I’ve had an interesting few days, but the thing that stands out the most was the lovely and super-sweet Natala from Engine 2 reaching out to me asking me to read the Engine 2 Diet and then to try their 28 day Vegan Challenge! In the spirit of it being so close to my (ahem) Fabulous 40th, I gladly took her up on it! That, and the fact that I have been so close to being vegan for a while now anyway, after watching Forks Over Knives (WATCH IT), it just seemed like a logical next step for me.
Natala asked me to meet her at a vegan trailer here in Austin. Has your city caught on to the food trailer rage yet? If not, look out – it’s coming!
So my Friday night came along, and I headed to the Counter Culture. We are talking about one… unique….experience – and oh, how Austin! The food was WONDERFUL (I had the “tuna” sandwich and the “PacMan Caesar”) and I highly recommend this place if you live in Austin!
When I got there, I introduced myself to Natala, she gave me the book (thank you so much, Natala and Engine 2!), and then my family and I pulled up a few chairs and watched a screening of a health documentary called “To Your Health”. When I say screening, I’m talking about watching a movie on a sheet hung over a wood fence that was probably someone’s backyard fence! I LOVE YOU, AUSTIN!
The movie featured a lot of the same people that are in Forks Over Knives but provided additional information – it was almost like a supplement to Forks Over Knives. I enjoyed it, although the experience of the whole situation was the best part! I felt like somewhat of a dork and much less like a true vegan than the other smart people who were there. Hopefully, I was able to play off the “Austin vegan” well enough that I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb! ;-)
That long winded story was to let you know that I am now in the process of reading the Engine 2 Diet – and then I am doing the 28 day vegan challange! And just in time for my fabulous 40′s! I’m hoping a few of you will help cheer me on as I go through this, and I promise to share all the good recipes I find while I am doing it! I’m really excited to start – but I’m going to need a little support!! :-) I’ll let you know before I start – and I’d love to know if anyone out there has also gone through this. Need tips! :-) I’m going to try to talk my other healthy mammas into doing this with me, too!
In the meantime, as I read the book, I am already playing with some vegan recipes. I thought I’d make my own version of a “tuna” salad one night this week and it was SO GOOD! I used the Counter Culture’s “tuna” salad and Melissa’s vegan “chick” salad recipe as inspirations, and here is what I came up with. It’s basically the same as Melissa’s chick salad, only with some substitutions, because of what I had in my fridge! I wanted to lick my bowl!
|Kim’s Vegan Tuna Salad||
- 1 Can Chickpeas (drained)
- Small handful of spinach
- Smaller handful of cilantro
- 1 chopped carrot
- 1/4 (or a little less) of onion (I used a white and red onion blend)
- 1 peeled garlic clove
- Few pinches of himalayan salt
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp mustard (I used a spicy brown mustard)
- I blended it all in my Vitamix on low, adding the beans last, and served it over a bed of spinach.
Hopefully I can get through my book this weekend and give everyone an update early next week! Wish me luck!!
Health and hugs,
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize recipient