I know what I like to eat and I don’t look for exact recipes, I look for ideas. Naturally, I surf Foodpress daily in almost every category except baking and desserts. It is probably a sin to destroy your temple by eating sweets when you have a tendency towards obesity and equally sinful to turn on an oven when cooking meals for one.
I am more of an accidental Vegetarian than a committed one and it probably started with my friend Tracey who talks the talk of vegetarianism but will start her day with a bag of Doritos and not even the original ones which were not too artificial. As the year progressed, I have cut my meat portions from 8 ounces to 4 ounces and reduced the number of times I eat meat in a week from twice a day to 3-4 times a week. This means I have cut back from 7 pounds per week to about 1 pound per week due to the intentionally portion controlled meals and the unintentional shrift to a vegetarian diet.
Of course the shift involves my cooking for female friends all who happen to favor vegetarian diets. Frankly by focusing on the rich foods of India which have developed from centuries of a vegetarian diet and the foods of Italy which have had centuries of meatless Friday’s, I have not suffered from a lack of flavor or foods that I really like. Yet I still will honestly post on what I eat.
This post evolved from two Foodpress listings, one from the Teacher Cooks on her top ten posts for the year and the other from Lisa’s call for vegan and vegetarian recipes with the intent of moving “to live a more sustainable and fulfilling life through getting back to basics, especially through food.” While it may seem weird that I do a lot of cooking in my coffeepot, it is consistent with my goal of minimal energy consumption for a small amount of food.
I also purchase as much as I can from the local Vegetable Market which has great vegetables in the American winter and fantastic fruit in summer. It is unfortunate that when cooking meals for one, you sort of rely on canned beans because the alternative is to cook large quantities and have infinite leftovers or waste a lot of energy cooking a cup of beans because you still have to keep the almost empty pot on the stove for the same length of time you would cook a full pot.
Well, Lisa here is the Ten Vegan and Vegetable meals from my site and I once again learned something as I did with my post The Peoples Choice – A Bakers Dozen of Top Recipes
In the case of the following list all of the top 6 are boldly flavored vegan recipes if you leave out the dollop of sour cream on two of the soups. The last 4 are Italian vegetarian creations based on dairy products. Super healthy meals that taste great like Diabetic Friendly and Vegan Tomatoes and Cannelloni Beans Over Barley which was one of my favorites did not make the list. Oh well healthy is good – just not too healthy.
- Pinto Bean Curry (Rajma Chawal) – A Tribute to Monica
- Super Vegan Acorn Squash Soup
- Caribbean Black Bean Soup (vegetarian)
- Vegan Red Beans and Brown Rice
- Crucian Butternut Squash Fritters
- Picture Perfect Borscht Tastes Good Too!
- Penne with Cauliflower in White Sauce or “Penne con Cavolfiore”
- Melt in Your Mouth Eggplant Parmesan
- Vegetarian Broccoli Soup
- Rotini Dolores
In the past year, I have lost 65 pounds without a diet. I eat everything I want for dinner in small portions and during the day I graze on all the items a rabbit would eat i.e raw carrots, celery, lettuce and cucumbers. When available I eat locally grown fresh fruits. I am not suffering from a lack of energy as I walk 2-5 miles a day in addition to some yard work and daily cooking. I don’t really even count how many carrots or pieces of celery I eat or how much fluids I drink because I now eat as much rabbit food as I want and drink all the fluids I want.
I am not perfect or even close to it. I party with my family and gain a quick 5 pounds because of the lifestyle change and when they are gone, I revert back. The 5 pounds is gone in about 2 weeks without any draconian efforts. I intend to drop another 15 pounds to 165 so I can claim to have lost 100 pounds from my peak weight but will settle for a permanent weight of 170-172 which last occurred in 1967. Oh well, it’s a plan, not a resolution or a dream.