Friday, October 07, 2011

Here's one we prepared earlier....

This week has been a bit of a wash for vegan mofo, next week when I have had time to rally myself should be more productive.

Today I'm going to do a rehash of my adventures with Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction. Isa's Vegan with a Vengenance was my first vegan cookbook from the library and where I became both a fan of Isa and vegan food. And the rest as they say is history!

Speaking from past experience, in my previous omni life trying to be inspired by the healthy cook books was a bit of a challenge. Nothing was ever quite as nice as the things you would make from regular cookbooks. Finding the motivation to keep eating things that I really didn't like was a challenge.

Enter Isa....

Previously blogged about Tempeh Helper

Arabian Lentil and Rice Soup

Bistro Broccoli Chowder

Manhattan Glam Chowder

Moroccan Chickpeas and Zucchini

Mushroom and Cannellini Paprikas

Red Lentil and Root Veggie Dal with Basmati Rice

These have all been immensely successful and very tasty, it's all too easy to forget your chowing down on low fat meals. Huge win! 
What else can I say? Changing my eating habits in an effort to go vegan has totally changed me, it's not just the obvious weight loss and masses of energy. But I've become a lot happier and quite a bit more tolerant, I feel like a hippy for saying this and the me of a year go would have rolled her eyes and snarked if someone had said it to me. 

I think the process of cutting out various animal products I used to eat has actually made me happier. I have no real proof of this, just this feeling that at the same time I stopped eating animals, I also started to become a lot happier. Coincidence? Eh, maybe. However I have no plans to return to an omni diet any time in my future, that also makes me really happy. :)


Melinda said...

Your recipes look delicious, 'specially the mushroom one. I'm particularly fond of lentil dals. I've only been vegetarian for a few years, since my vegetarian sister moved in with me, and I don't miss meat one iota. I haven't lost weight, but the sense of good karma I get is well worth it. No animal should die just so I can have a bigger choice of protein.

2paw said...

I do eat some vegetarian meals, or vegan, I get fuzzy about the difference. Leela from Doctor Who is a pescetarian. Your food looks so delicious, I shall have to borrow that book from the Library. I like recipes that are easy, and can be added to my everyday meals- things I think of regularly.
I can see that you are gaining health and am very glad you are happier!!!

B.A.D. said...

That is a lot of tasty for one post.

Linda said...

I just had to pop over and say hi Cindy 2paw told me you were vegan too!!! yay we vegans rock, it is a learning curve but well worth it, I went vegetarian back in May and after a month decided I needed to be vegan. There are some cool books around I love Isa's baking ones and I love Sarah Kramer, she's cool. I also just got 500 Vegan recipes for my bday which is a lovely book I am working my way through the pages, haven't cooked from it yet but it has some great info in the front about products etc. so I am reading a lot of it first,we must keep in touch on our journey xx