Persist. I glanced at our calendar and thought how apropos this month's word was and is for lots of things going on right now. Persisting in finishing up school subjects when the warm sunny weather beckons us (although shh...we go through the summer with some subjects...), persisting in finding a job for my daughter (my son got a job - yay!), persisting in working a bit more on the livingroom (more on that later)... and of course, persisting in the 30-day vegan workshop.
took to a neighborhood gathering over the weekend
I must admit that this 2nd week for me has been a bit more challenging ...mentally. Joyfully challenging, I might add, but challenging none the less. The 'honeymoon' stage is waning and the real-life application is beginning. All with its ups and downs of course.
roasted sweet potatoes - love them without the dressing & so so colorful!
The biggest 'hurdle' is main meal planning. I've got the salads, snacks and smoothies down (well, sort of), but the main meal - the entree - is where I've had to really think and plan. (I'm also cooking a non-vegan (meat/chicken/fish) dish on certain nights for other members of the family.)
yes, that IS pork loin with rosemary and garlic in the background, but I resisted!
I didn't realize just how much I've come to rely on picking out chicken, fish or meat and then complimenting those dishes with veggies and salads and grains and beans.
quinoa, chickpeas, spinach and smoked paprika - a favorite in our house!
Although (as I've already mentioned) we do eat a lot of vegetarian meals weekly, I still have to really think about planning out supper/dinner time since I'm not using dairy in the recipes for this workshop either. I'm we're eating a whole lot more veggies and fruits in one day than we usually do in several days. That's good!
another salad that I tweaked and took to the neighborhood cookout
Before this workshop, I didn't stop to consider exactly where a vegan would get protein...yes, I know the typical beans & nuts and tofu, but I'm learning that there are other items that can offer a good amount of protein.
What I like about Heather's recipes (and other recipes I'm using during the month) is that not only does she address ways to add protein, but also incorporates well-balanced meals that are packed with other healthy vitamins and minerals, are easy to prepare (mostly) and are colorful to boot.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention another mental challenge this week: thinking how a little bacon or a little feta cheese for example, would add to the meals... and I guess veering away from the specialty cheese area in our grocery store would be a good thing, don't you think?
... but overall, I'm happy with trying to stick to the thirty days.