Vegetarian Healthy Eating Plan: Menu 3


In trying to be practical, some of this is from the grocery store (i.e. kefir, sprouted bread, etc.) and some of it I make at home (salads, soups, etc).  Where they are my recipes, clicking on the dish will take you to the recipe.

  • All day: 2 L water
  • Pre-workout: Kefir + almond milk – I find kefir too thick to drink so I dilute it with almond milk
  • Post-workout: handful of mixed nuts and dried fruit, coconut water
  • AM Drink: water (8 oz) with 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp chia seeds, and a pinch of cayenne (soak chia in plain water overnight- I make 3 days at a time and keep it in the fridge)
  • Breakfast: Pecan cinnamon overnight oats
  • AM Snack: Spiced bourbon applesauce
  • Lunch: Eggless vegan “egg salad” on toast
  • PM Snack: Labneh and crackers
  • Dinner: Polenta with mushrooms and spinach
  • PM Drink: almond milk (8 oz) soaked with 1 date, 2 walnuts, 2 pecan, and 2 almonds (I soak this in the morning and keep it in the fridge)

Vegetarian Healthy Eating Plan: Menu 2


In trying to be practical, some of this is from the grocery store (i.e. kefir, sprouted bread, etc.) and some of it I make at home (salads, soups, etc).  Where they are my recipes, clicking on the dish will take you to the recipe.

  • All day: 2 L water
  • Pre-workout: Kefir + almond milk – I find kefir too thick to drink so I dilute it with almond milk
  • Post-workout: handful of mixed nuts and dried fruit, coconut water
  • AM Drink: water (8 oz) with 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp chia seeds, and a pinch of cayenne (soak chia in plain water overnight- I make 3 days at a time and keep it in the fridge)
  • Breakfast: Breakfast burrito (whole wheat wrap filled with Indian Scrambled Eggs), smoothie
  • AM Snack: Hummus and veggies (carrot, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Lunch: Spicy black bean salad
  • PM Snack: Sprouted bread with almond butter, honey, and banana, green juice
  • Dinner: Tindora and corn shaak (Indian veggie) with brown rice
  • PM Drink: almond milk (8 oz) soaked with 1 date, 2 walnuts, 2 pecan, and 2 almonds (I soak this in the morning and keep it in the fridge)

Vegetarian Healthy Eating Plan: Menu 1


In trying to be practical, some of this is from the grocery store (i.e. kefir, sprouted bread, etc.) and some of it I make at home (salads, soups, etc).  Where they are my recipes, clicking on the dish will take you to the recipe. 

  • All day: 2 L water
  • Pre-workout: Kefir + almond milk – I find kefir too thick to drink so I dilute it with almond milk
  • Post-workout: handful of mixed nuts and dried fruit, coconut water
  • AM Drink: water (8 oz) with 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne (soak chia in plain water overnight- I make all 3 days at a time and keep it in the fridge)
  • Breakfast: Quinoa cereal with apples and cinnamon (modify this recipe by replacing blueberries with apples since they are in season)
  • AM Snack: Sprouted bread with pistachio butter
  • Lunch: Yam and kale salad, green juice
  • PM Snack: Hummus and veggies (carrot, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Dinner: Pumpkin soup, Brown rice pilaf
  • PM Drink: almond milk (8 oz) soaked with 1 date, 2 walnuts, 2 pecan, and 2 almonds (I soak this in the morning and keep it in the fridge)

Vegetarian Healthy Eating Plan


Oh the joys of having your kitchen flood…  As I’m sitting home waiting for it to get fixed today, I figured I’d do a different kind of “work.”  I spend so much time at my day job and on my hobbies, that I end up neglecting my health…  So my self-imposed work assignment for today is to come up with a plan to be more healthy.  Since the gym at work is having a fitness challenge for the next 8 weeks, I figure why not clean up my eating habits at the same time…

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Valentine’s Day Dinner


VDay Dinner 2013I love all holidays, and that includes Valentine’s Day!  I made dinner for my parents today to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day.  Initially, I wanted every dish to incorporate red- but later decided that might be too much.  So instead, I settled for a mix of dishes that let me play with a variety of foods and techniques.  The menu is below and the recipes will follow soon!  Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day!

Vegetarian Christmas Dinner


Christmas Dinner 2012Our original Christmas dinner was going to be vegetarian meatloaf and mashed potatoes… however; we had Monday off!  Naturally, that meant I spent the day in the kitchen playing!  Below is the Christmas dinner I finally settled on (links to follow).  Yes… I might have gotten a little carried away with the sides… =)

Halloween Party (Fun Food!)


I had a Halloween party last year and completely forgot to post about it!  I had the most fun planning the food for the party (as usual).  The best thing about Halloween food is that you can be super creative to make things fit into the creepy, gross theme.   Below is the table spread for the party, with links to the foods and how I did them (click on it for a larger image).

Halloween Fun Food

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10-day Vegan Detox Diet (Days 8-10)


This post is my menu for Days 8-10 of a 10-day vegan detox program led by Linda Petursdottir (http://simplewellbeing.com/).  Please visit her site for more information.  Day 7 was leftover day, so I skipped posting it.  So far, so good for the detox!  I can’t believe it’s the last few days…  As I’m posting this, I actually think I’m going to continue for another week!  I can definitely see a difference in sleep and energy levels.  Also, even more than physical things, I’m noticing the role certain foods played.  It actually a great exercise in stopping to think about something you usually take for granted- what you put in you as fuel.  As I mentioned in the previous posts, I’m keeping the same menu for 2-3 days at a time, so here are my next 3 days!

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10-day Vegan Detox Diet (Days 4-6)


This post is my menu for Days 4-6 of a 10-day vegan detox program led by Linda Petursdottir (http://simplewellbeing.com/).  Please visit her site for more information.  I made it through Days 1-3, mostly without casualty!  The main thing I experienced was a headache, which Linda assured me was not unusual.  It got better when I drank water and snacked on nuts to roasted noori in between meals.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m keeping the same menu for 2-3 days at a time, so here are my next 3 days!

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10-day Vegan Detox Diet (Days 1-3)


The next few posts will be slightly different from my usual ones.  I’m doing a 10-day vegan detox and thought it would be fun to post the menu and recipes I’m following and how I’m feeling.  The detox program is led by Linda Petursdottir (http://simplewellbeing.com/).  Please visit her site for more information.

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Pumpkin Feast (Vegetarian)


A few weeks ago my sister and her fiance threw a surprise birthday party for me- and the second best part (first best being everyone coming of course!) was that it was pumpkin themed!!!  The really amazing thing was that there was such a wide variety of dishes, appetizers, main dishes, desserts, drinks, etc.- and all vegetarian!  I was completely blown away by the variety- hence calling the post “Pumpkin Feast.”  

Sadly, in the shock of being surprised, I forgot to take pictures, but take my word for it- every single thing was delicious and I highly highly recommend them.  The menu is below and as I get the links from people, I’ll connect them.

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Summer Picnic


This is an extremely belated post since it is from the picnic we had for Mother’s Day.  So, although Mother’s Day is gone, the dishes we made for the picnic are great summer foods.  We decided to have a variety of salads and dips instead of one main dish, and we were definitely stuffed when it was over!  Some of the things we picked up from Trader Joe’s, but the rest we made at home.

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Ethiopian dinner


When we were in college, there was this really good Ethiopian restaurant that we used to go.  I love the bread they serve with the food called injera.  It’s made from teff flour and is soft and slightly sour.  Luckily, we have an Ethiopian grocery store near us, so I picked up ready made injera from them.  I heated it right before we sat down to eat by giving it a quick steam (2-3 min).  Other than the injera, the menu was (please forgive misspellings):

Yetakelt W’et (vegetable stew)– left most item

Ye’abesha Gomen (collard greens)– right to the vegetable stew

Atar Allecha (split peas)– above the collard greens

Yemiser W’et (red lentil)– right of the split peas

Cucumber Tomato Salad– this is not Ethiopian.  It’s just cucumbers, tomatoes, and coriander chopped fine with salt and pepper.

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner Menu 2009


Hi!!! While I’m waiting for people to come for dinner, I figured I’d update this with our Thanksgiving Menu.  I’m a little nervous because this is the first time I’m making tofu turkey and gravy, so I’m crossing my fingers.  Anyhow, here’s what’s on the menu for tonight (some of these I posted already, the rest will be posted today or tomorrow):

Pumpkin Soup
Cranberry Walnut Salad
Tofu Turkey (with stuffing) and Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Fennel
Biscuits (no recipe since I used ready made ones)
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Spiced Apple Cider (no recipe since I just heated Trader Joe’s spiced cider and added a cinnamon stick and some cloves)