Over the last several days, I made a Cajun Red Bean and Okra stew.. it was OK... not perfect... so I was kind of bummed. I didn't take a pic.. It was hot and spicy and full of veggies, so that was good for my "diet".. which I am not thinking of as a diet. I am thinking of it as listening to my body and cutting out excess calories.
For bfast yesterday I had a large salad with romaine, sprouts, red peppers, green peppers, red onions, baby spinach, carrots, avocado, nutritional yeast, homemade low fat ranch, hemp seeds and lots of black pepper. I should have taken a pic because that was my favorite meal of the day.
For lunch, I had a "Philly Cheesesteak" on a whole wheat pita. I sauted shredded seitan, mushrooms, garlic, onions, jalapenos, marmite and a pinch of dried oregano in cooking spray until they were brown and somewhat cripsy, but not burnt. I added a piece of Vegan cheez... this a a new brand in my store.. they come wrapped like tofutti, but dont' have hydrogenated oils. They are OK... they don't melt... but they are very expensive.. something like 3.99 for 8 slices. Rip off it you ask me!
For dinner, we had whole wheat pasta and broccoli with a tofu based "cream" sauce. I used quick oats to add body to the sauce and reduce the cashews. I only used around 1/2 cup of cashews for an entire pound of pasta and 1.5 lbs of broccoli. It was quite good and my kids and husband liked it, which is the biggest test.
We also had an arugula salad with very low fat/sugar free sweet/sour creamy dressing and a bit of Hemp seeds.. no pic of the salad though..
I have been trying really hard to listen to my body and stop before I'm full. This has been very eye opening. For instance, yesterday for lunch I used an entire whole wheat pita for my sandiwch, but realized I was totally satisfied eating half of it. I still have half a sandwich, wrapped in the fridge.. which I will probably have for lunch along with a frozen fruit smoothie. Normally, I would have eaten the whole thing.