Today was food preparation day. I parsed out blueberries and grapes into containers to take to work. I cut up kiwis and red and yellow peppers as well as made a week of leafy green salads. (No iceberg lettuce, it isn't worth it nutrient wise.) I sliced up sweet potatoes in my food processor that the hubby got me for Christmas. I use the food dehydrator to make those into sweet potato chips. I sprinkle them with a little table blend Mrs Dash. They turn out really good!!
Normally, women might be upset by getting a small kitchen appliance for Christmas, but not me! If you remember yesterdays post, I posted about not getting along that well with my kitchen. Because I take Plavix and aspirin everyday, cutting myself is not a good thing, so I am glad to have it:) (They are both blood thinners). This keeps my house from looking like a crime scene!
I also made some more hummus--I make my own because I don't eat any added oil and store bought hummus has a lot of oil. I have found because I am not using any added oil, cannellini beans (white kidney beans) work best. They are a little moister than garbanzo beans. I use two cans of cannellini beans, the juice from one lemon, garlic, and a dash or two of Braggs Liquid Aminos (you can find it at a store like Whole Foods--it is vegan soy sauce). Put it all in the food processor and blend till smooth! Very easy.
I use the hummus as a base for my salad dressing. I don't measure, so you just have to find the taste you like. I take a whisk and mix up some hummus, orange juice, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard--a no oil dressing that is very tasty.
I find the oddest things at my little C&S grocery store here in town. I found the no oil tortilla shells I have been looking for--who would have thought? I had them for dinner last night and filled them with brown rice, black beans and salsa. It was very tasty. I fixed a small pot of black beans and corn to eat with them this week. I prepared brown rice for the week as well as some whole grain pasta. I also fixed some veggie chili. I take the chili and the pasta and basically make chili mac.
I am all set for the week!
My big challenge today is that I am going out to eat tonight with a good friend. This is the first time eating out since I started this. I have been avoiding it. I found that Houlihans has a vegetarian menu that they offer. I think I can make some of those choices more vegan by having them leave off the cheese. I will have to ditch the no added oil, but I feel pretty good that there is at least one place I can eat out. This will be a much bigger challenge for me at the end of March when I go to Vegas for five days. The book for idiots has a chapter on eating in restaurants. I will have to read it again, because I think this is going to be a large challenge to be away from my controlled food fixing for five days. On the flip side, as a photographer, I am very excited to take pics on the orange carpet at the ACM awards.
I am officially down 10 pounds today. I have been doing this four weeks. The first step on the road to skinny bitch!