Boy was I excited for this week to get here. You know what I’m talking about if you read this weekend’s post. For one week, you’ll be able to step into my kitchen, and take a first hand look at what a week in meals looks like for a vegan. That’s right, I’ll be showing you every snack, every breakfast, every single meal that I have during a week. I don’t want you to just take my word on the fact that plant based diets are rich and abundant and delicious, I think it’s only fair that I show you. However, I wanted to keep it as real as possible, that means a week of regular meals, not a week of me making my all time ‘super impressive wow your guests’ meals. For this reason you may not find as many rich desserts. Even though I always have something sweet every day, I make the really rich cakes and tarts for special occasions. Otherwise I’d be eating my awesome chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and my red velvet cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I decided to keep the week you’re about to see as simple as possible. I also wanted to have restaurant meals come from non vegan or non vegetarian restaurants. Although my local veg restaurants are to die for, you may not have many options where you live, so I want to show you how to pick some delicious treats in the restaurants you already know and love.
I hope you enjoy our series ‘What’s for dinner?’! Ask me any questions about any of the dishes in the comments below! Also, if you know of anyone who is curious about eating in a more healthful way, is interested in going veggie or has actually started eating this way and needs some inspiration, please feel free to share this post with them, tweet it, facebook it, smoke signal it! Thanks so much for tuning in! Let’s get to the grub shall we?
I’m starting with Sunday dinner which is the photo you see at the top. It was an amazing cheeseless pizza at my local Italian restaurant called Ginos. It isn’t a vegan restaurant, I simply ask for the pizza without the cheese and it’s the most amazing dish! This pizza had a delicious crust, an amazing and really fresh tomato sauce, roasted eggplant and zucchini, fresh basil, the most amazing sun dried tomatoes and a parsley olive oil sauce drizzled on top. Yum!
Ok, ok, I cheated, I was supposed to start with Monday, but isn’t that pizza just beautiful? Here’s Monday…
I had Rip Esselstyn’s hearty cereal bowl! I have to admit I’ve never been a fan of cereal in my entire life (I know, I can here your shocking gasps from here). The reason for that was probably the fact that I was allergic to cow’s milk my entire childhood, so I never got the hang of cereal. That all ended a few months ago when I watched Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue, in which this awesome triathlete and firefighter visits the homes of two families to help transition their kitchen (and taste buds) into a plant based diet. In the movie, he makes this superb bowl of cereal (the recipe is also in his awesome book The Engine 2 Diet) and I’ve been hooked ever since! Today I made it with bran flakes, bran sticks, uncooked oats, chopped walnuts, chopped banana, blueberries, some almond milk and of course my two teaspoons of ground flaxseeds for my omega 3s. I could eat this every day and I’m a declared cereal hater!
Lunch was one of my famous veggie medleys: harvest quinoa pilaf (recipe coming soon), some black beans with guacamole and a yummy salad with arugula, carrots, tomatoes, herbs, tamari marinated mushrooms and a delicious miso based oil free vinaigrette (recipe coming soon).
A sweet Summer nectarine so juicy I had to change my t-shirt!
After a long and crazy day my hubby and I decided to go to our local Asian barbecue and buffet restaurant. It’s one of those places that has a large buffet filled with already made Chinese dishes, but also a raw buffet where you can pile the goodies on a plate and they stir fry or grill them for you. It isn’t a vegan restaurant by any means, but among their options are any kind of veggie you can think of, different kinds of seaweed, rice noodles and tofu. So I just piled on the veggies, especially the great variety of mushrooms they have, some asparagus, onions, peppers, Asian corn, carrots, bamboo shoots, broccoli, leeks, rice noodles and tofu. I also shared a plate of veggie sushi and wakame salad with my hubby. It was a hearty and delicious meal to round off the day. I take my vitamin B12 supplement on Mondays and Thursdays so I won’t forget, so today was a B12 day for me.
Here’s our Sunday night and Monday quick recap!
I’ll see you tomorrow with more vegan eats!