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Day 19: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 29, 2010

Whew... Things have gotten crazy around my little world lately and haven't been on SP in a few days. Sorry to those that I have "ignored" due to my absence... I am not intentionally ignoring...

So, here is day 19 in photos:
Brekkie: Sweet Potato Waffles with Soy Butter and Maple Syrup; Ambrosia and Numi Chinese Breakfast Tea. All totaling 290 calories!




Lunch:
Zippy Yams and Book Choy; Trader Joes Sprouted 7 Grain Bread with Soy Butter and Vegemite. Wasn't that hungry for lunch so I ate some leftovers with bread since it was something that I was craving... nothing exciting to the eye but defintely to the tastebuds!

Dinner:
Cantonese Fried Noodles along with part of a Chinese Custard (vegan style) Pastry. Tonight my husband found the recipe that he wanted to try so he chose vegan chinese food and I was thankful he did - amazing taste! Yummy! More calories that I prefer but at least it was good to eat. It's easy to eat a few more calories in the evening if you plan ahead for it. Side Dish: Simple cucumber, basil, tomato and chickpea salad. No dressing or anything...





  


Day 18: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sorry, I got a little behind yesterday with my postings. But, nonetheless I have some photos to share with everyone about day 18!!! I can't believe that the challenge is already over with in just a few days! But, I have convinced my husband that the food can be vegan while also be Rockin! I am getting a little lazy with decorating the plates of food lately, I have to work on that. Usually I am better about this during warmer days - I get rather grouchy on cold, rainy days. Reminder: Need to move to warmer place...

Brekkie: This morning I got up again a little later thanks to my husband... haha Love him nonetheless... Today homemade berry applesauce and homemade orange scented corn muffins. Thankfully vegan food is very easy to put together and bakes faster than normal animal-based menu items.


Lunch: There were not many leftovers in the household since I am trying to cut back how many things we have in the fridge. I am trying to prevent myself from having temptations from binge eating. So, I had a Edamame Hummus Sandwich - yum!!! I am in love with the stuff! I ate it along with a pear...


Dinner: Tonight was something that I could look forward to very easily since I make something like it for breakfast already. ZIppy Yams and some brown rice. I add hijiki to my brown rice when I make it in my Japanese Hello Kitty Rice Maker. Hijiki is a type of dried seaweed from Japan. It is amazing in rice and packs some wonderful nutrients and vitamins for the body without you even noticing! We both loved this recipe! I have to admit though that I added double the amount of garlic since I can never have enough of it. I had also made a batch of Ambrosia but we were way too full to eat anything else besides our normal relaxation cup of green tea at night.







  
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CFMOSS 3/26/2010 3:34PM

    You are doing great as always. Keep up the good journey and I expect to see and admire and drool over more wonderful pictures. I did myself tryout a lovely new recipe for bulgar and lentils with lots of yummy veggies in it - I confess I tossed some feta on top but everything else was purist.

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MANDAO97 3/25/2010 4:21PM

    Your food all looks so delicious and heealthy!! Those little corn muffins are so cute!

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VEGANBELLY 3/24/2010 1:44PM

    Mmm. I LOVE seeing all your delicious vegan foods!

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IMVEGAN 3/24/2010 11:13AM

    Your food looks yummy, especially the sandwich. Have you ever tried peppadew peppers cut up on a hummus sandwich? I had it a restaurant once and had to rush out an buy a few ounces. Peppadews (in case you aren't familiar) are sweet and just a little hot. They can be found on grocery store salad bars sometimes. The peppers themselves are about 1 in by 2 inches in size. I cut up into little strips about a half of one for a sandwich. It really adds a nice touch.

Then, when I was in Boston. My daughter ordered a wonderful hummus sandwich that had avocado slices, sweet potato slices (including peel), alfalfa sprouts, and very thin green apple slices. The dressing was something called a caramelized shallot vinaigrette. OMG. I would almost travel all of the way back to Boston to try that again.
The restaurant is called Crema Cafe. It is in Harvard Square.

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PRANA_DANCER 3/24/2010 10:51AM

    At the risk of looking silly because you already know this...

Have you ever been to JustBento? They have a whole ton of vegan ideas for bentos (and some not so vegan, so be careful!) I know she also has a sister site, JustHungry. I've never been there personally but I'm willing to bet its similar.

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 3/24/2010 8:04AM

    your sandwich looks mouth watering emoticon (although you can't see it - my emoticon is drooling) *lol*

I see some truvia in your background - how do you like it? It's the only sweetener I use, but I only use it from time to time. So far I really, really like it.

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Day 17: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday Monday Monday... Still going strong in the 21 Day Vegan Challenge and loving it! But then again I was pretty much vegan already so... haha Not sure if it counts. At least I got rid of the casein in my diet though - goodbye potential cancer and heart disease risk....

Brekkie: Typical Monday morning and that means not a very exciting breakfast. It is cold and rainy outside so I just couldn't get myself out of bed this morning to make a full breakfast. At least the challenge was just cereal and fruit. It consisted of vegan soy yogurt from Trader Joes and also some bear naked granola from whole foods. We added a nice cup of steaming Numi Organic Chinese Breakfast Tea.

Snack: Today I was more hungry than usual since breakfast was not that exciting. Although I usually send the DH off to work with lovely vegan muffins, vegan peanut butter cups, and etc, I was stuck to having some bread. I had two slices of Trader Joes Sprouted 7 Grain bread with some Earth Balance Whipped Butter and some Vegan vegemite. Yummy!

Lunch: Today was leftover day. I had Thai Soup again along with some freshly cut pineapple and also a extra extra small orange. (seriously, I could eat the oranges as little mouth poppers...) I also used Sriracha (a Chinese hot spice) in my soup. I didn't notice any by-products so I hope it's vegan.




Dinner: Lentil Artichoke Stew was on the menu for tonight. It was okay however it wasn't that exciting. The DH loved it. I don't like hot fruits of any sort so maybe that is why I don't like hot tomatoes in stew - if they are chunky... It's funny, I loved the first two weeks of the recipes and he loves the last one. He loves meals that resemble things that he has eaten in a SAD (Standard American Diet) but I like to have just fresh fruits and veggies mixed together. I have to learn to incorporate both of our likes. Oh, also made some fresh vegan Cornbread Muffins to go along with the stew. It is from the challenge website.




  
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IMVEGAN 3/24/2010 12:59PM

    I just added a spark recipe for Vegetable/Tofu Stir Fry with Spicy Teriyaki Sauce that you may like.

I can't add a link to it but you can paste the following into your browser.

http://recipes.spar
kpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?r
ecipe=1005946

Hope you like it.

By the way, do you have a recipe book on spark. I would love to have your recipes.

Comment edited on: 3/24/2010 3:09:17 PM

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MYTURN11 3/24/2010 8:21AM

    It all looks delicious and I like the portions! I especially like the Lentil Artichoke Stew. emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 3/24/2010 7:47AM

    I (heart) fresh pineapple - I haven't had one in about a week. I definitely need to go pick one up today. *drooling*



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SUGIRL06 3/24/2010 7:39AM

    All I can think is how nice your nails look! LoL. Another good day of foods. That tomato stew looks awesome!
~Ang

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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

  


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