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Days 7-11: A Summary

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by smalltownhealth

I’ve kept very busy this week and completely neglected my blog; my apologies. Along with a few standard meals (oatmeal, veggie sammiches, soup, etc), I ventured out into unknown vegan territorycheese. Keep reading to find out if it was a delicious vegan win, or a disastrous fail.

Random meal pictures of the week:

Grilled Portobello Burger

I need a bigger mouth–this was heaven in a bun.

Ate the Whole Bowl 5 Bean Salad

Raspberry Sorbet–a little treat.

Tempeh/Broccoli Stir-Fry

Mac-n-Cheese FAIL:

Yes, you read that right; it was a major FAIL. It was creamy, and it looked like it would be delicious. It was not. Perhaps it is because I LOVE macaroni & cheese, and I know what the real thing is supposed to taste like. Perhaps it is because I had high expectations. Perhaps vegans just don’t know mac-n-cheese. I blame it on all three. I tried to flavor-it-up a bit with some red onions and black beans…not happening. I ate it anyways, but I’ll never make it again.

Last night, I redeemed myself with Sweet Potato, Black Bean Enchiladas. Sounds crazy, but it was the best meal I’d had all week! Definitely a recipe to keep in rotation:

Sweet Potato Goodness

Plus Beans

Plus Cheese (Veggie, of course) = Vegan FTW!!!

Trust me, you want to copy this down:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
1 can green enchilada sauce
1 15oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
3-4 cloves garlic; minced
juice of 1 big lime
2 heaping cups cooked sweet potatoes, smashed a bit
1/2 cup chipped roasted green chiles
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder or curry powder (I used Mexi-style hot chili powder)
sea salt & black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp (or more) fresh cilantro; chopped
shredded cheese to top
8 white corn tortillas (or Ezekiel tortillas–YUM!)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour 1/4 can of chile sauce in bottom of casserole dish.
Beans: in a small bowl, combine black beans, garlic, and lime juice. Toss to coat, and set aside.
Sweet Potato Mixture: Combine sweet potatoes, green chiles, spices, salt & pepper, and cilantro.
To assemble: Place a warmed tortilla in dish w/ sauce. Top tortilla with 1/8 of bean mixture and 1/8 of sweet potato mixture. Roll it up. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Top with the remaining chile sauce, and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Devour.

While this whole vegan kickstart started off a breeze, I’m beginning to regret it. However, I’m on day 12–9 more days to go. To put it bluntly, there no way I could be a vegan for life. No way. I miss seafood the most. Cheese. Yogurt. Eggs. I will not miss making 6 meals a day–my kids and husband are not following along on this vegan adventure. Do I think that a vegan diet is the healthiest diet? Short answer: no. How can a diet lacking an essential vitamin (B12) be a healthy one? Of course there are B12 fortified foods available to vegans–all are processed–not my cuppa tea. For more info on B12, CLICK HERE.

So, I’m counting down. Nine more days. There’s a nip in the air lately, and I’m in the mood for some beef stew. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the pumpkin pie!

🙂

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 🙂