Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dinner's Ready!

I have made some nasty food on this diet. I made a butternut soup this week that was TERRIBLE. I mean, it was horrible beyond belief. But Roland ate it because he was hungry. Oh, it was bad.

Here are some tried and true dinner recipes that my entire family likes and will eat without being bribed. Most of them make great leftovers too. There is enough here to get you through 11 days.

  • Burritos
  • Tofu scramble (just like scrambled eggs - add peppers, onion, avacado, Red Hot sauce)
  • Stir Fry
  • Amy's Soups (lentil, bean chili - top with fresh tomatoes and avacado - perfect for stressful nights!)
  • Veggie Sandwiches
  • Veggie Burgers (marinate veggies in your favorite marinade and grill. Eggplant and portobello mushrooms make excellent burgers!)
  • Three Bean Chili - (saute onion, peppers, celery and garlic [lots of garlic] - add tomatoes (fresh or canned) oregano, cumin, chili powder, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans - top with chopped lettuce, cilantro, and avocado)
  • Chickpea Curry Super easy - open cans and fix.
  • Spaghetti Squash with Eggplant sauce (saute eggplant slices and pour a jar of Classico sauce over and simmer until bubbly - one of Roland's favorite)
  • Wild Beans and Rice ( a little work but worth it)
  • Veggie Lasagna - a crowd pleaser every time and easy! Great leftovers!
and easiest of all and very delicious - just a big plate of fruits and veggies:

Now that the weather is cold I am starting on soups. You already know I made that nasty butternut soup but I am going to try a new butternut one this weekend. Tomorrow (hopefully) I will post my new Mushroom and Wild Rice recipe that I adapted from a Williams Sonoma recipe. Yum!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daily Menu

People ask me what I eat everyday if I am not eating dairy (what?! No yogurt!??) or meat or processed food. Well, to tell the truth I do eat some processed sugar now and then but it makes me feel bad now that I am off it. However, I very rarely have dairy and I no longer like the texture of meat but I sure do love the salt the meat is seasoned with!

So my days usually look like this as far as food goes:

  • Always a green smoothie (about 20 oz. - usually enough to keep me happy for 3 hours)
  • Usually some fruit
  • Sometimes oatmeal or granola with a little almond milk and sliced fruit and cinnamon
  • Always a big salad (I mean huge. It takes forever to eat. I usually read while I eat even though diet books say that is a bad habit)
  • Either leftovers from dinner the night before or, hummus and toasted pitas, or homemade whole wheat bread with almond butter
Snack: Sometimes I need a snack
  • sliced veggies
  • fruit
  • small handful of nuts
  • very thin bread with almond butter and bananas
  • almond date rolls - yum!
  • leftovers
  • cup of hot tea 
Dinner:Veggies are the main course and side dish too! I will post some sample dinner menus tomorrow. Roland (he has a secret desire to be my blog coach) has been telling me that I need to create a list of dinner ideas. He is right.

We hardly ever need dessert after dinner. the nice thing about this diet is that all my nutrition needs are being more than met so my body doesn't crave sugar - not even during "PMS" time (which has disappeared with this diet). But if I have the need for a goodie I will make fruit or a fruit smoothie. We also make very low fat, low sugar kettle corn.

Tune in tomorrow for dinner menu ideas!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Brussel Sprouts

As a child I thought brussel sprouts were nasty. I've been passing by the big bag of brussel sprouts at Costco for a few weeks now but yesterday my friend, Jen, told me she had fixed them for her family and they loved them.  So today I bought that bag and roasted them up and they were wonderful! Ike loved them. I was rather shocked that I liked them too.

The outside is toasty and crisp and the inside has a wonderful texture and reminded us of artichoke hearts. The roasting brings out the sweetness in the sprouts.
I got this picture off the net - We ate ours so fast that there wasn't a chance to take a picture!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Enough sprouts to loosely cover the bottom of a 9x13 pan
  • Olive oil (I used 1 Tablespoon but you might like more)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Mix together until sprouts are lightly coated with oil. Roast in 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or so, until tender.

I served this with spaghetti squash topped with egg plant and classico tomato sauce. Roland said it was a great dinner.

Monday, October 25, 2010


This week:

I'm will make 2 new soups and a new salad from the Moosewood Cook Book.

I will re-read The China Study.
I will DVR a show called "Good Eats"
I will put the following cookbooks on hold at the library:
  • Claire's Cornucopia
  • The Conscientious Cook
  • Fit For Life
I will exercise one hour 5 days a week (ack!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Looking Forward to 64

Yesterday I was invited to lunch at my friend's so I could meet her mother. Of course I loved her mother. She is a lovely woman who reminds me of a modest and unassuming Martha Stewart. She lives on 40 acres in Alabama, has raised 14 children (!), and has been on a plant based diet for 30 years. It was such a treat to ask her about how she managed to go plant based (for health reasons) at a time when doctors were telling women that formula was more nutritious than breast milk. I admired the fact that she made such a huge change at a time when no one - I mean no one! was eating plant based.

I asked her how her life would be different if she didn't change her diet and she said she would be dead. What a loss! She has 36 (!!!) grandchildren! They would miss her and she would miss them. She has beautiful skin, a bright shiny smile, sparkly eyes, and a young healthy body. She was quick to laugh and knows just about everything about nutrition. And the meal she made! An amazing "salad" called Gado Gado from The Moosewood Cook Book (which I just happen to be borrowing from my neighbor right now) was so fresh and exciting I want to make it for you all!

She gave me a little pep talk and told me to post more often and include pictures. OK. I will. And after meeting her I look forward to being her age. Delightful.

For Maxine: a picture of some of my local, organic CSA peppers that I froze this week to use in stews this winter!

Monday, October 18, 2010


It's been 8 months now that Roland and I have been eating a plant based diet. We just returned from a great week in Idaho where we ate healthy food and worked hard outside and felt wonderful! I have often said that I would continue to eat this way even if I didn't loose weight and the last 2 months have proven that.

In the last 2 months I didn't loose any weight, mostly because I was nibbling on extra bread, nuts and the occasional goody at a party. I also stopped exercising - no good reason to stop but I did. I didn't gain any weight, but my steady 2 lbs-a-week-loss came to a screeching halt. Well, I miss that weight loss so I am going back to the Eat To Live 6 week plan which means that everyday I will try to eat:
  • 1 pound of raw veggies
  • 1 pound of cooked veggies
  • 5 pieces of fruit
  • 1 cup of beans
  • 1/2 cup whole grains.
Holy cow that is a lot of food! 

Last week I cut my long hair short as a reward for loosing 50lbs. It was a big change and kinda scary to do, just like changing my eating habits! But Oh! It has been so good for me!
I love this new hairstyle and feel like it is more "me".

I already started the exercise 3 weeks ago and I am back to running 2x a week and doing a ridiculously difficult workout at the YMCA 2x a week. Already, without cleaning up my eating, I have lost 3 lbs. Exercise is key in a healthy lifestyle. Oh, but I don't always like it.

So today I go out to buy more spinach, almond milk, bananas, and hopefully some smaller workout clothes!

What I ate today before 12:00:
  • Green Smoothie
  • 1 cup oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon
  • big leafy green salad
Planned snack:
  • Pita with Hummus and cucumber
For dinner tonight:
  • veggie stir fry (peppers, cabbage, onion, tofu, wild rice, seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic, Braggs Liquid Aminos, and sesame seed oil [just a bit]- so good!)
  • salad
  • WATERMELON (might be the last of the season - big sad sigh)
There is no way this meets the 6 week food intake requirements. It's hard to eat that much food.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You Are In Charge

If you have youngish children you are so lucky! You can feed them whatever you want! Sure they will complain and beg and maybe even refuse to eat for a while, but eventually they will eat what you feed them. Ike - my soon to be 14 year old son - complained something fierce when we started eating Nutritarian, but now he is on board and actually prefers a plant based, non processed diet (of course he will eat junk if you give it to him - duh!).

Dr. Fuhrman recently sent out this informative email:
The Five Most Dangerous Foods to Feed Your Child

1. Butter and Cheese - full of saturated fat and fat delivered chemical pollutants

2. Potato Chips and French Fries - rich in trans fat, salt, and carcinogenic acrylamides

3. Doughnuts and other trans fat - containing sweets - rich in trans fat, sugar, and other artificial substances

4. Sausages, hot dogs, and other luncheon meats - containg N-nitroso compounds that are potent carcinogens

5. Pickled, smoked, or barbequed meats - places you at risk of both stomach cancer and high blood pressure
I used to feed my kids cheese everyday, sometimes 3 times a day, thinking that they were getting good nutrition that way. I saw the ads on TV and was trying to do the right thing.  Cheese on chips was a favorite! And rolled up lunch meat filled with cream cheese! I thought that was healthy and felt like a good mom when I made that for a snack. Oh, that I could go back and do that all over again! I had no clue what I was doing.

Here is a snack that all my kids loved (I rencently tried it out on my 8 year old nephew and it was a hit!).  Sliced apples and peanut butter. Easy peasy. I am especially fond of the Costco organic peanut butter. There are only two ingredients: dry roasted peanuts and salt. My kids liked any snack that involved dipping. My nephews are big fans of whole grain crackers dipped in hummus.

While your kids are young you can help them develop a taste for healthy nutritious food that will bless them their entire life!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Me and Mr. Clinton

If I had known he was so smart I might have voted for him!

Makes me want to bite my lower lip and look like I am thinking a big thought.