Wednesday, May 4, 2011

One Year Later - Thoughts On Going Veg

Whoa! It's been way too long since I've written here! Don't worry, I'm still hanging there with the whole vegan thing. The past few months I've lacked inspiration though I suppose. The lack of great local veg left me uninspired. We survived most the winter on really simple meals. Beans, lentils, brown rice, simple sauteed veggies and salads. So, forgive the lack of posts. I'm back hopefully!

I realized it had been a year today since making the switch. I have to say it's a decision I don't regret, and it is easier everyday to remember why I made it in the first place. My tastebuds have definitely changed. I have found that I LOVE greens, and prepared pretty much any way I can prepare them. This is saying a lot considering I didn't even eat lettuce until I was 18. I have learned to appreciate veggies with very simple spices. Don't get me wrong, I love a creative meal, and plan to get to making as many as possible in the Spring and Summer months. But, I feel satisfied, too, with simple choices. I spent a lot of time in the early months preparing a lot of meat substitutes and complicated meals, but have them now mostly as treats. I learned a lot by trial and error. I am comfortable here in these choices, and have found my vegan groove so to speak. Some people still think I'm a little weird, but that's cool. I have found more people interested in the whole thing and willing to dialogue about recipes and ideas to incorporate in their own cooking. So, I love it, and my body loves it too.

Tonight I made Caulipots (Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes) for the first time. I don't know why I hadn't before, but they were super yummy. I also made Blackened Tofu, both from Appetite for Reduction which I still love so much. While it's mostly low-cal vegan food, it lacks no flavor, and certainly lacks nothing creatively. I plan to make as many recipes out of this one in the next few months.