Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is one of my favorites! Her podcasts are great! (Vegetarian Food for Thought on iTunes). I've been feeling broke lately & eating out of Vegan on the Cheap, but it's heavy on the beans & pasta, so I think it may be counter productive!
Ruthey, check Happy Herbivore's blog. She gave out a bunch of preview recipes including gravies on there. It was before the book release/around Thanksgiving I believe. I know there wee a couple. I don't like mushrooms, so I ignored that one, but I was going to go back and loom for the other. I've loved two recipes - tofu scramble (on the site) and a chickpea tacos and thought the black bean burgers were alright. The rest of everything else - didn't really care for. I blogged about it and was nice since I know Lindsay, but I've made other things since that blog and didn't like it either. I'm beginning to think its me. But I do really like my cooking usually. :).
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I am getting ready to get Lindsay's "Everyday Happy Herbivore" for my Nook after the 1st of the year. I downloaded the sample of both it and "Happy Herbivore" to see what recipes they had. I am opting for "Everyday" because I love mushroom gravy and there is a recipe for portobella mushroom gravy. Sounds nummy to me!!
I downloaded a couple of her weekly meal plans. I liked some of the foods and hated others. Oh well, I'm in good company judging by some of the comments in this thread.
"Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy."
I love Lindsay, and have her first book, but honestly it's been hit or miss with me and the recipes. I either LOVE them or absolutely hate them and find them bland and most of the recipes have too much heat for me, so if I tone them down, they turn out bland. But - that's just me, it appears, as most people seem to love the recipes.
Anyway ... I don't buy the meal plans for a few reasons. The first being that 1200 calories is way too low for me. I know she adds snack in, but they are only 50 calories each, I think and I need to eat 1500-1800 calories and that would be a lot of snacking. :) Also, the plan is very very low in fat and I cannot eat that low in fat and be satisfied. I do plan on cutting back my fat from about 30-35% which is where I naturally fall, to about 20% so that I can get this weight off, but I cannot cut back to 5-10%. It doesn't work for me, I have tried that too. And third, I have never followed a meal plan 100%. I am better just picking out the recipes from the book, or any cookbook and incorporating them into a plan that includes a lot of the basics - fruits, veggies, salads and smoothies. :)
I have both cookbooks and ordered a couple of the menus to help me get my head back in gear. I've been focusing so much on making meals that make the family happy that I've been forgetting to make me happy, too. I like them and have gotten the family addicted to the breakfast cake and Butterbean Cookies.
I think my real problem is that I get lazy & into ruts with my food. I default to grains (whole grains, but still grains) instead of fresh veggies. I live in a tiny town 20 minutes from a store that has even minimal organic produce, so I have it on hand right after I go to the grocery, but not always. Brown rice, quinoa, beans & frozen veggies then become my go-tos.
I drink a lot of green smoothies in the summer, but in the winter, do more soups & stews. I need to get back into juicing, too, though.
I wish I'd made note of your names before I posted, as I see I can't find them from here, but one of you mentioned a simple meal plan along with regular exercise. I think that is going to be key for me as well. Hopefully, now that the holidays are over, I'll be able to stick with it a bit better.
My mom said she's going to be Herbie of the Week soon - if you follow HH you can watch for her! (Her name is Kay & she lives in an airstream)
Thanks again for your quick replies! It sounds like y'all mainly just do your own thing for food instead of following a set plan.
I love Happy Herbivore's recipes and use them often. Also What Would Cathy Eat and Oh She Glows. But I find that a basic vegan diet of one large salad a day, lots of green vegetables, mushrooms and onions, beans every day, 3 fruits, no white flour, little sugar, or artificial sweeteners and hardly any oil works best. I also run/walk five days a week for at least an hour. I found that as a vegan, I didn't really start losing weight until I started exercising - a lot.
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"There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going." Anon "Finishing is winning." "Treat everone you meet as if they have a sign around their neck, "Make me feel important."
The terms vegetarian and vegan have a lot of different interpretations and degrees of being them.
I am a RAW ORGANIC VEGAN. This to me is the only way for my body to lose weight naturally and to repair years of damage from phake phood and eating mistreated animals. I also start my day with a yummy green smoothie. There are links in my signature area to view what those are all about if you are unfamiliar with them.
As a vegan ( in my mind a RAW ORGANIC VEGAN) I do not have to worry about calories nor do I have to worry about protein. As long as I eat sufficient amounts, I get both.
Two stories that are told to us is that we have to count calories...yes people do if they eat dead food! and that we need animal protein.
So, welcome to Spark, welcome to the team. Hope perhaps my long posting was helpful to you.
I'm new to the boards & was wondering if anyone here is following Happy Herbivore's 1200 calorie plan? I've downloaded a few of the menus & they look good, but I'm cooking for 3 other people (who all eat veg'n at home), and I've not done too well with it.
Just as a brief intro, I've been vegan for about 5 years, vegetarian for 7. I've gained about 10 pounds as a vegan. Whether it's due to my age (I'll be 50 next week), loving all this delicious vegan food or both, I need to do something to reverse it!
Looking forward to getting to know fellow vegans here! Jen.
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