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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying my darnedest to cut back on my soy intake. So instead of soy protein powder, I’ve been loving this brown rice protein powder from MLO. I’ve been adding it to my breakfast smoothies, and it gives me a nice energy boost. Two tablespoons is 110 calories and 15 grams of protein. I usually do half a serving and it still keeps me full until noon. I haven’t tried it “plain” (just mixed into a glass of water or non-dairy milk) because I think that would taste heinous; I mean, who wants to drink brown rice flavored water? But in my smoothie, I can’t taste it at all. This is my favorite vegan protein powder so far. Is there a better one out there I should try?
These days, my breakfast smoothie consists of:
- 1 tbsp. brown rice protein powder
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1 whole ripe banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup natural apple juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp. stevia in the raw
I just spent a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend trip with my boo. We decided to go on a pseudo-staycation, so I wouldn’t have to take time off work. We picked Asheville, NC because of its status as hippie-crunchy mecca of the East Coast, and because we haven’t been to Asheville since the Biltmore Estate field trips of our elementary school days. It was only a four hour drive from Raleigh, but in hindsight, we should have stayed two nights instead of just one.
On Saturday afternoon, we toured the magnificent Biltmore Estate and later attended the Asheville Symphony’s Romeo and Juliet. Both highly recommended, but what had me on cloud nine was the city’s culinary delights. We ended up eating so much, we’re still full two days later.
Saturday night, we dined at Mela, an Indian restaurant on North Lexington Avenue. Mela is an omni restaurant with a heavy vegetarian and vegan selection. I ordered a salad of spinach, mango, beets, candied walnuts, and jicama, along with a raspberry and coconut milk martini, just for starters(!) The salad totally outshined my entree, the aloo gobi masala, which was a wee bit too spicy for my tastes.
For dessert, we headed to French Broad Chocolate Lounge, an all-natural gourmet chocolate bar featuring decadent truffles, cakes, cookies, and mousses. I ordered a slice of the vegan chocolate cake, made with Theros olive oil, rich cocoa powder, and agave nectar. I also got an individual “Buddha” vegan truffle made with dark chocolate and coconut milk. I practically inhaled them both.
The next morning, with martini and chocolate hangovers, we went to the Laughing Seed Cafe for the organic Sunday brunch. With a completely vegetarian menu, Laughing Seed was right up my alley. I ordered the “Tofu Benedictine,” a spin on my old favorite, eggs benedict. My plate was piled high with “scratch-made biscuit, grilled organic tofu, grilled tomato, sautéed spinach, and seitan sausage over grits with herb oil and béarnaise.” Breakfast was so delicious, I finished my meal and wanted to actually lick the plate clean.
So after brunch, we decided to walk around town. Somehow, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge seemed to pull us back in, and we ended up in line for brunch dessert… which is not really a thing people do. But I managed to down yet another piece of that decadent, moist, vegan chocolate cake, and purchase a six-pack of vegan truffles for later consumption. The cashier kindly asked me if I would like a bow for the truffle box, but I pointed to my stomach and said they were going straight in there. “Word,” she said.
After a day of sight-seeing around downtown (two fantastic stores are Malaprop’s Bookstore and Blitzkrieg Games), we headed to Wasabi sushi for an early dinner before heading home. All I can say is Holy Cow they have Tempura Sweet Potato sushi rolls. My boo and I agreed it was one of the best sushi meals we’ve ever had.
I have to say, I am left feeling pretty disappointed after this trip. Not in Asheville of couse, which was like a vegan’s dream world. I’m disappointed that Raleigh is so much larger and more populated, and yet we have only a fraction of the cool eateries and local, sustainable ideology Asheville seems to have. Maybe I’m just bitter, but here in Raleigh it’s like you have to hunt for a nutritious, local, vegan meal. Yes, we have Irregardless and we have Remedy, and I love those restaurants. But in Asheville, we couldn’t walk down the street without finding yet another place overflowing with vegetarian food. In any case, Asheville just became my second favorite foodie vacation spot (I think Western Mass will always be number one for me).
Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch cookbook is quickly becoming my go-to for deliciousness. I made her Crêpes with Raspberry Sauce for brunch on Sunday, and they were so decadent. Instead of raspberries, I used some frozen mixed berries for the sauce (that’s why it looks dark purple instead of red). The crepes were fluffy and light, but crisp on the edges, and the sauce was simple and perfectly sweet. Next time I make these, I think I’ll make the berry sauce and also make some chocolate sauce to drizzle.
I have to admit, I am seriously impressed by this cookbook. I am starting to like it more than The Kind Diet, which was the book that made me switch to veganism in the first place. I also need to get Veganomicon, which my friends all rave about. What do you think? Should I get Veganomicon or is there another cookbook that beats them all?