So, one of the reasons I haven't been blogging lately is that I've been a bit overwhelmed by the exercise. For someone with my Type-A tendencies, I was getting wrapped up in making something different and inventive every night, photographing it perfectly and writing something semi-interesting about it. If cooking and eating was my full-time job, that would work for me. But between working, commuting, frequent traveling, yoga and other pursuits, sitting down to cook something, take pictures of it and write about it while eating it was wearing me out a bit.
But, does blogging have to be so complicated, or am I over analyzing the situation? One might ask the same question about going vegan, actually. On the surface, it might seem overwhelming to go on a vegan diet. If you start looking at books and blogs, you'll see a range of choices and advice. Soy or no soy? (Well, for my soy-allergic self, that was easy). Raw? Gluten-free? Macrobiotic? GMOs? BPA? Organic? Low-Glycemic? Alkaline foods? Meat substitutes? Nut milk or rice milk or coconut milk? Nut cheese? "Clean" foods? Sprouted bread? Convenience foods? Oil is okay! Wait, oil is not okay? Local! Carbon footprint! Is your head spinning yet?
Whether it's blogging or eating, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the myriad of options you have in front of you. And I know that, when I get overwhelmed, all I want is macaroni and cheese.
So, what it comes down to is that the "diet" that works for you is one that you can realistically sustain. And that looks different for everyone. For me, maybe it's a nicely photographed, colorful, homemade dish one day, and a frozen meal the next.
So, as I was standing in line at the grocery store, I had an epiphany. I can't be the only person out there that's trying to make going vegan work with a decently busy schedule. What does someone like me eat every day? Would it be helpful for me to share how I make doing the vegan thing workable, even if it doesn't involve a lot of fancy cooking?
So, hence, for the time being, I will bring you what I ate today. I'm hoping this will show the variety of ways you can make a plant-based diet work for you.
Rice Select Whole Grain Blend, which is wild rice, brown rice and rye berries. This grain blend will be in my meals throughout the rest of this week. By varying the veggies and proteins I incorporate with my dinners, I'll give myself the variety I crave, but still save time by having pre-cooked rice on hand.
In the fridge, I had some kale and red onion leftover from Sunday's dinner, along with cremini mushrooms. At Whole Foods, I picked up some multicolored grape tomatoes. I chopped everything in small pieces and gave the veg a very quick saute in olive oil. I personally like it when my cooked veggies still have a little crunch, so I often don't saute for more than 5 minutes or so. Good seasoning is also a must for me, so I included sea salt, ground black pepper, Italian seasoning blend and red pepper flakes.
For dessert, I had a big bowl of grapes. I'm partial to seedless green grapes, and there was a huge display at the store today for $2.99 a pound. Sold!