So I missed a few days, but that’s ok because here we are at the end of our journey. I wouldn’t call myself a 100% vegan, I sometimes for to say soy latte or forget and eat a piece of … Continue reading →
Nightly Meal: Noodles with Mushroom Tomato Sauce Garlic Toast and fresh veggies on the side I took a couple days off over the weekend. Not a break from being vegan, just from posting. We had an incredibly busy weekend … Continue reading →
Last night we had burrito bowls! This is a very easy dish that has many different topping options. For our bowls I made rice for the base and for the toppings I made black beans, chopped tomatoes, avocado, roasted butternut … Continue reading →
I’m getting used to saying no to cheese and dairy ingredients. For instance, today I went out to eat for a friend’s birthday lunch. When it came time to order, I had a soy pumpkin latte and veggie sandwich(hold the cheese).
I’m learning that changing a diet takes practice and encouragement from friends and family.
My friend left today. It’s hard to be the one left behind, as the one leaving is ready to be home to see their family and sleep in their own bed. I always feel such loss when she goes, because even though I have friends here, my best friend has known me longest and is more like my sister.
I made this Mac n cheese for my friend and I think she liked it!
My best best friend is visiting from North Carolina this weekend. She has been great supporting me in my efforts to veganize by trying(with me) new foods and interesting plant based restaurants. Everyone needs a best friend, one that gets you and loves despite. I am blessed by my best friend.
Forgive the short post today, I have been poorly managing my time this week. Last night, I made Chinese for dinner. We enjoyed our meal so much from the restaurant the other night, I worked to recreate some of our dishes. Trader Joes has a delicious already made vegan orange chicken, and with that I made noodle and a sweetish soy sauce and mixed them together, and then I stir fried an assortment of veggies to go with the noodles and rice. It was pretty delicious and the family enjoyed it very much.
This is a little off topic, but I’ll bring it full circle and point to becoming a vegan. I can safely say that I am a runner. I don’t say that with pride, but with conviction. I run about 14 miles a week and have been consistently running for about 3 years. It took a long time for me to be able to call myself a runner. I don’t find myself to be athletic or geared toward sports, so to say that I do a sport feels a little out of place. Here is what I have learned from running, I have learned to push past the walls. Runners, while running, hit walls or mental blocks(running is all mental). A runner can easily talk themselves our of running and to start walking instead. It takes a lot of perseverance to keep running when faced with a wall.
I have felt this wall with changing my diet to becoming vegan. I am at that point where I have to keep moving, keep lifting one knee up then the other. I have to keep shopping, preparing, and cooking like a vegan. The wall will pass and it will soon feel easy and manageable.
Nightly Meal: Speghetti Squash with Marinara sauce
This has been a pretty good journey, with little ups and downs, as do all changes. Last nights dinner of spaghetti squash and marinara sauce was not such hit(with the kids), but such is life. Sometimes, we like things and sometimes we don’t. My kids are learning good lessons on expanding their palates.
As my journey to a natural lifestyle unfolds, I have found myself making lotions and candles. I have a good friend who has opened her kitchen up to me and shared with me her skills on making all natural moisturizers.
A lavender Lift Massage Candle, Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars, and Vanilla and Sandalwood Perfume Bars and Tubes.
Nightly Meal: We went out to eat to a vegan Chinese restaurant! So fun and good.
Last night we ventured out to an all vegan Chinese restaurant and I have to say it was pretty delicious. It’s pretty close to our home and beside the restaurant is a vegan cafe with vegan pastries. A dream come true.
We ordered “beef” and broccoli, vegetable chow mein noodles, and orange “chicken”. The textures were pretty similar to the real things and the sauces were delicious. The prices are the same as any ole Chinese restaurant and they served fortune cookies at the end too.
Green Wok Vegetable Chow Mein, Orange “Chicken”, and “Beef” and Broccoli.