VegFest 2012 – 1st Timer

I’ve been a Vegan for over a year and a Vegetarian for over 20 and last weekend was my first time at VegFest in Seattle. I arrived late for a number of reasons – won’t bore you with details. I really wanted to hear  and see Dr. Neal Bernard’s presentation. Actually could have stood outside and heard it all, because as I was walking past the back of the building could hear him very clearly though some vents – odd huh!!

I paid and rushed to the back of the large room as that is where he was presenting. I’ll write more later on his talk and the book I purchased.

After the lecture folks were taking down their booths, but still had time to talk to a few vendors, try a few samples and joined Vegetarians of Washington. I also purchased two books at their table: the Veg-Feasting Cookbook: favorite Recipes from Local Restaurants and Leading Chefs in the Pacific Northwest & Vegetarian Pacific Northwest: A Guide to Restaurants and Shopping. I need to get out more and discover the wonderful restaurants in the area and support Vegan restauranteurs and Chefs.

VegFest is definitely worth attending. Next time will attend earlier in the day and catch more of the lectures and cooking demonstrations.

I’ve already tried one of the recipes from the Veg-Feasting Cookbook: Lentil Pottage from Abou Karim in Oregon (p. 162)

My rendition of Lentil Pottage:

1/2 cup lentils

2+ c. low sodium vegetable broth

1/2 onion

1/8 tsp. cumin

dash of salt and pepper.

Rinse lentils then combine with  2 c. vegetable broth in a pan/pot (bring to a boil and then lower to simmer) cook for 15 minutes. Ten minutes into cooking saute onions with spices in a small amount of vegetable broth until cooked but crisp. Add to lentil mixture and continue cooking until Lentils are fully cooked – check every 5 minutes.

This recipes is very tasty, easy to prep and  quick.  I was drawn to it because it said it could be eaten hot or cold. Sometimes just don’t have time to heat!!

Vegan Fat Tuesday

Did Fat Tuesday sneak up on you, too?  President’s Day gave me an exta day off this past weekend and so thought I had an extra day to blog about Fat Tuesday.

Well, tuck these bits of info away for next year or just enjoy all year long. My grandma would recite a German phrase that meant, “First comes laughter, then comes crying!” She often said it when a bunch of cousins were assembled laughing our heads off and she knew what was coming next…you can fill in the blank. Anyways Fat Tuesday is the laughter fun time before the Lenten time of the Liturgical year leading up to Easter. 40 days to turn inward for reflection….Let’s get back to the laugher and wait a day for the lamenting. Hence, Fat Tuesday!

I splurged and bought the New Vegan Tofurky Italian Sausage and Fire Roasted Veggie Pizza. I’m not a fan of eating fake meat – I don’t want anything that resembles animal parts, but this pizza is good and the spicy faux sausage is tastefully done right by the folks at Turtle Island Foods, Inc. It doesn’t scream “I want to taste exactly like a piece of meat!” and the added Vegan cheese is a pleasure. This is coming from someone with soy allergies, but totally worth a Fat Tuesday treat.

Now here’s a couple of links and recipes that you may have try later, since Fat Tuesday is about over.

Vegan King Cake Recipe

One Serving Banana Bread Muffin (yup, you heard me right) from my fellow blogger, Vegan Shiela 2012.

Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Vegan Pizza Plus

Snowmageddon 2012 is coming to a close in the Pacific NW and today was the first day out after 4 days in (well, not out in a vehicle). I walked when it was first nice and snowy; I stayed inside when trees were splitting and branches breaking from the heavy laden ice .

So, today found myself being very good in the grocery store purchasing lots of organic veggies and fruits, but really wanted a Starbucks coffee and pizza. Bummer the store I chose didn’t have a Starbucks – grrrrr. I found myself in the health food section staring at the pizza section reminding myself that there was not a pizza in there for my vegan self. Ah, then I saw Amy’s Rosted Vegetable Pizza No Cheese. Love how they say INGREDIENTS(VEGAN); that’s clear and no second guessing when they also atate (no hidden ingredients).

OK – here’s the but! It’s the only store-bought pizza I ever get on occasion and my palate is too familiar. Well, not only did I have cabin fever by last Friday, I was out of yeast, so couldn’t make pizza. So, of course, I purchased the begging Amy’s pizza and add fresh tomatoes and garlic.

Here’s my perfectly delicious lunch. Yes, my palate was newly engaged and my processed food desire was quenched.

Another Vegan’s Goals for 2012

2012 has arrived and that means I’m setting goals for this new glorious year.

Confession is good, right?!! Yes, I believe it is good. I began this blog to keep myself accountable for a diet I believed would improve my health, but I loved cheese and every time I would start previously I would fail. BECAUSE I LOVE CHEESE! I love the taste, the smell, the dense loveliness, the variety of flavors and the enhancement of foods…oh, it goes on. The major problem with my love of cheese if that I am allergic to cow’s milk and soy. So, after a lifetime of cutting out milk, eggs, soy…I still ate cheese. I was encroaching on 60 and having gut pain; hence realized that cheese could be a major problem (and it really isn’t a major food group – cheese in itself).

Whew, thanks for letting me get that off my Vegan chest!! So, in a way I am a selfish Vegan because I want to be Vegan for the health benefits. I’ve been a partial vegetarian for over 20 years and a vegetarian for 19 years. So, new chapter of being Vegan.

I feel wonderful, the gut pain is gone, and I believe this is the optimum way of life for me. I’ve spent those past years studying the work and research of Neal Barnard, M.D., John McDougall, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, Andrew Weil, M.D. and the Seventh Day Adventist Church (no, I am not a member – just a fan of their way of life). I love the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart plan and am currently enrolled in another of their kickstarts – new learning each time.

 

Now those goals:

1. Get a picture and more stuff on my About Me tab – I don’t want to be anonymous anymore.

2. Develop my Top Ten Fave Recipes.

     (It’s a process – pictures to follow)

3.  Find the balance between blogging and exercising – I need to exercise more.

 

 

 My goals ended on 3 for now – may be more later i.e.: travel more and worry less

Fresh Start 2012: 21Day Vegan Kickstart

Happy New Year! I love a new year with fresh hopes, new beginnings, and new and continues visions and goals. The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart is a wonderful way to begin a Vegan diet or a fresh food cleanse with whole foods (small and large changes may happen) or to be mindful for our vegan diets.

The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart does most of the work; we just have to follow recipes and eat. There’s also a blog for support. It reminds me of the lyrics of an old Hank Williams song, Hey Hey Good Lookin and it continues, what you got cooking. Well, pretty sure Hank wasn’t singing about food, but his lyric runs through my head when I think of the kickstart cause they do our meal planning and we pick and choose what we want to cook. We can follow the plan exclusively or use what fits our budget and belly size.

So, if you haven’t signed up please check it out today as it’s the first day and also sign up for NutritionMD.org.

Imagine nourishing your body from the inside out!

 

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.

Healthy Cooking Process

I read a very interesting article this weekend at http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com regarding Healthy Cooking Methods and Advanced Glycated End Products by Nancy Appleton PhD and G.N. Jacobs. Definitely worth a read.

I have been a vegetarian for about 20 years and a vegan for almost a year. Back in the day when I ate meat I liked the sugary bake hams and char broiled crusted meats and highly cooked cinnamon rolls (I still like those on occasion baked with vegan margarine).

The most disturbing thing for me was the effect on the body when we actually eat too much sugar and cook our foods a high heats. Makes me glad to be a Vegan and feel that I am making better choices now.

Vegan Weekend

Just couldn’t help adding the message: Vegan Weekend. Vegans do have regular weekends – just don’t revolve around animal products.

This weekend my grocery list is much smaller that last week – I needed lots of new items to start the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart India. Current list it’s more fresh items: cilantro, mint, limes, lemons, garlic, chilies, beetroot (beets) and maybe sprouts. Aside that the fresh produce looking for chick pea flour, tahini and red lentils. See – easy breezy. One bag of shopping for the week because I have food left over from my last shopping trip (last weekend).

The weekend provides time to pause, clean, visit with family and friends, shop, exercise, and plan. I love to plan and eat!!!!

 

21 Day Vegan Kickstart, India, is almost here

Do you love Indian food – I do. I love the curries, bread…but cooking the vegan version has not worked very well for me. So if you are new to Veganism or just love Indian food, but want a healthier version the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart, India, is waiting for you.

November 7th – mark you calendars and get over to the kickstart page and sign up. I will be there and my screen name is Jump for Joy. Let’s fill this class and learn new ways to make our diets (yes, that is what you eat everyday) amazing. Amazingly Interesting!!!! Our bodies will thank us!

Tip: Sign up early so that you will have access to the forum, recipes, and shopping lists.

Yes, I will get back to my Vegan adventure in Walla Walla, WA.