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Day 9: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 15, 2010

Two days into the second week of the vegan challenge, we are sticking tight to eating vegan and loving just about every minute of it. Here is the food from the challenge that we prepared.

Breakfast: The other day I was supposed to make this recipe however I ran out of garlic - strange for this household to run out since we purchase it in bulk. But, nonetheless it was perfect so that we could have this tasty breakfast meal on Sunday - day of rest. We had vegan tempeh bacon called Facon Bacon, sprouted whole grain toast and blueberry pancakes. Well, I didn't eat the pancakes because I don't care for them however the hubster had them. I didn't make the recipe that was suggested on the website challenge page however I used the musician Moby's personal recipe. Sorry, I can't post where I got the recipe because I got it a few years ago from a video I watched. It's vegan and yummy! I am posting my husband's vegan meal and my vegan meal.

Lunch: I have been testing out different recipes for Mac N Cheese since I absolutely love it. Unfortunately I am not pleased with this recipe. I did change the recipe a little by using soy flour instead of rice flour however the taste of cheese was just not there. I got this recipe from Vegetarian Times Magazine since it was supposed to be rated high in the restaurant that it was created in from Oregon ( I think that is what it said). In addition, we added some Reduced Guilt Corn Chips from Trader Joes' with Salsa. We did however love the pasta that we found at Walmart. It is corn pasta and tastes amazing! I would use the pasta again but not the recipe.

Dinner: We were working really hard the whole day with cleaning out the closets and bookshelves - seriously we have so much stuff! We got rid of about two large tubs of clothes that we are going to give to charity. Once we got all the extra hoarding stuff out, we decided to more around some furniture which of course meant lifting heavy pieces of furniture up and down stairs..haha Really good workout plan! So, we were hungry. We had Easy Bean Vegan Tacos, a Mexican Corn Side Salad and some Reduced Guilt Corn Chips from Trader Joe's. All the recipes were amazing and completely tasty!

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KA_JUN 3/15/2010 11:38PM

    Nice food pics! Looks tasty! emoticon

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ELISA322 3/15/2010 11:09PM

    What did you think of the facon bacon? Looks interesting.

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Day 8: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Daylight Savings Time Everyone in America! Spring has really come early this year, hasn't it? I'm loving it though and will not complain about its appearance. Sunshine later in the evening just means that we all have more time to spend outdoors in the evening running or just soaking up the sun!

Sorry I am a little late in posting these photos -I'm playing catch up today since I was absent the whole weekend. Along with the spring weather coming our way (thank goodness all the snow is gone), we decided that it was time to go through our clothes and books to weed out the things we have been hoarding. We love spring cleaning - it freshens up the house and we get to give things to charity. Win-win situation!

This posting is of Day 8 of our 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge. I will give you an update when I catch up on the photos.

Breakfast: Today was a lazy day so I decided that we would go out for breakfast so that I didn't have to make anything. Making three meals a day fresh and homemade can get a little tiring but I guess that is what I have chosen for myself. Honestly, I wouldn't change a think about it either... So, we decided that we would venture out into the real world and go to Starbucks. Unfortunately they had absolutely nothing for healthy eaters... my husband really wanted to get some coffee from there and sit and relax. It was a terrible experience though since the place we went is under construction. Seriously is it safe to cover up your construction with a tarp and call it okay? Half the place was covered in a tarp that was just thrown over some tables and and shelves and the walls were being torn apart. That can't be safe... shouldn't some gov't office close them down until they are finished? Health codes? So, then we ordered our coffee and trying to be the health conscience person I ordered a very specific item to eat for breakfast... It took the cashier serving us three tries and still didn't listen to what we were saying... she was frustrated and so were we... maybe it was the construction tarps prohibiting the lady from listening (there was no construction noise) but seriously listen to your customers when they are going to be paying your wages... Yes, still a little fired up about it... so I ended up asking for no breakfast and just please please please give me my coffee!! One large coffee down and then we went to Whole Foods where I scarfed down a yummy multigrain vegan bagel! Love Whole Foods!!! Sorry, I didn't get a photo since it was eaten in like two seconds flat!
Since Starbucks doesn't serve anything but expensive oatmeal, here is just a general photo of a little tasty treat that I purchased at Whole Foods. It is a Vegan Mocha Muffin! Yum!!!! Seriously, people really think that vegan's have "food disorders"? Where did that myth come from anyways?

Lunch: After getting my morning wake-up call from the coffee and finally a bagel around 10am, I was so ready for breakfast. I made "missing egg sandwiches". We also had some lovely veggie chips! Vegan and loving it! Tasty!

Dinner: After a stress filled day, we were able to finally settle in and have some lovely BBQ Portobella Mushrooms over some rice. In addition we had some leftover Spinach/Orange Salad. The salad is something that I have made a 100 times however it is a slightly different version of my personal one. Both recipes were really tasty!

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ELISA322 3/15/2010 11:10PM

    The "missing egg sandwich" really looks like eggs! What is it, tofu?

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Catch-up days to come on Monday

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sorry, I have been absent from posting our yummy meals the last couple of days. We are still enjoying our wonderful vegan meals however it has been hard to find the time to get the photos on my computer. I plan on getting the last few days of meals/photos up on Monday. So please come back and enjoy all the meals. If you would like any of the recipes, please let me know, I can tell you where to get all the recipes or can send them to you.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Ciao for now... emoticon


Day 7: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Friday, March 12, 2010

Amazing that we are finished with one complete week of eating our Vegan Challenge!!! We both have been doing very good and I'm really pleased. So far I have not lost any weight however I am feeling good. I'm not sure if I feel more energetic because of the diet or because of the amazing weather we have been having this last week. Seriously it's only March and we have had 70 degrees for the last two days! A girl could fall in love with this sort of weather!! Especially a girl that loves to run and do as much as possible outdoors.

Food today was rather boring. I was going to make Vegan Blueberry pancakes and also "facon bacon" however we ran out of garlic and so we decided that we would make something else for today and eat that meal tomorrow morning as something special to kick off our second week. Breakfast included a large Caribou coffee with a little dash of cinnamon - yummy! In addition two slices of Trader Joes' 7 Grain Sprouted bread. It had Earth Balance Whipped Butter spread (vegan) and a little vegemite. In addition I had a pear and 2 prunes. Perfect morning kick start! Everything was pretty basic so I didn't bother with taking a photo..

Lunch: Leftover Vegan Stir-fry from last night, another pear and some spinach/Orange Salad. The salad was amazing! I have to find the photo to post later...

Dinner: Another easy recipe but we didn't really care for it's lack of taste. It was Simple Spaghetti and sauce. Well, I had macaroni noodles instead with my tomato sauce because I don't like spaghetti shaped pasta - don't ask - I don't know...

This week has been good and not much has changed as I stated before hand. The hubster has had problems with things running through him too fast, however I have had not any problems. But then again I was mostly vegan before starting and he was eating meat so... Guess that makes a difference. Still feeling good about the diet change and hoping for another pound lost sometime. I have worked off around 7000 calories in the last week and a half however not a change in my weight. But then again I usually have to burn off 14000 or more calories before I can lose one pound - my body is strange...

Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start to our second week of veganism!

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SUGIRL06 3/13/2010 4:37PM

    Sounds great so far! I love seeing your recipes. Sorry for it not agreeing with your hubby;) Maybe he'll adapt? Good luck this week!

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IMVEGAN 3/13/2010 12:48AM

    Great job getting through week one. Sorry you didn't like the spaghetti. Instead of a simple sauce I make ratatouille to server over pasta. It is full of eggplant, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms and peas. It has nice spices in it and it is delicious. You can really use any veggies you like. My daughter doesn't like eggplant so I make a separate pot for her with her fav. veggies.

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IMVEGAN 3/13/2010 12:48AM

    Great job getting through week one. Sorry you didn't like the spaghetti. Instead of a simple sauce I make ratatouille to server over pasta. It is full of eggplant, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms and peas. It has nice spices in it and it is delicious. You can really use any veggies you like. My daughter doesn't like eggplant so I make a separate pot for her with her fav. veggies.

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IMVEGAN 3/13/2010 12:48AM

    Great job getting through week one. Sorry you didn't like the spaghetti. Instead of a simple sauce I make ratatouille to server over pasta. It is full of eggplant, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms and peas. It has nice spices in it and it is delicious. You can really use any veggies you like. My daughter doesn't like eggplant so I make a separate pot for her with her fav. veggies.

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Day 6: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Thursday, March 11, 2010

So today was an amazing day - not only for the weather but for my personal goals. My blackberry told me that it got up to around 70 degrees when our car stated around 72 degrees! Amazing weather for March! But I am seriously not complaining. It really has given me a spark of life once again and I am thrilled because it could not have come at a better time! Today I sat outdoors reading a lovely book that has been sitting on my bookshelf calling my name for some time now - book is called "1421". It is basically a research study and findings from when China discovered America and other countries such as Australia. I believe that my skin really soaked up all the sunshine and vitamins and gave life back to my white as paper body.

A few amazing things happened today:
1. I got to enjoy the wonderful weather as described above...
2. Got inspired to bring out my spring clothes which included my skinny jeans from college. I gave myself a talk that I was not going to fit but it was just to see how much farther I had to go. I wore these jeans when I was around 20 pounds like than I am today. Amazingly (yes, that is my word of the day it seems), they fit! Actually they were a little loose! I couldn't believe it because my jeans were from when I was lighter than I am today. And that was when I lost weight after I came back from Japan (gained 30 pounds there) and I was exercising about 2 hours a day! What a pick me upper! Highly suggest getting older clothes out of the closet and just giving it a try...
3. Ran 6.5 miles! Yes, you read that correctly. It has been five months since I started to run with my husband (on and off because of the cold weather) and we actually ran more than the distance of a 10K! Amazing (seriously, I can't stop saying that word...)!! We averaged around 10:45min/mile but our best time was 6:47min/mile. Yes, gotta love the play backs from our Garmin forerunner CX.
4. Completed Day 6 of our Vegan challenge.

Food for Today:
Brekkie: We ran out of garlic so we couldn't make the planned recipe of facon bacon and blueberry pancakes... try again this weekend. But had Vegan Sprouted 7 grain bread with a little Earth Balance Butter (yummy!!) and a little vegemite. In addition I had a lovely little treat from Korea that is basically a sweet potato that has been roasted and then sliced. I used to love them in Japan and Korea - found them at our local Chinese store. Go figure!

Lunch: Had the largest lunch that I have had in a long time. I was cleaning the house this morning though after I worked a little so I was hungry. Had leftover 1/8c Vegan chili mac; Vegan Salsa Bean Dip with homemade Corn Tortillas; a pear; earthbound salad mix with some Japanese sesame Ginger Dressing. It all come out to be around 300 calories and it was an amazing meal! Yummy! Photo is of the salsa/bean mixture in a bento box (2 servings) and the salsa that I purchased at Trader Joes.

Dinner: Thankfully tonight's dinner was really easy to make - Easy Stir-fry dinner. I didn't purchase any stir fry sauce like the directions were from the kickstart challenge website however I used just some sake (which yes is vegan!) and also some soy sauce. So easy! Made my Japanese brown rice (short grain) and side of edamame. Then I had prepared Chocolate Raspberry Mousse for dessert a little earlier in the day. Perfect combination of everything and boy were we full! BTW, we added some raspberries and vegan chocolate chips on top the mousse for appearance. We sat outside so I didn't get a very good photo of everything put together... but at least you get the idea.

Day 6 gone and it was very good! We loved the food once again and we were full of energy - not sure if that was from the sunshine or from the food. Either way, we are loving this march!

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SUGIRL06 3/12/2010 10:16AM

    Amazing day! emoticon
Sounds like you really had an awesome day. Those berries look so delicious!
And on a side note, my husband has been talking about getting me a forerunner. The CX looks awesome but I keep stressing over the price! Do you use the footpod at all? I do have to suffer through treadmill runs sometimes so I'll need to use it if I get it. I could get the cheaper model but I call it "a computer on my wrist" because its so huge but it saved like $200. I'm stressing over it now! Haha.
Have a good weekend!

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ELISA322 3/11/2010 11:27PM

    Glad you had such a great day and that the weather was good for you. And huge congrats on your run, and that's a pretty good pace! I'm waiting for the day when my husband and I will be able to run together too. He's currently training for a 5k (he just finished week 7 of C25K), so I'm patiently waiting for him to catch up with me. haha Next week he'll be able to run for 30 min straight, and he just ordered his Garmin a few days ago so it should be in this weekend. I'm very proud of him.

Those sweet potatoes brings back so many memories. My grandmother used to roast them and we'd all gather together and eat them after dinner. She's back in Korea and I miss her very much.

ETA: I forgot to say that's great that you fit back into your jeans!

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SKYELIN 3/11/2010 10:47PM

    It sounds like you had an AWESOME day!! Congratulations!!

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