No Meat? No Dairy? Just Plants?

A Day in Food with Cindy

So now that you’re starting to dig into some of our posts, we’ve had a lot of you ask, “Well, what the hell do you guys eat?”. Here is a typical day in my life of food. In fact it’s exactly what I ate yesterday. Keep sending us your requests and we’ll get you the info you want. Let us know how you like the post because we’re thinking of making ‘What We Eat Wednesdays’ a regular item. It’ll feature various dishes from one day or throughout the week so you can try them yourselves, get inspired or cringe in disgust.

BREAKFAST:
Oatmeal Blend
1/2 c. soaked oat groats 2-3 hours or 1 c. cooked oats
1 soaked date 10 min.
1/2 c. hemp milk
1 tbsp. coconut oil
cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Organic Zero sweetener
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Quick tip to clean your blender: once you’re done put some dish soap and fill with water 3/4 of the way. Put the lid back on (it’s a bit disastrous when you forget this step) and blend for a few seconds. Rinse out the blender and you’re set to use it again!

You can find all of these ingredients at Whole Foods. If the blend is too mushy for you, use the same ingredients in your bowl of oatmeal. Other sweeteners to consider are agave, coconut palm sugar, stevia or xylitol.

Matcha Green Tea
1/2 tsp matcha powder
2 tbsp So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer
Whisk with 8oz hot water
You can find matcha at many grocers. If you have a japanese market nearby you’ll score a great deal, so check out their selection. I like Do Matcha, and yes it’s pricey, but it lasts a long time and comes out way cheaper than that daily Starbucks. The coconut creamer can be found at Whole Foods. Tip: I highly recommend getting the matcha whisk, it’s a small bamboo whisk and makes all the difference in the world. No clumps.

MID-MORNING SNACK:
Coconut Water
If I don’t have access to a fresh coconut, I love C2O Coconut Water in a can. It can be found at whole foods and other specialty grocers. It’s becoming more prominent every day. Another brand to look for that is more easily accessible is Zico.

Hummus & Crackers
The hummus I had today was from the Melrose Place farmers market. I also love the different varieties they have at Trader Joe’s, in particular the spicy hummus. If you want to make your own there are many recipes online to search through. Basically whatever I eat along with the hummus is just a vehicle. I’ll use carrots, crackers, chips, lettuce and even make kale hummus tacos. Today I had Sea Salt Almond Thins, a great gluten-free option that’s in most stores.

LUNCH:
Vegan Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is something I love and dearly miss so I’m always hunting for a great recipe and willing to put in a bit more effort. In a large bowl I mixed butter lettuce, half an avocado, cherry tomatoes and capers. I topped off the salad with 2 tbsp of the dressing and an extra dash of the vegan parmesan. This one is a bit more labor intensive but well worth it. I made a large amount of this dressing so I could use it the rest of the week.

Vegan Caesar Dressing:
1/4 c vegan parmesan cheese
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, about two lemons
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c water
2 tbsp chickpea miso (optional)
season to taste

Vegan Parmesan Cheese
1/2 c toasted sesame seeds, place the sesame seeds on a pan and toast in your toaster oven or oven for one dark toast cycle
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (you can find this at whole foods in the bulk section or near the vinegar’s by Bragg’s)
1/4 tsp sea salt
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well

First process the oil, water and lemon. Then continue to add the rest of the ingredients. If you’d like to go for a creamier version add in 1/2 cup of cashews.

AFTERNOON SNACK:
Banana with Peanut Butter
I simply stick my spoon into the peanut butter jar and grab a big scoop. I smear some PB on my banana and bite! Sometimes I’ll also add cacao nibs for a bit of a chocolate flare and antioxidant kick. Yesterday I used crunchy peanut butter from Trader Joe’s. I like to mix it up and use almond butter or sunflower seed butter, just make sure to check the ingredients.

DINNER:
Palak Paneer with Brown Rice
Carl and I went out for Indian to my favorite place, Electric Karma. They have tons of veggie options as well as brown rice! Palak Paneer is pureed spinach leaves, sauteed with onion, ginger and green chilies. They can serve it with cubes of tofu as opposed to cheese upon request. Indian food is a great option for a veg meal since it’s a part of their culture.

DESSERT:
Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate
Ok ok, it’s not as decadent as it sounds but just as delicious. I had a couple bites of a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar with some dark chocolate chunks.

So that concludes what I ate March 08, 2011. Hope this gives you some ideas of what you can do and how to implement veg ways into your life. Again let us know if you liked this post or not (we won’t be offended).