I really have about six posts to do. I’m debating doing them all in one, but that could get confusing. This week alone, we’ve tried two different veggie burgers, chia pudding, quinoa salad (pictured here), roasted potatoes, gluten-free flat bread, banana/chocolate/peanut butter ice cream, vegan enchiladas, and a peanut/broccoli/tofu dish. This is what happens when you let your teenager watch Forks Over Knives. Suddenly you find yourself making homemade bread twice a week and packing school lunches and watching in disbelief as your son attempts to eat tofu. Bless his heart. He even said it was good. Although I noted a good amount of tofu was left on his plate “I’m full, but it’s good”. Love that boy.
Have you seen Forks Over Knives? I read The China Study late last year and was quite impressed with the data. Forks Over Knives is basically a documentary about that book, and it is fantastic. Don’t watch it unless you want to change how you eat! Unless, of course, you already eat entirely vegan, in which case, you will feel fully justified in your eating choices.
Colin and I watched it on NetFlix Saturday evening, and it was quite impressive. It re-inspired me, and motivated Colin to move away from meat and dairy. It is challenging for an on-the-go teenager to fully incorporate a vegan lifestyle and still get all the necessary nutrients, but I’m going to do all I can to help! We’ve gotten up earlier this week to prepare good lunches, and I’ve been pulling out all the cookbooks trying to find tempting vegan recipes for us all. My poor husband, who was hiking happily through a canyon while all this was going on, has come home to veggie burgers and vegan enchiladas. I will admit he slips into the kitchen and slices some Dubliner cheese to top his dinners.
Then we tried Gena’s chia pudding again- this time blending the chia seed up and adding raw cacao powder and some stevia. Quite delicious. Chia pudding has a very light taste- it’s the texture that can be off-putting (something about taking one bite and having to be careful that the whole bowl of it doesn’t come up with that bite). With banana and walnuts on top- it is an incredibly filling and nutritious breakfast. We used our homemade almond milk but you can certainly buy almond milk at the store.