Vegan isn't healthy.
Ok, I admit, that statement was meant to jerk you wide awake. Did it work? I do have to tell you though, that I have had people tell me that. They say, "You don't plan on doing this long term, right? Caz I had a ______ (friend, cousin, co-worker) who was vegan and they were way too skinny and not healthy at all." Hmmmmm. Listen to me very carefully: If I ever get way too skinny, I will have an all week cookie-eat-athon and fix it. Don't worry.
Yesterday I made vegan sugar cookies. Pretty simple actually. I always use All Recipe's Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe. (They really ought to start paying me for all the times I accidentally advertise for them. I guess I just love their recipes!) I use brown sugar rather than white sugar. This time instead of the egg I used 1 Tbsp flax meal soaked in 3 Tbsp water. Instead of butter I used coconut oil and a splash of olive oil. I added just a little bit of salt. They were pretty good. Absolutely not healthy, but really good.
I was pretty sure I knew how to turn my favorite sugar cookie recipe into a vegan recipe, but just to be safe, before I made the cookies I googled "Vegan Sugar Cookies." Guess what I found out from this search... Most Pillsburry frosting is vegan. So obviously being vegan in and of its self is not necessarily healthy.
The real reason I am doing this journey is to kick start my health. (Guess I should have skipped those sugar cookies...) This journey has nothing to do with being "vegan" and everything to do with a plant based diet. Eating with this mindset changes you from thinking about what you can't eat to what you can put in your body that will make you strong. I find myself making meals and thinking, "What could I put in this that will make it even better for me?" Then I end up adding more vegetables, more seeds, ect. The other thing that is great is that I get full quicker. Plants take up a lot more room in your stomach than processed food does. So I actually find myself feeling amazingly full.
On to the recipes!
What would you do if I told you that I found the cure for the terrible twos, grumpy old men, and PMS? Well I did. It's Chocolate (Avocado) Pudding!
The original recipe is from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. As you may know, I have problems with actually following recipes, so here is what my recipe looked like:
One avocado, pureed with a tablespoon of water (almost a full cup of avocado puree.)
One overflowing tablespoon of coconut oil
Just over a half cup of coco powder
1 cup brown sugar (I ground it in the coffee grinder so it was more fine. )
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons water (maybe four)
I cooked it all on the stove and added water until it was a good consistency. I served it warm, and the only complaint anyone in the house had was that it was gone too fast. As weird as this may look or sound, it was tasty! I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. I was too busy eating.
I Wanna Eat Cilantro!
This is my own original recipe, which I made on a carefully calculated whim yesterday. I just wanted to eat some cilantro! So I made this dish to fill that wish. This recipe is for one serving. You'll want to make more.
1/2- 3/4 cup cooked brown rice.
20 cooked (or canned) chickpeas, halved
1/2 of a roma tomato, chopped
The juice from 1/2 of a lime
1 Tbsp chopped onion
3 slices of a green bell pepper, chopped
slightly less than a 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3-4 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove, chopped
Heat the rice and chickpeas. Add a Tablespoon of water or so, to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom and stir often! In the meantime, chop up the veggies. Mix all the raw stuff in a bowl with the lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Swap the chickpeas for black beans
Swap the tomato for Pineapple chunks
Serve baked in a bell pepper
I hope you have a great weekend! I hope you try these recipes, because they made me really happy.
Labels: Chocolate, Cooking, Health, Recipes, Tomato, Vegan