Jul 172011
 

I’m really feeling pretty good – and liking following my own beliefs a lot more. Danny and I have really had a great week, though occasionally stressing a little over ‘what to eat.’ The truth is, when you eat vegetarian, you can make an entire meal out of anything you have a lot of, and other staples from the kitchen. For real, you ALWAYS can make an awesome meal – use your creativity, or search a good vegetarian cookbook.

When eating vegan, it’s almost as easy – check for animal products – dairy, cheese, honey, dry milk, eggs, egg powder or beaters. Veganism goes a lot further than what you eat. There are animal products in body care products, your clothing, household products – a LOT of things. In this way, I am not vegan yet. I have leather shoes, use a lotion I see has dry milk as an ingredient, I haven’t done the research on every single thing I use in my daily life – I did even find my favorite vegetarian cheese contains a bit of casein – which makes it NOT vegan. I’ve been using rice cheese substitutes, and they do not at all compare – don’t believe what is on the package – I haven’t found a rice cheese that melts yet.

Okay, so tonight, we have our first ripe tomato :) It’s a beefsteak, and we’re having  BLTs – I’ve got homemade wheat bread, Lightlife veggie bacon,  and vegan nayonnaise. We’re having homemade french fries (baked potato strips) and vegan cole slaw (previous recipe) and fresh canteloupe.

Two more weeks – who knows?

Peace,
michele

Jul 102011
 

My first wholly vegan day was pretty awesome. For breakfast, I had French toast – homemade ciabatta, dipped in soy milk, and lightly pan fried in Earth Balance. At the last minute, I tossed in some raspberries and blueberries from the garden – poured over the toast and added maple syrup.

For lunch, leftover pizza we made Friday night. We make our own pizza crust and our own sauce. I considered adding a vegan mozzarella – but I have fresh herbs in the garden and I had some leftover olives, so I thought I could make a really tasty pizza with no cheese. And I did :)

Dinner was a Barbeque Tofu and Zucchini sandwich with Vegan Cole Slaw (recipes forthcoming).

No cravings for anything and nothing much different than most days.

Peace,
michele