January 6th, 2012

Vegetarian Week, Part 2

quesadilla

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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!

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Comments

    Good job girl! My only words of advise would be this: beware of processed carbs! Many vegetarians turn to pasta, crackers or chips which really have no nutritional value and stack straight onto your hips and belly. Look at your new diet as becoming a nutri-tarian with a plant based diet:)

    Sounds so delicious. Make sure you’re eating beans, though, or you’ll end up anemic like I did when I went veggie.

    Curious to know how you’re feeling physically through this. My New Year’s resolution was to become a vegetarian for a full year. So far I haven’t faltered even once (Though I didn’t have a lot of meat in my pre-vegetarian diet, so I wasn’t expecting the challenge to be too difficult.) so it’s a mixed sense of accomplishment that I’m feeling here on day 7. I haven’t been able to find a lot of blogs or sources providing info on what to expect as a ‘new vegetarian’… until I stumbled across this.
    I google’d a vegetarian food pyramid, and have been trying to follow that. The hardest part for me is actually reaching my servings per day goal. Who would have thought it would be so hard?

    On a side note, I have a vastly elevated level of energy, and actually seem to have lost an inch or two off my waistline. The first couple days were very uncomfortable, but I can only assume my body was detoxing? I was wondering if that is a universal experience shared by new vegetarians… or not?

    Hi Savannah,

    I’m feeling great. I’m like you – eating a lot of plant-based foods wasn’t that new to me. I think making sure I find good protein sources has been the hardest part, especially now that I’m going off dairy and eggs. Good luck!

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for the tip! I’m upping my bean consumption now as I enter vegan week.

    Hi Sinclaire,

    Thanks! You are so right about the carbs – I definitely fell into that trap this week, especially when eating out. Raw week will definitely knock the carbs right out of me!

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