Thursday, July 30, 2009
Otherwise it's going fine.
No animal products; check. Come on, I have to make it sound like an accomplishment.
No gluten; check. French fries with Tabasco ketchup isn't exactly "cleansing," but it's gluten free. Brown rice is my friend.
No sugar; check. Not counting the sugar in ketchup. It's a condiment!
No alcohol, check. Went out to a pub and had club soda. Hence the french fries for dinner.
No caffeine, well, I've significantly cut down. I think I can make it a whole day this weekend.
I'm really glad I posted that I'm doing this. Thanks for all your support. Without it, I'd definitely be guzzling giant vats of tea and slamming bagels. So thanks.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I know I'm addicted to caffeine. I usually enjoy several cups of black tea a day starting with first thing in the morning. I already know I get a wicked headache if I don't get caffeinated, so I'm not quite ready to tackle this on a weekday. I do need to be useful and productive at work. So I'm testing out some cutbacks.So I did have the usual cup of black tea this morning and I've been experimenting with some herbal teas since then. The Get Charged from the Republic of Tea does have a nice pick me up. I also have some Ginger Peach White Tea that I'll try this afternoon when I need a fix. White teas do have caffeine, but a lower dose than black or green teas. I also like adagio teas, and they have some really nice herbal teas and flavored decaf black teas like strawberry.
Hopefully less everyday caffeine will make it easier to go cold turkey this weekend. Giving up cheese was WAY easier than this.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Enough of the depressing stuff, here's my tribute to Dad's favorite summertime dinner, "lunch in the oven." I don't know where the name comes from. It's just what we always called it. It does come from the oven, but we usually had it for dinner.
I'm not sure if Dad would have liked the veganized gluten-free version of "lunch in the oven," but here it is anyway, and I think it's pretty freakin' awesome even with the weird rice bread.
Lunch in the oven:
2 slices of crappy white bread (or some lovely gluten free rice bread)
4 slices of fresh summer ripe tomato
Sprinkle of vegan Bacon Salt
2 slices of vegan cheese (whatever is closest to American cheese)
4 slices smoked tofu fried in a little canola oil
Toast bread. Top with tomato, sprinkle on bacon salt, top with vegan cheese and tofu then broil until cheese is melty. About 5 minutes, but check it often.
Cut in half and enjoy.
If Oprah can do it, so can I. Kathy Frestone's Quantum Wellness Cleanse.
21 days of no:
Animal products - ha, easy!
Alcohol - not too difficult
Sugar - good thing I don't take sugar in my tea
Caffeine - what, no tea?!?
Gluten - yeah, that's going to be a test. I really want to make some setian wings now.
Since I've made it to noon today, today is day one. The recipes in the book look pretty good. I'm off to buy some freakin' gluten free bread for what I was going to make for dinner tonight. More later...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I got the 100% vegan and natural sample pack of 7. I'm going to give away three of these bad boys, so send me a comment and tell me what your favorite lip balm flavor is, or let me know a flavor you think should be made into a lip balm for a chance to win an awesome vegan lip balm!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
A few years ago a neighbor brought over a lovely zucchini soup. When I asked for the recipe, she said (paraphrased) "Just saute some onions and the zucchini in some broth and then add some buttermilk. Sometimes, I add curry powder."
Cooking with the curry powder will make your house smell like an Indian restaurant, so if strong exotic smells aren't your thing (or your husband's, parent's, roommate's, or apartment neighbor's,) you can skip it or add it when serving.
This soup is good hot or cold, and with a quick sub for the buttermilk, is so easily vegnaized. This giant zucchini came fresh from my mom's backyard garden and the onions are from the farmers market.
Curried Summer Zucchini Soup
2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 giant zucchini, cut into bite sized cubes
2 Tbs curry powder (optional)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt to taste
Mix soy milk with vinegar and set aside.
Heat the olive oil and saute the onions and zucchini about 10 minutes. Add the curry powder if using, and cook another 5 minutes until the zucchini starts to soften. Add the broth/water to cover the zucchini and simmer until zucchini is fully cooked. Add soy milk mixture and heat another minute or so if serving hot. Adjust seasonings to taste.
You can also puree all or part of the soup for a thicker texture. I left it chunky and I'm having some now, then I'm off to the beach!
Monday, July 6, 2009
I'm skipping out of work today. Now I'm off to the beach. Have cupcakes, will travel.