Posts Tagged ‘Pizza’

The INAUGURAL Talking About Our Thursday Food Choices

So, on my The RA Vegan facebook page, we’ve been talking about making healthy food choices.  It’s a constant theme in my life, to be honest.  I mean, things are certainly healthier since I became a vegan, but you can still be a junk food vegan.  (The day I found out oreos were vegan was NOT a good day!) In the discussion it was brought up that I’m not the only one having these issues which got me to thinking……  So very much like ‘What I Ate Wednesdays’ (WIAW) we’ve decided to have  ‘Talking About Our Thursday Food Choices’ (TAOTFC – LOL).  So, every Thursday I’ll write a post about what I ate that day.  (Or, in the event of being super busy, on Friday.) On the facebook page we’ll discuss our choices through pictures or posts or whatever we decide to use to share.  That way there is 1) Some accountability and 2) we can get some ideas about what others are eating!  You can share on your blog or through facebook; or you can just read.  Whatever you’re comfortable with! I have to admit that knowing that I would be doing this tonight *did* make me think more about my choices.  When I did WIAW I would often decide ‘well, I just won’t count today’ and would eat something crazy.  Today I had no choice!  That said, this is NOT about shame.  If you eat 5 soy ice cream sandwiches then oh well.  Not judging here. For breakfast I had leftover pizza.  This is homemade pizza on wheat crust with sauce, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and vegan mozzarella from Trader Joe’s.  I often don’t eat much for breakfast but I ate 2 pieces of this.  Interestingly, after one piece I thought ‘I don’t need another’ but I still ate it.  I got about 3/4 of the way through the piece and decided I was done.  Next time I’m hoping I can listen to that inner voice earlier!

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Then I packed my lunch for school.  As you can see, it didn’t take much!  This is leftover Easy Red Beans and Rice and 2 clementines.  I have started taking time to sit in the teacher’s lounge with others and eat the last few days.  Typically I eat at my desk, working, but really that’s not the best thing for my emotional health.  When I went to get up after just a few minutes today (I had eaten very quickly) one of the women I eat with told me to ‘sit down.”  She was right.  I need to take some time to talk with adults during the day; to think about my needs. packed lunch Not long after, though, I realized that this wasn’t enough food and went into the stash of food I keep in my desk.

2013-01-10_13-49-49_412  There was only about 2 of these left but they were definitely good!  Then I taught the rest of my day.  On my way to work with one of my special girls I enjoyed 3 of these macaroons.

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YUM.  I got these for Christmas and I’ve enjoyed every pack.  Truth is, that every pack seems to be getting better!  After working with my girl and a quick trip to the thrift store (as my 13 year old said, at 7 am, that he needed more track pants.  Seeing as how I couldn’t handle this request at 7 am, I handled it at night!) I came home to an amazing dinner that Mark made.

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Salad, Vegan Lasagna, and a gf/vegan brownie topped with strawberries!  (There might also have been a piece of vegan garlic bread in there that I didn’t get to photograph!)

So, all in all not the worst day or the best day.  I need to eat more fruits and veggies and less processed foods.  I have already put the leftover salad in a container to take for lunch tomorrow, and have a container of pomegranate seeds to take in my lunch as well.  I feel like the snacks I had in my desk weren’t bad, but I think maybe I should pack more in my lunch so that I have better options like some extra fruit.  And today had more vegan cheese then I think I’ve had in the last 6 months; It just worked out that way.  That won’t be normal.

So how was your day today. both food-wise and non food-wise?  I hope it was a positive day and that, whatever food choices you made, you don’t beat yourself up about any of them.  Each moment is a chance for a new beginning!  (Now I need to stay out of the brownies as I put them away!)

Vegan Food For Non Vegans: The Basics for Lunch

So it’s only been, what, 2.5 months since I started this series?  On January 30th I published The Basics for Breakfast specifically aimed at feeding non vegans vegan food.  I also said I’d write others.  Sorry it took me so long to get to that point!  The simple premise of this series is that sometimes we need to go back to the basics for a variety of reasons.  Like me you might be the only vegan in your circle and be in need of some things to convince them that you don’t only eat grass.  Or you might be a new vegan looking for some ideas.  Or your situation may be entirely different.  But here are some basic ideas about easy lunches that are vegan.  Not all of these will appeal to you and, yes, some of these may include vegan convenience foods.  But I have found that when attempting to transition from a SAD (Standard American Diet) it sometimes makes the change easier if you have some foods that remind you of your old way.  And one note:  These foods can certainly be eaten at times other than lunch.  I just needed a jumping off point!

Basic Lunch Ideas

  • Peanut Butter and jelly sandwich.  I know, I know.  But there is a reason this is a classic sandwich!  My son likes soy nut butter and jelly, and my daughter prefers just peanut butter on a bagel.  Vegan food doesn’t have to be “crazy food.
  • Pizza!  I mean, who doesn’t love pizza?  There are some good pre-made ones out there plus you can easily make your own without cheese.  Just put lots of topping on and forget the cheese!  Or there are some decent vegan cheese subs out there.  I am not a huge fan but daiya is pretty good.  You can also go a little crazy here.  Why just put tomato sauce on crust?  Why not hummus?  Or salsa?  Or vegan pesto?  The possibilities are endless.  I often make my own crust but my local grocery store makes a nice one that is vegan in the refrigerated section.                                                      
  • Soup, and maybe a sandwich.  I mean, how easy is that.  There are some good canned vegan soups out there or you could easily make your own.  Many tomato soups are vegan as is (check the label!) and, when made with nondairy milk, are good.  I love gazpacho (cold soup) in the summer time and I’ve found soup to be one of the easiest things to make.                                                                                                 
  • Things with vegan hot dogs.  Can I admit that what I miss the most from my SAD days are things like hot dogs and marshmallows?  Not exactly the healthiest thing.  And so I don’t eat very many of them any more, even the vegan variety.  But when I was making the transition I ate more vegan hot dogs.  Sometimes in a bun, sometimes mixed in with vegan baked beans.                                                                                                    
  • Green Salads.  If you make a big salad, put some nuts and other stuff on top, most people will be ok with that for lunch.  I like nuts, dried fruit, and lots of different veggies.       
  •  There are also rice salads, quinoa salads, bean salads, pasta salads…there are so many possibilities!                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Wow!  This vegan lunches one is proving to be the easiest one yet!  Add some fruit and some sorbet and you’ve got a great vegan lunch that most non-vegans would be a-ok with!

All these photos are mine though not all the recipes are.  You can look through all my recipes on my pinterest board if you’re interested.  But my point wasn’t specifically to push my recipes but to give you ideas and thoughts.  What works best for you for lunch that would work to convince non-vegans??