Monday, March 24, 2008

Day One: Halfway Point

It’s midday on Day One of Thirty. The day began with a cup of disgusting, unsweetened tea. I’ve had other tea with no sweetener, but this variety was gross. But I drank it. I need the water and I also need to build up the tolerance to disgusting food, because I have a month of nothing but. Actually, breakfast was lovely. I had half a cantaloupe (not the recalled kind) with my nast-tea and it was so sweet and delicious. Lunch was interesting. I hadn’t had time to shop for a lot of good vegan lunch staples, so I brought a can of kidney beans that I’d seasoned with some chipotle pepper. It was surprisingly good, and I was thinking that I could make some changes and turn a can of beans into a gourmet meal with little work. The celery sticks are gross. I like celery, but I think I only like the inside, tender parts. The outside stalks taste almost as good as that tea. I also have a banana for my late afternoon snack, and tonight after work I’m going to the Good Earth store in Leonardtown to pick up some overpriced organic and vegan items. The Food Lion near my house also has a decent selection and I’ll pick up some other stuff there. I bought a juicer this weekend and I’m going to attempt to make some veggie juice with the parts of the celery I didn’t eat (I’m sure that won’t be terrible!) I’ve also decided that with all of this fruit rind and pit waste; I’ll finally start the compost pile I’ve been talking about doing. I really need compost for my garden, so maybe this will eliminate two problems. Maybe.

A nice side effect from all this natural food is the fact that I’m losing water weight at lightening speeds. I have already tinkled 11 times this morning and we’re at the midpoint. It’s going to be a busy day!


Sarah said...

Sautee some white onion and garlic in a pan, throw in some diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro and, if you're feeling adventurous, a dash of balsalmic vinegar. Throw in a can of black beans just long enough to keep them warm, and then dump it over brown rice. Best comfort food EVER. (sometimes, if i'm feeling lazy, I'll just make the brown rice and dump in a can of black beans and a cup or so of salsa!)

Stephany said...

If you totally got his route- i'll introduce you to my friend Leah at work - she's been a vegan for about 6-8 years I think - maybe more. She makes the most delicious foods I've ever seen.

Check out some blogs too -
What the Hell does a Vegan Eat and Vegan Yum Yum are both great. The Rebar cookbook has some great options in it as well.

When i go "temple foody" and try to be good - I love tofu - I make an organge glazed grilled tofu with sesame steamed rice that is killer! that and some sauteed veggies are tasty.

My favorite is to cook spaghetti squash and shredd it out of the shell once cooked and toss with tomatoes, olives, capers, some olive oil and canellini beans.

try roasting some garbanzo beans and edamame as well with some cumin in the oven - makes a great snack!

Kate said...

I love you two for leaving this info. Now I've got two meal plans! I love black beans and I love spaghetti squash-you two are mind readers!!