Spaghetti with Lentil Sauce

Who needs meat sauce, right?

I made this delicious dish tonight with my favorite meat substitute – Lentils!

  
Super easy, quick and yummy! 

You will need 

1 cup dry lentils

Diced onions, garlic and mushrooms

Canned diced tomatoes

Marinara sauce – jarred 

Step 1 – bring lentils to a boil in 3 cups water , cover and simmer on low until cooked. Rinse and drain 

  
Step 2 – sauté veggies in oil. Add in lentils, canned tomatoes and marinara. Season with Italian spices ( I also add a little cinnamon, trust me!) 

Step 3- boil spaghetti noodles to al dente then add to pan of lentil sauce  

 
Top with Vegan Parmesan and serve with fresh crusty bread and you have one heck of an Italian feast! 

  
Enjoy! 

Vegan Spicy Thai Chili Pasta 

This is a yummo make in 20 minute meal. 

  
So stupid easy and it’s virtually throw in a pot easy. 

I simply used a bag of precut veggies, added in garlic chunks, cauliflower and asparagus and sautéed in oil until veggies were slightly tender.

  
Add in cashews. Boil spaghetti noodles to al dente.

   
 
Season with curry powder, cumin and chili powder.

  
Pour in a bottle of any Thai Chili sauce you can find, I used this one. ( found at Homesense ) 

 
Serve with cashews on top  

 
Enjoy this easy peasy vegan meal! 

Corner of Happiness

  
This 6′ x 5′ feet of space is all it takes to make me happy these days. 

I don’t ask for much, I don’t buy myself fancy things but when an opportunity (70% off) came up for me to own my very own good treadmill – I jumped on it! 

Yes I am an avid gym goer and love the atmosphere but the 2+ hrs a day I spend between commuting and working out really does eat into my schedule. If work appts fall at that 830-1030 am window then you cannot I’m not going to get a workout in. 

I can now get up, get the kiddo fed and off to school and be on the mill by 8am. Showered and fed myself by 9-930! Thank the Lord! 

Best part – I can run in a bra!  

 
I don’t care because the only lurkers are my dogs and they don’t care about my jiggly bits. Today I watched Dateline and the time flew by 

  
I even managed a couple of negative splits. 

I am fortunate to have this piece of equipment and it will never become a drying rack at this house. It will always be in my living room as a focal point for me to know what I need to do. Let the training continue and I will be back out on the roads too, once it warms up! 

Happy Running and here’s to running All The Miles! 

Vegan Egg Review 

This is not a sponsored post and yes I paid a lot of money to finally get my hands on this product! 

  
I knew this product came as a powder but I love the packaging and it is all recycled! Win

Here is the video on my first ever egg prep

Vegan Egg Video
I used 4 tbsp of powder to 1 cup cold water, whisked and added to an oiled pan. Added in some Daiya and cheesy eggs for supper it was. 

Now I will definitely get creative now, adding in veggies , using it as an egg replacer – whatever! I forsee quiches to be made! 
Vegan Win! 

Vegan Lentil Tacos 

  
So I totally missed Taco Tuesday yesterday and had to make up for it today!  

I always like to cook up a big batch of lentils and I did so today. 

I made 1 cup of green lentils (dry lentils simmered in water until tender) and 1 cup of brown rice and just mixed them in a big pot.  

 
This big pot will become a lentil loaf, lentil burgers and tacos! 

So for today’s big “recipe” simply dice up some onions, peppers and garlic and sauté in oil 

 
Add in about a cup of the lentil rice mixture. 

  
Then add in chili powder, cumin and garlic powder with 1/2 cup of water ( or use a packet of taco seasoning) . I use a lot of cumin in mine – about 2-3 tbsp and about 1-1.5 tbsp of the other spices.  

 
Top with Daiya shreds and let simmer on low. 

 
Then just wrap it up! You can add avocado , lettuce or whatever suits your fancy! 

I will make sure mine has lots of guac on it! 

Enjoy! 

#meatlessMonday 

Stop The Run Bullying!

  

Stop

The Run Bullying!

 This is a post that needs to be written because this really irks me. 
Rewind to a post I saw the other day, someone had stated that they were a runner because they battled the elements and would never think twice about running on a treadmill. So does this mean that those of us who train on a treadmill “are not runners” ? Not capable of overcoming our own obstacles? Are we simply babies? Can’t handle the cold? 
Do you know my story? Do you know I suffer from severe Raynauds syndrome and simply holding a cold glass causes my fingers to turn white? Do you know what happens when I run in the elements? Do you see my toes after I run in the cold, submerse then into a tub of hot water only for them to burn , turn black then white? 
Didn’t think so. You see , If You Run , You Are A Runner! Period! That’s it! 
Can we please just respect each other and our choices. I’ve successfully trained on a treadmill for half marathons, full marathons and even 50k’s so don’t tell me I’m not a runner because I don’t battle those elements you do. Yes I love your Instagram pics with your frosty eyelashes and frozen cheeks , but you should also like my sweaty post treadmill hill climbs too. 
There is always a struggle to run , never mind if it’s in or out. Each and every run is a mental game that we must face. Overcome. 
So today I feel pretty good with my treadmill efforts, it was a blizzard outside and just getting to the gym was a struggle – but I overcame said struggle and made it there. Why , 
BECAUSE I AM A RUNNER

plain and simple !  
 

This post also reached out to those of us who aren’t fast either, we run at our pace yet still cover the same # of miles as you . So encourage us, give us a pat on the back and let’s just Run Happy ! 

New Year, Same Me

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

So, it is a new year and lots of people like to use this time as an opportunity for change, resolutions. I however do not make resolutions I simply make commitments to myself. This way I feel like I haven’t set myself up for failure.

GoodLife Fitness recently did a survey asking people what they want from 2016.  Here is an infographic on how it looked!

Survey infographic.jpg

you can read the full media release Here .

So what have I set out to do in 2016? Well I do have some lofty goals this year. #1 being I stay injury free. 2015 was not kind to me and it was my own dang fault for trying to do too much too soon and overtraining. This year I will run my first 50 miler and I promised myself I will not do any races prior to this one in May, but I do have another ultra scheduled for the following weekend of the 50 , OOPS!

As far as my lifestyle changes go , they are simply me getting back to the basics. Last year I got fat! Yes FAT! I became far too fluffy for my liking and I attribute that to allowing beer and animal products into my life. NOT ANYMORE! I have kicked the booze to the curb and gone back to my vegan plantbased diet. I seriously just feel better living my life this way, I am leaner and stronger and I feel all over ” cleaner”.

I also am going to take my training more seriously and back off strength training so much. Yes I know the importance of lifting and I will still do it just not as rigorously as before. My focus needs to be on running hills and getting those trail miles in.

 

So let’s just remember that this is the season of “gym newbies” and let’s not discourage them but accept them and motivate them. It takes an awful lot to just step foot inside a gym when you are overweight ( I KNOW THIS) and there isn’t any reason why we can’t help them and encourage them.

 

Here’s to an amazing 2016 and let’s make this our year to be unstoppable.

Vegan Lentil Veggie Soup – Crockpot! 

Cold days = Warm soups! 

Busy day at my house as I’m working all day and I want to come home to supper already made, so out comes my crockpot- my savior! 

This is such an easy soup to make and takes literally minutes to prep! 

Veggie Lentil Soup 

1.5 cups of dry lentils 

1/2 bag of little gems potatoes

2 stalks celery

2 large carrots 

1/2 onion 

1 can six bean medley mix (rinsed/drained)

1 28oz can diced tomatoes 

1 carton vegetable broth  

2tbsp each of garlic powder, cumin,chili powder 

Salt&pepper 

   
 
Put lentils in bottom of crock, then add veggies except spinach!  

 
Cover with beans, tomatoes , spices and broth 

  
Cover and let cook on low for 6-7 hrs. 

Serve with a big hunk of bread and you got a meal! 

   
 

Mexican Quinoa – Vegan 

Hear hear to one pot wonders! 

Made this epic awesomeness tonight and it was Delish! 

Here is how to make it 

In a large skillet add 1 cup canned chickpeas, 1 cup black beans, 1 cup frozen diced onions/peppers, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can corn, 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup quinoa. Add in 2 tbsp each of garlic powder, cumin and chili powder. 

  
Cover and let simmer on low-MED heat for about 25-30 minutes. 

Top with Daiya cheddar shreds 

  
Top with cubed avocado and Boom you got yourself a meal!

  
Vegan plant based goodness! 

You are welcome! 

Staying Fit Over The Holidays

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Blog Ambassador program, however all opinions expressed are my own.


Let’s be honest here , we all love to indulge over the holidays because it is so easy to do. Everywhere you look there are delicious high calorie lattes, baked goods and big giant meals to consume. So how does one not give into temptation and stay on track to fit?

Here is how I plan on doing it and it may not be the same as you but I like to keep things simple and not put too much stress on myself.

1. Do not stop going to the gym! Most gyms are open right up to Christmas Eve and open again Boxing Day – so really use Christmas Day as your rest day. You can guarantee I will be at GoodLife Fitness during the holidays.

2. Do not forget to calculate those liquid calories which are so easily consumed. Everything from flavored coffees to fancy schmancy cocktails add up. Stick to coffee with a sugar free shot and liquors that a low cal. Alternate with water between those cocktails to ward off dehydration.

3. Track your food intake. I log all my meals into MyFitnessPal and it keeps me accountable for what I put in my yap! Nibbles here and there add up folks- track those calories!

4. Get outside! Going to a gym may not be your thing so get the family together and go for a walk, trail hike or throw snowballs at each other. Any physical activity you do is worth it. Sitting on the couch watching Xmas movies is fun but let’s be real, we’ve seen them all a hundred times.

5. When at a holiday party – skip the high calories snacks and head over to the crudités! Eat those raw veggies first, fill up on them. Feel free to dip into some hummus but stay away from the fried spring rolls !

6. When shopping at the mall, park from the the entrance and walk. Don’t take the escalator – use the stairs. Walk walk walk!

Lastly, enjoy yourself. It has been a long 12 months and you earned the right to a few cocktails and some fun. Just do not overdue it and know that a brand new year is right around the corner.


Have a little fun!

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