Vegans May Need Lysine Supplements

I started taking a lysine supplement to prevent cold sores and accidentally discovered that it's something really important for a vegan diet. 

While plants are a source of lysine and some even have a lot, on a strict vegan diet you may end up not getting enough, like I did. Especially if you're very physically active. 

There were no overt symptoms. Just general tiredness and fatigue. A lysine supplement really made a difference in my overall alertness and physical ability. I stopped sleeping so long and stopped waking up tired. 

If you're sure your vegan diet is healthy and well rounded and don't understand what's missing, lysine may be the answer. It's an essential amino acid found in many animal products. So taking a supplement isn't generally dangerous. You can take in a lot without any negative impact. So it's definitely worth a shot if you're experiencing unexplained fatigue.

Roasted Potato and Charred Leek Salad

Having recently made potato leek soup, I found myself  with extra potatoes and extra leeks. As a huge fan of roasted potatoes and roasted leeks, I thought combining them into a variation on potato salad would be a delicious way to use them and a great excuse to create a little homemade salad dressing.

It's easy. It's vegan. It tastes great.

Potato Salad
2.5 lbs russet potatoes, cleaned and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 lb halved and cleaned leeks
1/2 a medium red onion sliced thinly

Dressing
2 lemons, juice and zest
2 tsps spicy mustard
3 tbls olive oil
1 tbl sriracha
1 tbl hot sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 jalapeno, minced
2 handfuls parsley, minced

You're going to roast your potatoes and leeks in a 450 F oven. Leeks for 12 minutes. Potatoes for 35, stirring at the halfway point. I put the potatoes on a sheet pan in a single layer and laid the leeks on top of them. Spray your sheet pan with cooking spray so the potatoes don't stick.

In a large bowl combine all the dressing ingredients, except the oil. Whisk in the oil slowly.

When the leeks are done cooking, you'll need to slice them thinly.

When the potatoes are ready, add all the salad components to the bowl with the dressing. Toss to coat.