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Hola!

As you can tell Veggiesmack has not been updated in a while. Sad, I know. But, we are about to start blogging at VegFortWorth. There will be recipes, restaurant reviews, pictures of food, vegan news and happenings and all kinds of other stuff. Check it out!

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Negligent

I’ve been so negligent of Veggiesmack this week (including my exercise log). Most of that was due to not having a computer most of the week. My MacBook had some cracking plastic issues and had to be sent off for repair.

Anyway, regular posting (and exercising) should resume this week. Yay!

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On a non-food-related note, I had a story published at Every Day Fiction on Saturday. Take a look, if you feel so inclined. If you search through the archives, I have a few other stories there, if you’re really hard up for something to read.

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Today is Vegan Thursday! (If you don’t know what that is, check out Chocolate-Covered Katie’s blog). Since I’m already 90% vegan (and 100% vegetarian), I decided on Vegan Thursdays, I’d come up with a new vegan recipe. Thus, we have these delicious, cheeseless quesadillas!

I made this using ingredients already in my pantry and fridge. It’s all really basic stuff. I’m trying to keep the food bill low this week, so look for more pantry concoctions soon! :-)

I have a feeling this spread would also be good between two slices of bread as a cheeseless grilled cheese!

Queso-less-dillias

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon yellow miso
2 tablespoons vegan cream or milk (I used unsweetened MimicCream)
2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teapsoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Tortillas of your choice

Place everything except the tortillas in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. This is your “cheeze.” Spread a generous layer of “cheeze” on a tortilla. Place another tortilla on top of the cheese (you know, like a sandwich). Grill over medium heat in a lightly oiled nonstick skillet or griddle until toasted (about 5 minutes). Flip over and grill other side. Cut into wedges. Repeat until you have a big pile of delicious quesadillas.

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I love pretty much anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Throw in a banana and it’s that much better. This smoothie’s a great way to get your chocolate-PB fix without ingesting tons of fat and refined sugar. Note that the small amount of strawberries called for don’t really impart any flavor; they’re just low-cal filler.

Choco Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

1 frozen, sliced banana (hint, slice before you freeze)
1-1/2 cups almond milk (chocolate, plain or vanilla)
3/4 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 heaping tablespoon PB2 (or 1 tablespoon natural style peanut butter)
3 frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon agave (optional; the banana and protein powder already provide quite a bit of sweetness)

Put everything in a blender or Magic Bullet and and process ’til smooth.

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Here’s more awesome vegetarian food we found in Austin. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see this post.


TLT Sandwich at . LOVED this restaurant! They have a mix of ominivore, vegan and vegetarian offerings. This is the vegan version of their TLT, subbing tempeh for the bacon, and the millet bread is gluten-free (they have lots of gluten-free options, come to think of it). Came with a big ol’ dish of vegan mayo and slaw. Sandwich was great, but I didn’t care much for the slaw; it had a strange taste I just couldn’t bring myself to like. Snack Bar is in a revamped ’50s building. Very mid-centry, and they were playing Talking Heads on the patio when we ate there. How much cooler can you get?


This was Kevin’s selection at Snack Bar—the Veggie Bocadillo. Roasted veggies, grilled halloumi cheese (!), and Moroccan spices on a baguette with a side of potato straws. He enjoyed the sandwich, and the potato straws were way better than my slaw.


Of course, we had to go back to Jo’s. This is their BBQ sandwich made with wheat roast on a slightly sweet bun. YUM! You can’t go wrong with Jo’s wheat roast. It’s a little sweet and really spicy.


This is Kevin’s griddled 3 cheese from Jo’s with a side of fries. He likes his grilled cheese sandwiches!

Somehow we managed to not take pictures of any of our breakfasts, which is too bad. My favorite breakfast was probably the multi-grain pancakes from Jo’s (yes, we went there a total of 3 times). It wasn’t until after we left that I realized the other Jo’s on South Congress had a tofu “egg” salad sandwich. If I’d known that, we would’ve gone there for lunch while we were on South Congress. Oh, well. I’m sure Jo’s will still be there when we go back in December 2010.

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Kevin and I have been in Austin these last few days (hence the lack of posts). We’ve going during our Christmas vacation these last two years, and I have to say, I think I could easily live in Austin. They have some great, walkable urban areas, lots of cool independent business and a crapload of vegetarian-friendly restaurants. While I had fun, I was happy to get home last night. Here’s some of the veg-friendly eats we enjoyed (all pictures were taken by Kevin):


The Berkeley Vegan Pizza from Z Pizza. Holy crap, this had to be the best pizza I have put in my mouth, vegan or otherwise. I think they use Daiya cheese, and wow, it’s amazing! So melty and gooey! And the crust is perfect—fairly thin, but still soft and chewy. I wish we had one of these in Fort Worth!


Vegan wrap at Flipnotics. Can’t remember what it was called, but inside it had brown rice, nori, thai peanut sauce. This was good, but I think it would’ve been even better warmed up. Loved the atmosphere here. Reminded me of places in Portland, OR.


Blue Dragon Smoothie from Juan Pelota Cafe. This smoothie is made with blueberries, pineapple, coconut and soy milk and it was awesome! Totally puts Jamba Juice to shame.


Veggie Frito Pie from Jo’s Coffee. We discovered this lovely coffee shop in the 2nd St. District (there’s also one on South Congress) last year and fell in love! You can get a vegetarian Frito pie made with either veggie chili or wheat roast. I picked the wheat roast and . . . wow . . . loved this, but I couldn’t begin to eat all those Fritos. Kevin tried to help, but we still left about a million Fritos behind.

I don’t want to make this post too long, so I’ll save the rest for tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s already New Year’s Eve! We usually have parties to go to, but this year I think we’re going to stick around the house and recover from our trip.

So . . . see you next year!

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New URL

Veggiesmack now has a real, live url: www.veggiesmack.com. The WordPress URL still works too, so now you have a choice when you just don’t have the energy to make those extra keystrokes. ;-)

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My exercise routine has really suffered over the last three or four months, and I’m not sure why. I know why it crapped out in November–I was packing and working crazy overtime at work. But as far as August, September and October are concerned . . . I think I was just being lazy. As a result, my weight loss has completely stalled, and I need a serious jumpstart. Kevin and I have started riding our bikes more lately, and that’s a good thing, but the weather’s been crazy cold lately (not to mention it gets dark so early now). So I went to Amazon the other day and ordered three Leslie Sansone DVDs. I know, they’re a little bit . . . I don’t know . . . soccer mom, but I rented some of Leslie Sansone’s DVDs from Netflix a while back and I really do like them. They don’t require any special equipment, she encourages you to work at your fitness level and modify if needed (how very Susan Powter!), and they’re divided into 15 minute workouts. You can do one or several, depending on how long of a workout you want. And now that I don’t live in a second-story apartment with a squeaky wood floor, I don’t feel guilty about disturbing my downstairs neighbor with all the stomping. Our house has concrete floors, perfect for walking in place and stomping around :-). I did three one-mile workout yesterday, and I signed up for her 10 Day Challenge, though I’m not following the meal plan being I’m doing the McDougall Program. I’m excited about getting back into an exercise routine again because I’ve felt really lazy and gross these last few months without one.

How do you manage to squeeze exercise into your day and what kind of exercise do you do? Bicycling? Walking? Running? Do you get up early, or do a few shorter workouts throughout the day?

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