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Weekly Rewind~St. Patrick’s Day Edition

rewind st. pats

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Lucky BIC Bands-Don’t get pinched this year, with our LUCKY BIC Band in a versatile emerald green. Great for your St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock run!

clover bic band

Do It Yourself Fabric Paint St. Patrick’s Day Towel-Add just a touch of St. Patrick’s Day to your kitchen with fabric paint. It’s easy to make up quick dish towels to celebrate any event with a little fabric paint and a whole lot of imagination!

handpainted St.Patrick's Day Towel

Leprechaun Prints-You know those leprechauns are up to nothing but trouble when this time of year rolls around.

leprechaun prints

Shenanigans T-Shirt-There is just one question have you tried a Crazy Dog T-shirt yet?  Just Wait until you slip on one of these super soft tees.   You’ll instantly fall in love! Not only are they printed on super soft cotton but the tees fit great on too!

shenanigans shirt

Green Powerhouse Pesto Plate-“This isn’t actually “pesto” per say since it’s nut-free, but it’s close enough. I adapted my beloved creamy avocado dressing for this one. It’s a simple blend of avocado, basil, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, sea salt, and garlic. The dressing has a nice zip to it, kicking up the dish several notches which is always a good thing when cooking with millet.” -Angela Liddon


Colcannon-Colcannon is really just mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage mixed in, but it’s one of those concoctions where the sum is equal to more than the parts.


Leprechaun Grilled Cheese-Grilled Cheese sandwich with broccoli pesto, your kids will love it!

grilled cheese

Shamrock Shake Up-Mint leaves, simple syrup, vodka and soda are shaken up for a fun adult beverage.


Shamrock Juice-Pineapple juice, sparkling lemonade, sparkling white grape juice
lime Popsicles, & green apples are all you will need for this fun drink!

shamrock green drinks

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting Shots-Chocolate Covered Katie does it again! “This mint-chocolate cream is great for any of the following; as a frosting for cakes or cupcakes, for peppermint ice cream sundaes or brownies, as a rich and decadent pudding or mousse, to make friends with leprechauns!”

frosting shot

Minty Grasshopper Pie-“Layers of green soy-based mint-vanilla pudding mingle with a chocolate cookie crumble crust and minty white, whipped fluff on top. All vegan. And that mint green color with tiny mint-colored specks is 100% natural. It was achieved by blending in a pinch of baby spinach (but don’t worry, you can’t taste it). This silky, creamy, cloud-like pie will refresh your palate and make all your mint chocolate dreams come true!”-Kathy Patalsky

grasshopper pie

For even more St. Patrick’s Day ideas and inspiration check out my Pinterest board!

Disclaimer: The cookies and food on my Pinterest board are not all vegan, but they are all vegetarian!


Dinner Menu for the Week

weekly menu

Do you ever feel stressed out trying to throw a healthy and tasty dinner together at the last minute during the work week? I know I do. With three active kids and two parents who both exercise daily and work full-time, dinner can become very hectic around my house. Next week starts soccer season for my two younger ones, plus the youngest begins swim lessons this week. Flying by the seats of our pants for dinner is not going to cut it any longer.

I am a planner by nature. I like things organized, in their place, and predictable. Routines and I are BFFs. I started to plan dinner for the week last week and it worked out fantastically. I thought other families might appreciate me sharing what we have planned each week.

Keep in mind that I am the only 100% plant-based eater in my house, the rest of the family is omnivores. Adjust each meal to accommodate your own dietary needs.

**I do all my prep work on Saturday and Sunday. This includes finalizing the menu for the week, then checking what ingredients I have at home and making a grocery list. Once home I begin washing, chopping, and sautéeing veggies. I wash all fresh fruits. If anything needs thawed I take it out of the freezer and move it to the refrigerator. I pack lunches and snacks for the next day each night.**

Here is this week’s menu:

Monday: Saucy Skillet with Tofu (Chicken for family) from Food & Family Magazine Summer 2006
Tuesday: Crockpot Tortilla Soup from 86 Lemons
Wednesday: Salads (The family will have steak to add to theirs if they choose)
Thursday: Taco Chili with Cheeze Sauce from Oh She Glows
Friday: Naughty and Nice Enchilada Casserole from Oh She Glows

I pack my lunch to bring to work every day. Here is what I’ve got planned this week; Organic Spring Mix Salad greens with various toppings (sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, hemp seeds, etc.), Tabbouleh (recipe to come!), and Rip’s Sweet Potato Bowl

I also bring snacks to work with me, this week I bought; fresh fruit (Cara Cara oranges, Anjou Pears), granola, roasted red pepper hummus with veggies, and edamame.

Do you ever plan your meals for the week? Have any favorite dinner suggestions? Links encouraged!

Weekly Rewind~Valentine’s Day Edition

rewind 02.08.13 Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought it would be fun to share all the yummy Valentine’s recipes I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere this week for the weekly rewind.

Let’s get started with drinks shall we?

Blood Orange Sangria from How Sweet It Is

Blood Orange Sangria

{Source: How Sweet It Is}

Red Velvet Smoothie with Cashew Cream Filling from Keepin’ It Kind

Can I interest you in some appetizers?

Beet Ginger Coconut Soup from A Farmer in the Dell

Go-To Kale Salad from Oh She Glows

{Source: Oh She Glows}

{Source: Oh She Glows}

Next for the entree..

Chana Masala from The Post Punk Kitchen

{Source: The PPK}

{Source: The PPK}

Spaghetti & No-Meatballs from The Lunchbox Bunch

{Source: Kathy Patalsky}

{Source: Kathy Patalsky}

And now for my favorite part of any meal, dessert!

Vegan Dark Chocolate Strawberry Truffles from Fork & Beans

{Source: Fork & Beans}

{Source: Fork & Beans}

Strawberry Shortcake with a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping from One Green Planet

What do you do for Valentine’s Day? Do you go out to dinner at a fancy restaurant with your love? Or do you prefer to make a sinfully delicious dinner in the comfort of your own home? I prefer staying home with my husband and three kids.

Weekly Rewind~Hodge Podge Edition

rewindTime for another edition of Herbivore Triathlete’s Weekly Rewind!

I’ve been super busy this week, I know I’ve said that before, but it’s true! I feel like this week has just been go, go, go!

On Sunday I ran my very first 10K, you can read about my experience here.

My birthday was on Wednesday. I turned 35 (holy shit, when did I get old??)

Three kids + three bedroom house = shared bedrooms = recipe for disaster! We’ve had our house on the market since this past summer and have been casually looking for a 4 bedroom house. I found one that looked like it was a good fit for us, kind of out of town a bit and had a small amount of land. I contacted the Realtor  scheduled a viewing, and went to the house on the designated day and time. We waited for half an hour and she NO SHOWED! What kind of Realtor does that? I was annoyed to say the least. We had made childcare arrangements and cancelled my birthday dinner plans to go see this house. Ugh!

I’ve been reading a lot about photography this week:

By the way, I need this lens–>Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Awesome lens at an awesome price!

Food I’m crushing on this week:

Looking for a new blog to obsess over? Check out Greatist‘s list of 60 Must-Read Health &Fitness Blogs for 2013. Several of my favorites are on the list, are yours?




Weekly Rewind~Back to Work Edition

rewindIt’s been a very busy week for me since I’ve returned to work full time this week after my nice long holiday vacation! As always, Friday means weekly rewind,here’s what happened this week.

Winter Session I of spin classes started this week and the sadistic duo instructors don’t ease us back into things but rather plow ahead full force.

Half marathon training is in full swing as well with each Sunday’s run session getting gradually longer. I’m not running a predetermined number of miles but rather a length of time, this week the plan is to run for 1 hour, 25 minutes. I’m expecting this to be around 10 miles or so.

Although I don’t necessary feel the need to make New Year’s resolutions per say, I do feel like I need to clean up my eating a bit after enjoying a bit of freedom food wise during the holidays.

I’ve been planning my meals again, which is essential for work days and I tend to eat better if I plan ahead. Every day I’ve made myself a huge salad for lunch. My salads typically include spinach, arugula and kale, about 2-3 cups worth. I add cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, beans (black beans, chickpeas, etc.), hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, cranberries, and banana peppers. For the dressing my current fave is Marzetti Simply Dressed Light Raspberry Acai Salad Dressing.

Check out Somer’s Green Smoothie Challenge, talk about inspirational! She has graciously provided a Google document for anyone who would like to join in the challenge. All the work has been done for you, no excuses!

Megan from Country Cleaver has started a great how-to series. First up, a fabulous looking multigrain bread, picture perfect and waiting to be made into a great sandwich, or simply toasted and slathered with some nut butter, sunflower butter or even cookie butter. Yum!

Angela from Oh She Glows started a Vegan How To Series which I think is fantastic for anyone wanting to eat more plant-based whole foods. I wish she had done this series a year ago when I embarked into the world of veganism. Lots of great tips, tricks, and helpful information is being covered not only in the posts themselves but also in discussions in the comments section. Topics covered so far include; Introduction to the Series, How To Make The Transition, Replacing Dairy Milk, Carrageenan in Our Food, and Homemade Oat Milk.

I’m sick and tired of the music I currently have on my playlist and am looking for new, motivating songs for my upcoming Polar Bear Series 10K, which is quickly approaching. Eeek! It’ll be the longest race I’ve ever done.

Weekly Rewind~Appreciating My Kids Edition

AA034600In the wake of last week’s horrific tragedy in Connecticut, I’ve made a conscious effort to be more patient with my kids and appreciate every minute I get to spend with them. There’s been extra snuggles, more kisses, and frequent I love you’s. It’s easy to take these years for granted and I know I will miss them dearly when my kids are all grown.

This weekend we made Swedish Pepparkakor, a yearly Christmas tradition in our house. The kids’ favorite part is eating the dough raw, just like I did at their age! We made white chocolate peppermint bark gift bags for their teachers, appreciating them even more than usual, remembering the brave teachers who tried to protect and save their students.

We did a few science experiments including making oobleck and the naked egg experiment. I attended the annual Christmas program at the elementary school, my oldest daughter’s holiday choir concert, took my son to a bowling party with friends, gone ice skating, made hot chocolate, and went to my kindergartner’s Christmas sing-a-long.

We’ve cuddled on the couch, watching our favorite Christmas movies, including Elf, The Santa Clause and National Lampoon Christmas Vacation. We had fun making silly videos with ElfYourself and laughed until our sides hurt. We turned on Christmas music and looked at pictures from past holiday celebrations.

It’s been bittersweet for me, getting to do all these things with my kids this week and knowing that there are 20 moms in Connecticut who will never get to hold their child again. My baby turns 6 this month, hitting close to my heart knowing the children killed in Connecticut were the same age. It breaks my heart knowing that there are twenty 6 year old kids who won’t be unwrapping Christmas gifts next Tuesday morning. So please, cherish your kids, no matter how old they are, and tell them you love them often.

In my house, after everyone is tucked snuggly into their beds, we end the night with, “I love you to the moon and back!”  And I do.

Weekly Rewind

rewind Time for my weekly rewind where I share great ideas, recipes and articles from around the web during the past week!

I’ve been pinning recipes like a mad woman on Pinterest and as a result I’ve been doing a lot of baking and cooking this week.

Over the weekend I made this Outback Steakhouse Wheat Bread (copycat recipe) from Averie Cooks. I did have to tweak the recipe a bit. For the first attempt I followed Averie‘s directions to the letter and my dough just did not rise! So for my second attempt I used less flour, I also changed from white whole wheat flour and used Whole Wheat Pastry flour. Instead of adding the yeast to the dry ingredients, I added it to the molasses/water mix and let it sit and foam up for 5-10 minutes before adding to the dry ingredients. The final change I made was to roll the dough into one loaf instead of two. My second attempt resulted in a perfect loaf, chewy and hearty, perfect for the soup I made! This bread reminds me very much of Swedish Limpa, one of my favorite breads as a child that I have not found here in the States. I’ve tried to re-create Swedish Limpa in the past and have never come close. This Outback Steakhouse Wheat Bread (copycat recipe) from Averie Cooks is the closest to how I remember. I will definitely be making this again and again. Averie suggests serving with honey butter, which is great, but I also enjoyed several slices with Daiya Havarti Style Wedge in Jalapeno Garlic.

I started reading The Language of Food Photography series on Gourmande in the Kitchen. I figure it’s never to early to learn how to do this food blog thing the best way possible, right? So far I’ve only had a chance to read through the part 1, it’s been a busy week! I also discovered 3 (three!) sets of silver in my basement that my husband found at his dad’s house a while back. These will be great for props in the future. He also brought home some platters and dinnerware that belonged to his grandmother. I am super excited about this!

It seems that the holiday season is in full swing around the world wide web with holiday gift ideas popping up on blogs all over the place! Here are some great gift guides that I’ve enjoyed browsing:

What’s on your list? I’ve got several cookbooks that I wouldn’t mind receiving along with a food processor, running, biking and swimming gear, a triathlon bag, paid entry fees for races, etc.

This year on Portable North Pole you can send a special video message from Santa to your child for FREE! This is can be personalized for your child and is super cute. My two youngest absolutely loved it.

santa ad