Hello all. How are you doing? We’re doing fine here. I missed the last couple of weeks as we went into Vancouver to see my 3 year old grandson who was visiting from Edmonton and got behind in household stuff and it’s taken me until now to catch up!
Well, we survived an entire week of pure vegetarian dinners, but hubby didn’t like it much. I guess he’s not quite ready to go completely vegetarian and, besides, I still have a little bit of meat and fish in my freezer that I need to use up (I hate waste). So I’ve decided on two meals with meat in them this week.
If you had told me even a year ago, that we would be eating this way and that my pantry would start to look like this
I would have laughed and laughed. I was raised in cattle country in Africa – Zimbabwe to be exact – and hubby was raised in cattle country in Canada (Alberta). If you didn’t eat beef, there was something wrong with you. But since hubby was diagnosed with high blood pressure and I put on 40 lbs when I quit smoking, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research into how to get his blood pressure down (and lose some weight) without having to take pills and thus spend money supporting Big Pharma. The pharmaceutical companies don’t want us to be healthy because that would mean they would go out of business. There’s no money in telling you to go home and eat your vegetables. No, they want you to take pills for the rest of your life so they stay in business.
But I’ve learned that we can control high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a host of other diseases by eating a plant-based diet. And I can lose weight! I’ve discovered that plant-based meals don’t have to be dry, cardboard-tasting food that leaves you craving for a juicy steak. There are so many delicious recipes out there that we have started incorporating into our diet on a regular basis. Two blogs I’ve recently discovered are Making Thyme for Health and Rebel Recipes. The recipes on these blogs are filled with flavour. Added to my other favourite blogs – Skinny Taste, The Mediterranean Dish and Jamie Oliver – I can’t go wrong!
I’ve also started to investigate the majority of things that I purchase. Yes, it’s time consuming and the better choice is usually the more expensive one. But I’m saving a huge amount of money by not buying meat and I take comfort in the fact that I’m supporting companies that are doing things the right way. Organic farming is not only crucial for the sustainability of our soil but also for our health and well-being. Consumption of toxic pesticides and preservatives have been directly linked to endocrine disorders including obesity, infertility, and even some cancers.
And food is only one factor to the equation! Just trying to imagine how many dangerous chemicals get washed down the drain into our water systems and oceans makes my head spin.
I lost another 3 lbs this week which is amazing! I’m so happy. I’ve cut down on my wine consumption quite a bit which I think has helped. I’ve also been sticking to fruit smoothies in the morning with a couple of breakfasts of overnight oats thrown in, and soup for lunch. Soup is so easy and there are so many different ones – the variety is endless.
One thing I have been struggling with is what to make hubby for breakfast. His job is such that he doesn’t have access to a kitchen and, therefore, a microwave and he doesn’t want to eat breakfast before work as it’s too early for him. Sarah from Making Thyme for Health is the first person who has some recipes that hubby will love and he can pack them with him. Here’s a list of what we’re going to try next week. Oh yeah, baby!
Vegan French Toast (Sunday)
Morning Glory Cookies
No-bake Blueberry Lemon Snack Bars
Apple Cinnamon Granola
And here’s our suppers –
Monday : Vegetarian Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, green beans
Tuesday : Briam – Traditional Greek roasted vegetables – yummm
Wednesday : Za’atar Garlic Salmon, baby potatoes, carrots & beans, green salad
Thursday : White Bean Shakshuka, Crusty bread
Friday : Wine-braised Chicken Thighs with Shallots & Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes, beans, carrots
Saturday : Roast Moose from a roast that was given to us a couple of months ago. I’ve never had moose.
Sunday : Tuscan Soup from Jamie’s Oliver’s Italian Cookbook
I hope you try some of the vegetarian recipes in this blog – you won’t be sorry!