Ah Sunday, our last bit of weekend freedom before going back to work tomorrow. I had a lazy and peaceful morning reading and catching up on office stuff with lazy chihuahuas. Then headed out for a 3 miles run and got some yard work down while I was sweaty, covered in sunblock, and stinky. I was excited to wear my new tank top from Meaningful Paws to the gym yesterday from the Vida Vegan Bazaar.
Thanks to the Instagram community for helping me locate the vendor, they weren’t listed on the bazaar site and I was having a moment of stupidity. It’s such a positive and cheery message about veganism and stylish, the fit is slightly long making it perfect to were over compression shorts or capris.
I’m back to loving salads after a few days of rich eating last weekend and going through a lot of kale. This one is simply seasoned with balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, a seasoning blend, and nutritional yeast.
But I still love veggie loaded stews too. For this one I simply simmered lentils and chopped sweet potato in about 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp. of miso paste and added chopped veggies, curry powder, dried cilantro and fresh crushed garlic until it tasted good.
Hubby tried the Daiya Vegan Mushroom and Roasted Garlic pizza with added garlic and mushrooms and had mostly good things to say about it.
But he’s a bigger fan of the Daiya Vegan Supreme Pizza for a heartier pizza.
Friday night we heeded to The Chef’s Table where I got a unique vegan starter dish of grilled avocado layered with peanut hummus, sunflower seeds, sriracha, sprouts, and lime juice. It was served with flat bread to eat like a spread and uniquely delicious!
The slightly chunky texture of the peanut hummus was perfect with the creamy avocado, crunchy seeds, and spicy drizzle of lime and sriracha. Ideas are already churning on how I can turn this into a dimensional dressing recipe!
I also got the mushroom beet risotto for my main dish which wasn’t as exotic, but great with the beets cooked to the perfect, non-earthy texture and not overdoing the mushrooms.
I’ve been putting it off for awhile even though we had the movie and that’s watching Cowspiracy. I know it was going to be an informative and passionate movie, but I was afraid it might infuriate me too much since environmental documentaries tend to do that. I finally watched it on the flights from Austin.
The film is a documentary about trying to get answers about the massive environmental destruction caused by animal agriculture and getting shocking results from huge environmental agencies. With a lot of disturbing numbers and evidence, the film suggests that livestock and their byproducts account for 51% percent of greenhouse gas emissions, much larger than transportation only contributing about 13%. That upset me alone as a passionate electric car driver. And what it finds about why no one is talking about this or doing anything is shocking.
But I’m glad I watched it even though it’s rattling, it ended on a positive note with inspiration. If your haven’t already, give this documentary a chance because it’s a powerful motivator on how our dietary choices not only impact health and compassion, but also have a huge impact on the environment.
On a happier note, the weekend list is back:
Here are 21 vegan barbecue recipes for a delicious summer.
This rough video of a doctor discussing diet and disease is worth a watch.
Here’s another great Forks Over Knives inspirational story with an impressive transformation.
And another great article on fats and flawed research.
This is a fast read on overcoming fears and anxiety.
One Green Planet has a great list of plant based burger ingredients for summer fun.
Forks Over Knives also has a great list of oil free salad dressing recipes.
And I’m sorry the weekend is almost over, but hopefully everyone has a happy Monday supercharged with great health!