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Day 6: Yummus

Posted in Three Week Vegan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2010 by smalltownhealth

You know it’s one of my favorites when I’m excited to eat the leftovers for breakfast. Some examples would be Chinese takeout, pizza (cold), shrimp & quinoa, and Apple Spice Squash. You heard correctly…squash for breakfast. Today it was served up alongside some fried polenta with maple syrup for pure morning awesomeness.

Crispy on the outside. Gooey on the inside. Sweet & salty goodness.

A perfect match.

I was a bit worried when I remembered I couldn’t use butter to fry up the polenta. Luckily, Earth Balance did the job perfectly. As Fabio would say, “I can’t believe it’s not butter!”

Considering I ate breakfast around 11am, I skipped a formal lunch. I did munch on a few tortilla chips with leftover Black-Eyed Pea Salad. I wasn’t really in the mood for a big dinner, either. I opted to keep it simple with some toasted pita chips, hummus, and a few carrots. I am the queen of dips, and I honestly think I could live on this one!

Yummus in my Tummus Hummus–Recipe @ Bottom!

Love me some toasty pitas ‘n sea salt!

No dessert tonight–housework and rain made (yes, forced) me to miss my run this morning :(. I’m a bad, bad runner. I do remember that I have a few pumpkins ready from the garden for the absolute most incredible dairy-free/gluten-free pumpkin pie EVER! Dare I share that recipe with you? I think I might. For now, you’ll have to settle for this one, which is every bit as delicious:

Yummus in my Tummus Hummus
1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans; drained
1 (4oz) jar roasted red peppers (I like the kind in oil w/ garlic)
3 Tbsp lemon juice (real lemons, people!)
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 handful fresh cilantro or parsley (I prefer cilantro)
and for you non-vegans…1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese!
Blend it all together, and let it chill for about an hour (if you can wait that long). Best served up w/ warm toasty pita chips, but it’s also great on wraps, sammiches, and veggies!

If you’re in the mood for a little something spicy, sub the roasted red peppers for some pickled jalapenos, lime juice for lemon juice, cilantro for parsley, and ditch the feta all together (if you used it in the first place). This version is great on tortilla chips!

Sweet pumpkin pie dreams, food nerds. Until tommorow!

😉

Day 4: Easy (Chick)Peas-y

Posted in Three Week Vegan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by smalltownhealth

I’m beginning to like this vegan thing. Sure I miss cheese and yogurt, BUT I am realizing that it takes hardly any time at all to make some amazing eats.

Most important meal of the day: Blueberry, Walnut Oatmeal w/ a drizzle of Maple Syrup.

Delicious by itself…

better with green tea!

Skip ahead a few hours…remember that potato I couldn’t stuff down last night? Well I re-heated it in my trusty toaster oven* to make the skin extra crispy, drizzled it with some olive oil, sprinkled it with some salt ‘n pepper, and enjoyed every last crumb. Plain and simple–the best way to enjoy a baked potato. I also scarfed down an apple. I must have been hungry, because I forgot to take a picture. Everyone close your eyes…imagine an apple and a baked potato. There you go.

Moving right along…dinnertime.  I pulled out an all-time favorite recipe from The Veganomicon: Chickpea Cutlets. If you’ve never made these, they’re a must-try. I’ve even shaped them into “chick nuggets” for the kids–they love ’em.

Stop drooling on your keyboard.

Add a side of Mango/Cilantro/Lime Couscous

Again w/ the drooling!

Now that’s a meal!

No dessert tonight, this vegan is STUFFED.

*Getting back to the whole toaster oven thing: we tossed the ol’ microwave over a year ago, and here’s why:

  1. Microwaves decrease the nutritional value of your food.
  2. The heat from a microwave leaches harmful chemicals into your food from the container it’s cooked in.
  3. Anything with microwave directions probably isn’t that nourishing to begin with.

We don’t miss it–ever. For more info on the dangers of microwave ovens, click here.

For now, I’m heading up to sleep off this food coma. As usual, if you see something you like drop me a comment, and I’ll post the recipe! And for all you skeptics, notice I have yet to eat just a salad? I guess there’s more to being vegan than rabbit food after all 🙂

Day 3: Vegan on the Fly

Posted in Three Week Vegan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by smalltownhealth

First things first, I’ve decided to stop referencing PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart as the program I’m following. While I am following a vegan diet, I am not using their meal plan, nor am I following their low/no use of oils/fats recommendation. I am still doing the whole vegan thing for 21 days, though; we’ll call this “Amanda’s 21-Day Veganventure.”

Day 3 started off in a hurry, and the rest of the day followed suit. Instead of enjoying a hot breakfast, I woke up late and ended up eating cold cereal (with soy milk) before work. I’m sure everyone can picture a bowl of cereal, so I’ll spare you the image–you’re not missing anything exciting…promise.

Lunch was leftover stir-fry from Day 1. Good and fast–gotta love leftovers.

Dinner consisted of tomato soup and a toasted veggie sammich. I also baked a potato, but found myself beyond stuffed after devouring the soup & sammy. I’ll save it for tomorrow.

Mmmm…grilled onions

Perfect Pair

I must confess, I made dessert…vegan chocolate peanut butter cups–aka: nirvanahhhh. Thank you, Chef Katelyn, for this quick chocolate fix! You’ll have to look at her pics…mine are long gone thanks to the kids, hubby, and yours truly.

I’m happy to report that I am not feeling deprived. It’s funny when people find out I’m doing this, and they try to derail me by saying, “I’m gonna eat a big, juicy cheeseburger right in front of you…” or something along those lines. Sorry, guys, not gonna work. It is unsettling to me, however, that people find such joy in attempting to make others fail. I could get political with this on many levels; I’ll spare you. For now, this is working. Come Thanksgiving, bring on the turkey. I never said I’d be vegan forever. Then again, who knows?

In other news, I ordered my Free Vegetarian Starter Kit from www.goveg.com. I can’t pass up a freebie, and it might come in handy as a reference. I really don’t know what to expect from a PETA publication, but I’m guessing it’s not leather-bound. 🙂

Today’s lessons learned:

  1. A plant-based diet is every bit as filling as a diet containing meat/animal protein.
  2. Vanilla soymilk + cereal is sugary…very sugary. I might as well have eaten a school breakfast.
  3. Not all juices are created vegan! This One contains fish oil. Phew–I nearly fell off the wagon. Thank goodness for my label reading obsession.

It’s turning out to be a chilly night up here on the lake. Perfect forecast for some home-style cooking! Tomorrow will be scrumptious, I can taste it.

Cheers!