Day 2 on my journey to vegandom is officially under my belt. It actually wasn’t as hard I thought (probably due mostly to New Year Resolutionitis), and everything I have eaten has been delicious. Yesterday afternoon we went to Simply Falafel, a local Mediterranean restaurant, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had some great vegan options. My Mom and I had their falafel sandwich and french fries as our entree, and we were not disappointed. Their falafel has inspired me to find a good recipe to try at home. We also tried their baba ghanoush and dolma as appetizers. Sooooo tasty- and despite their richness- vegan! I think that is what I enjoyed about the meal. It was still so rich and flavorful that I never felt I was missing out by not eating meat. We will definitely be going back again and again.
My menu for today was as follows:
Breakfast- Kashi shredded whole grain cereal with coconut milk and banana.
Snack- Chips and salsa
Lunch- Portabello mushroom sandwich made with portabellos, tomato basil chutney, grilled onions, and avocado slices on a whole wheat bun with a side of sweet potato. I made this recipe up myself and we will definitely be having it again. Next time I will post a pic.
Dinner- Whole wheat tortilla filled with refried black beans, spinach leaves, salsa, and avocado slices.
Dinner #2- Whole wheat blueberry pancakes. I used this recipe but substituted white flour for whole wheat, and added 1 cup of blueberries to the mixture. I know this wasn’t the healthiest thing to eat, especially so late at night, but I had a hankering for pancakes so I went on a search for a vegan recipe. I actually liked these pancakes BETTER than the pancake recipe I have been using for years. Who knew that it could taste better, but not have milk or egg in the batter???
Here was Owen, my 11 month old son’s, menu for the day:
Breakfast- oatmeal with clementine slices
Dinner- refried black beans mixed with a bit of avocado
He also had about five nursing sessions.
All in all it has been a great two days. I hope to keep my momentum up over the next several days before I prepare to go back to work (I have been off two weeks for Xmas break), as I know keeping this up while working will be a challenge. Hopefully I will be able to go grocery shopping on Sunday to get everything I will need to be successful next week. I really need to scour blogs and websites for vegan recipes to try. I have been doing a ton of research and watching countless videos on the benefits of being vegan the past few days, but I haven’t really delved into WHAT to cook yet. I have all of my old favorites and some staple menus that we already use from time to time now, but I really don’t want to get stuck in a rut. I think it would be wise to expand my palette a bit more this go around, so that I don’t get bored eating this way and get the urge to go back to my old ways.
Some of the movies that I watched on Netflix recently that were really good and very informational were:
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Hungry for Change
Forks Over Knives
As informative as these documentaries were, however, I am ready to just get to the business of eating and living life. I am armed with some great information, and I definitely plan on continuing to read and watch whatever I can get my hands on, but I need a bit of a break from the educational process for now.
Well, as an end to this post, I will leave you with a quote that I have found inspirational.
“Let food be thy medicine.” Hippocrates.
I hope food IS my medicine this year, I truly do. Good night and xoxo.