|Tacos and Refried Beans|
|Noodles and Vegetables|
|Thousand Island Dressing|
Tommy and I definitely eat out less often. That is good for the waistline and the pocket book. Eating out is still the hardest part. It is frustrating to peruse a menu and see nothing I can eat on it. The farm to table type places are the worst. They put bacon in everything. Some places will easily make a nice dish for me, others do not do a good job.
Brunch is the hardest meal because everything is egg based. Eating while travelling is tougher. I have had two veggie sandwiches that had cheese on them. It wasn't on the menu and we were on the road with the limited options. I am sure that will still happen every now and then.
|Noodles with peanut sauce, scallion pancakes|
|Oatmeal with nuts and fruit|
Health wise, I feel good. My cholesterol dropped almost 30 points and it was high before. I lost a few pounds and gained a lot of muscle. I made weight training a priority at the gym and it really paid off. When I had the Bod Pod analysis done, I gained 7 pounds of muscle. Although the scale hasn't moved much, I am smaller and my clothes fit much better.
|Lentil Soup with Rutabaga Croutons|
Tommy has been a wonderful sport with this. He eats vegetarian most of the time. He likes a little cheese on most dishes. I buy him some meat, especially if I am making a dish with a lot of veggies that I do not like. He is also good at picking out the things that he doesn't like.
I have found that smoothies and oatmeal make the breakfasts. You can add so many different ingredients to them to keep it from getting boring. I snack on fruit and nuts most often. I have to be careful with bread because I mindlessly eat it. We have had lot of soups and
salads. One dish meals are common for dinner. Stir fry a protein (beans or tofu) and at least 2 veggies and serve over a grain. I try not to make to many desserts, but we have had cookies, cakes and pies. Earth Balance and bittersweet chocolate are a great team. It took several tries to get good pancakes, but I have yet to find a good French Toast recipe. But I will trying. I have made lots of hummus, pesto and guacamole. I make bread about as often as I did pre-vegan. We are enjoying a whole wheat loaf now.
|Portobello Mushroom with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy|
I claim the year a success and looking forward to another meat free year.
|Quinoa with veggies and curry sauce|
|Tofu steaks, bulgar wheat and asparagus|