Our Second Week of {almost} Vegetarian Eating

Still in the Storm

Week #2 in this adventure of almost-vegetarian eating has been a continued learning experience. We started off the week watching another inspiring documentary on healthy eating, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (also available on Netflix). It was inspiring, to say the least.

Since we are bombarded with the Standard American Diet (SAD) nearly everywhere we turn, then watching these documentaries can be rather motivating.

green juiceI was challenged to incorporate green juicing back into my routine. I juiced quite a lot before and during chemo, but have been doing mainly green smoothies the last number of months. I love my green smoothies and gave the recipe for my favorite one here; but, let me tell you, when that glass of green goodness in the form of juice touched my lips Monday morning, my taste buds were delighted.

That may be hard for you to believe, but when these veggies are juiced, the taste really is amazing!

Green juice

We juiced the carrots and apple first, and Matthew was thrilled to get his own glass of carrot juice. Seriously, I did not have to force it down him!

child drinking carrot juice

I’m eating food too, and here are a few of the recipes I tried:

  • Quinoa Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Feta
    • I really enjoyed this mixture of tastes. However, I was the only one who enjoyed it. Don’t let that discourage you from trying it though. My kids and husband aren’t really fond of quinoa (yet!) or feta.
    • The only alteration I made was that I used yellow onion since I didn’t have any green on hand.

Quinoa Salad

  • Spinach, Tomato and Lentil Soup
    • I was so afraid Dan wasn’t going to enjoy this, so I held my breath and said, “Please don’t tell me if you don’t like it!” But to my relief, he said, “It’s pretty good” and downed a bowl. The kids enjoyed it too--even though when Joanna saw it she asked for the Black Bean soup. Once she tried it, she was sold and completely cleaned out the bowl with no prompting at all.
    • The only alteration I made was accidental. I forgot to throw in the spinach at the end of the cooking time. OOPS.
    • All in all, this is a keeper, and I’ll be making it again.
  • Indian flavored rice and yummy mashed Black Beans. Two separate recipes from this great book.
  • Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie. Matthew favored this more than Joanna, but I’m pretty sure I loved it most of all. What a treat!
    • I used my Blendtec and thought this recipe called for too much banana. Here’s my adjusted recipe
      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter or nut butter (no added fats or sugar)
      • 1 Tbsp raw cacoa powder (or cocoa if you have it)
      • ¼ cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
    • Blend it until it’s smooth, and enjoy pure chocolate/peanut butter goodness without the refined sugar!

If you’re looking for my report on the Falafel burgers, it’s not here yet for two reasons 1)I want to try a different recipe without dairy ingredients (though the sauce has yogurt) and 2)I didn’t have some of the needed ingredients on hand. Since I’ve heard great things about falafel, I can’t wait to tell you about this.

Thank you for all the great emails and notes I received in response to my posts about healthy eating. We made it through the second week without meat, and I'm enjoying the challenge of preparing vegetarian meals.

It's not that we don't plan to eat meat ever again, but for now, this seems to be the best route for our family, mainly for health reasons. 

If you haven't yet watched "Forks over Knives" or examined The China Study, I encourage you to at least check them out. And do your best to incorporate one positive change in your family's diet this week.