It’s Wednesday, strangely one of my favorite days, for no particular reason either. Usually it’s the day I take off from exercising and the day I allow myself a few extra treats to replenish my body from my long run on the weekend and some good workouts from the beginning of the week. Ah Wednesday. What’s your favorite day of the week?
On a more serious food note, I’m sure you’ve all noticed a lack of recipes lately. This does not come without reason.
Being a vegan/vegetarian is strange to some people. Strange, and intimidating to those who do not understand a life without meat, cheese or eggs. This intimidation causes non-vegans to scrutinize, judge and even poke fun at the vegan lifestyle. They do this because our choice to not eat certain things creates feelings of self-consciousness in the way they eat. Even though we as vegan/vegetarians do not judge others for choosing to eat a onmiforus lifestyle, – we tend to take a more gentle educational approach – vegans face the rath of judgement for the way we eat. All. The. Time.
I know my fellow vegan/vegetarian friends, even those of you who have “dieted” before, can relate to such scrutiny. Most of the time I am able to stay true to my beliefs, remain strong, and let the comments roll off my back. But when they come at me from all angles all times of the day while in the presence of those I live with, it gets a little difficult to not get
pissed off angry.
“Are you really eating that? That looks so weird!” or “You can’t eat that it’s not vegan” and even “I could never eat the way you do, that’d be horrible, I don’t know how you do it!” (these are actual comments that I get on a daily basis)
So rather than sticking it to them and making amazingly delicious vegan cuisine
to shove in their faces for them to try, I’ve shied away – my tail not fully between my legs – and reverted to eating nutrient dense salads every night. I just can not take the snide remarks any longer from the ones I love. (It’s different when it’s people I barely know, I’ll give it to them vegan style and let them have what’s on my mind)
But as of today, I have decided to take one for the (vegan) team, stand up for my beliefs and get back to making great vegan recipes – some of which I have been dieing to try! So what is on the menu for this week:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie
Raw Sprouted Quinoa Salad
Garbonzo Bean Soup
No bake (semi-raw) carob-peanut-butter krispie bites
White vegan chili (I’m planning a chili bake-off!)
A little bit raw, a little bit cooked, a whole lot of delicious.
*And some day I’m going to get to that Tofu Tutorial…
Case and point, I’m going to toughen up and maybe even try to educate (again) those I reside with on the topic of veganism and its many extraordinary health benefits. But I may not waste my breath (again). Either way, I’m ready for some good eats and to play around in the kitchen.
In the meantime, do you have any recipes you’d like me to veganize or raw-ify?