Snap Pea, Watermelon, and Edamame Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

August 17, 2016
by Kristine

A Week’s Worth of Summer Salads

I hate to perpetuate the stereotype that vegetarians eat nothing but lettuce, because honestly the variety of non-lettuce-based meatless dishes is endless. Really and truly most of our meals are built on substantial, hearty foods like grains (quinoa or pasta), legumes (lentils or garbanzo beans), soy foods (tofu or tempeh) and not simply crunchy, watery leaves. But because it’s August, because it’s been warm and sunny, and because I haven’t felt much like cooking, we’ve been relying on salads for dinner more than usual. Continue Reading →

Fish Tacos Vegenation Las Vegas

August 3, 2016
by Kristine

A Vegetarian in Las Vegas: Vegenation

There’s a little spot in the middle of Sin City, next door to a restaurant called Glutton, 2 blocks from the intemperate stretch of road that is the Fremont Street Experience, and around the corner from the shameful Heart Attack Grill, that only serves vegan food. On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was drawn to Vegenation like a moth to a flame. Like an ant to a picnic. Like a dietitian to a plate of quinoa pilaf. In a town known for its extravagant buffets and ever-flowing alcohol, I was slaphappy to have a whole entire 3-page menu of healthy food to choose from. Continue Reading →

Glo Bar Bento

July 20, 2016
by Kristine

6 More Bento Lunches for Summer

My favorite bento lunch box has been getting a lot of use lately. Every day, in fact. You could call it a healthy habit, or a rut. I’ve nattered on about the benefits of this lunchtime strategy in previous posts (here, here and here), so I’ll spare you the soapbox this time. Today I simply have 6 more compartmentalized rectangles to share with you, filled up with all manner of fruit, vegetable, and assorted summer snacks. Continue Reading →

Jujubeet Go Nuts Wrap

July 6, 2016
by Kristine

A Vegetarian in Bellevue: Jujubeet

Yes, I ate out again. And yes, I’ve already blogged about vegetarian restaurants in Bellevue. Such as it is, in the life of a blogger you sometimes get stuck in a rut and start to repeat yourself. This time: restaurant reviews. I’ve written 3 for my last 5 posts. I promise, just a couple more (I’m recently back from 4 days is Las Vegas and had a phenomenal lunch at Vegenation which you must hear about), and then I’ll start mixing things up again with bento lunch ideas for summer, possibly a post about food and cancer, and maybe even a new recipe or something. That’s what’s brewing in my nutrition nerd mind for the time being anyway. But for today, I’m raving about Jujubeet Cafe. Continue Reading →

Hanaya paradise roll

June 22, 2016
by Kristine

A Vegetarian in Surrey BC: Hanaya Japanese Restaurant

You know those impromptu, seemingly insignificant conversations you have with coworkers? The ones that just happen organically as you wait in line at the copier or pass each other in the hallway? Over time they build connection and familiarity, but they can also end up leading you to your new favorite kick-ass sushi restaurant. Many thanks to my biologist colleague for chatting me up about Canada, border crossings, NEXUS passes, and where to find good sushi a few weeks back. It was a quiet Friday afternoon in the office and he was standing in my doorway shooting the breeze. After he mentioned he had discovered a seaweed and rice jackpot right across the border in Surrey BC, I suggested to Jeff that we try it out tout de suite, and within a few hours the husband and I were headed north. Continue Reading →