What I Eat in a Day

If there is one type of YouTube video I like, it is the What I Eat in a Day type. Now that I’m home all the time, my diet has changed a bit. Another thing that has changed my diet a bit is the fact that both my endocrinologist and my primary care doctor have ordered me to stop eating gluten. There’s more to it than just that, but I’ll save that for another time and just focus on the fun, food-related part this time.

For breakfast, I usually have a bit of non-dairy yogurt with gluten-free granola, nuts, chia seeds, and fruit. If I am hungry still in the morning, I have a smoothie (not pictured because everyone knows what this looks like). Morning smoothies usually have frozen fruit, a handful of kale, a banana if I haven’t had one at breakfast, and plant-based milk.

I’m usually pretty busy at lunchtime, so one thing I really like is just to have a plate of nibbles. Of course it varies depending on what I have. From the top going clockwise, I have some romaine lettuce, cucumbers, and celery; Gluten-free crackers of the brand Mary’s Gone Crackers; some hummus; and some probiotic slaw of beets, cabbage, and dulse, from Ozuke. If I am hungry after lunch, I usually take my dog for a walk first to make sure I’m hungry and not bored. When I get back, I have a green smoothie of kale, cucumbers, whatever amount of apple my kids haven’t eaten in their afternoon snack, and coconut water.

Dinner is the most varied meal, and while I know it’s not great, sometimes I cook differently for my children that for myself. The above photo represents something I would make for myself that my kids would not eat. From the top are rice and lentils; sauteed Brussels sprouts; and bean and corn salad. On the top is just some mashed avocado. I am trying not to eat after dinner, but if I make popcorn for the kids, I always grab a handful, and sometimes I have fruit or sorbet.

Anyway, that’s it!

Pumfu Spinach Hash Recipe

Don’t you hate it when you’re looking for a simple recipe and you have to read a whole story just to get to the recipe? Me too!

This dish is meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. What is even in it??? See below.

  • Half an onion, finely chopped
  • Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Half a bag of spinach (or more, if you want)
  • A tomato (I finely chopped it, but YMMV)
  • Two handfuls of tiny potatoes
  • A block of Pumfu (pumpkin-based tofu alternative)
  • Nutritional yeast

Cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes in a frying pan on medium heat. Then add the potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. When almost done, add the tomato and crumble up and add the Pumfu. Add as much nutritional yeast as you like (I like a lot!). When it all looks done, add the spinach and cook for about two minutes more.

This was so good! We had it as brunch, but I’d be happy to eat it for any meal.

Meat-Free for Six Months!

After taking part in Meat-Free May earlier this year, I’ve been vegetarian for just about six months! Honestly, I didn’t think I would still be vegetarian, but once you stop eating meat, it’s a little weird to go back to eating meat. I still don’t miss it, and I have not craved it at all. I have lost six pounds in the six months, but note I was not specifically trying to lose weight, and also note I still eat potato chips. I did have a physical last month, and was told I am pretty anemic. This was not unexpected, as I was anemic before I stopped eating meat too. My cries of, “But I eat kale every day!” fell on deaf ears, and my doctor insisted I start taking an iron pill a day, in addition to my B12 pill.

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This insanely good and decadent lunch consisted of a Creole Grilled Tofu baguette and a dulce de leche doughnut.

In exciting news for me, I found out that every Wednesday the vegan food truck The Cinnamon Snail is parked two blocks from where I work! I used to work by their shop in the Pensy and was sad when we moved offices. But now I have it almost every Wednesday!

What have I eaten these past six months? I’ve eaten at home a lot more, which is good. I’ve gotten in the habit of having the same things on repeat, which the kids actually like (since they like knowing what they will be eating based on what day it is). This also saves a ton of money. Some stuff we have about once a week are: pasta and veggie meatballs, tofu with curry and vegetables, tacos or burritos with beans and rice and cheese, and  frozen pizza (I get regular for the kids and dairy-free for me and my spouse). We order sushi about once a week, and we usually eat out once a week.

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Go soak your oats, as the old saying goes!

I have been trying to eat less eggs and dairy to further reduce my environmental impact, and to that end, I made oat milk! Oat milk is one of my favorite non-dairy milks, but I think the ones for sale in stores are overpriced. Oats are pretty cheap, after all. There are a ton of oat milk recipes to be found online, so I’m not getting into that here, but what I will say is, I didn’t have an advance strainer or cheesecloth, so I just used my colander, and that worked exactly as well as one would expect. (Not that well.) The result was a little too thick. It was okay in coffee, but very good in cereal. I will definitely try again once I invest in a cheesecloth!

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The resulting oat milk, still frothy from the blender!