and sorry for all the big pics, I still can't upload. when it says click "done" there is no done button to click! grrr
I love this pic because she's looking at my brother and smiling at him.
Did I mention that I'm SO EXCITED TO MEET ARWEN?
I made a bunch of good food.. I only took pics of the soup, focaccia and quacamole. The soup was a Veggie Chili. I used onions, garlic, green and red peppers, serrano chiles, chipotles, sweet potato, zucchini, salsa, veg stock, tomatoes, lots of spices, black beans, kidney beans and chili beans, tvp, orange juice, cilantro and a touch of lime.
I also made 2 quarts of my salsa. I have less than 1 cup left. Can you believe that?
We bought several bags of Red Hot Blue Corn Chips and I baked some corn chips for myself. I was pretty cool that everyone liked my baked chips as much as the store bought ones.
The focaccia was made from white whole wheat flour and sprinkled with fresh rosemary, garlic infused olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. I made it very thin, so it was more like a cracker focaccia.
It was my brother's birthday on Friday, so I made a pan of blondie brownies with rasberry and chocolate from VwaV. Everyone LOVED them. I used an entire bag of dark chocolate chips for the 9 by 13 pan instead of 1 cup because my brother asked me to. They were so surpised they were vegan! I had a small piece and was very impressed. I sub'd stevia for 1/2 the sugar in the blondie dough, used sucanat for the other cup of sugar and stevia with the raspberries. I did not take a picture because they were NOT pretty at all.
The only dairy we had on the table was some sour cream to top the soup. That's it! Normally, I would have put cheese out too, but no one seemed to miss it.
I am thrilled that my entire family is eating so much less dairy than they used to. I leave cheese out of so much and they don't even seem to notice. It's awesome!
This morning, I put my Vita Mix to good use and made a Carrot/Apple/Ginger smoothie. I took 1 granny smith, 2 carrots, a large piece of peeled ginger, a tiny bit of stevia, ice cubes and water and blended up a great juice! My oldest son and I shared it.
For lunch, we had some leftover focaccia with tofu salad, sprouts, tomato and avocado. I didn't take a pic.. My batteries were dying when I was taking the juice pic. I also made some Plantain Fries. I bought 3 plantains a week or so ago and have been wondering what to do with them. I decided to cut them up like fries and spray them with cooking spray and cook them in my cast iron. They were really good. I served them with the BEST sauce ever.. my strawberry-habanero sauce mixed with ketchup. omg... so good. The next time, I will bake the fries though. I think they will be even better that way. I'm sure they'd be totally delicious deep fried, but I will never do that.
My "diet" has been going great. I have been doing a great job listening to my body and eating when I'm hungry and stopping before I'm full. I did have a small piece of the blondie brownie yesterday, but that was OK with me because I waited until I was hungry to have it. Everyone else at it pretty close after the meal. I also had 1/2 a piece. I will allow myself a dessert like thing once a week or so. I am NOT counting calories, I am just trying to get in touch with my hunger and make smarter choices. I don't believe in "diets".. I believe in permanent lifestyle changes.
It's been a week or so since I've had vegenaise and I don't miss it at all.
oh, almost forgot.. my brother brought me these!