This Vegan has Returned from Vacation

I actually returned from Key West, Florida last Tuesday shortly after midnight, but with jet lag, working the rest of the week, and then traveling again over the weekend I feel I am returning to a regular work week. I haven’t had the change to cook for the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart India, but am going to get into the cooking and blogging mode.

This evening I cooked a cup of brown rice and red quinoa, because I am too tired to shop tonight. Going to start the week with a green salad, quinoa and black bean salad and brown rice. Next I will shop and cook some Indian dished. My palate is yearning for the Indian flavors.

Also I am turning 60 in 10 weeks and have a goal to lose 10 lbs. I will be blogging about my countdown to 60 – Woo Hoo!


21 Vegan Kickstart India begins soon – are you ready

This may be  your first of one of many kickstart – I’ve done a few (3 or more). I suggest you print out or download the PDF from the menu page. I tried to download the grocery list, but it must not be active yet. I suggest you look through the recipes for the first week and consider buying spices before next week hits. Don’t want to have grocery bill shock as you start out – it really isn’t bad, but being prepared works.

I love the Kitchen Replacement List and the Meal Plan Glossary. Spend a bit of time looking them over or printing (mine are in a notebook). Get ready to transform your diet and kitchen – the smells and flavors are divine.

21 Day Vegan Kickstart: Kickstart India – 7 days and Counting

21 Day Vegan Kickstart India

Have you signed up? I thought I had, but havent’ been getting the e-mail notices, so just signed up this morning. I try to consistently blog about the 21 day kickstart, but get busy with life. I love the kickstarts and they always bring me back to eating whole foods and present me with easy fun options to my typically mundane menu and diet.

My definition of diet is what I eat.

Eating habits need to change? What new Vegan recipes? Want to stick you toe in the water and try a few vegan recipes? Want to blog with others on the kickstart program?  Need a diet change? Want a positive diet change?

Hop/click/jump over and sign up – what do you have to lose?

21 Vegan Kickstart India – Coming Soon

Another treat coming our way from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart India begins June 4th, so check out the site, join, and get ready for some amazing meal plans and food.

I will be traveling to a family wedding, although have signed up and plan to be as active as possible.

21Day Vegan Kickstart

Horray – a new year and a new 21 Day Vegan Kickstart!!

Are you signed up for the new kickstart? I have joined several times and each time I learn more, strengthen my resolve, and become a healthier Vegan. Don’t forget to sign upon NutitionMD as well – this site is a lifesaver when recipes and grocery lists are needed.

Check back on my blog as I blog about cooking for one or two and have my own slant on cooking whole foods and working full-time.

Hope to meet lots of new people and familiar bloggers on the Kickstart’s Blog.

Still Cooking Indian Food

I am back from the funeral and back to work at my day job and my kitchen cooking. So nice to be home. Currently trying to get my Vegan Christmas menu stably paired with wines and breads, but am not quite there yet.

This week I attempted to make Tofuless Matar Paneer for the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart, but quickly realized I didn’t have all the ingredients (ha – has that ever stopped me before). I made a different version. I added spinach instead of potatoes and peas and only had the mustard seeds on hand.

One of the pleasures of experimenting is the new learning. I haven’t roasted mustard seeds until they popped before and almost gave up because they weren’t popping and I was afraid they would burn. Suddenly they began hopping and popping around the pan. So very cool and they browned up beautifully. I need a bit more work on this recipe before I share my rendition.

Week 2: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart India

Today I cooked yellow split peas with peas and gravy – my rendition of Soy with Peas and Gravy. I made it a bit spicy – the green chilis hide behind the peas and surprise – heat!!! Very good! I also cooked up balsamic brown rice to add to my lunches this week. I still want to make the cucumber salad to add to my salad this week as well. Then with a few more Indian dished this week my menu should be pretty rounded out.

I haven’t had time to try the breads yet, but am looking forward to mastering them. I love bread and the simplicity of homemade breads. The store-bought variety have lost the essence of baking is small batches with minimal ingredients and having fresh bread, dare I say, daily. The texture and smell of fresh bread is essential to the sensuousness of food and our palates.

Must say, I am quite proud of myself for sticking with the Vegan Indian cooking – I’m enjoying the spices and dishes. I have lots to learn about cooking Indian, but feel that I have finally begun my journey. I have been cooking for over 40 years and the quote by John Pierpont Morgan, “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” sums up the growth that we need as cooks and bakers and complements the rest of our lives.