So the first two days weren’t so bad. But then again, I’m pretty sure I’ve gone two days without meat before just by accident. I’m a little nervous about what the next few days will bring, as I settle back into my routine. So far, the only thing I miss/crave is sushi.
Breakfast – Green smoothie (banana, lots of baby spinach, soy milk, flax seed)
Lunch – Leftover cheesy orzo, which was much better as a leftover than it was when I first made it; pleasant lunch surprise
Dinner – Quesadillas (pictured above), avocados and rice. I made two types of quesadillas – one with mexican cheese (shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack), peppers, garlic, and onions, and one with mexican cheese and avocados. I’m gonna fill you in on a little secret that you probably already figured out – avocados were on sale this week. I love to cook the quesadillas in a little bit of olive oil, so they get extra crispy. There’s nothing worse than a soggy quesadilla (okay, there totally is, but go with me on this one). Also – you can freeze a quesadilla right after you make it, then microwave it when you want to eat it, it tastes almost as good as fresh.
Breakfast – Two words – Green. Smoothie. If it ain’t broke…
Lunch – Extra quesadilla I made for myself last night, leftover rice.
Dinner – Homemade veggie pad thai. I probably shouldn’t even call it pad thai, but that’s the best way to describe it. I sauteed a bunch of vegetables that I had in the fridge, including leftover chopped peppers, onions, and garlic from quesadilla night (I love vegetables that stay fresh when chopped!), along with some chopped carrots, snap peas, and corn. I combined the vegetables with some cooked angel hair pasta and a sesame peanut sauce that I love to make from a Martha Stewart recipe (basically, in my mini blender, I combine peanut butter, soy sauce, white vinegar, olive oil, and water; at this point it deviates pretty far from Martha’s original recipe). And, because I was feeling fancy, I sprinkled some crushed peanuts on top. tada – pad thai ala Katie.
And here’s where the revelatory moment happened – I made way too much pad thai ala Katie, and put the extras in ziploc baggies to freeze. I started counting how many weeks it would be until I could eat it again. I thought about all of the non-vegan ingredients in the recipe, until I realized that there weren’t any! Even the pasta was egg-free. I had accidentally made a vegan entree! And the boyfriend liked it! And I liked it! And it made me use a lot of exclamation points! Maybe this next week won’t be so bad after all.
But now I have to get through the weekend – aka restaurants and takeout. Wish me luck!