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A Vegan Taste of DC

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

This weekend Scott & I went down to DC to see some friends. I love going to DC because I know it means a trip to Sticky Fingers Bakery. We also went to the ever-so-popular Java Green and award-winning Vegetate (which is now closed). I must admit I'm a bit obsessed with Sticky Fingers. I love their chili cheese dog and hot wings. If we weren't there at 9 am I would have also tried their new grilled cheese sandwich (made with Daiya!) I didn't care for Java Green or Vegetate. Java Green is all about fake meat sandwiches, which just aren't my thing. I didn't like meat when I was an omni so it's no real surprise I don't like the vegan version either. As for Vegetate, the presentation was lovely but the food fell short. It was really greasy, deep-fried and oober expensive. I shared an appetizer and a dessert, plus had my own meal -- which all cost me about $40 with tip and I left HUNGRY. Anyway, don't let my bad reviews deter you -- both places are exceedingly popular and I freely admit I'm a tough critic.

Enjoy the foodie photos! There are also a few more on flickr.

 

waffle

Vegan Belgian Waffle @ Java Greenbreakfast sandwich - vegan

Breakfast Sandwich @ Java Greencinnamn bun

Sticky Bun @ Sticky Fingers vegan hot wings

Hot Wingz @ Sticky Fingersbreakfast sandwich - vegan

Breakfast Sandwich @ Sticky Fingersvegan cupcakes

Cupcakes @ Sticky Fingers

Vegan Fat-Free Whole Wheat Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

If you love my Apple Crisp Muffins, you're in for a real treat with this Blueberry version! I made these on the fly this morning and they were just what I needed on a chilly Fall morning. You can also swap lemon zest for the cinnamon for a sunny blueberry muffin.

vegan blueberry oatmeal muffins

Recipe:Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Description

I love blueberry oatmeal but hate that it's not easily portable. Now it is with these healthy muffins!

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven 350 F. Grease or spray a muffin tin or paper liners if using. In a large bowl, whisk flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices together until well combined. Add applesauce, sugars and maple then stir until almost combined. Add blueberries, stirring until just combined. Spoon into muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle additional oats and brown sugar on top if desired. Bake 18 to 25 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I met Alicia Silverstone

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

As many of you know, thanks to Whole Foods, I was able to attend the Food Network's Wine & Food Festival here in New York City. It was a foodie star-studded event! We saw, among others, Gail Simmons, fellow NYer Rocco DiSpirito and the gorgeously fabulous Alicia Silverstone. Alicia had her very own cooking demonstration (in a viking kitchen! ugh! jealous!) where she talked about the health benefits of a whole foods vegan diet and made recipes from her new book -- out today!! The Kind Diet. Here are a few photos of Alicia cooking: 3998708537_a87c6c53193998711087_51c2aea3933999467038_369ff49af1 They were recording the demonstration so I hope that means it will be playing on the Food Network! Afterward I had the chance to chat with Alicia while she was signing books. Let me just say that Alicia is one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. She glows like you wouldn't believe and is just stunning in person. I couldn't help but remember how much hoopla there was about her fuller figure in the late 1990s when she played Batgirl. Well critics,  look at her now. She's slender, with bright eyes, rosy cheeks and immaculate skin. Living, breathing proof that the diet I swear by works for her too. Alicia said herself that she feels like she is growing younger and I believe she is. 3998718115_fbec3a5ed2 Anyway, I've had a chance to read and make a few recipes from The Kind Diet -- which is released today! Alicia is so gentle and well spoken in this book. With a slow, steady and kind hand she talks to you like a friend, helping you every step of the way. The book is also incredibly informative. She covers everything from the horrors of the meat and dairy industry, to the health benefits of a plant diet, to the earth benefits of eating this way and offering tips and insights only a decade-long veghead could. The Kind Diet is also filled with delicious - healthy! recipes and gorgeous photography. Alicia will also have an interactive website soon to help grow a network of those of us who live this way and I cannot wait to be a part of that!