Fun at the Dog Jog. Plus a Vegan Quiche Recipe!

Vegan Quiche

It was a beautiful day for a jog with your dog. On President’s Day I helped Alan put on a 5k run/walk and dog jog at a private, upscale country club. Over 90 members participated, with about half of them bringing their dog along for the fun. There was no charge for the event, but the participants could donate to Sav-a-Pet, the local no-kill shelter. Sav-a-Pet was present with several adoptable dogs (dog-less members were encouraged to “borrow” a dog to walk with). They raised about $2,000!

This country club knew how to take care of its athletes! You should have seen the spread laid out even before the run (sorry no pictures of the food. Blogger fail). Fresh melon and pineapple, spinach frittata, scones and muffins, oatmeal (the real thing, not instant) with brown sugar and raisins, orange and grapefruit juice, coffee and tea. With real plates and silver. That’s the way to put on an event!

Alan brought about 20 of his track athletes to help out, so everything went very smoothly. A great time was had by all. Here are some photos of the dogs (obviously my favorite part).

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 I was off of work on Monday, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t working. We spent about five hours at the Dog Jog, plus I had two private training clients to see. So when time came to make dinner, I was hoping for something easy. Unlike some much more organized people that I know, I rarely plan a meal more than a few hours in advance. Sometimes, as it was on Monday, I have no clue what I’m going to make until I’m standing in front of the refrigerator taking inventory of what I have on hand. Yeah, pathetic, I know.

I opened my freezer and discovered a frozen pie crust. Mmmm, that could mean pot pie, or, even better, quiche. I checked the fridge. Tofu: check, vegan cheese, check (those are the two requirements, everything else is just (soy) cream. I also had spinach, and wonder of wonders, vegan bacon.

vegan quiche recipe

 

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A quick but delicious vegan quiche recipe.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 vegan pie crust
  • 1 pound firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1 6-ounce package baby spinach
  • 6 strips vegan bacon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shredded vegan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Press some of the water out of the tofu by wrapping it in towels and placing it under something heavy (like a few plates) while you prepare the spinach and bacon
  3. Spray a fry pan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook the spinach until wilted. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan, spray a little more cooking spray and heat the bacon over medium heat until slightly brown and crispy. Set aside.
  5. In a food processor, combine the tofu and all the seasonings. Process until creamy. You will want it to be somewhat thick, because it won't thicken as it cooks, but you can add a little water if you need to.
  6. Spoon the tofu mixture into a large bowl. Break the bacon into pieces, and fold the bacon, cheese, and spinach into the mixture.
  7. Spoon into the pie crust. Bake at 425 for about 30 minutes, until the quiche is headed through and the pie crust is golden brown. If you'd like you can sprinkle a little cheese for the last 10 minutes of baking.

 vegan quiche recipe

You can always add whatever veggies you have on hand. I love mushrooms, peppers, onions, or zucchini. It’s up to you!

Were you off on President’s Day? I hope you did something fun!

Thursday Thoughts: Run Like a Dog

Thursday Thoughts

Running like a dog is a topic that I’ve written about before, but after my run with Penny this morning, it was on my mind. So, for my Thursday Thoughts vlog today, I share my feelings about running like a dog and introduce you to a few of my running partners.

Dogs truly embody the spirit of running. Pain, aging, fatigue, none of it makes a difference to them simply because their love of running is greater than all of that. So when I say, “I ran like a dog today,” I truly had the greatest running experience possible.

Do you run with your dog? After watching the video, don’t you want to?

I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I <3 you all!

Chili con Not-Carne. #Vegan Recipe

First, I know you all want an update on Buddy, the dog that Alan found wandering the streets near our house. Well, he is still with us. We put posters around the neighborhood and at Starbucks, kept our eyes out for signs on the street corners, made a few phone calls, but nobody has claimed him.

Which is okay by us. By this time he has really become part of the family. Our pack is still a little hesitant and jealous, but they’re getting better. I expect they’ll be playing soon. Buddy can use the doggy door, is learning how to walk on a leash (he didn’t seem to know how the first day!), and is getting used to being a canine vegetarian. He’s got an appointment on Monday for a check up and neutering, and we’ll get him a proper halter and leash this weekend. And a bath. Definitely a bath.

Another reason I love him already. I think he looks a little like the Traveler’s Insurance dog, one of my favorite commercial dogs of all time. Okay, just a little, but it’s still my favorite and I take any excuse to watch it.

So we’re back up to a six-pack again. It was only a matter of time. Now, on to the chili.

I know that chili is not a meal that is usually associated with summer time and warmer temperatures. I can imagine snuggling up around a fire, wrapped in a comforter, holding a hot bowl of chili to warm me up even more. Well, not really, I live in the desert and I haven’t used my fireplace since I’ve owned my house, but you get the idea.

The concept came, though, when I wanted a quick meal after cross country practice the other night, and upon reviewing the contents of my cupboards, a decided to try using the seitan that I had on hand to create this Chili con Not-Carne.  The meal took about 45 minutes to prepare, including cooking time, but you can let it simmer for a longer time if you’d like, which would make it even more flavorful.

Chili con Not-Carne

Chili con Not-Carne

Ingredients
(note: I made a small batch because of the quantity of seitan I had on hand and because it was just my husband and me. You can easily double the recipe for a family or bigger crowd.)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Serrano Chile, seeded and chopped (I never seed my chiles because I love the “kick” but it is up to you. You can also use a milder chili if you prefer)
1 cup or 1 package seitan, cut into small cubes
1 28 ounce can tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons Sriracha (the more the spicier!)
2 15 ounce cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used 1 kidney beans, one white beans)
8 ounces beer (I only had non-alcoholic in my fridge and that worked just fine)
1/2 cup corn
Avocado and Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions
Preheat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft (about 5 minutes).

Add the seitan and chile. Cook until the seitan starts to brown.

Add the tomatoes (along with their liquid), Sriracha, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt. When the mixture starts to bubble, add the beans and stir. Add the beer slowly, stirring as you do so, scraping up anything that may have stuck to the pan. Bring to a boil then stir in the corn. Reduce heat to low. You can simmer anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple hours (you may have to add more liquid if you simmer longer, so don’t finish that beer).

Serve in individual bowls with a few slices avocado and some cilantro sprinkled on top.

Seitan is one of my favorite meat substitutes. It is made from wheat gluten. You can make this chili without the seitan for a gluten free meal (make sure that you use gluten free beer, or substitute water or vegetable broth). It is a great dish to prepare as you’re making the transition to veg’n, or to enjoy for a Meatless Monday, because it is quick, with easy to find ingredients, and has a rich, meaty flavor.

If you like seitan, here are two recipes: Seitan Burritos and Seitan Skillet Meal. Oops, I almost forgot my all time favorite, Rice Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing.

So that opens the question: If you are vegan or vegetarian, do you enjoy meat substitutes? If you occasionally go meat-free, do you just skip the meat or use a sub? What are your favorites? (Yes, I know that many are processed, but we’re talking taste here.)

Out on the Bike: Photos from the Ride

Since I haven’t been writing about it, you may think that I haven’t been riding lately. So to prove that I am still a cyclist, I snapped a few shots on the ride today. Actually, it is true that I’ve not been riding much, I’ve been spending more time running lately, but Alan and I did go for a 34 mile ride today. The weather is gorgeous, low 70s, blue skies, very little wind (hurray for So. Cal.!). A perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

Three of my dogs acting like they are tired from the long ride:

Now, we (and the dogs) are hanging around recovering from our efforts. Food, fluids, then off for the rest of this beautiful Saturday.

Vegan Dog Bigotry (Vedogotry?)

Sadly, it looks like we will not be adopting “Missy,” the dog I wrote about a couple weeks ago. As hard as it is to believe, we were told that the board of the organization that had taken over the care of the dog felt that Alan and I would not be the best choice for her.

I can almost hear you saying, “What, are they crazy?” Yes, my dear friends, that is what we were told. It didn’t matter that we have wonderful, healthy, loved dogs. (Oh, they didn’t know that because they never met our other dogs.) It didn’t matter that we have a dog friendly house, where they have access to a safe back yard, and have the option to be indoors or outdoors at their whim. (They couldn’t know that, because they never came to our house to check it out.)

No, apparently what mattered was something that Alan mentioned during our first visit, something he was proud about because of how healthy our own dogs are. He mentioned that, pause for gasp, that we would be raising Missy as a vegan.

So basically, it came down to ignorance. They didn’t know, didn’t care, and didn’t have the intelligence to do a little simple research about dogs thriving on a vegan diet. A quick Google search brings you articles like this, and this, and this. Or, perhaps, someone on the board may have thought to ask us, as potential adopters, why we feed our dogs a vegan diet.

The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about” ~ Derek Bok

So true. And so sad.

Are We Crazy?

OK, this kind of freaks me out.

On the left, of course, is our Sassy, who passed away about two weeks ago. On the right is 917202, or Missy (our temporary name), or Reba, the name she was giving by KASE (Keeping Animals Safe Everyday), the organization that is helping her by paying for the surgery to repair her broken pelvis.

Let’s back it up a bit, shall we? Last week, Alan discover a photo of 917202 on the Riverside County Animal Shelter website (his way of grieving, what can I say?). After showing the photo to me, we both were amazed at how much this puppy looked like our Sassy. With mixed emotions, we both opted to look into the situation, so the next day, Alan called the shelter.

He was told that she would be available after the standard week long waiting period, so he decided to drive to the shelter and see her in person. She was just as cute as her picture, but Alan was told that she had some serious physical problems that would probably need surgery.

Apparently, she had a broken pelvis (possibly she had been hit by a car, but unfortunately, she can’t tell us). He discover that there is a group called KASE, which is funded by donations, would take care of the expense of surgery. We would, after being accepted by KASE, be responsible for the standard adoption fee of around $100.

Of course, Alan wanted me to see her in person before we made any final decisions.  So, last weekend, we drove out to the home where she was staying while awaiting her surgery.

Honestly, she is just the cutest thing! In spite of the broken pelvis, she gets around really well. They had decided to invest in surgery because the location of her break can potentially lead to urinary tract problems. I’m glad they did.

She was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday (today). We are still waiting for word back on how it went. Then we will be waiting for approval from KASE on our adoption papers. Hopefully they will see it the way one of my friends stated, “That doggie just won the puppy parent lottery!”

Once home, she will need to be crated and kept relatively still for up to two months. That is a challenge for any puppy, but more so with a puppy who will have four sisters and a brother just dying to play with her. We’ll handle it though.

Stay tuned. You know that there are lot’s more pictures to come.