Not too much to report on my end. Just working a lot and doing as much yoga as I can fit in. Actually there is one exciting thing.. I’m doing yoga teacher training! It’s an intensive 200hr program and I start late May
The ‘vegan for March’ thing went really well. I only ate meat when I was out in Arizona for a friends wedding. I’m carrying on with it, but consider myself more of a 98%-er. What I mean is that I don’t buy or cook any animal products at home, but if I’m out for dinner and really want something that has cheese, eggs, etc (ok fine.. mostly desserts), I’ll go for it. I haven’t missed meat or seafood at all, but I’ve given myself enough food rules in my life that I’m not going to give myself a label, but just go with it until (or if) I change me mind.
And actually Austin is a completely fantastic place to live if you’re vegan or vegetarian. There are oodles (a technical term) of dedicated restaurants and food trailers, and most restaurants are very friendly to it. One of those restaurants is Mother’s Garden Cafe, which is completely vegetarian. They are famous for their Cashew Tamari Dressing.. so naturally I had to steal it and make my own. I found a few different attempts online, merged them together and made a couple tweaks.. and I’m in love!
My favorite way to enjoy this dressing is sprinkling a serving (2 tbsp) over Kale. Massage the dressing into the Kale using your hands then refrigerate for 5 minutes or so to let it sink in. So good!
Garlic Cashew Tamari Dressing
1/4 cup Cashew Butter (see below for recipe)
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tbsp Tamari
1 tsp minced Garlic
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Blend everything together (a magic bullet worked great). It will thicken a bit after refrigerating.
Updated Stats: June 25th (previous version was calculated using regular instead of low-sodium tamari/soy sauce)
Pretty much the simplest recipe ever, and a base for a lot of fantastic recipes (salad dressings, vegan frosting, vegan queso, etc)
Soak Cashews in water overnight. Blend in a high speed blender (Vitamix) or food processor. Add small amounts of water as necessary, until it becomes smooth with a light, almost, fluffy texture.
This morning I went to cheer on the CSF girls competing in the NPC Texas Shredder. They all looked absolutely amazing of course… but I must admit it made be a bit sad. This was the show I was originally planning to do, so even though I know better, I felt a little like a quitter.. and I HATE that feeling. Funny enough I actually got my bikini in the mail this week. No idea when I’ll be able to get back on stage (though maybe fall or next spring), but guess I have a lot of time to bling that itty bitty bikini out :p
And on that note, time for me to get ready to head out. Going to dinner for my Austin bestie’s birthday. I have a feeling this may be one of those very-un-vegan, un-fitness-comp-friendly sort of meals.. da well.. balance right?