May 16, 2010

Bon Voyage!

I am off to Alaska ... be back in a couple weeks. Wish me luck ... from what I hear a cruise ship is not the easiest place for a vegan to be. Everything is processed (sugar, pasta, rice) ... so I will probably have to detox when I get back. But ... I am so excited to be out on the open seas and breathing fresh air ... seeing glaciers and hopefully running into a bear or two.

Bon Voyage!

May 10, 2010


I am on full alert. My madre is coming into town in two days and I want (must/need) to make sure everything is perfect for her. She's been reading my blog and looking at all the pictures of my food and new found love for cooking ... so I hope I live up to her culinary expectations! My mom has done so much for me over the years ... I hope the least I can do is make her a decent meal or two. XOXO mama ~ wo ai ni!

Sicilian Collard Greens (The Kind Diet). I made the Superhero version with shoyu & pumpkin seeds & served it over brown rice.

Baked Plaintains ... topped with cinnamon & a bit of sea salt. So good!

Fried Udon Noodles (The Kind Diet). I added broccoli & mushrooms to the recipe.

Clean, Mean Burritos (The Kind Diet).

Banana Oat Pancakes topped with Red Raspberries. OMG.

Speaking of mommas ... Mother's Day brunch was vegan and delicious! I made spring rolls, my mother-in-law made fruit salad and my sister-in-law brought vegan red velvet cake! It was lovely and not a single animal was harmed for our celebration. Yay!

Spring Rolls & Fruit Salad.

Vegan Red Velvet Cake from Alcove.

Me, my MIL, my SIL and future nephew.

May 4, 2010

Doctor, Doctor

I need to find a new doctor.

I went for my yearly physical yesterday and once again walked away feeling really crappy about myself. I have no idea what the deal is with my doctor ... but she really knows how to make me feel bad. If it's not one thing I'm being silly about it's another ... this year ... it's (you guessed it) ... my vegan diet. According to her I'm going to kill myself (by becoming anemic & being deficient in iron). She doesn't believe we were meant to eat only vegetables (I don't believe that either, but apparently that is what she takes being vegan as). She doesn't care that all the ailments I complained about in previous years have suddenly disappeared ... or that I am 24 lbs lighter than last year(!) ... she says "miracles don't happen"!?!? Ugh. It is a wonder to me that so many physicians (and people in general) are still so old-school and under the impression that being a vegan means eating only raw vegetables ... that vegans are just crazy "New Age" people who want to be sickly. How can they ignore all the evidence out there that following a plant-based diet can reverse deadly diseases such as cancer & heart disease? I'm sure. Whatever. I need to find a doctor who's up-to-date and open minded. It's really my own fault for being so lazy and not looking for a new doctor sooner ... but that was my final straw. I do hope that when my lab results come back she can see for herself that I'm not "killing" myself.

Just for laughs ... after giving me a lecture about the horrible ways of a vegan diet she proclaimed that she only eats meat about twice a month ... huh??? So what is she eating the other 28 days??? Then she also informed me (for no particular reason) that women who want to have a water birth are kind of loony ... in her words ... "if we were meant to give birth underwater we'd be whales". Well ... I suppose she has a point ... but funny that when I have a baby that is definitely something I'm considering. Well, I guess you can just call me Orca.

Anyway ... I digress. Here's what I've been eating the last few days on my Killer Vegan Diet ...

"Egg" Salad Sandwich (The Kind Diet).

"Raw" taco I picked up at Whole Foods ... it was $10.99!!! A very good reason to learn how to cook.

Soft Rice Porridge (The Kind Diet).

Moroccan Couscous (The Kind Diet).

Raw Balls (The Kind Diet). These were a HUGE hit!

Polenta Casserole with Seitan (The Kind Diet).

Banana Walnut Oatmeal. This was soooo good! I substituted maple syrup for the vanilla extract.

AAH built me a cute little planter box to grow herbs.

Give me a kiss!