The Vegetable Monologues….day one.
I started the day by cooking the organic free range chicken I had pulled out of the freezer the other day as I was cooking for my mom. I soaked it in a brine of buttermilk, garlic and lemon peel and coated it in panko then sauteed it in olive oil until crunchy golden brown. I wrapped it up in foil, still warm and took it over to my mom. I had the chicken and knew I had to cook it or pitch it, and would rather not be wasteful. It was an interesting way to start my first day of the challenge. I had no desire to eat any, and I didn’t.
An early morning walk started my day, which was perfect as it was still cool and the humidity was still off on a binger someplace else. It would rear it’s ugly head later in the day but this morning it was cool and I was happy to walk along our sleepy rivertown before folks stirred started their Sunday morning rituals. I returned home and made a strong cup of coffee, sat on the back porch with my feet draped over the white wood railing and read quietly while the dogs thoroughly investigated every inch of the backyard, who knows what might have changed since they had last been out just 2 hours before!
I decided to make a smoothie for breakfast. They are so simple and you can add any fruit you like and spinach or kale which you can’t even taste! Here is what I made mine with this morning:
1/2 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
3 tbs plain organic yogurt
1 tbs of a flax and chia seed mix that has been ground.
1 tbs honey ( you can use more to taste)
1 tbs peanut butter ( I use one that the only ingredient is peanuts)
a splash of vanilla
a handful of spinach
1 small banana
Blend till smooth….
I had to work today but made sure to pack myself something healthy it was spinach, tomato, pickles, and smoked swiss on whole grain with a little greek dressing splashed on it. I forgot to take a picture, but it was really good and filling I drank two bottles of water along with my lunch.
Dinner time would find me not in the mood to mess with anything too complicated, when it is this hot out I am not thrilled with heating up the kitchen. I did peel and dice a sweet potato, sliced an onion to caramelize and cooked those then added some spinach at the last minute, I put that over a tortilla with a small dollop of sour cream and dinner was warm, satisfying and delicious.
I wanted to have a little something sweet and there is nothing like the seasonal peaches right now. I got out the ice cream maker and whipped up some vanilla bean ice cream made with almond milk and a tiny bit of coconut cream it was better than I thought it would be! Cut up a peach and topped with a few almonds and I could not have been happier. When I make dessert I serve myself in a small coffee cup, it just feels like I get more but the reality is the portion was small ( 1/2 cup ice cream)….. but satisfying.
That was day one of this meatless challenge, I am not sure I even noticed it that much because what I eat was good food. Why is getting started always the hardest part? I am on my way…….bring on day two!