Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Meatless Year...

It has been a long time since I have blogged - I am hoping to blog more consistently again this year!

This wasn't intended to be a "resolution" but I did start it on the new year.  I am going to be a vegetarian this year, with three months of the year being more hardcore - vegan.  So far it has been more challenging than expected while at the same time for meaningful and rewarding.

Brett (my brother) got me a vegan cookbook for Christmas - I've made a few recipes so far and I must say - delicious!

Cookbook: Veganomicon 
Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

I recommend this cookbook to anyone - not just vegans! It has witty commentary, reads easily, and uses simple ingredients to make delicious meals.  Yummmm

Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir-Fry

Gather the ingredients...
 Prepare ingredients...
Its actually a very simple recipe - once the ingredients are all ready, you pretty much just add it to the skillet and stir.  

The thing I love about it (and stir-fry in general) is that you can add in or substitute so many different veggies.  I can't wait to make this one again. 

Note: Next time, use shelled edamame (hahaha!).

Last step - gather around the table with some wine and beautiful friends.

So far 2012 is shaping up to be a pretty great year.  I love love love enjoying simple moments and simple things in life, surrounded by wonderful people.  Life is good!

And it will just keep getting better.  Some amazing highlights will include:
- NYC, Scotland, Ireland with Brad and others
- Megan's wedding 
- Colorado trip with friends
- Kirsten's wedding
- Portland trip to visit Heather
- running a marathon w/Heather!