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New adventures

Well, it has been a really long time since I’ve done anything with this blog. But, now I’m back!

I decided to embark on a low fat, plant based diet. This decision has been a long time coming and I’ve gone back and forth many times over this decision. Today is day 5 being 100% vegan, oil-free and no processed food. I’ve already lost 2 lbs and honestly feel so much better. I really feel that this time the new lifestyle will stick and I’m so excited.

I’ve been buoying my resolve by marathon watching all of the plant based documentaries on Netflix and listening to plant based podcasts. This type of full immersion helps me focus and keep in mind why I’m changing my diet. I’ve hung out with friends on two different occasions in the last 5 days and made sure to take food with me so that if and when I got hungry, I’d have something appropriate to eat.

So…..so far, so good! I’m going camping with friends this coming weekend. I haven’t been all that proactive about packing food to take even as just vegan, so this may get interesting. I’ve already decided to bake some muffins to take as well as things like Chickpea tuno salad, brown rice and beans, and corn on the cob. My plan is to take about double the amount of food I think I’ll need for the weekend. This should keep me happy and on track as well as be able to share with my friends…..because no matter how many times I hear “I could never give up x”, they still always want to eat my food and then go and eat their food too. ┬á­čśë

Here’s a pic of yesterday’s lunch. I’m pretty sure with meals like this, I’ll be able to stay on track.

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Daiya on Pizza Problem Solved!

I’ve finally figured out how to get the Daiya on pizza thing to work. Pizza is cooked at such a high temperature that Daiya ( especially the┬ámozzarella┬ávariety ) ends up turning into liquid and I don’t like that.

The solution is to cook the pizza WITHOUT Daiya on it then either wait until the last minute or two of cooking time and add the Daiya on top or just put the Daiya on after you take the pizza out of the oven and then cover the pizza with something like a sheet of aluminum foil for a few minutes and the Daiya will melt all by itself.

This less heat process keeps the Daiya just as it should be and delicious!

Taquitos

Just made some seriously awesome vegan taquitos. I used Happy Herbivore’s beef crumbles and then added a package of taco seasoning and a little more water to moisten back up.

To make the taquitos, you need to cook ( fry ) the corn tortillas a bit so that they don’t tear when you are trying to roll them up. About a minute on each side with a little oil in the pan should do the trick.

Let them cool just a bit after cooking so you don’t burn your fingers, then place about 3 tbs of maet ( I’m coining a new phrase for “fake meat” ) toward one edge of the tortilla. I also added about 1/2 a tbs of Daiya Pepper Jack Cheese to this version……made them even better than previous versions. Roll the tortilla over the stuffing as tightly as you can without breaking or ripping the tortilla. THEN ( and this is the big secret )……push a toothpick through the middle of the rolled tortilla starting about 1/2 inch from the flap. This will keep the whole thing together.

Put all of the rolled and skewered tortillas back into the hot pan with a little more oil ( about 1 tbs ) and fry for about 3 minutes. Turn them over and fry the other side for about 3 minutes.

Let them cool for a few minutes and then you can take out the toothpick and serve.

I actually got D to eat one and he said they were incredible! Enjoy!