Right now, there is a chocolate garbanzo bean cake cooling on my counter.
That’s right. I said garbanzo bean cake. And that? Is one phrase I never thought I’d say. But it smells good. Really good, actually. And not just because I haven’t had any chocolate in 11 days (but who’s counting?).
I haven’t had meat in 11 days either.
Or much dairy for that matter. I was striving for no dairy, but come on. I have a four-year-old kid. Compromises must be made in the name of familial peace.
So. No meat. Very limited dairy. And even less bread. It’s been weird.
But you know what? I haven’t really missed any of those things. At least not much. The food I’ve been making in its place has been pretty darn tasty.
However, broccoli does not taste good in smoothies.
Also? When picking lettuce out of the garden to put in a smoothie, make sure you’re not grabbing mustard greens.
Yeah. Breakfasts have been a little tough around here.
I’ve also made a kale and quinoa salad (tasty). Pesto chickpea burgers with fire roasted tomatoes (delicious). Spinach and zucchini lasagna roll ups (yummy). And mushroom ragu with basil polenta (not so tasty).
In other words, it’s been an adventurous week and a half in the kitchen.
Also? A lot of work.
But I’m feeling better (or at least I would be if I wasn’t going on two hours of sleep courtesy of a sick kid). And I’ve lost six pounds.
So I’m going to stick with it for a while yet.
Next challenge? Feeding house guests for a weekend without going off my diet.
Wish me luck…