Day 10: A world of possibilities

So many people think that becoming a vegan, even just cutting out meat from ones diet, drastically reduces the amount of options that you have when choosing what you are going to eat.   I think that this is a terrible misconception.  The truth is that there are so many fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, roots, and other whole foods that you and I have never even heard of.  The abundance of natural food on earth is incredible!  In becoming vegan, Danielle and I have exercised our creativity when it comes to cooking and thus diversified what we are consuming.  The variety of food that we’re eating has increased so dramatically!  We are having so much fun exploring all of these wonderful foods that we only dabbled in or did not even know existed before.

So yesterday we ate Oatmeal Cranberry pancakes again.  If you have been following our blogs then you have already seen that recipe.  We already told you how good they taste. Our eating them again is testament too that.

For Lunch and dinner we ate my new favorite dish.  I had a feeling it was going to be fantastic, so when Danielle was putting the recipe together she said I’ll just double it for 4 servings.  I said why don’t we quadruple that sucker!  Thats just what we did!

Whole-Wheat Macaroni & Sweet Potato Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cooked noodles (according to package instructions)
  • 1/2 baked sweet potato
  • 1/4 tsp mustard
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast and 1/2 tbsp of olive oil for crust

In a medium-sized bowl combine the sweet potato half, juice of half a lemon, mustard, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, olive oil and salt and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Fold 1 cup of cooked noodles into the sweet potato “cheese”.

Place the mixture into a serving-size baking dish.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast over the dish and drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. This will allow the top to crisp while cooking.

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, or until the top begins to brown. Serve and enjoy!

It tasted like normal Macaroni and cheese, but with way more distinct flavors.  If I were to eat as much regular Mac n cheese as I did this, I would have had to sit on the couch for an hour afterwards.  Danielle and I both felt great!   I heated up some today and it was just as marvelous!

We found out today that our apartment managers are going to release us from the lease early because of all of the issues that we have had.  I am not going to get into all of that, but this definitely means that we will commence on our expedition across the country in about 10 days!  We are getting so excited!  It will include but is not limited to…

Big Sur

Santa Cruz

San Francisco

Wine tasting in Napa

Yosemite if the weather permits

Hiking in Utah

Josh Garrels concert in Boulder Colorado

honky tonk with Paul Secord

we are bringing our Vitamix and our juicer!

Stay tuned!

We will absolutely keep you guys posted on that!

Day 3: “Don’t live to eat, eat to live”

Good Evening Everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day! Our day was FABULOUS! We are now at day 3 and feeling just great!  Woke up feeling good and Travis made homemade Oatmeal Cranberry Pancakes! UNBELIEVABLE! I couldn’t believe how tasty these things were! The best thing is.. they are 100% VEGAN. Travis is the pancake maker in the family, so I am happy he took charge of this recipe. He had a hard time finding the baking soda and baking powder in the fridge, but I assured him it was in there and he finally found it. Haha. Anyways… they were amazing! I couldn’t believe they turned out green in the middle though? I have no idea why, there was not anything green in the ingredients. Maybe someone can answer that for me? Strange. Anyways! Here is the recipe… I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT! Oh and instead of syrup… we used organic honey on top! WAY BETTER and WAY HEALTHIER!

Oatmeal Cranberry Pancakes

Dietary Interest:  no added sugarlow cholesterolvegetarian

Yield:

10 medium pancakes

Difficulty:

Intermediate

Total Time:

25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) soy milk
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup (115 g) uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) sunflower seeds

Directions

  1. Place first six ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 20 seconds. Turn machine off and remove the lid.
  5. Add oats, cranberries and sunflower seeds and replace the lid.
  6. Select Variable 1.
  7. Turn machine on and blend for 15 seconds, using the tamper if necessary to press the ingredients into the blades.
  8. Let batter sit for 5–10 minutes before cooking to yield best texture and flavor.

After a delicious breakfast, we decided to go for a hike at our favorite spot in San Diego, CA…Blacks Beach. Now Blacks Beach is known for its nude beach, but we don’t go there for that reason. Haha. We go for the amazing views… Bella came along for the day, which she is not allowed to, but we figured since she is a 6 pound yorkiepoo-WHO CARES! (We can hide her if need be) Here are some of the gorgeous pictures from our hiking adventure…

Bella loves hiking! She did good and really enjoys the sand and dirt!


Travis says there use to be a waterfall here, but it dries up a lot. I still thought it would be a great place for a picture! So gorgeous!

This is such a great place! We made it down to the beach and walked around for awhile and then made our way back up, which is MUCH harder than going down. The weather was 72 degrees and just beautiful. We feel so blessed to have an opportunity to live out here.

Now on to lunch! Since we worked out pretty hard, while hiking, I decided to make a yummy green smoothie for an “after workout treat”. I was feeling very creative, so I decided to make my own recipe! It turned out FANTASTIC! The taste of leafs are sure appeasing now a days! We also had the leftover roasted red pepper hummus from yesterday. I chopped up some carrots and it was super yummy. Here is the recipe for the Green drink I created…

Danielle’s “after workout green treat”:

2 cups of organic spinach

1/2 cup of organic kale

2 slices of organic pineapple (about 1 cup)

4-5 organic green grapes

4-5 ice cubes

SUPER TASTY!

We had a meeting for work from 3-6:30 and met at a local restaurant, 976. I got super dizzy all of a sudden so we decided to order something. So we ordered one of the wonderful ALL ORGANIC VEGAN COOKIES! Travis and I split one… it was a Devil’s Food Chocolate cookie…. PHENOMENAL! We can’t resist sweets and especially if its part of our fast!

For dinner we decided to make organic whole wheat pasta and some marinara sauce. I also sauteed some organic squash to throw in there. Figured it would help with the taste and also substitute the heartiness of meat… IT WAS WONDERFUL! Now I am finishing the evening off with some Chamomile Tea and enjoying it very much.

Today I realized a saying that is really starting to sink in more and more as we experience this fast… “Don’t live to eat… eat to live.” I thank God so much for putting this passion in us to really eat to live. It means so much when you really sit back and think about it. What we put into our bodies literally BECOMES part of us.

I hope you had a wonderful day and I am so happy you took the time to read this blog. Thank you.