Adventures in Vegan-atarian Cooking.

Right now, there is a chocolate garbanzo bean cake cooling on my counter.

chocolate garbanzo bean cake

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.

Mostly.

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…

 

4 Comments on Adventures in Vegan-atarian Cooking.

  1. wendy
    May 17, 2013 at 12:40 am (3 years ago)

    so, i don’t know about that cake but the kale salad, burgers, and lasagna roll ups sound great!! good for you!!

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  2. The Husband
    May 17, 2013 at 10:46 am (3 years ago)

    The chocolate garbanzo bean cake was actually pretty good and I wanted seconds after the first piece. The main difference was that the texture was spongier than a flour-based cake; but it was really moist.

    We did top the cake with a homemade strawberry, rhubarb, & blueberry sauce that really made it taste even better, but I put that stuff on waffles, pancakes, heck add some to balsamic vinegar, olive oil and some other spices and you have a nice salad dressing.

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  3. andi
    May 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I made the black bean brownies and just about threw up. It was so sad – I had to dump the whole pan in the trash. Have you seen that recipe? I think its by the same person who said “Soy Chicken nuggets are a great idea!” Sorry, but chicken nuggets are gross enough (what kind of chicken HAS nuggets?!) so the idea of making something NOT chicken look like a gross chicken thing? Bad idea.

    I’m a vegeterian. Been one my whole life. (But I’m honest here, bacon is a vegetable. It grows on trees. Go with that and it will make vegeterianism imminently easier.)
    Also, I occasionally eat a taco and hamburger. By occasionally I mean maybe once every other month or so.

    I have some great vegeterian recipes. Not vegan though. I love me the hell outta some cheese. If you want some of these recipes, let me know and Ill send you an email. But seriously, they are all covered in cheese. Because cheese is like manna from God. I read that on the internet somewhere. So it must be true.

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  4. Jackie
    May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Now that would be a challenging diet to follow! But the polenta sounds great…. unless you totally skipped the cheese.

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