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Sunday March 28, 2010 Food Diary

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sadly another weekend has come to an end. Thankfully we were able to eat some wonderful foods that perked us up to enjoy the day - even through the cloudy, cold, rainy weather. Okay, so maybe I don't feel different but looking back to it, I do have some more energy in the mornings after starting the vegan diet. But then again who knows... haha

Breakfast: This morning I had planned a delightful old favorite - quiche! Only difference is that we used no eggs or cream! Yes, a vegan shi*take and dill frittata /quiche! Yummy! This is made from tofu and really does hit the spot. The recipe is from Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Vegan Brunch Cookbook!
It was a really good recipe and especially since I got to use my favorite dill that I dried last year in our garden!


Lunch: Leftovers from last night

Snack Time: I have been dying for some low calorie vegan cookies but then I found this lovely little yummy cookie. It is from the cookbook Vegan Lunch Box, I believe, I have to double check which one it was from...oops... It is Banana Oatmeal Cookies. Basically it just has banana, oatmeal, baking soda, and some sunflower seeds. I loved the basic ones but then my husband asked for chocolate chips in them so I added some just for him. Along with some Japanese traditional sushi grade green tea, it was a perfect little snack.




Dinner: Since we had a smaller lunch, we decided that the perfect vegan meal to devour would be the lovely green vegan noodles that we purchased from our Chinese grocery store. These noodles, as did the other Chinese noodles from the other day, have no animal or animal by-products. Yum! I highly suggest checking our your local Asian store for some yummy vegan items! The products might not say vegan but just double check the ingredients. We love to make our own noodles in our household however we don't have the pasta maker..... *sighs*




  
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PRETTYBLKGYRL 3/31/2010 9:40PM

    *lol* @ the the food curse words - I was wondering why there was an * in the middle of the mushrooms name.

Your food looks AMAZING :o)

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CFMOSS 3/29/2010 4:47PM

    as always your food looks beautiful and sounds delicious -- glad you've had an opportunity to enjoy wonderful food this weekend -- doing a vegan dinner tonight - aren't you proud of me, bought some tofu to stir fry - son agreed to it; husband doesn't know -- we'll see -- but ironies of life saw a recipe in Healthy Cooking which called for turkey but the picture looked like tofu - so I said I can do that. Will let you know how it goes over. The DH may not do so well with it.....

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MANDI0789 3/29/2010 12:16PM

  Your cooking looks delicious!!!! and those cookies sound awesome!

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MANDI0789 3/29/2010 12:16PM

  Your cooking looks delicious!!!! and those cookies sound awesome!

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BREW99 3/29/2010 12:11PM

    haha Sorry everyone, I had problems writing those lovely Asian mushrooms name. S.P software keeps thinking that I am using profanity so I couldn't write the real name and had to use a "*". It took me forever to figure out what was wrong... haha emoticon

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Saturday March 27, 2010 Food Diary

Monday, March 29, 2010

So, I am adding some photos of the foods that we ate on Saturday - exactly one day after completing the 21 Day Vegan Challenge.

Brekkie: Vegan Banana French Toast!!!! This was an amazing recipe and it was one of the best french toast recipes I have = best of all there was no animal or animal by-products! Yay! If only I could let you all smell this wonderful breakfast! You would all turn vegan! We served this along with maple syrup and soy butter. Recipe was from Healthy Eating for Life for Women by Kristine Kieswer.


Lunch: We decided that it was time to get out of the house again and have a nice meal out. We drove to a local city nearby that is well-known in the area for having some great vegan options. We found a few restaurants that we wanted to try however one was closed - not sure if they are even open and one was over an hour wait! Sure, the restaurant was featured on the Food Network a while back but really over an hour wait for lunch? Vegan sammies sound good but not that good when I'm hungry...haha We chose this wonderful restaurant called Alladin's Eatery which is a Lebanese chain restaurant in the Cleveland, Ohio area. We absolutely fell in love with the place! We highly recommend this place to anyone! Just tell the waitstaff that you are vegan (or other dietary needs) and they will cook your foods separate according to your needs! I'm going to post photos later since they are on my phone...



Dinner: I was feeling a little creative so I took some quinoa pilaf that I made fresh and placed it inside some fresh colorful bell peppers. My grilling man took to the grill and fired these little puppies up. Amazing smell and flavor!!! Highly suggested since it takes less than 30 minutes (which includes the time it takes to make the pilaf). We used no oil or salt...








  
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CFMOSS 3/29/2010 4:49PM

    Uh huh - been reading Playing With Food I bet - if you haven't you should just for fun.

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RUNNINGOLLIE 3/29/2010 4:44PM

    Wow it all looks so yummy! I read the book "Skinny Bitch" which deals with being more vegan and have really changed my eating habits- so good yummy recipes are nice to find and see!!! emoticon

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 3/29/2010 1:17PM

    looks yummy! Can I get the recipe for the french toast? :)

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SUGIRL06 3/29/2010 12:24PM

    Those peppers look awesome!!!! I might be making that this week!
~Ang

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21 Day Vegan Challenge- Completed

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sadly, we finished our 21 Day Challenge. Yes, you read that correctly, "sadly" because we really loved eating the meals and felt good about our bodies and the animal lives we were saving during the 21 days. We were rather good about eating 100% vegan for the first 3 weeks but near the last few days we ate some Easter chocolate that seemed to slip into our household thanks to my girlfriend from Australia. haha

As for results, we didn't really see any results. It seems like I have a permanent residency card on my plateau right now so that didn't change one bit. I was hoping by subtracting all the processed foods and flour out of my diet that I would lose at least a pound during the 21 day challenge but no such luck. My husband did not see a change either in weight gain.

Our spirits are up however I am not sure if that is due to the weather or due to the vegan food. I have noticed that my husband has a clearer mind when he comes home from work at night. He has a slightly stressful job and he normally would come home and not feel the energy enough to run outdoors for 10K. Thankfully though he was able to get out there with me and have fun doing it too. We love exercising and feeling better while on the vegan diet. I say "feeling better" when I mean that we are not drug down as much by the white flours, eggs and heavy meats. We have a slight bit more spring to our step but nothing drastic.

All in all though, we loved the food! It was nice to look down on the plate each day and see more colors than normal and not have a slice of dead animal. It is a learning curve to eat vegan, especially when dining out, but it is an adventure. Plus, it is easier to eat more than ever while still getting in the same amount of calories on a SAD (standard American diet). I highly suggest everyone to try the challenge at least once! Even if you are a meat and potato eater, you might be surprised at how much you love the food - you will not miss the food. In fact, my husband is one of these people that grew up with eating SAD and found that he didn't enjoy his steak one night out to eat. Amazing!

Go ahead and try it for yourself! As for now, we are going to stick vegan and see how much better we feel in another month of two! emoticon

  
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LIZZIEGEE13 3/29/2010 9:19PM

    way to go! i've been a vegetarian for 8 years and I tried the 21 -day challenge... I lasted 4 days.... way to go!! try and continue this - at least several days a week!!

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CFMOSS 3/29/2010 4:50PM

    Congrats!!!!

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PRANA_DANCER 3/29/2010 1:57PM

    Well, if you liked it so much there's no reason to stop! I'd be a horrible vegan personally, I tried vegetarianism and its not my thing. To have to pay attention to animal products for everything? Only one of my pairs of shoes is vegan, I don't know about the others. Too much of a lifestyle change for me.

But that makes me respect your decision all the more, especially sticking to it for so long!

Good luck! ^_^

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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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