Alternatives to Deli Meat

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The first time I had to go to traffic school, I actually had to go to a real school and sit in a classroom for half a day.  Now, I get to do it online… but it was still boring.  :(  And it’s not going to be over for another hour or so, but at least I can do it in the comfort of my own home.  (I got into an accident and am avoiding points on my license.)


Post-run snacks include Caramel Oikos, which is growing on me!


And my traffic school snacks included Stacy’s pita chips and salsa.


And…. an orange!  That 10.0 mile run made me snacky.


Dinner was really good.  When I became a vegetarian, one thing I struggled with was alternatives to deli meat or meat-based sandwiches.  I’ve discovered there are so many fun vegetarian alternatives that doesn’t involve tofu or soy products… like mashed sweet potato, black beans, and hot sauce.


Other fun non-tofu alternatives to deli meat:


  • Hummus
  • Nut Butters
  • Melted cheese
  • Grilled veggies
  • Cranberry sauce and mozzarella cheese


I had my sammie with sugar snap peas:


And I made a fun fruit smoothie (no spinach, for once!).  It was based on Kristen’s Raw Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake.


Mine contained 1 cup vanilla rice milk, 15 frozen cherries, 1 banana, and 1 scoop of Nesquik.  Perhaps not quite as healthy as Kristen’s version, but still delicious!


I’m munching on a few squares of dark chocolate and watching Gossip Girl with the Husband.


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Random question:  If you could have any other name, what would it be?  I would be Claire!  I think I’m very Claire.



  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 8, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Ugh, I hate anything driving-related: going to the DMV, driver’s ed, and dealing with tickets! At least you had some Stacy’s chips to make it more bearable 🙂 My parents actually changed my name from Danielle to Gabriela when I was a few months old. I’ve always thought they should have kept it! Have a great night!

  • Lizzy March 8, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I once had to go to traffic school too for an accident. it was an all day thing and i nearly wanted to hurt myself from boredom! ahhh! glad it you got it over with!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 8, 2010, 9:41 pm

    I could see you as a Claire! I always wanted to be named Brooke. My mom was actually going to name me that but changed her mind because I would then share the same first and last name with a certain famous actress. And for some reason that was bad to her?! I don’t know.

    I actually love the caramel oikos!! My favorite way to eat it is with a microwaved apple with cinnamon… tastes like a caramel apple, i swear! SO good!!!

    • Carrie H March 9, 2010, 4:32 pm

      Did you ever see Office Space? That guy hated being Michael Bolton. 😉

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 8, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I have never been to traffic school (knock on wood) but it sounds awful!

    I always wanted to be Stephanie instead of Megan. But recently I met a Stephanie I didn’t like, so that ruined that name for me. So I guess I am ok with Megan for now 🙂

  • Bethany (@ NotUnlessI'mBeingChased) March 8, 2010, 9:45 pm

    When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Rebecca. I don’t know why — I just had this image in my mind of this girl with dark hair pulled back in a long braid who rode horses and that, to me, was a Rebecca. Since my hair was long at the time and I was riding back in the day, it all seemed to fit. Now, not so much. I like my name — not too many Bethanys out there :).
    As an aside, all the Claires I have ever met have been wonderful, strong women. I think you’d make a great Claire!

  • megan March 8, 2010, 9:48 pm

    hmm interesting question. I’m pretty loyal to my name, so I don’t think there’s any other name I’d rather have. If I’m thinking about names, I’m thinking about them in terms of my future children! 🙂

  • Jolene ( March 8, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I think Claire suits you! I would pick Audrey or Piper.

  • Katie March 8, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Ooh I’ve never heard of online driving school. Seems so much more convenient.

    So I’ve recently become 95% vegetarian (I eat fish once a week usually). I don’t eat a lot of tofu but I do have it on occassion. What’s your opposition to it? Educate me! 🙂

  • Lindsey @ Lean Bodies March 8, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Oh, I am loving beans right now and your sami looks to die for. I bet it would be good with avocado mashed right in there too! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2010, 9:54 pm

    i cannot see people I know called anything different…no other name seems right! 🙂

  • Matt March 8, 2010, 9:58 pm

    Deli meat would be tough for me to give up. Good thing I am not going veggie anytime soon!

  • Laura Smith March 8, 2010, 9:59 pm

    i just have a quick question, how many miles did you run during the week during marathon training? thanks!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 8, 2010, 9:59 pm

    you got into and accident and chevy’s loaning you a car! haha

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 10:21 pm

      haha i know. i know.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

    I would love to be a Charlotte. Or Mary Jo Elizabeth for my Grandmother. Old family story that makes me want to name our daughter the same.

  • Julia March 8, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Claire is my middle name, so I can’t help but like it.
    I used to always want one of the more mainstream names like Jennifer or Tiffany when I was younger.

  • Chandler March 8, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I’ve been looking for Caramel Oikos everywhere.. Its no where to be found! I eat tofu quite often and it sometimes worries me. I’ve switched from soy milk to almond breeze, so its great to see some more alternatives!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 8, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I struggle with the meat alternative thing too. I always turn to soy products, but I’m trying to get away from that!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full March 8, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the alternatives to deli meat suggestions! I am doing meatless march this month and love my deli meat, so this is helpful. As for another name…hmmm…. maybe Mallory? Or Molly?

    • Molly @fuelherup March 8, 2010, 10:23 pm

      woooo Molly! haha

      My favorite name is Courtney, but I’m saving that for a daughter someday 🙂

  • Karla March 8, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Thanks for providing alternatives to soy based proteins for vegetarians. If you’re at all a vegetarian for environmental reasons, consuming soy products is pretty bad too… I’m not saying I don’t consume soy products, I do but I try limit my intake because I know the environmental harm that can come from soy production.
    I never thought of what name I could have! My mom told me that she wanted to name me Natalia but I don’t think that name is very fitting of me.
    Claire is a lovely name!

  • Tyler Ramey March 8, 2010, 10:27 pm

    hmmmmm, I am thinking Morgan or something equally as dramatic. I want a Soap Opera-ish name…any thoughts?

  • April March 8, 2010, 10:32 pm

    I had to do online traffic school last year. I did it over Christmas break…it’s soooo boring. The one I did was a comedy one that really wasn’t funny at all. Good luck getting through it. It’s better than points!
    I like classic names like Katherine and Elizabeth, and also names that are gender neutral like Sloan. What a fun question!

  • Ellen March 8, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Love all of your sandwich suggestions! Hmm…well, my mom almost named me Laine, and I really like that name. My sister is Liza though, so she didn’t want the cheesy alliteration: Laine and Liza. I get it, but I do really like that name!

  • Rose March 8, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I would officially go by Rose. It would be so much easier!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 8, 2010, 10:45 pm

    I wouldn’t change my name, but have so many ideas for names for my futurekids 🙂

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) March 8, 2010, 10:46 pm

    I love that you don’t use faux meat products 😀 I’m definitely trying to wean myself off processed soy!

    I would love the name Cameron

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 8, 2010, 10:52 pm

    I don’t like meat or faux meat products, so I definitely have a lot of hummus and bean wraps. Yours looks fantastic! I wonder how weird pumpkin and black beans would be together.

  • Babycakes March 8, 2010, 11:02 pm

    I love the names Arielle and Sage

  • Manda March 8, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I love the name Claire! You seem like such a Caitlin though! My mom almost named me Alana after my father (Alan). Ever since she told me that I always wished she named me that instead! There’s so many Mandy’s and Amandas out there, sometimes I wish my name was more unique.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 8, 2010, 11:12 pm

    I’ve always had a slight obsession with the name Sallie.

    Lily is pretty good though. As I child, I hated my name. I like it a lot more now.

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 8, 2010, 11:15 pm

    I always pick egg salad if I’m going for a veg sandwich. boiled eggs taste very “meaty” to me and I love mayo!

    I love my name and wouldn’t want a different one. I’m very lucky my parents chose something I like:)

  • Astrid March 8, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I love making veggie sandwiches. am not a vegetarian, but I love making veggie dishes and experimenting with foo. I have no personal reasons to give up chicken, seafood, and everything else I love, but I love black beans in sanwiches (like you showed). I actually made a veggie burger (My first one) tonight for dinner, and it was EXCELLENT!
    My name would be Lucy. For some reason I have always loved that name, and no one ever has troubles understanding it, like they do with my name!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 9, 2010, 12:04 am

    oooh I love the idea of mashed sweet potato as an alternative sandwich filling!! What a great idea 🙂

  • Ellen March 9, 2010, 12:04 am

    the name claire is “a fat girl name!” haha sorry, it always makes me think of the breakfast club. (my best friend is named claire though, so nothing against them at all.)

    i love sandwiches, and almost always make them veg. i’ve been on a fried egg sandwich kick lately. got some locally produced, organic eggs with such bright yellow yolks and they’re so good. it’s hard to beat the grilled cheese though– i go to the whole foods cheese counter and drool at the possibilities 🙂

    • Caitlin March 9, 2010, 7:18 am

      i’ve had a lot of people say to me that claire is not a classy name in england, but i still like it 🙂

      • Ellen March 9, 2010, 8:34 am

        well claire from the breakfast club is pretty classy, i think, and definitely not fat 🙂

      • Laura March 9, 2010, 11:26 am

        Oooo I wouldn’t say that, my sister is called Claire, very classy (English) lady… in fact I think the English version of the name is Clare, and Claire with an ‘i’ comes from the French derivative, or so I’m told! I used to dream up all sorts of exotic names for myself, like Tallulah and Scarlett. In the end, I just switched from using my first to one of my middle names. I love the name Caitlin- very unusual over here in the U.K.

        • caitlin March 9, 2010, 12:15 pm

          good to know! it’s my favorite name 🙂

  • Niki F March 9, 2010, 12:08 am

    Yum to that smoothie! I need to get me some frozen cherries so I can try it!

  • Jalita March 9, 2010, 12:18 am

    Have you ever thought about making your own pita chips? I prefer homemade over Stacy’s. I had to go to Carteens which is traffic school for teens. It was the most ridiculous thing that I did to have to go to Carteens. Everyone else who was there has far worse offenses that I had. I was passing on the right. Someone was turning left and I passed over the white line and got pulled over. EVERYONE does that, but it was just my luck to get pulled over. What does the online traffic school consist of? I’m not sure what name I’d rather have. My sister has a very unique name: Bevin. I’d like a name that’s almost one of a kind.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2010, 7:18 am

      i should try to make my own pita chips because stacy’s is expensive!

      • Jalita March 9, 2010, 2:24 pm

        Here are two recipes that I like to use when I make pita chips. Stacy’s chips are expensive; buying pita bread is a better alternative. Here you can get 6 pitas for 1.99.

        3 large pita pockets
        3 T. brown sugar
        3 T. melted vegan butter such as Earth Balance (or regular butter if you prefer)
        2 tsp. ground cinnamon

        Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

        Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Grease foil with a light coating of olive oil.

        Cut pita pockets into triangles and then separate them where they are still connected to the other half.

        Place triangles on cookie sheet (what used to be the inside of the pita should be facing up).

        Using a brush, coat each triangle with the melted butter.

        Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over triangles. (You can also mix the sugar and cinnamon into the butter and brush it all on together if you like.)

        Place in oven and bake for 6-8 minutes depending on thickness of pita bread. You might want to do a couple of test triangles first to see what the right length of time is for your bread and oven. Going one minute too long will cause them to burn.

        Let cool and enjoy!

        Mediterranean Pita Chips

        3 large pita bread rounds
        2 tablespoons melted butter
        3 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
        2 teaspoons dried oregano
        2 teaspoons dried basil
        1 teaspoon granulated garlic
        3/4 teaspoon paprika

        (I use olive oil instead of butter)

        Cut pita bread into triangle pieces and lay on a cookie sheet. Brush pita triangles with melted butter.

        Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Evenly sprinkle mixture over pita triangles.

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pita in oven and bake for 5 minutes or until pita is toasted.

        • caitlin March 9, 2010, 2:27 pm

          thank you!

  • Tay March 9, 2010, 12:23 am

    You do look like a Claire! And I love that name. One of my top faves 🙂 Hmm I always liked the name Jessie for a girl. Or Riley. But I don’t picture myself as a Riley. I’d say Jessie or Alex (I like guys names for girls haha).

  • TorontoGirloutWest March 9, 2010, 12:37 am

    I would be Katerina – it sounds somewhat like my actual name (Karen) only more royal!! Ahahaha!

  • Jessica March 9, 2010, 1:38 am

    I could totally see you as a Claire! Or maybe a Megan….hahaaa

    Check it out–pita chips with salsa, oranges, greek yog, smoothies and sandwiches?! If only my sorority house fed us all that goodness everyday, i’d be the happiest girl everrrrrr
    (good thing I keep pita chips in my room though/sometimes we get mini stacy’s bags in the snack drawers!!!) Makes my day, obviously.


  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 9, 2010, 2:09 am

    Oohh I always liked the name Rachel 🙂 I think it’s a Friends thing 😛 and I LOVE the name Brooke. I have a whole little notebook where I’ve written down all my fave names, which is good cos I can’t remember them all now 😛
    Hope GG was good!

    • Rachel March 9, 2010, 8:10 am

      Yay for the name Rachel! Good choice 🙂

  • Amy March 9, 2010, 2:24 am

    I can’t really see myself as anything but Amy, but when I was younger I wanted a name like Samantha or Danielle (it’s actually my middle name) so I could have a cool boy nickname like Sam or Danny. Yeah, I guess you could say I was a tomboy. 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama March 9, 2010, 2:54 am

    Hmmmm… I have always loved the name Autumn. Maybe because it brings the “hippie” out of me, or because it’s my favorite season. Either way, I love the name! 😀

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 9, 2010, 5:01 am

    You do look like a Claire!

    I quite like Rachel, although I have always wanted a Greek goddess name, like Artemis or something….

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 9, 2010, 6:34 am

    Traffic school sounds pretty bad. At least you don’t have to take road lessons again. My instructor insisted on listening to nothing but “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Yes, a good song, but not for a whole hour!

    When I was a little girl I wanted the name Jessica. I didn’t even know anyone named Jessica. Strange.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2010, 7:19 am


  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 9, 2010, 6:35 am

    I really like my name! I have always thought about it and never been able to think of another name I like more. But I do like Felicity, probably from the show. 🙂

  • Maya March 9, 2010, 6:41 am

    Those are good alternatives, but I think there ain’t nothing wrong with tofurkey every once in a while when the craving strikes!

    • Caitlin March 9, 2010, 7:19 am

      nope, there’s definitely not a thing wrong with that!

  • Nicole, RD March 9, 2010, 6:51 am

    Ewww to traffic school! I am the QUEEN to warnings — I got 3 in one month somewhat recently. All for like 2 miles over the speed limit. 2? Really? Lame!

    I love the name Haley.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight March 9, 2010, 6:52 am

    I looovvee pita chips!! Your sandwich looks so good. One of my favorite things to do to get rid of leftovers is to transform them into some sort of a sandwich form for lunch the next day. Roasted veggies are awesome with some hummus and cheese…this way I never really get sick of leftovers every night for dinner!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 9, 2010, 6:56 am

    Always wanted the name Shelby…and I have no idea why. I must have met someone extremely nice named Shelby as a kid and its a subconscious thing. 😉

    I love finding creative non-meat sandwich options. There are so many of them. 😀

  • jen trinque March 9, 2010, 7:39 am

    How do you get your hubby to watch Gossip Girl?? Mine can’t stand it 🙂

    • Caitlin March 9, 2010, 7:59 am

      my husband LOVES GG.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 9, 2010, 7:44 am

    I use to want to be called NATALIE cause of Natalie woods…Yea..not happening. BTW SPOTTED: potential blogging Bff. I just finished my online defensive driving (I ALMOST DIED OF BOREDOM) andddddd I loveee gossip girl. XOXO.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2010, 7:59 am

      BFFs foreveeeeeeeeeer

  • Jennifer March 9, 2010, 7:47 am

    I think I like my name..although it is pretty common! I just can’t think of any other name I feel like I could go by. Funnny you said you like Claire – my daughter’s name is Clara (old family name)!

    As far as the sandwiches, one of my favorites right now is hummus with artichoke hearts and feta, mmmmmmmmm….I bet it would be good with sliced cucumber as well, but those give me indigestion! 🙁

  • Neely March 9, 2010, 7:56 am

    Lorelei! As in Gilmore. Or maybe I just wanted to actually BE her.

  • whitney March 9, 2010, 8:02 am

    I’m not going to lie I don’t mind my name. But I do love sugar snap peas! Great choice they are so refreshing.

  • Jill March 9, 2010, 8:14 am

    Mashed sweet potatoes on a sammy?! What a really great idea! I need to be trying that soon.

  • Rachel March 9, 2010, 8:32 am

    That sandwich looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for the idea!
    I don’t know what name I would want… maybe Anne or Cecelia? I have always liked those names.

  • Susan March 9, 2010, 8:32 am

    Finding an alternative to deli meats was definitely one thing I struggled with as a vegetarian! I found myself relying on soy slices way too often which are just as bad.

    I was actually named Emma for the first week I was alive, but my parent’s didn’t like the fact that my initials would be EEE. Susan is kind of an old lady name, but I’ve come to appreciate it. My mom loved Jane Austin names (sisters are Sara and Jane), and I now love Jane Austin books 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 9, 2010, 8:40 am

    I used to wish my name was Abby 🙂

  • Carolyn March 9, 2010, 9:13 am

    I like my name because it’s fairly unusual for someone my age. My dad wanted to name me Brandi, but my mom forbid it. LOL

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 9, 2010, 9:20 am

    I made a concoction for a vegetarian sandwich recently: grated carrot, PB, raisins, sunflower seeds and cinnamon. Mix it all together before putting it on the bread.
    I would choose Calista. It’s my middle name!

  • Raya March 9, 2010, 9:22 am

    When I was younger I HATED my name because everyone always pronounced it wrong. But now that I’m older I LOVE my name because it’s unique. So I wouldn’t change my name at all 🙂

  • Claire March 9, 2010, 9:22 am

    Haha! I don’t actually love my name – I’m named after a Clara, and I’ve always been upset that my parents didn’t give me that name instead! I wish my name had two syllables.

  • Lee March 9, 2010, 9:27 am

    When I was like 5, I told everyone that my name was Erica and I would only answer to Erica. This was before my brother Eric was born!

  • LindsayH March 9, 2010, 9:39 am

    have you ever tried Field Roast products? they are grain-based meat substitutes. they’re expensive and i only have them once in a while but they are sooo good. they have a few different types of “deli slices.”

    • caitlin March 9, 2010, 12:15 pm

      no i haven’t! where can you get them?

  • claire March 9, 2010, 9:53 am

    I’m a Claire and I really like my name!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 9, 2010, 10:41 am

    you totally took my alternative name 🙂 but i’m a big fan of Marin or Sophia too… 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 9, 2010, 11:39 am

    I like Lauren, it suits me 😉

  • Kim March 9, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Great ideas for veggie sandwiches! I rely a lot on hummus, nut butters, beans and cheese 🙂 Oh, and avocado!

    As for names, I really don’t think my name suits me at all. Well, Kimberly does more than Kim, but everyone calls me Kim. I like the name Emma, for some reason.

    I actually used the name Claire for one of the characters in my last book. I’ve always liked that name.

  • Claire March 9, 2010, 1:41 pm

    good choice in names.hehe…I really can’t imagine having a different one…I’m named after my grandmothers Claire Rose.:-)cc

  • Sophie @ yumventures March 9, 2010, 2:04 pm

    I love your alternative sandwich fillings! Beans are definitely great and delicious! I wouldn’t change my name!

  • Mary March 9, 2010, 6:44 pm

    In Oct I got a speeding ticket for going 80 mph in the carpool lane (speed limit 65). I was chatting away to my husband at around 7:30am (no traffic, no weather & no heavy traffic) headed to an old friends wedding when I noticed a cop in my rearview with his lights on… So.. My husband said that he’s gotten out of 2 tickets by doing what they call ‘trial by written decloration’. I wrote in to the judge saying why I was going 80 & then waited for the cop that pulled my over to write in… he never did and not only do I not get a ticket, not have to go to traffic school… but I get my money back!! SCORE! Not sure if it’s the same in FL, but for all the Cali readers, flip over your ticket and read THE WHOLE THING. It’s all there 🙂

  • Dominique March 10, 2010, 6:10 pm

    I really like your sweet potato and black beans sandwich idea! I’ve been struggling with deli meats for quite some time (only eat sandwiches when they are egg salad or organic/all-natural as nitrates cause me migraines) so your alternatives are great options. Unfortunately IBS ruins a lot of things for me (ie: soy, hummus, cruciferous veggies) but sometimes I “cheat” and eat them anyway.

    I can’t think of an alternative for my name anymore. When I was younger I wanted a more “normal” name because no one (including my extended family) could ever spell or pronounce my name). I wanted to be a Christina or Michelle. I’ve grown to accept my name now though–even though people still can’t pronounce or spell it. The other names my parents had on standby though were Kimberly or Dawn–though I can’t see myself as either of those.

  • Kath March 10, 2010, 8:16 pm

    You’re forgetting tempeh and jam!!

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