It’s not just a 13.1 mile race, it is an adventure!
This is a free event!! Join us and other athletes from all over the world to embrace our crazy, wild side to run a virtual half marathon during the hottest part of the summer?!?
July 15th thru August 15th (you have the whole month to complete 13.1 miles, there is no need to complete it all in 1 run)
Half-Marathon (13.1 miles)
This is the first virtual race I have ever participated in and the Hubz is going to participate as well. I actually had never even heard of a virtual race before a few weeks ago during a #fitblog twitter chat. I am really excited to participate and I think it is a perfect fit with my Thrive in 30 plan.
As most of you have read over the past week I have created a team (BTV Vegan YogisTeam Ingalls-Fairweatherwithnew addition Marshall) to support the charity auction for Off The Mat. “Off the Mat Into the World uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. They do this by facilitating personal empowerment through leadership trainings, fostering community collaboration, and initiating local and global service projects.” To learn more check out my posts here and here.
So this is how the auction is going to work:
Between now (June 20th) and June 22nd at 8pm EST check out the list of items below; if you see something you like send me a bid to lindsay@cookveganlover dot com. Include the item name in the subject line and your bid amount in the message. I’ll be updating the bids throughout the day.
The winning bidder will be notified of their winnings by 8pm EST on Thursday (June 23rd) and will have until 6am EST on Friday (June 24th) to donate their winning bid amount to http://www.yogaaid.com/lindsayingalls In the case that the winner doesn’t follow through with their donation, the item will go to the next highest bidder.
The companies who have kindly donated these products for the auction (THANK YOU!) are also donating the shipping costs.
Option 2. Yoga Aid Raffle.
If none of the auction items tickle your fancy you may be interested in the box of goodies pictured below.
Aurorae has kindly donated one of their yoga mats:
Aurorae Ultra Thick
Extra Long Yoga Mat 72” x 24” x ¼”
Ultra thick 1/4″ yoga mat for impact absorption
72” extra long yoga mat makes it comfortable for all sizes
#1 reviewed yoga mat and 5‐Star customer feed back on Amazon
Durable and long lasting material/SGS approved and free from Phthalates
Individual illuminating colors that define your inner self
Aurorae Yoga focal point icon to help with concentration during your yoga practice
Open to US ONLY.
10 Yoga Class Card: Current Bid $70
10 Class Card - $130 Value
Evolution Yoga, a local Burlington Studio, has generously donated a 10 class card.
Evolution Yoga has three beautiful studios for practice. Pre-Registration classes are held in Studio Ahimsa (Sanskrit for “non-harming”), which is our front studio. This sunny studio offers an intimate setting for these specialty classes. Studio Satya (Sanskrit for “truth”) is our newest studio, with cork floors and a warm, nurturing feel. Our largest studio, Studio Tapas (Sanskrit for “zeal, drive”) can hold up to 40 mats.
Evolution Yoga features a number of yoga classes including Anusara, Kirpalu, Vinyasa, and Flying Yoga among many others; visit there website for more information.Open to US ONLY- FYI this studio is in Burlington Vermont.
Retail Value $150
Handmade Beaded Bracelets: Current Bid $15
Species by the Thousands, an eco-minded clothing and jewelry design company, has donated a collection of bracelets.These eco-friendly bracelets are made with reclaimed and vintage beads. Open to US ONLY.
Four Bottles of Mamma Chia: Current Bid $5
“Mamma Chia delivers vitality in a fun‐to‐drink, unique experience.“Customers tell us all the time how super fun and delicious MammaChia is and how amazing they feel after drinking it. The natural gel around the chia seeds creates the fun and refreshing experience, making it like nothing else ont he market. Rarely is something this delicious also so good for you,” says company founderJanie Hoffman. She also reports that customers rave about enjoying Mamma Chia as a great pre‐workout energizer, an afternoon energy booster, a light and satisfying substitute for dessert, and even a great drink with lunch.” Open to US ONLY.
Sampler Case of Ayala’s Herbal Water: Current Bid: $5
As many of you know I am attending Wanderlust Vermont on behalf of Ecorazzi from June 23-26th. As part of the festival there the Wanderlust Yoga Aid Challenge to benefit Off The Mat.
Neil and I (Team Ingalls-Fairweather) are supporting Off The Mat, Into The World’s ® (OTM) mission of empowering individuals to transform their lives and their communities through the power of yoga by participating in the Wanderlust Yoga Aid Challenge, a special yoga class.
If you sponsor my participation in this event Yoga Aid will donate 100% of the funds you provide to OTM. Please support me in my quest to make the world a better place! Visit my fundraising page here.
Yoga Aid Auction:
I’ll have an auction next Tuesday (June 21, 2011) for all of your gently used or new items or services you’d like to donate. The only requirements are that the items be vegan (no fur, leather, suede, or if it’s food animal ingredients or byproducts). If you donate the items, you will also be donating the shipping cost to send your item to the winning bidder.
100% of the proceeds will go to Off The Mat.
If you would like to participate, please send a pic of what you’d like to donate and a description to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday June 15, 2011.
In addition to the auction I am going to do a raffle for a box of goodies (to be posted soon) to enter the for the raffle all you need to do is donate $5 for one entry and $10 for three directly on my fundraising page. In the notes please put Cook.Vegan.Lover. Raffle.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the 1st Annual Vegan Valentine Contest; thank you for the time and effort you put into creating wonderful recipes. I also want to to thank everyone who visited the blog and voted for their favorite recipes, thank you. Now onto the winners of each category:
Nicole’s Chili Cheesecake in the raw is the winner with 62% of the votes
Recipe that Most Embraced the themes
This category is based on the recipe that most embraced the themes of fiery, Valentine’s Day and of course vegan. I felt that there were a few recipes that really stood out to me that had the potential to be the recipe that most embraced the themes but there was one that stood out the most to me. I also asked you to help me out and tell me your favorite overall recipe that embraced the themes and we came to the same conclusion. And the Winner is:
The Hubz fought hard for this to win the overall since the recipe was not only runner up for best dessert but also for best overall (and because it is his favorite) I decided to let him have a Husband’s Choice Category which will be included in future contest because without him this blog wouldn’t be the same. So Congrats!
Contestants were asked to create an appetizer, entree and/or dessert that embraced the theme of fiery AND Valentine’s Day and were given the following hints to help them create their dishes:
adjective ( fierier , fieriest )
consisting of fire or burning stronglyand brightly : the sun was a fiery ball low on the hills | [as submodifier ] figurative afiery hot chili sauce.
having the bright color of fire : the car was painted a fiery red.
(of a person) having a passionate, quick-tempered nature : a fiery, imaginative Aries.
(of behavior or words) passionately angry and deeply felt : a fiery speech. hmmmm maybe a narrative of some sort?
Contestants were allowed to enter one recipe per category and you the readers are going to vote for the winner for each category. You will also be given the opportunity to let me know which recipe you think should win overall; I will be making the final decision but would love your input. If there happens to a tie in any of the categories the Hubz will be the tie breaker.
Below you will find the photo, recipe name, creators name and a link to the recipe URL. You are allowed to vote for each category as well as for the overall winner. Before you vote please consider the following things:
Does the recipe embrace the FIERY theme?
Does the recipe embrace Valentine’s Day?
Is this a dish you would create for a loved one on Valentines Day?
Voting will be open until February 13, 2011 at 9pm EST.CLOSED
Tomorrow I will announce the contestants of my Fiery Vegan Valentines Contest. There are three categories Appetizer, Entree and Dessert. For more details about the contest and how to enter (you have until midnight tonight Feb 10, 2011) please go here.
Below are a few entries that have been submitted by a contestant without a blog; see below.
Abigail’s Chipotle Cherry Chocolate Truffles
1/4c Dried cherries
Enough kirsch to cover and masacate
1 c full fat coconut milk
1 t sp + 1/2 tsp chipotle powder, separated
8 ozs extreme ly dark chocolate
8 ozs semi sweet chocolate
1/2 c cocoa powder
Put cherries in a small bowl and cover with kirsch to soften.meanwhile …bring coconut milk to boil, and add 1/2 tsp chipotle powder.simmer for 10mins.while the milk is simmering, break chocolate into small pieces, addto bo wl.add the heated milk to chocolate, cover with press n seal, let sit for 30 mins.meanwhile …puree the cherries and kirsch.then stir chocolate, and place in fridge for at least 1hr to “firm up”add remaining chipotle powder and cocoa to a shallow dish, like a pie plate.take the chocolate out of fridge.using a tsp scoop some out, place some cherry puree in the middle and quickly roll into ball.it helps to add some cocoa powder to your hands.then roll into the prepared cocoa powder. Continue , then place in fridge until ready to devour.
In honor of my Fiery Vegan Valentine Contest I decided to try out a few new spicy recipes that I have been working on. Of course I am not entering these recipes into my own contest but if you are looking for some delicious spicy recipes to heat up your Valentines Day meal (or any meal) try these yummy recipes. I have received a number of great recipes for the contest and there is still time to enter!
Spicy Asian Pear BBQ Sauce
Yields 1-1.5 cups
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium asian or bosc pear, peeled & seeded, diced small
1 jalapeno, minced
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1″ ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 cup +1 tbsp lite soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp agave
2 cloves minced garlic
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat and stir in the pear, jalapeno, sesame seeds and ginger; saute for 5-7 minutes until lightly caramelized.
Stir in the 1/4 sup of soy sauce, rice vinegar and agave; bring to a boil, reduce and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.
Transfer the mixture to a food processor, add the remaining soy sauce and the garlic and pulse until smooth.
Slather tofu, seitan or tempeh with this sauce and bake in a 400F oven for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned.
Almond Butter Sauce
Yields 1-1.5 cups
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, minced
1″ ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 tbsp chili flakes
2 tbsp lite soy sauce
3/4 cup coconut creamer or coconut milk
3 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp sriracha
2 tsp lime juice
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat and stir in the onion saute for 5-7 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chili flakes and cook for 2 minutes.
Whisk in the soy sauce and cook for 1 minute.
Whisk in the coconut creamer, almond butter and sriracha; whisk until smooth.
Whisk in the lime juice. Remove from heat.
Serve this sauce hot or cold over tofu, seitan, tempeh, toss it with noodles or use a dipping sauce for veggies.
I tossed mine with whole wheat spaghetti, shredded kale, green onions and julienned carrots.
Yields 4 servings
1 tbsp lite soy sauce
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
4 cups broccoli florets
Pre-heat oven to 400F. Toss the veggies with the soy sauce, sesame seeds and sesame oil.
Pour the broccoli onto a sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until florets begin to brown.
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