Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Each year my family tries to plan something out that is new and exciting. Since we live out of state from the rest of my extended family, my husband and I stay home and make our own celebration. This year we tried something new, a 100% vegan Easter! This may sound strange but seriously do we all really need to have all those eggs and lamb legs? We found out, nope, you don't have to have any of those to have some fun.
We started out the day with a lovely Vegan Breakfast of Tempeh Hash, freshly cut pineapple and Vegan Easter Biscuits. Loved every part of it!
Then we decided that one of the main reasons of Easter is to celebrate Jesus and his rising and saving us all. What better way to do this by celebrating with a nice walk (with the pooch) to a park while sipping on some cinnamon sprinkled coffee and listening to the birds chirp. When we got back it was time to make a lunch for our picnic at another park. One great thing about Cleveland, OH is that there are amazing parks all around!
Picnic backpack, kite and blanket ready to go and we were off. DH took a lovely "detour" so we ended up taking a one hour drive instead of 12 minutes. Oh well... it was relaxing. So we got to the park and set everything out: fruit of freshly cut pineapple and coconut, and mandarin oranges. Had to add in some cransins for the DH - and for color. Then we had leftover pineapple Fried Rice, cucumbers, carrot sticks, cashews, and some walnuts.
Then we took about three or more hours to hike about 9 miles in the mountainous area. It was amazing and very challenging! We were exhausted and could not go anymore on the trail that we had planned. We never knew how slow it would be to hike. But our minds were refreshed and ready for a new start to the week.
Finally we got home took our showers, drank lots of water and were ready to start our Easter dinner. Similar to each time we cook, we were amazed at how easy it is to make vegan meals. Seriously, it takes much less time than it does to cook meat meals. We were excited to make Spicy Tofu Duck (tofu that looks like duck breasts from Chinese store), Eggless Deviled Eggs, and a lovely mixture of rehydrated 7 seaweed salad from Japan. We loved the salad and the mock duck however the deviled "eggs" were not as tasty as what we had expected. But you win some you lose some.
Leftover Bento for the next day for the DH:
Easter this year was one of our best yet! Yes, it was rather simple but we were living a healthier lifestyle. We burnt off around 1200 calories and ate extremely healthy the entire day! We were able to feel good about ourselves mentally and physically.
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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