Plant Powerful

Ron and I went to my favorite restaurant tonight:  The Remedy Diner in downtown Raleigh.  I just love that place.

Our choices were all vegan with the exception of the cheese on the Greek salad.

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Oh my goodness.  This salad was just what I was craving tonight.  We told the waiter that we were sharing and he split it up for us before he brought it out.  I just love it when they go that extra mile and do that for you.

Next came our entrees.  I chose the Philly Fake Steak.

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I asked for it on gluten free bread instead of the hoagie.  That made it a bit messy to eat but boy was it good.

Ron got the Tempeh Tantrum.

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This sandwich was the winner of the PETA’s Top 5 Vegan Sandwiches in the USA.  Pretty cool huh.  It consisted of marinated tempeh, homemade vegan pesto mayo, vegan bacon, avocado, and lettuce.  The bread was toasted Sourdough.

I ended up cutting my Philly in half and gave it to Ron so he could give me half of his.  I loved my Philly but I must say that Tempeh Tantrum was pretty darn good.  When I bit into it, I could have sworn I was eating a BLT (minus the T) with the creamiest, tastiest mayo you could imagine.  Loved it!

I left my chips and opted for Remedy’s famous coconut cream pie.

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Don’t let those 2 forks fool you.  Ron was drinking Aviator beer on tap and when he does that he has no interest in sweets.  I ate the WHOLE thing.  It was delicious.  Don’t quote me on it but I think it is vegan too.

Our next stop was Whole Foods.

I was just introduced to YumUniverse by my good friend Rebecca.  It’s a website devoted to a Plant Powerful diet.  I’m not saying I’m going vegan again.  I’m not even saying I’m giving up salmon and tilapia on Friday nights.  I’m just saying I do feel much better when I eat mostly plants.  YumUniverse is also big into being gluten free.  I tried to go wheatless for a few weeks before Christmas and I failed miserably.  It is very hard not eating wheat.  I think it’s harder for me to go without wheat than is is dairy.  However, the evidence is mounting up on the benefits of a gluten free diet so I’m going to give it another go.

YumUniverse is having a 30 day challenge beginning Feb. 1st.  Ron and I were too excited about it to wait.  We shopped tonight and got almost everything on the shopping list YU provided in our starter kit.

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(Please excuse the sloppy panoramic picture.  I tried to do it right but my camera stitched my 2 shots together a little off center.)  You get the idea though.  Lots and lots of really great fruits and veggies.

Take a look a our wonderful kale!

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The darker one in the back is called Dinosaur Kale and it’s grown organically in Asheville, NC.  The kale in the front is the regular curly one that we eat and juice all the time.

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There were 7 lemons on the shopping list.  I haven’t looked ahead to know what in the world we will do with those.

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We got some oregano, dill, and chives there in the front.  I really hope to grow some fresh herbs myself soon.  That little thing behind the red onion is a shallot.  For some reason I was thinking a shallot was more like a leek.  I looked everywhere for it.  Ron knew immediately and found it by the garlic.

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Some of these items are gluten free oat flour, hulled hemp seed, and the pricey Madagascar vanilla in the front.

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All those brown bags in the back with the numbers on them are from the bulk bins.  We got things like shredded coconut, cannellini beans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and raw cashews there.

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One of this week’s recipes calls for dried blueberries.  A nice sales girl named CJ helped us find them and since they were a little expensive and we hadn’t tried them, she marked on the back “Sample.”  I was so impressed with her customer service!

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Free Dried Blueberries!  Smile  Woohoo!

Here’s a couple more shots of our loot.

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Gotta admit.  The Bone Suckin’ Sauce was not on the list but I’m addicted to it.

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We are having quiche one day.  No idea how we are going to make it without eggs or cheese.

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Ron’s one splurge was a growler of Green Man beer.

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I really am not a big beer drinker but I love Green Man!  I think it’s because the brewery is so nice.

When we got to the register, Ron and I were trying to guess how much we spent.  I guessed $200.  Ron said it would be more like $300.  We were both so happy when it only came to $150!  And, some of the items will last and last.  I told Ron that my Bone Suckin’ Sauce is not to be used to bathe in.  (He loves it too.)  We won’t have to buy vanilla or that gluten free oat flour for a while.

I’ll post some pictures and link to the recipes this week as we make our meals.

Oh, and one last thing.  I spent $4.99 on the new Runmeter App.

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It is supposed to be the most advanced iPhone app for running, cycling, etc.  It worked really good for me while I was running and I think it was dead on accurate.  I ran my normal neighborhood route and I know I went 6 miles.  The 1:15 was probably correct too.  Ron was running near me and his Garmin recorded a similar time.  The only problem was that it’s supposed to automatically post your run to Dailymile and to FB if you want it to.  It did, but it posted that I ran only 5 miles in one hour.  I’ve got to do some reading up on this to see if I can figure out where the error was.

I’ll do a full review soon.  But so far…..Runmeter is not worth $4.99.  Sad smile

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.  I’m running again after church tomorrow and then it’s all housework and cooking for me.

Night all!

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(Like my new haircut?  It is super short!)

Remedy for the Wednesday Night Blues

Tonight was date night!  Lydia was working at Bo Jangles so Ron and I slipped away to The Remedy Diner in downtown Raleigh.

It was SO good!

Ron’ started with a local IPA from The Aviator Brewery in Fuquay Varina.  We toured that brewery last year so Ron already knew he loved that one.

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I tried this Ginger Ale.

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Boy was it spicy!  We Googled Blenheim and learned that it is made on the grounds of the  famous South of The Border tourist attractions in Hamer, South Carolina.  I drank most of it but asked for a glass of water about half way through my meal.  Not sure why it is so spicy.  I guess it’s the ginger but it was more like jalapenos if you ask me.

I ordered the Eastern Carolina BBQ which was shredded vegan BBQ made from soy in a classic eastern NC vinegar based sauce and homemade cole-slaw.  They served it on a delicious Kaiser roll with kettle chips on the side.

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Tasted just like real BBQ.  So delicious!

Ron mulled over the menu for the longest time but finally settled on his usual; the Veggie Reuben.  It was a marinated tempeh grilled on rye topped with avocado, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, dill pickles and melted Swiss cheese.  He chose to add a side salad.

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Ron loved it.  He gave me a taste and I concur that it was scrumptious.

Another Aviator arrived and I got this shot of the other side of his glass.

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For my poison, I chose the vegan sopapilla cheesecake.

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No earthly idea how they made this vegan.  It was heavenly!

The Remedy Diner is located at 137 E. Hargett Street just down from the Marbles Museum.  There was plenty of parking on the street and we enjoyed the short walk in this beautiful Fall night air.  They have foods for everyone and have many vegetarian and vegan entrée’s to choose from.  The pricing was moderate but next time we go, we’re taking cash.  You can earn a $20 gift card after you spend $100 and pay in cash.  I’ve heard that it helps small businesses if you pay in cash because the credit card processing fees are so high these days.

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Night all!

Getting to bed early so I can get my run in BEFORE work tomorrow.