Monthly Archives: December 2011
Today I was at a fruit market near my home and I was excited to find GREEN TOMATOES!!!!
I love green tomatoes, but they are not easy to find – especially this time of year. I wanted to purchase the entire small basket, but I decided that I should share so I only purchase 8. This was great because I did not find time to visit Chef Kirti at Arya Bhava for my daily vegan Indian meal. I didn’t know what I would have for dinner today. When I saw the green tomatoes I think I saw a bright light shinning from Heaven (ok, just kidding). What’s for dinner???? FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (the crowd goes wild ) and I coupled them with some garlic butter (soy that is) brown rice w/ fresh minced parsley. I’m diligently trying to slide some raw & live foods in my meals so I added some shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, jalapeno and alfalfa sprouts (the ones that I sprouted myself…taking a bow). Hey, gotta find joy in my transition to keep the momentum going.
Can you say yummo???? It was just that – yummo!! It was light, fulfilling & quite tasty. This was one quick & tasty meal. oh yeah, I’m getting the hang of this
This really isn’t rocket science – your body is a physical manifestation of the foods you consume. I know there are many other contributing factors, believe me I know, but at the end of the day if you want your body to look different & if you want to feel different here’s the first step: EAT DIFFERENTLY!!!!
Saw this on the Black Women Do Workout FB Page & thought it was a great photo!
I ran across this recipe on the Meet the Shannons website when I was looking for vegan cheesecake recipes. This particular recipe looks sooooo delicious – I can’t wait to try it! It’s a little labor intense for me (like making the crust) so I think I’ll make a few changes to simplify it, if I can. Consider trying the recipe by clicking on the link below.
During my transition process I am learning to listen to my body. Well, today I had a great time at a holiday celebration with my colleagues. Of course I didn’t eat as I did in the past, but I wasnt as diligent as I have been. The results, I haven’t been feeling well all evening. There were a number of sea food items that I enjoy, but did not eat. However, I ate 1 and 1/2 pieces of toast (about 3 inches each) topped with mushrooms & sun-dried tomatoes. I also thought I made a great choice by selecting a gluten-free pasta with roasted veggies & EVOO. Well, it came with parmesan cheese (though not on the menu) and since we waited for a while I didn’t want to send it back. I didn’t eat much so I took most of it to go. I decided to add some veggies to my dish and cut down some of the pasta (even though it was quinoa). This didn’t help much at all. I have been extremely bloated all evening to the point of discomfort. I can’t stop belching & I slight burning in my chest. So, what it my body telling me – something I ate did not agree with my system. Maybe it was the toast or maybe it was the very small amount of parmesan cheese…..whatever it is I do not like this feeling!
Because I was having these issues, I decided to do some research this evening on listening to your body. I have been reviewing food allergies vs. food intolerance. I’ve learned some very interesting things. One of them being that it is not the quantity of item that causes a reaction if you have an intolerance – so if I have an intolerance to dairy a small amount will still affect me. I also received numerous confirmations that it is important to remove certain foods from your diet so you can determine how your body reacts when you introduce it to your diet again. Interesting stuff, well I gotta figure out how to eliminate this comfort! In the meantime, here is an interesting article that address this topic:
I mentioned on my dining page that I would be attending a raw vegan gathering at Arya Bhavan. There were actually 3 vegan/raw vegan groups that were there today – I decided to join all three. Hey, the support & personal information is exactly what I need. Interestingly, the Chef shared how the leaders of our group encouraged her to make raw vegan meals. They even gave her feedback, which she kindly accepted. So, if you are in an area that does not have vegan or raw vegan food restaurants, you should consider speaking up.
As for Arya Bhavan, I must say that I was in raw vegan Heaven because all of the items were so flavorful. I LOVE spicy food and so many things had a nice kick to it! Everyone that I met was friendly and so informative. There were lots of people there too – we literally packed this place from front to back. Arya Bhavan has a raw vegan buffet every Monday and I think I’ll be one of her faithful customers. She also had one cooked vegan dish and it is my new favorite. Gobi Aloo is one of my favorite Indian dishes, but this one was especially made by the Chef here so I will not find it any other place. I snapped just a few pics that I thought I would share. I tried a little bit of everything so may plate is full (and I still missed 1-2 items). The entire menu for this event & a link to Arya Bhavan’s website is listed on my Vegan Dining Page. In fact, I enjoyed this place & the Chef so much that I went back to sign-up for the monthly meal plan – 30 days of vegan meals for $150!!!! That is not a mistake – this price is insane & I love it!
Raw Vegans/Vegans packed this event
Presentation of our Indian Raw Food Buffet
Raw Pizza. I wasn’t too fond of the raw oat crust.
Dinner time! This is a little of every things & I think I had the least amount of food on my plate.