Vegan Shepard’s Pie – St Paddy’s Day Recipe 

This is yet another throw everything into a pan and make one hell of a good meal. 
In honor of St Paddy’s Day I brought out my inner leprechaun and made a classic favorite 
VEGAN SHEPARD’s Pie 
Stupid easy to make! Take 2 large russet potatoes, peel them and stab with a fork- microwave until cooked. Mash them up with some Earth Balance and soy milk.
While all that is going down, sauté 1/2 of a diced onion, add in 1/2 package of Gardein crumbles and a handful of frozen peas. Season with salt & pepper. Then add in your favorite vegan mushroom gravy ( I use a packet as I’m lazy and don’t make my own) . Let simmer until warmed thru  

  
 

Then top with the smashed potatoes 
    
Serve, eat and enjoy! 

  
HAPPY ST PADDY’s DAY! 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 

It’s Tshirt Time!

Oh em Gee! 

I ran in a tshirt today and I need to shout it out to the world! 

It was a balmy 48 degrees when I set out today with a hoodie and gloves – but I quickly realized it was time to lose some layers! So freaking stoked! 

  
It honestly has felt like forever since a run like this could happen. I despise winter and have spent the majority of it either injured or on a treadmill. What I also learned today is I may never be a 9min/mile runner ever again. I have a lot of work to do to get back to that. It will take time but if it doesn’t happen then I’m totally ok with that too. I ran today on both roads and trails and the trails were muddy, icy and treacherous in spots 

   
I loved it! There is no place I’d rather be than getting dirty on a trail with no one watching you but the squirrels and birds. Peaceful calm! 

  
These were long slow miles but each and every breath I took refreshed my soul and made me realize that no matter how slow it goes it’s still a run. I’m a firm believer that #allmilescount regardless of pace or distance. 

Just get out there and Do You! 

Here’s to us Back of the Pack’rs 

No Chick’n Noodle Soup – Vegan 

It’s a blustery cold day here in Canada so I made the ultimate comfort food Chicken Noodle Soup – minus the actual chicken of course. 

You will need 

6 cups water

4-5 tbsp of Bulk Barn vegetarian chicken broth mix

2 large carrots chopped 

1/2 onion chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

2 bay leaves

Sage, Italian seasoning and thyme

1 cup small shell pasta

Small handful of spaghetti noodles broken down

1 sweet potato peeled and chopped 

1 package of Tofurky slow roasted chicken 

1/2 cup brown rice 

   
 
Add water to a large pot, bring to a boil. Add veggies , rice and broth and reduce to low heat. 

Let simmer on low for a few hours then add the chicken and pasta. 

Let pasta cook until tender 

  
The longer you simmer the better it is! Do not add pasta too early though or you will have a soggy mess. 

  
Comfort food at its finest 

Run All The Miles

I have decided today that I will run till I can no longer run, kinda Forest Gump like. I am not planning on running for 3 years straight or anything crazy like that, but I will run until I can simply no longer do it.
I will not force myself to run, I will not set specific targets or goals, I just want to run. I had my ortho visit yesterday and my posterior tibial tendon is pretty messed up but doesn’t require surgery or anything like that. I then saw the foot guy today to discuss orthotics, I simply can’t justify $495 for a product that won’t last me a lifetime. YES I know there is a reason for these and he wouldn’t of recommended it if he didn’t think I needed them….. but…… I will just slow down. I will run all the miles still but I will not break myself. I have come to realize what pain feels like and I know now that this is my signal to take it easy. So I will.
I have some pretty awesome races lined up for this year and my ultimate goal is to just finish them. I want to say I did it. It will hurt and it will probably kill me but once I have accomplished these races I will take the rest of the year off. I haven’t run a race since June of 2015 and I had to bail on my fall marathon because I was hurt. I have taken loads of time off, decreased my miles significantly and I am strength training my ass off(literally) to help improve my form. I am actually listening to people this time as I have come to realize that people won’t judge you by the number of races you run in a year if they are your friends. They just want to embrace you accomplishing your own goals and motivating you to succeed. So here’s to getting it done, stopping when it hurts and learning to just run for the pure pleasure of running

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Vegan Lasagna Soup 

Meatless Monday Win! 

This was another whip together meal that I started before I went out for a run and finished when I got back. 

You will need 

1/2 package of Gardein crumbles

1/2 package of oven ready lasagna 

Diced onion, green pepper and mushrooms

28oz diced tomatoes 

1 jar marinara

1 carton vegetable broth 

Nutritional yeast

Italian seasoning, garlic powder, basil 

Step 1

Sauté onions, peppers and mushrooms in oil. Add in crumbles

  
Step 2  add broth, tomatoes marinara and seasonings 

   
Put a lid on it and let simmer over low until it thickens a bit 

Step 3 break up lasagna noodles into soup , add some nutrional yeast . Cover and let cool on low until al dente

 
Step 4 serve with more nutrional yeast and warm garlic toast 

   
 
So Dang Good! 

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Running is Not my Job

Today is one of those days where I ponder…….

I’m a very busy professional in my everyday life. I do not work a scheduled 9 to 5 job. I’m on call 24/7 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

  
I used to find myself overscheduling my busy days because I was always training for a race. I would put running ahead of work appts and sit and think all day long how I would fit in a training run. It was overwhelming. I got hurt. I overtrained. 

Running started to feel like a job! 

I see posts everyday about people and their run streaks , logging all the miles, team “no rest days ” and I think – good for them. I don’t have to compete with them. I am not part of some secret running society that will judge me by the miles I accumulate. I needed to take a step back a focus on why I run. I love to run , it is my escape from day to day life. I am not a sponsored elite athlete who gets a pay check for running. I get a pretty decent pay check from my real job! 

Running has to be about you and your why’s. For some it may seem like and be a job for them . Kudos , Do You! 

I have decided , maybe very foolishly , to train for my upcoming 50 miler sans training plan. WHY? Mostly because my goal for this race is to simply finish , claim my medal and chalk it up as another personal victory for me. It can’t feel like a job to train for this race or I will hate it by the time race day rolls around. I will run as many miles as I feel like on days when I feel like it. I have found through my own experiences that if I just listen to my body I can accomplish the tasks I put forth. I have run many races ill prepared yet still finished them . The ones I trained hard, vigorously and without altering from the plan – I got hurt. 

Basically what I need to do is continue on with the thoughts that for me running will always be about finishing. Finishing what you started and completing goals. I don’t place on the winners podium, never intended too , it is for me simply doing what I set out to do. 

I will finish this 50 miler, it will be hard, I will probably cry a few times but in the end it will all be worth it. 
Running is FUN but it’s not my job. 

Because I Don’t Play Well With Others- Virtual Classes

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

I am the first to admit that I am not one to partake in group fitness classes. I don’t know why but to me I just like to do my own thing. Yes I did Crossfit which is totally involved with others but even then I was simply competing with myself. I have always wanted to do a spin class but its far too full of people and I just never did it. Well GoodLife Fitness has added Virtual Classes to their programs  and I am stoked! I love this idea as you get to simply go up to a machine a pick a program you want to do. I chose to do a spin class and the beauty of this is you can do an RPM ride or you can ride through some amazing courses in the coolest cities!

 

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I chose to do a super tough 30 min RPM class and my “class” looked like this. IMG_8094

I am not going to lie, it was hard but I pushed myself and I loved it. I was one sweaty mess by then end of it and my legs were jello!

IMG_8095 If you want to check out all the different classes that are offered have a look HERE .

I will definitely look into more of these classes because I love that I can go pretty much anytime and do whatever workout I want, so long asschedule group class is not going on.

Go check it out if you are like me and don’t play well with others or simply because choosing to do what you want when you want works too!

 

Remember, have fun because if you aren’t then why do it!
PS – yes I realize my pics are side ways 😂 I’ll fix that eventually 🙃

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Vegan Fajitas 

Sharing yet another stupid easy meal because I do not cook complicated! I’m all about the throw everything into a saucepan and cook it. 

I found this “meat” substitute the other day at Freshco and had to try it. Not all substitutes are good, this one was. Tofurky chick’n! 

  
Basically I sautéed onions and peppers in a little EVOO , added in the chick’n then seasoned with garlic powder, cumin and chili powder. Took like 6 minutes! 

Folded the mixture into a tortilla and topped with Daiya cheese. 

Oh em gee! 

Stupid Easy portable meal! I may have consumed more of these than I should have but hey everyone loves fajitas , right? 

Enjoy and happy Meatless Monday 

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! 

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