Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Man I'm full!

I just finished my mammoth salad for lunch and I am full!  But I'm not worried that I over ate and I'm not feeling guilty about being so full of food because I know I didn't cap my calorie intake for the day on that salad.   

Check this chart out!  You will notice that the plant based foods are far superior to the animal based in nutrients and even supplies more protein.  Only lacking in heart clogging cholesterol and fat. 

Notice how easy it is to over consume on fats?  The stomach receptors for the first two stomach samples won't send a red flag up to the brain that you are full yet with 400 calories of oil or meat, so you can see how you can easily double, triple or quadruple your calories before ever feeling full.  With the veg sample you fill up faster, pack in more nutrients but consume far less calories. 

Playing with raw sauces

I think I mentioned this before, but I have been sneaking more and more raw foods into our diet.  Chris doesn't have a problem being vegan, but he does like eating cooked food so I don't think he would be on board to go fully raw.

Instead of giving my self a negative vibe that this can't be done, I'll just incorporate as many raw meals as I can and see how it flies.

In case you didn't know, going fully raw is pretty much eating the ultimate super diet.  It encompasses the ultimate in vitamins, nutrients and minerals.  The enzymes are intact, the water in the food is there to cleanse and hydrate.  It's wholesome, from the earth to your mouth - not from lab, to a factory, to a box.  It's primo! You can't get any better.  
Here is my lunch, which is of course leftovers from dinner last night. 

I made a tossed veg salad of Swiss chard, watercress, red bell pepper, cucumber, onion and tofu.  Tossed within that spiralized zucchini.  My sauce this time around (it's never the same) was 3 cloves garlic, 1 tub grape tomatoes, 2 avocados, handful of fresh basil, small handful of oregano leaves, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, almond milk and a little Braggs for umami.  Blended in the vitamix until nice and smooth.  

To be honest I was wanting to make a red sauce with just pureed grape tomatoes and herbs but I didn't have enough tomatoes so I threw in the avocado and went that direction. 

Going vegan can reverse many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.  Going raw has been known to also cure cancer and reverse or cure even more diseases.  Better yet, it's the best barrier to help stay cancer free.  So if I can incorporate as many raw fruits and veg into my diet as I can, I think I am doing a good thing. 

The kids?  Well, I'm still working on them on so many levels...  Kristjan still looks at greens, then looks at me like I'm crazy.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bella's creations

Bella has been creating her own characters at summer camp out of fuzz balls and glue.  No kits, just Bella using her awesome imagination.  I think we may have a children's book in the works here if she keeps making us new critters.
 Harry the pig
 A squirrel named Mr. Nut
An octopus named Mr. Blue
I wonder what she will make today..

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I still love Jamie Oliver

I know he's not vegan, but he's still my hero.  He's out there trying to teach adults and children about eating healthier.  If I were still into meat, I would do it his way.  Homemade, natural and wholesome.  He's also a hoot and he makes me smile!  He's been cheering me up for years.

My favorite series he did was Jamie At Home.  Here is one of my favorite episodes!
Perhaps I'll post a different episode for you later.  Enjoy!  :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Another "Sprouts" bowl

I love these bowls!  I make them and then top away.

This time it was red quinoa with leftover tofu scramble and I added kale and a little salsa. Then piled on the toppers!
 Leftover scramble and added dinosaur kale and salsa.  Simmered just to wilt and warm.
Toppers for this dish I chose tomatoes, avocado, Daiya vegan cheese, scallions and onions. 
Because I can never have too many onions!
Once I have it loaded with my toppers you can't see the other ingredients.  Picture quality is poor as I had to use my phone.  My camera battery died!


A very yummy tofu scramble.
Cooked in a cast iron skillet!  Sautéed onions and peppers added crumbled firm tofu, chipotle spice, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Then topped with grape tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.

Pictures turn out so much better during the day!

New neighbors

We will be moving to a new home.  Not a "new" home, but a refurbished one.  Still a lot of work that needs to be done, professionally and from Chris, his friends and I.  Yes!  I want to help too!
Chris pulling up the countertops in the kitchen to be replaced.  We will also be putting tile up eventually between the back splash and upper cabinets.
 New neighbors!
 Half of a pole barn.  Part if it we will convert into a chicken coop!
More of those cool neighbors!

The house is up on a hill and always has a breeze.  Will be so nice.

Vegan Stroganoff

Vegan Stroganoff of sorts that is.  Not close to the authentic version, but it was a creamy goulash of goodness none the less.

I used quinoa pasta and for the sauce I caramelized onions, peppers, garlic and mushrooms then added Gimmie Lean (soy sausage) Braggs liquid aminos, red wine, almond milk, nutritional yeast and corn starch to thicken.

Turned out yummy!
I added petite sweet peas, cauliflower and broccoli to get in some extra green veg.

Pizza time!

The kids love to make pizza.  I have to let them take turns each time or split the dough in two.  This week it was Bella's turn.
She did awesome!

Now if I could get them just as excited about making their beds or putting things away....