Web Feast Friday: Rawmageddon Begins

Friday the First can mean only one thing:  RAWMAGEDDON has begun!  Our first 30 Day Challenge went surprising well as we managed to post almost every day during January.  We missed a couple of days, but definitely feel pretty confident that we can continue our streak.  Now that February has begun, 30 Day Challenge #2 has begun in which we eat raw every meal, every day.  Day 1 is in the books with juices, smoothies, nuts, and salads dominating the menu.  We have some interesting recipes queued up for a few occasions and look forward to sharing some of these with our faithful readers.  In the meantime, we leave you with some great ideas for your Super Bowl Sunday festivities!

Anything that’s vegan AND fully loaded has to be good.  Right?

Sunday brunch idea to get primed for the big game!


For those of you taking on Rawmageddon with us, add this to your Big Game must-cook list.

I’ve ask myself this question so many times.  Now I have an answer.

If you haven’t liked any ideas thus far, here’s a whole list of ideas to help you write your Super Bowl menu.

Here’s the “big game” I’m really looking forward to this weekend.  J-Pow!!

I couldn’t help myself.  I had to end things with some more BTnH.

Web Feast Friday

It finally feels like winter here in the Pacific NW, and we have a brand new dusting of snow on  the hills throughout the valley.  We’re eleven days into the year, and still holding strong to our commitment/resolution of blogging every day!  We have lots of great ideas for posts, and lots of great recipes and stories to share.  We also have some exciting adventures on the horizon that are sure to create even more blog fodder. Snowshoeing is on the agenda this weekend, along with a little wine tour.  In the meantime, sit back and relax the second installment of Web Feast Friday for 2013!

Simple.  Easy.  Indian flavors.  Love it!

For those of you who want to go raw with us next month, here’s a recipe to bookmark.

The EPL household is a big fan of savory waffles.  These just made the cut for Sunday brunch.

Health vegan Twix bars?

We’re everywhere!!!!

We’re hosting a vegan Super Bowl party this year, and you KNOW this will be served!

Lot’s of recipes this week means lots of cooking and baking is taking place.  One such cooking escapade involves a shopping trip to the Asian market, no real plan, and $100 in groceries.  Stay tuned for that story!

We leave you with some winter running inspiration and motivation.  Play outside this weekend and cook some good food.

Monday Meal Planz


The first Monday of 2013 got us thinking about some kind of themed day.  We already have Web Feast Fridays, and from time to time, we’ll post on Souper Sunday.  Why not add another topic to provide us with a little guidance and inspiration while tackling our “365 Days of Blogging” goal.

Actually, I am pretty sure that some of our favorite blogs actually post meal and menu planning-style posts on Mondays, and I’m confident that ours will absolutely reflect our current cooking passions/interests/obsessions.  Whether you end up planning your weekly menu around this post or not is entirely up to you.  At the very least, we hope you find something interestingly tasty to share with friends and family at some point during the week.

Those of you still in detox mode will love this!  I never thought of this combination, but I love all these ingredients equally on their own!

Our raw adventure begins next month, so in the meantime, I plan on preparing this at least once before then.

Anything hickory-smoked served with tator tots will ALWAYS earn a spot on the blog!

We love this blog and you will love this recipe!

Easy + Glazed = Mealtime

What would a Meal Plan be without ‘zerts!

Keep the comments and feedback coming!  We appreciate everything you are willing to share with us.  Since we plan on posting each and every day of 2013, we will present you with plenty of chances!  Thanks for reading!


Goal setting is making us lazy


Tis the season for letting ourselves go.

Yeah, there is the proverbial “letting bygones by bygones” and “Should auld acquaintance be forgot” (does anyone know what the hell ‘auld’ means? Up until writing this blog post I thought the lyric was “may all acquaintance be forgot” – which is kinda morose sounding yet also how I feel after most New Year’s nights when I’m stuffed like a vienna sausage into my hometown bar surrounded by the same people who used to point out my lady-stache and are now screaming ‘I KNOW YOU!’ into my ear then spilling their drink on me while I try to cover my upper lip.)

Anyway, I’m talking about the classic letting yourself go where all you can think about at work is doning your dumpy sweatpants, ordering Thai, and consuming diabetic-coma levels of sugar cookies while bidding on Jedi ornament’s on e-bay.  Last night we ordered so much food that the lady handing us the several bags at Lemongrass Thai asked how many people we were feeding. I lied and told her 3…but she knew. She knew.

Here is the good news: holiday sloth is not only totally acceptable, it’s encouraged. Why would you start eating healthy now when there are a dozen Holiday parties over the next few weeks? Listen, if Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock can celebrate their marital union for 2 weeks, the least I can do is celebrate Jesus’ birthday the whole month. (Evan says I’m reaching with my outdated pop culture reference. What is this, communist China? Ok, that is going a little far.) Oh, and any other time of year this behavior would be considered giving up hope, but December is the month for hope – and we are getting our goal setting on like a mofo!

Evan really went above and beyond for those beads.

Evan really went above and beyond for those beads.

Here is what we have so far:

  • I did a blog a few years ago where I took a picture every day for a year and wrote about it. (http://ordinaryinstant.tumblr.com/). Then this year we started this little gem you are painfully tolerating now. SO – we decided that in 2013 we will be combining the two ideas and doing a blog post every single day for the whole year. Oh boy, get ready for many days of quantity over quality folks, which happens to be where I thrive. Get ready for an increase of dick jokes and pictures of my awkward youth.
  • We are a fan of 30 day challenges – in which we usually only execute full for 5 days and then make concessions. BUT NOT THIS YEAR! Some example are a month: running 30 minutes per day, sugar-free, gluten-free, 30 minutes of meditation, reading a book a week, buying nothing but essentials, no TV, 200 pushups/sit-ups, and our January goal of eating all raw. Considering we are blogging every day, you will be going through it all with us folks. Brace yourself for adults bitching a lot about their white people problems.
  • We just signed up for a lot of running events including the Portland Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon, Hood to Coast, and the Portland Marathon along with keeping our goal of one race per year. Many of these sign-ups occurred as a quid pro quo for eating copious amounts of indian food. The more food we binge on – the more strenuous of event we sign up for. This is sounding really sad.

What are some of your goals this year? How you will know measure success at year’s end? Do you give a shit? Ahhh, this really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Time to eat some peanut butter captain crunch and watch the Batman trilogy. Peace.

Souper Sunday



Since this is the finally installment of our Vegan MOFO:  Souper Sunday edition, I figured instead of posting this evening’s chili recipe and pics, I would take the opportunity to post a few links to some of our favorite soups, stews, and curries.  Have no fear, we will definitely be posting tonight’s chili as it goes down as one of our favorites of all time.  In the meantime, check out these recipes and get them on your cookin’ calendar soon!

This roasted corn and sweet pepper soup was the starter for last year’s New Year’s Eve dinner, which included paella!

Around these parts, we love our southwestern corn chowder.

This tortilla soup has been made so many times when we haven’t been able to decided what to cook for dinner.

Our first stew of list includes TVP!  Awwww yeah!!

Simple.  Easy.  Flavas!!!!

No soup list is complete without French onion soup.  This soup with some bread and a BIG red wine.  Yes please.  As I type this, I can’t believe the last time I made this was last year.

We are HUGE curry fans and this recipe is one of our favorites.  In fact, we have made so many variations of this recipe, I had almost forgotten what the original called for.

We have enjoyed making Souper Sundays part of our Vegan MOFO routine, and plan on continuing this “tradition” long after October ends.  Stay tuned for the recap and pics of our epic chili recipe later this week!

Vegan MoFo 27: German Apple Cake

If you ask me, this is a single serving.

You know those times when you make a cake for someone’s birthday at work and then you forget to take the cake and have to decide once you arrive at work whether you will tell the person that you slaved away on a Tuesday night to make their favorite German apple cake especially for them because you know it’s their favorite or not tell them you made the cake at all so you can have the cake all to yourself when you get home? Yeah, me either. But I do know this…the answer is and always will be eat the cake.

And this cake is especially worth hoarding, mainly because of it’s versatility. I’m rather confident in the event of a nuclear disaster, this cake could be used in any of the following ways:

  1. Insulation for packing dynamite
  2. Replacement for clay in making seed bombs
  3. A weapon (I have a theory that, when thrown correctly, it will act much like a boomerang)
  4. Food for a village – one bite could sustain a person for a full day (those Germans know how to live ya’ll!)

The possibilities are endless. Where the German’s missed the mark with lederhosen,  David Hasselhoff, and that whole ‘European domination’ icky stereotype, they definitely earned my love with this cake…and Octoberfest.

Enjoy the cake all to yourself my friends – and also enjoy this video of what I believe to be the brother of Milton from Officespace housing some funnel cakes as inspiration.


Apfelkuchen. Translated as “edible apple pinwheel”.

Ingredients – Cake:

  • 3 apples, peeled and cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated, nondairy butter (i.e. Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

Ingredients – Topping:

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.

To make the cake, cook the apples in a little bit of water on the stove or in the microwave until they’re just a little soft but not mushy. (Put them in the microwave for no longer than 90 seconds). Set aside.

With an electric hand mixer or by hand using a wooden spoon, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the applesauce and milk. Finally, add the flour and baking powder, and stir until just combined.

Add the batter to the prepared pan, and arrange the apple slices in a circle on top of the cake.

To make the topping, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger and sprinkle over the apples, covering the top of the cake.

Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes before unmolding from the cake pan.

SOUPER SUNDAY! Yam & Black Bean Soup with Massaged Kale Salad


Warning: may cause a musical of toot-trumpets…eat amongst close friends and/or worst enemies.

Fall Sundays are brimming with tradition at the Casa de EatPlantsLive. The timeline goes like this:

8:00 AM – Arise from slumber

8:30 AM – drink 8 oz lemon water followed by 24 oz of water and prep pour-over coffee

8:45 – 9:00 AM: Body functions

9:00 AM: Ezekiel raisin english muffins topped with almond butter and banana (the perfect pre-workout fuel)

9:30 – 11:00 AM: ‘Long’ run: 6 – 10 miles

12:00 PM: It’s HEMP LATTE DAY! Thanks Good Bean for accommodating

12:30 – 5:00 PM: Read magazines and watch trilogies+. Last weekend was Bourne movies, before that the Matrix movies, before that X-man. Others include: Harry Potter, Wes Anderson, Star Wars, Batman, Die Hard, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, The Godfather, and (my personal favorite) Lord of the Rings.

5:00 PM: Weekly beer! Oh yeah, beer only happens during training season on Sundays. Our main point of excitement.


6:30 – 9:00 PM: Weekly goal setting – workouts, writing, meditation, etc

9:00 PM: Bedtime

Don’t hate on bedtime. I’m excited to say that at 31, I’m finally feeling like I’m growing into the age that I actually feel…well, whatever age where it becomes acceptable to go to sleep at 9:00 on a weekend, wear moomoo’s around the house, and complain about not understanding youth culture.

As for the food – shout out to one of my FAVORITE cookbooks, Appetite for Reduction, for the great recipe that was delicious and nutrition and lasted us all week for leftovers. Follow the linked titles to the easy-to-make recipes.

Have a great week my friends!

Vegetables come in many forms. We prefer ours liquified and ‘hopped’ up. (EY YO!)



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Web Feast Friday: Vegan Mofo 2012


So far so good!  We are now 12 days into our first Vegan Mofo as participants, and have kept up our pledge of posting every single day in October!  Thanks for all the views, comments, and feedback over the last couple of weeks.  We really appreciate the support and look forward to continuing our quest to deliver our impassioned vegan content with even more humor, sarcasm, and plant-based love.  We leave you with another edition of Web Feast Friday:  Vegan Mofo 2012.

Fall means cooler weather, soup, and string-based jams:

Sauerkraut and mushrooms just happen to be my two favorite foods.  Jackpot!!

I couldn’t remember if I had posted these before, but with new flavors available, it seemed like a good idea.  These have fueled many long runs and bike rides.  Vegan power food by some super cool folks from TX!

Saturdays used to be college football day.  Now this is what I look forward to!

Curry kale balls.  Yes please.

Good thing about my office is everyone thinks I’m crazy when I drink this.

We’ve mentioned many times that brunch is our favorite meal.  What’s brunch without muffins?

Mad respect and best of luck to all the athletes toeing the line in Kona tomorrow.

Web Feast Friday: Day 5 Vegan Mofo Edition

Vegan Mofo 2012 is off and rolling, and after following many of these fantastic bloggers for several years, it feels damn good to be a part of the action this year.  We have lots of great stuff to share, and have several recipes ready to go as well.  In the meantime, welcome to the weekend and enjoy this week’s FEAST!!!

Fall soundtracks must include lots of Mountain Goats tunes

If you haven’t subscribed yet, do yourself a favor and get a subscription to Chickpea. Artsy vegan food at it’s best!

Cold season is on its way.  Use these fall recipes to prep your bod!

Best-of vegan books in 2012.  Amazon.com is waiting for you!  Might I recommend this one?

Throw some some cash at this Kickstarter.com campaign.

I have to admit, I made all these mistakes after making the move to a plant-based diet.

Simple kale salads are a staple at the EPL house.

How can you not want to drink a pie-flavored smoothie?

Catch you tomorrow for Vegan Mofo Day 6!

Fall Flavas


We tend to be seasonal eaters.  There are just certain flavas, ingredients, and preparations that lend themselves to different seasons.  Living most of our lives in the midwest, we have come to know the seasons very well, and the extremes they can bring. Southern Oregon seems to be taking it’s sweet time to transition, so now that the AM’s are nippy and there are leaves on the driveway, it has us thinking about some fall flavas from back in our homestate of Iowa.  Three came to mind:  Sweet potatoes, smoky BBQ, and polenta.  Wouldn’t you know it, but I have just the perfect dish:

Smokey BBQ Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh on “Herby” Polenta

Fall Flavas

My All-Time Favorite Flava!