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Day 21: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 29, 2010

Finally, we made it to the 21 Days of the 21 Day Vegan Challenge! It was something fun to try and enjoy during these early Spring days. We love eating vegan and we found some really good recipes from the challenge's website. I would add the link however they are having some major problems today and I can't access the site for some reason. Error message states that their is a problem on their side. I think they are reformatting it or something.

Brekkie: We woke up to a really cold morning and nothing sounded better than a hot breakfast. So, we had "missing egg Salad" along with sprouted vegan bread and some vegan sausage. We enjoyed the salad which my husband warmed up his large serving and the bread. Unfortunately we didn't care for the vegan sausage since it didn't really have any spice in it. We were expecting to have some fennel seeds, cumin or something for flavor to mock the traditional selections. Guess I could have known this by reading the container but that would be too easy..haha I read the ingredients but just to make sure there were no animal products or by-products.



Lunch: Today I was really busy so I just had a bowl of homemade black bean soup and some pineapple. Same as the other day...


Dinner: Today we decided to do our grocery shopping so we came home starving... The DH was supposed to pick out a restaurant but since he forgot, we came home and cooked up some delightful vegan sausages from Trader Joe's. I love Trader Joe's! I would be so sad if they ever moved away from our location! We added some salad from the other day to accompany.... Then we ate two servings of the sausages... they were that good! Plus, at 140 calories a serving, you do not have to feel bad about it...

  
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SUGIRL06 3/29/2010 11:45AM

    Congrats on doing all 21 days!
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~Ang

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Day 20: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Monday, March 29, 2010

Brekkie: Today we chose to go out for breakfast and have some animal-free pastries from a local pastry... we picked out the animal by-product parts to make it vegan. Forgot to take a photo - sorry...

Lunch: Leftovers from last night's Chinese Night. I believe I ate some fruit also however I am drawing a blank at the moment... oops..


Dinner: Tonight we followed the Vegan 21 Day Challenge however I wasn't pleased with the recipe. I'm one of those people that love to have a good crunch to the veggies but instead tonight was a stew. My husband was pleased because it smelled really good to him with the tomatoes and red wine stewing on the stove. Sadly, I took one bite and wasn't impressed with the dull flavor and unrecognizable veggies. This was not due to the recipe being bad however just my preference of foods. At least we tried it though. I ate some more Sprouted Vegan bread and some leftover salad. My husband ate a good serving but then we tossed the rest out in the bin. (which I normally frown upon however this was a special case)

  
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TITALADY 3/29/2010 11:34AM

    I agree, I can't stand soggy veggies. I try to add them later to stew-like dishes so they keep their crunch. emoticon

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TITALADY 3/29/2010 11:34AM

    I agree, I can't stand soggy veggies. I try to add them later to stew-like dishes so they keep their crunch. emoticon

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TITALADY 3/29/2010 11:34AM

    I agree, I can't stand soggy veggies. I try to add them later to stew-like dishes so they keep their crunch. emoticon

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TITALADY 3/29/2010 11:34AM

    I agree, I can't stand soggy veggies. I try to add them later to stew-like dishes so they keep their crunch. emoticon

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SUGIRL06 3/29/2010 11:32AM

    That chinese food looks really good! I just bought a mini crock pot cookbook with a recipe I think you'll like. Its a summer veggie stew but it claims that the veggies hold their individual flavors and some of their "crunch". I'll send it to you later from home!
~Ang

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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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