Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dining Out Meatless

Well I have been MEATLESS for almost two months now!
I have cooked my own food more then I have in a long time, however I do still like to go out to eat from time to time.
I thought this was going to be difficult, however it has been rather easy.

Any Asian restaurant can accommodate by doing a Vegetable Noodle or Rice Bowl.

Any Indian restaurant always offers several Vegetarian dishes.

and just about any Burger Joint offers a Veggie Burger of some kind.
(I love Veggie Burgers and am finding that certain restaurants have really nice ones - and it is not always the places that you would expect!)

and any chance I can get I have lunch from the Whole Foods bar! So good!

Doctor's appointment next week!
I'll keep you updated on the results.

I wonder if this MEATLESS eating has improved my blood sugars at all?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Forks Over Knives

 I watched the documentary FORKS OVER KNIVES several months ago.
It tells several people's stories and the ultimate effects of a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet.
I watched it again today on Netflix.

There is also a Cook Book out that accompanies the film.
It was available to me digitally on my NOOK for $9.99 so I purchased it.

It is comparable to some of my other Vegan Cook Books but seems to be more plant-based and less Oil and Soy then some of the others.
There are lots of recipes in it that look really interesting and delicious so I look forward to trying many of them out.

Still not missing the Meat! 
At All!

More then a month.... Meatless!

Actually it has been 32 days without having any meat....
and I don't miss it a single bit!
About 10 of the days I had either Cheese or Eggs, but the rest of those days were completely Vegan.

I have found that a ripe Avocado on toasted Bread is delicious!

and I have also found a brand of Vegan Burgers that I really love!

Also I am finding that when I take the time to make a plate of food look pretty that it is even more enjoyable to eat!

Peanut Butter Toast, Strawberries, Pears and a sprinkling of Almonds makes a wonderful meal!

I am enjoying this plant-based diet so much.
I have no plans to go back!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Vegan Dinner Party

Mark and I decided to invite our friends Maria and Andrew over for a Vegan Dinner.
Maria has been a Vegan for several years, and this gave me an excuse to try out some of my new recipes on them.

We started with my Vegetarian Chili, which contains Black Beans, Garbonzo Beans, Onion, Bell Pepper, and several Spices including Cocoa Powder.
It was a nice protein at the beginning of our night of feasting and talking!

Then for main course we had...
Mediterranean Salad
(Tomatoes, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Parsley and Mint)

Pesto Pasta
(Brown Rice Pasta, Homemade Pesto Sauce, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Walnuts)

Rosemary Dinner Rolls

and Miso-Glazed Eggplant
(Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli's Recipe - her book has completely inspired me and she will be getting a whole blog post dedicated to her wonderful book soon)

Overall I was pleased with my meal, and I feel that we were all satisfied!

Then for Dessert, Maria had made some amazing Cookies with Flax, Chia, Coconut and Chocolate Chips - so delicious!

It was a fun, inspiring and awesome night!

Can't wait to do it again!

Hope to be posting some of my own recipes on here soon!