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.


Rhea Parsons said...

Congratulations on your Veganversary!!!!!

BellaStellaVegan said...

Congrats and welcome back!

Kim Gordon said...

SO happy to see you posting again! Look forward to seeing some more of your recipes. Come check us out if you're feeling uninspired - Conveniently Natural. We were originally going to be meals delivered but we are adding an organic vegan cafe to the mix now!

Prairie + Sky said...

Thank you Rhea and BellaStella :)

I remember you Kim! I totally forgot about it. I will check it out ASAP! Your menu looks delish. I'll totally tell my friends. I so can't wait for the cafe. Yay for KC! I love how central your location is. I am mid town more often than not. Love it!

Tammy Smith said...

Welcome back! I have just bought the Appetite for Reduction book and the caulipots are on the menu this weekend!

Chef Amber Shea said...

Glad to see you back! :)

Sarah S. said...

Congrats on 1 year vegan and welcome back!

Even though I got Appetite for Reduction for Christmas I've just really started digging into it. In fact, last night I had the Mac 'n Trees. My favorite so far is the lettuce wraps with hoison mustard tofu (not sure if that is the exact name), fantastic! I have all of the goods handy to make that blackened tofu and the caulipots, I should do that next! Be sure to try the green onion dressing, too. I can't remember what it's called :)

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Dulcinea said...

Wow, just ran across your blog while looking for vegetarian/vegan black bean soup recipes and I will definitely be back! You have lots of great recipes here.

A little about me: I am trying to get back to my healthy eating habits of a few years ago, i.e., mostly vegetarian/flexitarian and some vegan meals. I would love to shift this to mostly vegan with some vegetarian and I'm looking forward to sampling liberally from your ideas while attempting this.

One idea for mashed potatoes that I found really tasty is to add some cooked celery root. Something about that slightly bitter celery flavor just really adds to the mashed potatoes. But then, I'm a bit of an odd duck and have a thing for bitter foods (e.g., coffee, dark chocolate, arugula, etc.)

Thanks again for sharing your great recipe ideas!