Thursday, November 17, 2011

No longer vegan.

I have been losing steam with keeping this blog going as my energy and health have been steadily declining during these past two months eating vegan. I have been struggling with what my head and certain self-imposed social pressures tells me I should eat, and what my body says it needs.

Because I do not eat dairy or eggs at this time, my main sources of "filling" food (meaning foods other than vegetables) has been beans, soy, and grains. Such a large amount of these foods leave me feeling bloated, lethargic, and my appetite is never satiated. I simply have not been able to feel full, so I constantly graze, looking for a food to fill me up, and instead of continuing to lose weight, I have gained back five pounds in the past few weeks.

I have been reading about diet and realizing how what's right for one person won't be the healthiest for another, and that it is incredibly important to listen to what your own body needs. While searching the internet, I came across a blog post titled A Vegan No More that left me feeling like someone else knew exactly what I was feeling.

Eating had become stressful and a non-joyous experience - a fact that I hated! I am still figuring out what direction to take and what is healthiest for ME, but I do know that I want to stay focused on whole foods.

Today was my first full day as an omnivore again, and I have concentrated on eating vegetables, some organic grass fed beef, and fewer grains, and I am already feeling better.

I will still post here, but it won't be for daily menus. I will update when I have a new recipe to share, and it may be vegan or it may not.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 68 - Brunch

Brunch with friends this morning. Loved these waffles so much more than Van's gf waffles.


Breakfast

- Tofu scramble
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Nature's Path Buckwheat Wildberry Waffle (great!)



Lunch

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- Corn chips and hummus
- Millet bread and bruschetta topping
- Minestrone



Dinner

- Tofu scramble
-Minestrone

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 67 - Chocolate cravings!

Breakfast

- Minestrone
- Guacamole and corn chips



Lunch

- Amy's Organic Black Bean Tamale Verde
- Tater tots (the potato addiction continues)



Dinner

- Vegetable Red Curry leftovers
- Jasmine rice



Snack

- Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate With Marzipan (The WHOLE bar. PMS ATTACK! So good.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 66 - Vietnamese

Breakfast

- Fried potatoes and onions



Lunch

- Garden rolls with peanut sauce
- Stir fried tofu and vegetables with rice



Dinner

- I can't remember!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 65 - This and that

Too busy for photos lately. Will try to get back into better documenting my meals again.


Breakfast

- Corn chips and yellow lentil hummus
- Garden summer rolls with peanut sauce



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- Minestrone
- Vegan No Bake cookies
- Kettle baja bbq Tia corn chips



Dinner

- Amy's Enchilada With Spanish Rice & Beans



Snack

- Baked lentil chips
- Kettle Tias
- Sabra pine nut hummus
- Silk Pumpkin Spice soymilk

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 64 - Vegetable Red Curry

(some pictures later)


Breakfast

- Fried potatoes and onions
- Baked lentil chips
- Bruschetta topping



Lunch

- Vegetable Red Curry
- Jasmine rice


Red Curry

1 tbs oil
1.5 tbsp red curry paste
1 can coconut milk (NOT LIGHT!)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 onion, sliced
3 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
1 stalk broccoli, chopped
large handful Thai basil leave

In a large soup pan, saute curry paste in oil for 1 minute. Add coconut milk, garlic, and sugar. Stir and simmer for 2 minutes. Add vegetable and cook until just slightly tender, then stir in basil leaves



Dinner

- Red curry leftovers
- tater tots

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 63 - Too many chippies

No sleep. Doctor appointment in the morning and missed breakfast. So. Many. Carbs.


"Breakfast"

- Baked lentil chips
- Flax corn chips



Lunch

- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal



Snack

- Baked lentil chips
- Hannah bruschetta topping
- Flax corn chips
- White bean hummus



Dinner

- Tempeh Taco filling over lettuce with cilantro and grape tomatoes



Snack

- Kettle baked bbq chips
- Ore Ida tater tots

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 62 - Thai meals

Sick baby. No energy. Bought two meals at lunch price so I would have one for dinner.


Breakfast

- Corn chips
- Yellow lentil hummus



Lunch

- Vegetable spring rolls
- Red Curry with tofu
- Jasmine rice



Dinner


- Thai basil with tofu
- Jasmine rice

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 61 - The longest day ever

These pictures are not accurate for portion sizes. My baby boy is sick so there is not much sleep happening, and when I'm up for so many hours I get hungry more often and eat more.

I ate double portions of breakfast (one at 7, one at 10), I ate half a huge plate of roasted vegetable with lunch, and throughout the night I ended up eating FIVE pieces of bruschetta. Yum yum yum.


Breakfast

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- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Decaf Coffee (the blend I buy is Gorilla Decaf by Organic Coffee Company. A little pricy but so worth it.)



Lunch

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- Tempeh Taco Filling over butter lettuce with cilantro and fresh diced grape tomatoes
- Roasted carrots, onions, and potatoes


Dinner

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- Millet bread toast with Hannah Bruschetta topping
- Prosecco by Cupcake Winery


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- More roasted carrots, onions, and potatoes


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- Roasted Asparagus

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 60 - Tempeh Tacos

I successfully resisted getting take out tonight and instead I threw together this recipe for Tempeh Tacos. Quite a tasty dinner!


Breakfast

- Fried Potatoes and onions (yes, again. it was another perfect morning for them!)




Lunch

- Amy's Brown Rice Black Eyed Peas and Vegetables Bowl
- Imagine Creamy Potato Leek Soup
- Corn Chips and White Bean Hummus



Snack

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- A giant vegan gluten-free cupcake from Raphsodic!



Dinner

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Tempeh Tacos

(10 servings)

1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 small onion, diced
1 8oz package of tempeh, crumbled
1 15oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1.5-2 C water
taco seasoning (see below)



Taco Seasoning

1 tbsp chili powder
2.5 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
1.5 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch of cayenne (optional)


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Directions:

In a large skillet, saute onion in oil on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add the tempeh, pinto beans, taco seasoning and water. Stir thoroughly and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in heated taco shells (LOVE the stand and stuff kind) topped with lettuce, cilantro, and diced tomatoes.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 59 - Vegan No Bake Cookies

These cookies are NOT low calorie, but are total bliss with a cup of coffee.


Breakfast

- Fried potatoes and onions (one of the best batches ever!)


Lunch

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- Half of a Chipotle Vegetarian Burrito Bowl (rice, black beans, onions and peppers, mild salsa, corn salsa, guacamole, lettuce)



Snack

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Vegan No Bake Cookies
(9 small cookies)

2 TBS earth balance
2 TBS cocoa powder
1 C sugar (cut back if you wish)
1/4 C unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 C rolled oats
1/4 C natural peanut butter (I've used sunflower butter and it was really good, too)
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a medium saucepan combine the earth balance, sugar, nut milk, and cocoa. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by small spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool until hardened.



Dinner

- Rest of my Chipotle Burrito Bowl
- Imagine Organic Creamy Potato Leek Soup (I was told it smelled like a public school cafeteria, but I liked it)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 58 - Picnic in the park

I ate a really light breakfast because I was rushing out to an interview and didn't have the time or appetite for anything but toast. Lunch was spent relaxing at the park on this absolutely GORGEOUS day, and of course for dinner...more minestrone.

Breakfast

- Millet bread toast with Earth Balance




Lunch

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- Summer rolls
- Vegetable stir fry with tofu and rice



Snack

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- Glutino Pretzel Twists
- Woodchuck Spring Hard Cider



Dinner

- Minestrone
- Tater tots!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 57 - Minstrone Mania

I made a big pot of minestrone first thing in the morning and ended up just eating on it all. day. long. For every meal.

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Not exciting, but so so good.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 56 - Stress Eating Day

The morning started stressful and the feeling lasted most of the day. Only after a very brief "demo" treatment at a new and very interesting doctor, did I start to relax. But the had already gone badly with eating and it continued rolling downhill.


Breakfast

- Amy's Vegetable Korma
- Soy Vanilla Latte



Lunch

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- Spring rolls
- Thai Red Curry with tofu and rice



Snack

- half a container of Almond Dream Praline Crunch!



Dinner

- Thai stir fried vegetables with tofu and rice (I ordered two meals at the lunch price earlier so I would have dinner. Yum.)



Snack

- Tater tots (seriously. My mom made some frozen ones then didn't want them and I devoured the plate)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 55 - Homemade Summer Rolls

I prepared my own food at each meal today, but no new recipes to share. Soon I will have something exciting to post!


Breakfast

- Fried Potatoes and onions (I actually went almost a week without making these. For a potato addict like me, that is big.)



Lunch

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- Creamy Harvest Corn Soup (I tried to force myself to eat this so it wouldn't go to waste. I even added green onion, cilantro, and a ton of salt. Still no good)
- Guacamole and corn chips



Dinner

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- Homemade Summer rolls (with just rice noodles, carrots, lettuce, thai basil, and cilantro. They were "eh". Would have been better with ginger baked tofu slices and fried shallots inside)