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Crisis management

I’ve done fairly well this week with my vegetarian step down diet.  Giving up meat really wasn’t that hard. at. All. Seriously. And I loves me some bacon. But I’ve done it (ok I had a teensy taste of almond crusted tilapia today made by the chef at the grocery store, but that shouldn’t count).  I tried to carry healthy snacks when I could. When I couldn’t carry any around, I either didn’t eat anything at all (I’m totally used to being hungry) or I picked up something semi healthy while I was out. Case in point (I always wanted to say that): I was out running around Thursday, I think, and there wasn’t time to go home to nosh before my next appointment. So I stopped in Starbucks and grabbed a fruit cup and a fruit strip (vegan, no less).  Sure it cost me $4 but right now considering I’m in a fragile state of eliminating unhealthy foods I think it was a justifiable purchase.

I still cannot let go of my sugary sweet (scone) at Starbucks (hey, the mayor has to have one vice, right?), but at least I’ve let go of my Splenda and choose either Truvia (at home) or some kinda whole grain sugar.  I’d rather not have formaldehyde or arsenic (!) or whatever they put in diet sugar.  Ew.  I’m doing pretty well at snack time and dinner time, though.  Snacks usually consist of Triscuits and hummus or soy yogurt and fresh fruit.  For dinner I’ve had whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and threw some frozen veg in there, topped with soy cheese.  Had a supposedly vegan burrito from California Tortilla last night. 

While out running around today I had a very very small “salad” from McDonalds. All it consisted of was sliced apples, grapes, and 4 blueberries. On the side there was “low fat” vanilla yogurt and what turned out to be candied walnuts. Sheesh. But at least I didn’t eat a mcburger or anything!  So here’s my dilemma: weekends I usually order pizza. Last weekend I ordered it plain, no pepperoni, but I ate the cheese. I’m really trying to avoid cheese altogether since I am lactose intolerant and don’t always have Lactaid pills (aka my “dairy ass” pills).  I thought I would try really hard not to order pizza this weekend.

In exchange for not ordering pizza I need an easy and yummy meal alternative that I can cook tomorrow night. Tonight I can eat leftover pasta with veg.  My challenge is to find a recipe that can be prepared from some of the following ingredients: 

  • Whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Black beans
  • Yellow rice OR quinoa
  • Green pepper
  • Fresh spinach which might or might not be edible. Its been in the fridge awhile.

My first look into the Googles and I found a winner!  I went to allrecipes.com and found a recipe for Quinoa and Black beans. Here’s the recipe:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-and-Black-Beans/Detail.aspx?prop31=1#.  This looks really tasty and easy which work within my needs (see I CAN cook, I just am usually unmotivated to).  After that I lost track of what I was doing and was overwhelmed. So back to the Googles and this time I searched for “dairy free vegetarian recipes” which brought me to the About.com website.  Oops, somehow I forgot to tell the Googles I had a taste for Mexican because although the list provided on About.com seems interesting and yummy (http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/vegetarianentreessides/Vegetarian_Entrees_Main_Courses.htm) it wasn’t until I looked back up at my search string and found that I had forgotten to enter the word Mexican. You see, I was a little confused, because while reading the meal options, I saw meals such as:  Seitan Strips (not Mexican but I was willing to overlook it), cheese sandwich, and Soba noodles.  When I finally got to cocoanut curry rice with tofu and then pierogis I realized there must have been a mistake. Not that these meals don’t sound fabulous, they just aren’t what I had a taste for! Cuz really, I have never seen anyone eat a falafel (yummo) at a Mexican restaurant, have you?

I am, however, making a note to go back to this website when I am ready for falafel, which should be, like Monday.  So it looks like tonight I’ll be having leftover spaghetti and tomorrow I’ll be preparing quinoa and black bean burritos. Unless I find time (other than at 3am) to look for additional recipes. 

I am also open to suggestions.

cheers! or is it mangia? whatever. tuck in!

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2 comments to Crisis management

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  • Mel

    Glad to hear you’re doing so well with the veggieness! =D

    About the pizza. What if you made your own, sometimes? I haven’t ever tried the vegan cheese, and I know I’ve heard from some people that it’s horrible, haha, but other vegans swear by it, so maybe you should check it out? And what better way to test it than where it will be in the midst of dough and sauce (and veggies?) and ya know, those things should help balance out potential negatives, lmao. I know they sell both sliced and shredded versions of vegan cheese, so you could either buy refrigerated dough or one of those premade crusts, and the shredded cheese, and some tomato sauce, and you could toss some veggies on it, and make yourself a lactose-free pizza! =)