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Mama Vegan, Papa Vegan, day 5, 6,7, part 2
cap, captain miss america
teaberryblue

I got to talk to my mom about Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

Sharon: On Thursday, I ate Caribbean beans and rice from a package and they were delicious and I realy enjoyed it. And I occasionally eat those for dinner when I get home late so that wasn’t anything unusual for me, but I was glad that I keep them in the house. Both Thursday and Friday, I was in interviews, so I ordered salads from a deli. It was a little hard, because all of their regular salads have meat or eggs or cheese on them, so I had to get them to make me a salad. So I ordred their regular spinach salad without bacon or egg. And with ceci beans. But when it came, it had kidney beans, because I don’t think they know what ceci beans are. Because the next day I ordered the same thing with chick peas and I got them. Both days I ate bananas– oh, no, actually. One day one of the other principals brought bagels from up the street, and I ate a plain bagel because I called the bagel place to find out and they said that they don’t use eggs or dairy in their plain bagels.

Friday night for dinner, I made fried zucchini with hummus and pita chips. And that was yummy. And I did the fried zucchini the way PC does the eggplant.

(PC is my friend, Paul Reilly, who is the executive chef of Encore in Denver, CO. Encore is a restaurant committed to using sustainable practices and local, green & organic products.)

That’s in half-flour, half cornstarch. It was really nice.

I thought the pizzas were good. I like to make unusual pizzas anyway. I do think both of those pizzas would have been beter with cheese on them. I thought they were both yummy.

I’m not likely to do it again for a week, but I would certainly do it on and off. I do think that it made me much more cognizant of what I put in my mouth. I used to be really careful about that stuff, and I’ve gotten away from it, so it was a really good reminder to me. I don’t normally eat food that has chemicals, but it did elevate my awareness.

Oh, and I lost weight, which I didn’t expect. It didn’t even occur to me, and when John said he expected to lose weight, I…

John:Yeah, but I got a swollen knee, that’s why I didn’t lose weight.

Sharon At the beginning of the week, I missed meat, and now I don’t miss it at all. I don’t even care about eating it. I do think that even though I don’t eat a lot of dairy, it’s a toss-up between cheese and eggs. But since I was hungry for an egg this morning…that was probably why!

Other than that I I just think that with all the focus there has been lately on things like trans fats, while I didn’t think that all of that was necessary, I do think that better labeling in restaurants and stuff is important. For anybody who wants to make any food choices should know what’s in their food and not have to be embarrassed or made to feel inconvenienced in order to find out what’s in their food.

I think [the idea that some companies are permitted to keep their "secret formulas" off the label is] just plain stupid. You should be able to keep the amount of the ingredient, but not the ingredients, secret. I personally don’t think that dyes should be allowed in any food products. That’s just part of my personal belief. There is nothing about dye that enhances the quality or taste of a food.

I think before someone does this, they should actually plan their meals for the week. I just went to the store and tried to find things that were vegan and that was stupid. You should get a cookbook or go online and plan the first three or four days and what you need. I think if you did it like that, you would be more successful.

My mom really liked both the tempeh and the vegan bacon we ate! She had never had either before and she thought the tempeh was really nice baked on the pizza because it got all crispy. She said that the vegan bacon didn’t really taste like bacon but had a nice flavor and nice crunch.

Here are some pictures from our vegan pizza feast on Saturday night.

Southwestern Pizza!

Southwestern Pizza!

[caption id="attachment_378" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Beet, Potato, and Turnip Pizza!"]Beet, Potato, and Turnip Pizza![/caption]

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Disney Buying Marvel: My Predictions!
cap, captain miss america
teaberryblue

I think these speak for themselves!

Sue Storm

Mystique

Skrull!

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The Yogurt Diaries, #19: a new dairy-free yogurt
cap, captain miss america
teaberryblue

My local health food store got in a new brand of yogurt!

It is called Nu Lait and it is a dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free product. It cost $2.29 for a container. It came in a variety of flavors with different bases. I bought one coconut and one almond. The coconut one is peach, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove, and the almond one is crandberry, pistachio, and orange zest.

Coconut Peach Honey Cardamom Clove

Coconut Peach Honey Cardamom Clove

Almond Cranberry Pistachio

Almond Cranberry Pistachio

These are pretty high in calories. The coconut one is 210 calories, 90 from fat, and the almond one is a whopping 280 calories, 130 from fat. I am secretly anticipating this with much drool!

There’s 18 grams of sugar in the coconut one and 19 in the almond. They are sweetened with honey, fruit puree, cane juice, and sugar, and no corn syrup, though they do have corn starch in them

Coconut Peach Honey Cardamom Clove Opened

Coconut Peach Honey Cardamom Clove Opened

Opened up, the coconut one looks very gelatinous. I licked the yogurt off the cover and plain, it is very coconutty, a bit tart, and a little sweet. It smells absolutely divine and clovey. It comes with the fruit in a separate compartment, so I stirred it in next. It actually seemed like it might be too much fruit for the amount of yogurt. I put in about 2/3 of it and it seemed thoroughly mixed.

Oh my god. All I can say is that this tastes like the best peach cobbler ever. It is full of cinnamon but not too sweet– mostly cinnamonny with a little bit of peach. The fruit on its own tastes delicious too. The texture is a bit too grainy to be described at pudding– but it is very reminiscent of pie filling. I could eat this forever. Seriously.

Almond Cranberry Pistachio Opened

Almond Cranberry Pistachio Opened

The almond one is very, very dark and looks a lot like pudding. Tasting it plain, it is incredibly nutty– it tastes something like hot cereal. Which I will not complain about, since when I am not eating yogurt, I am eating hot cereal.

The jam that comes with this one is very tart and very rich– the peaches were more like a compote but the cranberries are like a puree. When I poured them into the yogurt, I see why– they need a strong flavor to balance the nut flavor! It doesn’t taste nearly as tart when mixed with the almonds– it tastes lightly sweet.

I think these are the most amazing vegan yogurts I have ever had. Seriously. I think you all owe yourselves the treat of going out and buying at least one. They are pricey for yogurt, but they are also much richer and much more dense than any other yogurt you will have short of a whole milk greek yogurt like Fage. I think I just overdid it eating two of these– one is plenty for a light lunch or a midday snack.

*Note– the coconut yogurt is not vegan as it has honey in it. The almond one is vegan-friendly!

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