Monday, 27 May 2013

Sunday Running Happened So Fast

I rarely cook onions as I like them caramelized and they don't go with lazy cooking. But I found a way around this! I roast root vegetables all the time, so why can't I roast onions? So while my potatoes were roasting on the top rack I put the chopped onions on the bottom rack. I chopped two medium onions, added 1/3 cup water (for steaming and so the onions won't stick), a tsp of brown sugar, 4-5 drops of liquid smoke and a dash of Mr. Dash seasoning (tee hee). Baked covered at 375° for 50 minutes and I had delicious caramelized onions. 

Caramelized onions on top of roasted potatoes with a green bean and baby carrot medley. 

I made Happy Herbivore's blueberry muffins last week and they shrunk! Just kidding...they are mini muffins. They are so cute! 

This is a dish I have been getting at Langley Vietnamese Restaurant. I have to order off menu, which I do often. I ask for plain vermicelli noodles, topped with salad and steamed vegetables. It is filling, fresh and inexpensive. 

We participated in the Run For Water race on Sunday in Abbostford. It rained fairly hard at times and we were soaked, but it was worth it. We both enjoyed the extra oxygen in the air, the atmosphere and the volunteers cheering everyone on. My favorite sign a young volunteer was holding said "Rain is temporary, internet results are forever!" Gave me a chuckle and encouragement as I kept on. As mentioned before, my plant strong diet has really fueled the extra energy I have for activities such as this. I was able to shave 2 1/2 minutes off my previous race time and placed first in my age group with a time of 25:03! 

After the race, we were super hungry and cold. We pulled in to a shopping center off the Mt. Lehman exit, almost deciding on Wendy's across the street (for their baked potatoes). But there was a Vietnamese Restaurant straight ahead! Even tho we had it the another night, we wanted to try it in a new location. I am so glad we did! It was so delicious, the vegetables were so fresh and cooked perfectly. They also had vegetarian/vegan options and we didn't have to order off menu :) Above, we shared an order of the vegetable salad rolls which included fresh mint, mmm. 

Vermicelli with steamed vegetables (I asked for steamed instead of fried). The vegetable mixture had onions, broccoli, carrots, and baby corn. The dish was topped off with a pickled carrot. So good, probably one of my favorite meals out to date!