Sorry it’s been so long since I uploaded. I could say I’ve been busy, but I really haven’t. What I’ve been is incredibly lazy. Temps down here have been in the 90s and honestly when summer weather hits I mostly lay around under fans and read a lot.
But here’s what I made for dinner tonight! It was quick and easy but oh so yummy.
Lunch: salad sandwich and vegetable chips.
I don’t usually like to eat salads but I realized I could make it feel meal-like if I add bread. I just piled on my salad fixin’s and added poppyseed dressing (dairy free). The chips are from World Table.
I realize I don’t post breakfast pics but up until now they’ve mostly been oatmeal or fruit but I’ve got a few things I want to try (waffles, tofu scramble, that sort of thing…) so I’ll start posting those soon too.
Hope you all are having a lovely day and thank you all for following. It means a lot to me! :)
Broccoli and Potato Soup with maple bread.
Okay, the recipe was for cornbread but being from the South I just can’t call it that. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it definitely was not cornbread. :)
The soup was easy to make thanks to my brand new immersion blender. *swoon*
I’m about to get started making some soups and things to put up for the rest of the week. I work evening shifts every night so I know I won’t have much time through the week and I really enjoy spending time in my kitchen, cranking up the music and chopping vegetables. A lack of preparation de-railed my dietary efforts last week and I feel a little bloated and run down but I won’t let it happen again! I stocked up at the store and now my kitchen looks like a produce stand… time to get cooking!
Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I’ve been eating very poorly, although still within vegan “rules.” Planning is key with this lifestyle and I haven’t done much of it, so I’ve been dining on drive thru bean burritos and french fries. Very unhealthy! I’m going to do some cook ahead meals tomorrow so I’ll always have something healthy to eat on the go. I’ll post pics soon!
The truth is that no one is perfect. I don’t always buy organic produce because it’s not always available to me, but the main thing is that I’m moving toward a change for the better. You don’t have to go all out on the first day. It’s never all or nothing. The important thing is that you make a conscious decision to be kind to your body. Since I’ve gone vegan I’ve actually spent less on groceries per week than when I ate meat and dairy. Now, I don’t buy any of the special replacement things like vegan cheese or meat. Not only is it not available in my small town but to me it defeats the purpose of trying to eat healthy. No matter which way you look at it, meat replacement is still a processed food and I can’t pronounce half the things on the box.
Each week I fill my buggy with fruits, vegetables, and nuts. My pantry staples are sweet potatoes, onions, almonds, black beans, red beans, chickpeas, oatmeal, bread, and rice. Maple syrup, earth balance butter, hummus, and almond milk are my fridge companions, and I always buy a big bag of apples, clementines, bananas and strawberries. Also on the list; lots of greens, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, ginger, and avocado. Sometimes I’ll get butternut or acorn squash, blueberries or raspberries but mostly I stick to the inexpensive items. And no, not all of it is organic but I do my best.
Last week I spent less than $50 on groceries. That’s for two people, for a little over a week. I don’t know your budget, that could be way more than you can afford, or it could be pocket change. Only you know how far you can go but this is my experience. If you’re just starting out you’ll need to build your herbs and spices pantry and that could get expensive but the main bulk of my food really isn’t a lot of money.
You don’t have to buy exotic, expensive things and you don’t have to do it all at once. Start out replacing one meal a day with a vegan alternative, by which I mean instead of sausage and eggs, have oatmeal and and a banana. Or instead of a cold cut sandwich for lunch, have a filling vegetable soup with a slice of hot bread. One meal a day will eventually become two, then three, then you’ll find your body craving a kinder way of eating and living. And your body knows best what it needs, if you open yourself to hear it.
Happy healthy living to you all!