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Day 16: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday and sore... I tried to take a bath last night but felt about 100 years old... seriously, I think my florescent pink bike from when I was a teen about 15 years ago needs to retire... the rust permanently holds the seat in a not-so-comfy position probably isn't doing anything for my back-end.. haha Isn't it crazy how attached we get to material things but even though it may hurt us, we still feel attached? strange...

So, here is today's food photos:
Brekkie: We were supposed to have frozen waffles but I don't like to purchase prepared foods - seriously it takes like 10 minutes to make breakfast so why purchase it frozen... I found a wonderful recipe from the challenge website which was Sweet Potato Waffles! I love sweet potatoes! I could eat them all day long! They were amazing taste but they didn't hold up as nice and fluffy as my DH wanted them to. I keep suggesting that he wipe his mind clear of the food that he has eaten before and come to the table with a clear mind. It will help with trying new foods instead of just comparing them to something else. I found out this little trick when I lived overseas for the first time and was eating something new everyday... First photo is of the dough that you just whip up in the blender... Since there is no egg or milk, you could actually make this ahead of time I'm sure and place in the fridge... if you have little time in the mornings.



Lunch: I placed some black beans in the crockpot in the morning while waiting for the waffles to bake. Then I whipped this black bean recipe up... it was amazing! We loved it! I didn't like the idea of having chunky bean soup so I whipped it up in the blender at lunchtime. We had it along with some homemade corn chips, fresh vegan salsa and some of the green guacamole from yesterday. Perfect! We were so full! We skipped the red pepper hummus that was supposed to be a snack today since we couldn't eat anymore....


http://www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.
html?recipe_id=310

Dinner: Buckwheat Pasta with Seitan was on the menu - I love Soba!!! So, this was perfect for our household since we love soba. We found a vegan green tea soba from our Chinese store and some yummy Asian mushrooms. It was a tasty item and my husband already asked for it again. We also whipped up some Kwik Kale - recipe from the challenge which we made the first week. It takes about ten minutes to completely create!





  
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PAPRINIKA 3/23/2010 12:26AM

    SOBA~~~~~

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FLIGHTRISK 3/22/2010 9:56AM

    Your blog is very motivational, I love the photos and all the talk about biking makes me want to get started!

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Day 15: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 22, 2010

Whew! As you may have already read, my buns are burning... Today is Saturday and that means that the DH and I get out in the sunshine as much as possible. It is rather cold outside, around 50 and very breezy. But, we decided that we were going to ride our bikes to my husband's work which is about 12 or less miles away. It depends on which way you travel... The easiest method of travel is my highway however the law states that we are not allowed on highways in our city. So, we went a different route that my DH or I knew... We blew up our slightly tired bike tires, grabbed our backpack complete with a Garmin GPS system, and set off with gloves and high hopes for the ride. My husband forgot to update the Garmin though and the route that he chose had construction (ours shows construction however you have to update it.. oooh DH...) So, we ended up going another route, missing our road and then going a few extra miles out of our way. Thankfully we found the park near my husbands' work and we settled down for a little snack in the cold sunshine. (haha The trip was never destined for success, the DH forgot the bike lock to his bike so we couldn't lost the bikes to go inside the warm visitors center for our snack). One Vegan Chocolate Almond Muffin, One Vegan Blueberry Muffin and two mugs of hot green tea down we were ready for the return. Thankfully we did make it through to the DH office and back home. Only one more mishap on the way back which involved more construction blocking a road, climbing over a small hill, railroad tracks and into a graveyard while all carrying our bikes... Adventure!

Breakfast:
Banana Elysian - perfect fat filled breakfast that holds well for hours! Half of an ugly fruit to go along with it. DH of course had a larger portion with some more extras for more calories.


Lunch:
One of the hardest things about going shopping is that when you come home, you want to eat everything because it is exciting! Yes, I'm a foodie and that will never change either it be at 100 pounds or 129 pounds. haha I love food and cooking that much! We made due with some lovely Vegan Sandwiches. Along with it we made the Challenges' Asian Guacamole and some homemade corn chips with no salt. Both we yummy!!! I think we also had some fruit but my mind is wondering and can't remember.. I don't think we took a photo... opps...


Snack:
Whole Foods has some yummy vegan muffins available sometimes throughout the week. I have noticed though that the selection isn't the best but the ones there are usually rather good. I think this week they had one vegan cookie in the bakery selection but we wanted some yummy moist muffins for our bike trip. Somehow I didn't get a photo of both... if I find them I will post later. Both were amazing! They are around 300 calories I think but when you are biking for three hours, I don't think it really matters that much.


Dinner:
Spicy Thai Soup along with my selected choice of Thai style Coleslaw. We really liked the soup however again we would add more garlic and much more ginger to make it more Thai style. We make lots of Asian food so we are used to the flavors and I think this recipe is for people just starting to find out about different cultures. So, if you love Asian food already, go ahead and double the extra ingredients in both recipes. We added some more ethnic mushrooms to make the dish - but if you are making at home you can use whatever you have at home.
http://www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.
html?recipe_id=1140

  


Day 14: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 22, 2010

Finally Friday! I have been waiting for this day, well, for a whole week! Kidding, I do love Friday but with it comes a lot of cleaning and preparing for the weekend. I love to get everything finished before Friday (work wise) and then I clean the house from top to bottom before the DH comes home. It is perfect because I get to run around cleaning things, the house feels fresh when the DH comes home and then we get time to ourselves. Perfect! Unfortunately I was a little lazy with tracking everything in my calorie count book. haha And everything on here - sorry if I missed messaging any of you on Friday - I was running around like a crazy woman carrying a dusting rag in one hand and a vacuum attached to the other one. Had tons of energy though - not sure if it was due to the nice weather or the healthy food...

Brekkie:
Zucchini Scramble and Homefries was on the menu today. I love all the recipes that the Challenge brings with it, but for us since we go grocery shopping on a different day of the week than the challenge started, I have to make the largest breakfast on a Friday. Yes, I could have just moved the menu around a little but what fun would that be? We enjoyed the scramble however the homefries were a little too much for us. We would make the scramble again but with normal homefries or just some sort of grain bread. My plate had two pieces of sprouted 7 grain bread (no homefries because I don't care for potatoes) and the DH had a homemade vegan english muffin.



Lunch: Since I was running around and too busy to care about making something for lunch- I went back to one of my old habits. I cut up some fruit and placed it in a bowl and ate that for lunch. Yes, this is healthy and vegan however I would prefer to have something with a few less sugar grams and also something that will stick longer... but, that is what I did... Forgot to take a photo...

Dinner:
When I was running around the house cleaning I whipped up the Challenges' Cornmeal Muffins. They seriously have like three ingredients! Amazingly easy to make and aren't that bad. I'm not much for cornmeal muffins (cornbread) because it tends to be slightly dry. If I were to make these muffins again I would add some corn to have some more moisture. They were good, just not to my taste-buds... After we returned from a little retail therapy and taking the Pooch for a much needed walk, we came home and I made the Almost Instant Black Bean Chili. It was a good recipe but again, my taste-buds were asking for something more. I'm a hot spice kind of girl though so this has nothing to deal with the recipe. It was super fast also!



All in all, we were successful for day 14. I am amazed at how much I am learning about food from eating vegan right now. We went to a few specialty stores for chocolate and other gifts to send to my friend in Australia and was amazed that I didn't really want to eat anything. I did crave some of those yummy marshmallow candies though - I think I have to invest in some vegan versions next week. haha

  
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CFMOSS 3/22/2010 9:04AM

    What a great journey - sorry i haven't followed along extremely closely as i have barely had a chance to log on let alone follow anything. Anyway you are doing great and having a wonderful taste/learning adventure even with things that aren't to your taste preference. Healthy journeying to you.

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SUGIRL06 3/22/2010 9:01AM

    That black bean recipe looks right up my alley! But Rob definitely wouldn't eat it (onions!) Everything looks yummy as usual!
~Ang

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Sore buns...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

wow! Major milestone in bicycling today! The DH decided that it was high and time we got out our bikes again and do a "real" bicycle test of our abilities. So, we set a point in a few cities over to our city and we started out. Just our two bikes, two Vegan muffins, a bottle of water, and of course a insulated bottle of hot tea. I'm glad that we really pushed ourselves and really we don't feel that tired... the only problem are my buns! My booty has never been pushed so hard to its' limits! Can a person that bikes for almost 3 hours bruise their booty?

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SUGIRL06 3/21/2010 9:29PM

    LoL my first day back to biking every year always kills my butt and then I'm fine the rest of the year. Feel better soon!
~Ang

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Day 13: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Friday, March 19, 2010

Today was a much different day than normal. We had to change the plans for the challenge a little swapping two days because we needed to go out tonight instead of last night. We went to go see a pre-screening of the Hubble Telescope IMAX movie!!! Short but amazing photos! So, if you are following along with the challenge and wondering what I did - I changed the days a little but still following along with the rules and all the recipes.

Breakfast: Supposed to be Fruited Breakfast Quinoa however we could not find the apricots that it was supposed to have so we couldn't make it. Seriously, where do you purchase apricots this time of the year? Husband said he was in the mood for something sweet. So, I made him some vegan cocoa waffles along with a nice strawberry smoothie to go. Seriously, I'm not sure where he packs it away?!?! haha Love him nonetheless. For me, I wasn't that hungry (to tell the truth I've been slightly constipated - ick!). So I had two slices of sprouted 7 grain bread, a little Earth Balance Vegan Butter/vegemite, 1 banana, a small can of reduced sodium V8 juice and of course (since I'm still breathing) 2 cups of coffee. I didn't take a photo since I'm sure all of you have seen these things before...

Lunch: Again, very boring lunch since we had some leftovers around the kitchen. I was feeling a bit rushed today since we were going out and I had a million things to get done before I could go. So, I had a baked tofu sandwich which takes about one minute to make. Yummy! The challenge called for Baked sweet potato with leftover Farmhouse Salad but I didn't have any time to make a potato and the hubster finished off the salad already. haha


(Boy do I use that mug too much - haha the paint is coming off... hmmm time for a new tea/coffee mug...)

Dinner: Boy! This was a change of pace for me because we were trying to make it a free date night out. We had free IMAX tickets (as mentioned above) from my hubsters' work - a pre-screening. Then we had a gift card from Christmas still that we hadn't used. It was or Dardin Restaurants which includes Bahama Breeze (which we don't have in our state), Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse. When I went to check the website, I was shocked to see that NOTHING was vegetarian or vegan! With so many health conscience people I figured there would be at least one thing on each menu - but nope. Then I read a few responses from Olive Garden from a few questions asking what was vegetarian/vegan on their menu. (There were a few different websites with this information, so I'm not going to post them all. You can search for it. I'm paraphrasing and combining the information and not taking any one person's words.) The not-so-king response was basically nothing since we can't figure out how to make pasta without milk and eggs so just go somewhere else. We chose to go to Longhorn Steakhouse - after all, they were honest on their website and menu stating that they do not have any vegan/vegetarian items. They didn't try to hide the fact by stating that some things might be okay - plus the husband could have something of meat if he wanted. He did of course and ordered a steak - which actually he didn't really care for at all. He said that he felt terrible afterward and asked if we could prolong the vegan diet for another week. haha Score! I ordered a plain Mixed Green Side Dish ($3.99). I asked for just the vegetables and nothing else - aka no dressing, cheese or croutons. But, unfortunately the waiter didn't really listen and brought out my salad with all the things that I asked not to have. At least he didn't drown my salad with dressing like they did my husbands'. haha So, I kindly apologized (even though they should have been doing it) and sent it back and asked for just the veggies. I think they were mad at me for asking for what I ordered since they brought it back and the salad and been probably tossed on the table and cheese picked out. haha It wasn't the best looking when it came back out. Oh, well, at least I got the white lettuce salad.



(Note: I had not touched the salad before taking this photo - this is how it came out the second time.)

  
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PAPRINIKA 3/19/2010 4:24PM

    TOFU.

I am so in love with Tofu I can eat it plain. :X

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SHAKER_MAKER 3/19/2010 2:41PM

    omg.. what a good idea, im so taking pictures of everything i eat, i have such a habit of not controlling myself, im gonna track eerything and take pictures of it..

thanks for the inspiration!

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SUGIRL06 3/19/2010 12:37PM

    Ugh! I hate it when the waiter or kitchen messes up and they get mad at you. I mean, I've worked at a restaurant before and its not hard to write 86 cheese and highlight it (which is what we did). Some servers are just not good at their jobs:) Anyway! Glad your hubby is liking this vegan thing. Have a good weekend!
~Ang

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