SO ANYWAY... this is going to be a long post so bare with me.
Since I've been kind of MIA with the food posts lately, I will catch you up!!!
So I had all intentions of following in Bianca's (from Vegan Crunk) foot steps with her "Raw food Mondays" accept I would be big and bold and do it for a week.... well that lasted for a day! It was fine for a day, but I think with everything I had going on I just wanted some comforting WARM food.
I have been feeling like I need to do something about my diet. Yes I eat healthy, yes I e
at as organic as I can... and of course I am VEGAN... but for some reason, I feel like my system needs a cleaning. I think perhaps since I have been going out to dinner quite a bit in the past month,(celebrating graduations, and birthdays and such) and all they usually have to offer me is freakin Pasta primavera (and of course the pasta is While pasta) that i just feel icky!
A while ago (before I became vegan) a fellow Rockette of mine mentioned a diet called "The Fat Smash Diet". It is basically a vegan diet... all fruits and veggies.. as many as you want.. and a limited amount of dairy and grains and NO MEAT. This is the detox stage of the diet. After I did it the last time (for 9 days) I felt GREAT! I'm not sure i can explain it, but i just felt CLEAN.
Well I decided I would do it again. SO here it goes
-a cup of oatmeal in the morning (with a fruit) (Or any wholesome cereal)
-a cup of rice milk
-as many fruits and veggies (including beans...and excluding
white potatoes) as I want (in any form too)
-no more than a tablespoon of olive oil a day
-a cup of brown rice a day
Its been about 3 days, and I already feel a little better...
Ok so here's what has been going into my mouth for the past couple of days!!!
Sunday for breakfast was a smoothy with Mango, Kiwii, and Watermelon (sweetened with some agave nectar)
and a bowl of fresh blue berries, and watermelon
For lunch I had SPRING ROLLS!
For some reason Spring rolls excite me.. i think because they are
almost transparent and you can see the pretty insides :)
I used Sun-dried tomatoes, Carrots, Pine Nuts, zuchinni, red pepper, and
dried organic cranberries
Threw them in mister food processor (hes my other boyfriend)
Placed the mixture in a bed of lettuice, and wrapped it all in a spring roll wrap
I think that night I had oatmeal for dinner... (i wasnt very hungry because of all that was going on with the pup :( )
Breakfast was a bowl of kammut flakes with rice milk
Lunch was from wholefoods.... nothing crazy, just a salad with snap peas, sun dried tomatoes, edamame, some brown rice, corn, carrots, and Texturized vegetable protein (does anyone know where to buy this!!! I LOVE IT)
That night... around 9:30, my mom mentioned that she hadn't eaten all day and she was starving but had no motivation to make or get anything...I decided to pull through and be strong for her (she always is for me) and whip up some dinner...
I opened my fridge and realized that I had Brussel sprouts that I hadn't used, and needed to be used within the next few days... did some blog searching... and discovered this recipe on Fatfree Vegan Kitchen .It was Brussle sprouts with garlic and basil.. the only substitution i made was Pine nuts instead of almonds (I have been a little pine nut crazy... the discovery is very exciting to me.)
I also made a crunchy sprout salad.
A while back I bought a bunch of well... crunchy sprouts.. and hadnt used them yet. At my favorite vegan restaurant they serve this salad with a carrot ginger dressing.
Well I tried to mimic the dressing and it came out pretty great!!!
Carrot Ginger dressing
I put two carrots into my boyfriend (food processor)
about a teaspoon of ginger
pinch of salt and pepper
about 3 tablespoons of white wine vinigar
about 1/4 cup of olive oil
add enough water to the mixture to make it liquidy to you likeing
mix all the ingredients and vuala
I also heated up a cup of Butternut squash soup that my mom had made and frozen from about a month ago.
Although it was a nice dinner... neither of us managed to finish it.
Today was an exciting food day for me!!
Well... breakfast and lunch were boreing but YAY FOR DINNER!
Breakfast: Oatmeal with a banana
Lunch: Salad with lots of veggies.
WHAT WAS IT???
Suspense is killing ya huh
OK ILL TELL YOU ILL TELL YOU
THE BEST BLACK BEAN BURGERS YOULL EVER HAVE!!
Again I got this recipe from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen... but i made
lots of substitutes so I'll fill you all in on them.
She actually calls them Red bean Chipotle burgers... but I didnt have any on hand so I made blackbean
The Best Black Bean Burgers Youll Ever Have
1 small onion peeled and quartered
1 LARGE clove of garlic (or two small)
1 can of black beans
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 teaspoon Chilie powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 tspn salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/8 cup whole wheat flour.
preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put onion and garlic into my boyfriend (foodprocessor) and chop.
rinse beans and put them into a medium sized bowl and mash.(le
ave slightly chunky.. a little chunkier than refried beans)
add onion mixture and stirr.
add the remaining ingredients and Stir well.
Spray a nonstick cookie sheet with pam or lightly oil
make about 6 patties and spread accordingly on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes (or until crispy and brown). take out and turn
...cook for another 15 minutes.
These have an incredible texture. Seriously.. this is the first time ive made bean burgers and they arent mush in my mouth!! Theyre not spicy, but they have a LITTLE bite to them (if you dont Theyre t like spicy things you could def make these... if you LOVE spicy, pump up the chili powder) slightly crunchy.. and although they dont have a meaty texture...they are certainly a nice alternative to a burger.... IM OBSESSED!!!!
I also made some baked sweet potatoes.... i seasoned them with Season salt and sea salt.. I burned some of them but i like them that way :)