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VegFest

by Meghann on October 24, 2009

My fun in the sun continued today at the Central Florida VegFest!

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The Central Florida VegFest was a celebration of all things Vegan, Organic, and Animal Friendly.

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There were dozens of booths offering vegan food, free samples, and information on local causes in the Orlando area.

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I was craving a vegan cookie or brownie, but this booth caught my attention.

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Especially when I discovered they had a Pumpkin Spice flavor.

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The vegan nitrogen ice cream was interesting and reminded me more of creamy italian ice than ice cream. I are about half before I tossed the bowl. It wasn’t as rich and flavorful as I was hoping.

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I also had a couple bites of a Strawberry Brownie that somehow missed the camera.

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Maddie and I explored for a good hour, before heading home and chilling out in front of the tv for a couple of hours.

For dinner I got a little creative.

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Originally, I had planned on having a baked sweet potato topped with chickpeas & marinara sauce, but went with a twist on a twice baked potato instead.

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I baked a sweet potato in the over at 375 for 45 minutes, then scooped the insides out once it cooled.

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The insides were mushed in a bowl with marinara sauce and chickpeas.

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And finally topped with cheese and baked for another 10 minutes in the oven.

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The results were amazing!

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This meal just gave me a whole slew of ideas on different combinations I can creat with the twice baked potato concept. πŸ˜‰

On the side I had some frozen brussel sprouts that were heated up in the microwave.

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A little chocolate cured my after dinner sweet tooth.

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Tomorrow morning I had a 15 miler planned with my sister. I love how my miles are slowly creeping, the 15 miles are going to rock! πŸ˜‰

In the mean time please remember to VOTE to help me stay in the Top 20

And VOTE for these lovely ladies to help bring them to the Top 20. πŸ˜‰

Lindsey (www.soundeats.com)
Sarah (www.muchfruit.wordpress.com)
Ashley (www.dailygoods.wordpress.com)
Monica (www.runeatrepeat.com)
Amanda (www.runtothefinish.blogspot.com)

GOOD NIGHT!!!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Sounds like a fun day! I am sure Maddie loved the festival Good luck on your 15 miles tomorrow!

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2 angieinatlanta October 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm

What a cool festival! I love anything that brings health-conscious people together and celebrates healthful lifestyles!

Your dinner is a great idea; I adore twice-baked potatoes!

Good luck on your run tomorrow morning!!

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3 Jessica October 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm

A strawberry brownie?!? I would have loved to see that pic!

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4 jennylikestorun October 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I voted for you again! πŸ™‚ Sounds like you’ve had a really full and fun day! Strawberry brownie sounds yum and I love your dinner idea!
I think I’ll try that sometime soon.
Have a great run tomorrow, I look forward to reading all about it πŸ™‚

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5 Tay October 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm

That twice baked sweet potato reminds me of the twice baked pizza potato I made once! Sooo good πŸ™‚ Good luck on your run tomorrow!!

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6 Kristen October 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm

So jealous you got to go to VegFest! Sounds so fun. I need to investigate to see if there’s a similar festival near me.

Love that twice baked potato! YUM. πŸ™‚

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7 Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A. October 24, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Pumpkin Spice ice cream? That must have been AH-MAZING! I’m super-duper jealous!!!

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8 meyergirl October 25, 2009 at 12:14 am

Looks like a fun day!

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9 Mama Pea October 25, 2009 at 12:28 am

I’m proud of you for checking out the Veg Fest even if you aren’t a veg! And your twice baked sweet potatoes look awesome. Good luck on that LONG run!

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10 Emily Eats October 25, 2009 at 2:59 am

Yum! Am liking the look and idea of your dinner very much… Especially since we have sweet potatoes in our cupboard right now!
I hope your 15 miler goes well πŸ™‚ I dream of the day I will be able to run that far.

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11 Diana October 25, 2009 at 5:09 am

That vegfest looks awesome. Also, I’m now craving sweet potato thanks to you πŸ˜›

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12 Marina October 25, 2009 at 6:08 am

Sweet potato looks yummy! Have fun on the run!

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13 Susan October 25, 2009 at 7:27 am

Okay, so I’m going to be a very bad foodie here and admit that I never knew that was what a twice baked potato was! I thought it was more along the lines of the biscotti concept πŸ˜› Now you have me super excited about it – so many possibilities for filling!

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14 lessonstolearn October 25, 2009 at 7:54 am

I will be trying that sweet potato idea. Good thinking!

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15 Emily October 25, 2009 at 8:09 am

Dinner looks good – I look forward to seeing what other filling ideas you come up with.
Looks like you’ve gotten a lot of votes!

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16 April October 25, 2009 at 9:15 am

That potato sounds awesome! Thanks for the dinner inspiration for tonight!

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17 inmytummy October 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

Such a creative dinner!

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18 Jenna October 25, 2009 at 9:29 am

sounds like a fun day, seems wicked cool πŸ™‚
great dinner idea! good luck on your run tomorrow!!
jenna

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19 Evan Thomas October 25, 2009 at 10:14 am

That ie cream sounds so interesting. I’m fascinated by all the crazy new technology they’re using in cooking

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20 Trish (girlatgym) October 25, 2009 at 10:19 am

I am loving the potato idea – I have to try that! πŸ™‚

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21 Erica October 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

Going to vote now! Thank you for the reminder. The vegfest looks awesome! I want to go to one. Great idea with the sweet potato too. I may try that later this week

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22 skinnyrunner October 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

i dont know if you have yogurtland in florida, but they just came out with pumpkin pie froyo. non fat and so good! just went yesterday and had some. yum

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23 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm

good luck with the 15 miles!

I would have never thought of making twice baked potatoes with sweet potatoes but that looks pretty damn awesome!

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24 Christy October 25, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Oh my gosh! I had no idea that there was a VegFest in Orlando!!! How fun, I so would of come home this weekend if I had known :-\

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