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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 🙂

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Day 1: The Veginning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by smalltownhealth

The day has finally arrived: Day 1 of the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. After a weekend full of roasted meatiness (read: Annual Family Pig Roast), I am beyond ready to go vegan. Looking back, four chickens and sausage stuffing all sewn up into a pig on a spit DOES seem a little over-the-top.

And how could someone eat something with a face as cute as this?

Poor piggy. Let the conscious, cruelty-free eating begin.

For breakfast: a bowl of ooey gooey apple-cinnamon oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, and a wee-tad bit of maple syrup.

So filling, I couldn’t finish the entire bowl.

For lunch: a portabella, onion, pepper, and spinach wrap w/ spicy homemade salsa. Simply scrumptious.

Portabella fajita? Yes, please!

And finally, for dinner: Tofu/Veggie Stir-Fry

With homemade tofu, no less! 🙂

Today was a breeze. I did catch myself one time reaching for the carton of cottage cheese to snack on–oops. No worries. I grabbed some nuts and raisins instead–satisfied. Twenty more days and tons of recipes to look forward to! This is gonna be a piece of (vegan) cake.

Oh, and if you see anything you like, drop me a comment and I’ll post the recipe!

Until tomorrow, food lovers.