I think I’m detoxing! I haven’t had meat or dairy (maybe in minuscule un-noticeable portions) since the day after I wrote my FOK post. Don’t even ask. I had one last event that I had to get all meaty at, and let’s just say I paid the price. Yuck! But, since then, I’ve really been sick with allergies. I’ve never really had allergies before so I’m not sure if it’s because I’m detoxing – or because of the smoke left in the Texas air combined with really high mold counts right now. I’m counting on posting in a few more days, telling you how wonderful I feel! Oh, and don’t be fooled – I’m not a true vegan by any means. I am still eating a ton of fish. I am also not scouring every ingredient label for tiny amounts of animal products. Baby steps.
I will keep this post as short as I can, but I have a lot to say. I don’t have any new recipes to share. I have been busy…and rattled by the fires in my neighborhood. Literally the after day I posted last, I went to run errands, and came home to see fire and smoke billowing through my neighborhood. The end result was us being evacuated for 2 nights and 24 houses burned to the ground. So terribly sad, but our street was blessed to be untouched. I can’t even begin to describe how sad and scary it was. You can see 30 seconds of it and hear it in my voice here, just before Lance and I decided to head OUT of the neighborhood. Sorry for the shaky hand. I was scared!
On a lighter note, I have been trying some new-to-me recipes that Melissa and Jennifer have posted (and a couple of “old” ones!)! On Monday, I wanted to try Melissa’s collard green recipe! It was FABULOUS! I think I overdid the currants – next time I will put in 1/4 cup of currants after they have soaked! I served them with some fresh (and REALLY YUMMY) salmon burgers that I got from HEB. The “cheese” you see is veggie cheese, but to my surprise, the second ingredient is Casien from milk protein? What? Why not just eat real cheese then? I will be going to Whole Foods this weekend on the hunt for some true vegan cheese. Anyone have any suggestions? ”Cheese”, preferably without all the junk in it? Anyway, it was a wonderful meal and the family was happy!
On Tuesday, I decided to try Jennifer’s Root Stew!! Yum!! I changed it a little bit, to suit my liking. The spices in this dish are a little sweet – so I added some spice by doubling the mustard seed, and I added 2 teaspoons of white pepper. YOWZERS! It was spicy! I’d recommend 1 teaspoon of white pepper, 2 if you like it spicy! Just adjust it to your taste. I’ll add it to the recipe page as OPTIONAL! :) I’m adding a picture of it cooking so you can see the liquid since it disappears into the quinoa in other pictures! Oh and a sidenote… I actually took a potato masher and mashed the stew just a little bit to break apart some of the large veggies. When eating, I did wish it had a little crunch to it. I think I’ll add some chopped water chestnuts to it next time, for a little crunch.
I thought I needed some green, so served this with the Avocado and Kale Salad staple I make so much. I was inspired by Melissa’s collards, so I added some toasted pine nuts to it this time. Wonderful!
And finally, last night I made another staple in our house… fish tacos, served with Melissa’s black bean and corn quinoa. This is literally one of my favorite things to serve and eat. EASY meal – just put some frozen, wild fish (I like mahi mahi) in the oven on 400 and make the quinoa while the fish is cooking. Serve with tortillas of your choice (or not) and some avocado slices – (or leftover kale/avocado salad!) – and put some of the quinoa dish in your taco. Easy Breezy!
I hope I have “revived” some of our old recipes and given you some ideas for YOUR meal planning next week! I literally have a fridge of leftovers that will get us through the next couple of days. Yay leftovers!! :) What are some of your favorite, healthy recipes? We would love to know!
And last, would you be interested in a Forks Over Knives companion book and DVD combo? I can’t tell you how passionate I am about this movie. See my post about it, if you haven’t already. I think it should be required watching AND this is our 100th post, so we are GIVING away a DVD and the companion book! All I ask in return is that the winner tell ONE person about this movie. Oh, and maybe you could even tell someone about our little site. :)
The book is filled with many more healthy eating ideas like these – so if you’d like to be entered, comment below. Just say I’M INTERESTED and we’ll randomly pick a winner on Saturday! Would you believe I don’t even have a copy of the book? I just count on Melissa to give me the recipes! :) I’ll get it soon. :)
Savor each happy, healthy moment!