - Rest.

Friday - 3 x 1 mile "fast" with 1 mile warm-up/cool-down.





Saturday - 5 miles easy, Basics Yoga



Total Miles = 15



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap; andNicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday.