Welcome to Asphalt Kitchen! I'm Bean.
What began as a spottily tended blog to share recipes for the tailgate enthusiast seeking something a little greener has now become place for me to share nutritious vegetarian recipes, fitness and running stories, thoughts on soccer culture, and whichever other parts of my life my family is sick of hearing about but the internet might tolerate.
I work as a pediatric occupational therapist and live in Cambridge, MA with my husband and our chocolate lab, Duncan.
I'm an avid soccer supporter and season ticket holder for the New England Revolution. From March through November, most of my Saturday evenings (and some Wednesdays, Fridays, or Sundays) are spent standing in the parking lot outside Gillette Stadium surrounded by fellow nerds, beer, and lots of grilled meat.
I love to cook and share whole-food, plant-based recipes. I get especially worked up about finding creative ways to prepare nutritious vegetarian tailgate fare. Veggie loving sports fans: You are not doomed to a lifetime of choking down processed soy patties and floppy frozen veggie burgers! I'm convinced that, with a bit of preparation and creativity, it is possible to eat well while standing in a parking lot.
I love to run, but this was not always the case. Until two years ago, the only reason I ever bothered to lace up a pair of running shoes was in a vain attempt to pay penance for a block of cheddar I'd consumed or to subside feelings of guilt over living like a sloth. The thing about running, though, is that the more I did it, the better I got at it. And the better I got at it, the more fun it became. Suddenly, I realized running was a part of my life I can't live without. I won't lie, this love is still partly rooted in vanity. Now, instead of running in a vain attempt to not feel flabby, I run in a vain attempt to feel strong and fast. And to beat other people in races.
I've grown enthusiastically nerdy about fitness and have really enjoyed exploring the ways I can teach my body to do challenging things. You'll come across some of that obsession on this blog, too.
It is probably wise of me to mention that I am a regular person. I'm not a dietitian and I don't hold any license in training, or coaching, or even vegetarianism. I'm merely sharing my experiences. (But if you happen to have a kid who is poorly coordinated or has trouble with handwriting or needs help with sensory regulation, I might be able to help out there.)
If you ever find yourself at a New England Revolution soccer game, get in touch with me. I'll gladly feed you!