Music: Bee Gees, The Ultimate Bee Gees
Today's smoothie: spinach, frozen mixed fruit blend, frozen blueberries, bit o'avocado, banana
I'm still amazed at how varied my diet is. Jim and I were just talking about how we never ate this well early in our marriage. Every day is a new vegan adventure of great eating. We even get excited the night before about what we're going to eat the next day; how silly is that? I will say this. Being vegan is a lot easier and a lot more fun when you have someone to share it with.
Jim made some bulgur sausage-like patties yesterday using a recipe from LuAnn Bermeo's Amazing Meals (firstname.lastname@example.org). We froze most of them but enjoyed them in some Food For Life Sesame buns with endive, raw onions, and Vegenaise. I also made a delicious side salad of Red Bean Slaw from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan. It made a nice crunchy accompaniment. So flavorful and very easy.
3/4 C Vegenaise
1/4 C red wine vinegar
1 tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 C cabbage, finely chopped or shredded
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped (I used 3 celery hearts)
1 19-oz can kidney beans, drained & rinsed (I used my own fresh/cooked/frozen, 2 C)
1/4 C imitation "bacon" bits (optional; I never have this so I don't use it)
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients, add dressing, and toss well.
This is some sauteed red cabbage with onions, some dill pickle slices, and a Smoky Paprika Hummus spread on two toasted slices of homemade whole wheat bread with endive and parsley. The hummus recipe is from a new book Jim won using points earned at work, called The Urban Vegan by Dynise Balcavage.
It's a very different hummus in that it really has a smoky flavor to it. Another winner for my hummus repertoire:
1 can chickpeas, drained (I used 2 C of my own fresh/cooked/frozen)
4 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 garlic cloves
Up to 1/3 C water, or amount needed to achieve desired thickness/thinness
In a food processor, mix all ingredients EXCEPT the water and blend until smooth. Add water as needed, 1 tbsp at a time through the tube until it's like you like it. Stop and scrape down the sides and add some sea salt if needed.
Finally, a Tofu Salad that I've made before, from Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet. These salads remind me of summer; both are very cooling in their taste and texture.