Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Vegan Menu While Staying Home

I'm Staying Home !!
(except for grocery shopping)
In addition to staying home and being cautious when I do have to go out to groceries or a morning walk, 

I am doing things to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle while I'm primarily shut in.. 
What does a Vegan eat ? 

7:00-8:00 AM- Morning Walk 

I get up and walk each morning for an hour. 
There are not too many people out at that time, and I am able to get a good walk ! The rest of te day, I stay in..
I am lucky I have a balcony (looking at the beach in Florida) 

9:00 AM - V-8 Shake

Green Smoothie

I love this easy blender shake because it tastes great and is made of all fresh raw vegetables. 

I buy a large package of organic spinach, a few packages of cherry tomatoes, a bunch or two of celery, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, turmeric powder, a few avocados, a bag of oranges, and some fresh basil. 

So far I have been easily able to get all of those items in quantity for at least a week.
I wash everything and make 7 days worth of baggies with the vegetables except for the avocado, orange, and turmeric which I add when I make the shake.. It's delicious!

Lunch: 11:30 AM
Special Salad and Bowl of Soup 
I make a salad with cherry tomatoes, canned hearts of palm or jarred artichokes, sliced celery, chick peas, and avocado . 

avocado and chickpea salad
You could eat this over rice or quinoa

I also might choose from a tofu smart dog on a gluten free wrap. 
 I usually eat some salad with it. 

Vegan potato salad

I've also make a big bowl of our family recipe for Middle Eastern (no mayo) vegan 
 potato salad that lasts 5 days in the fridge- I often chop up red cabbage, scallions, and peas to add to the potato salad. A head of red cabbage will last a month in the refrigerator, scallions can actually grow back if you put them in water see the scallion post which gives fresh scallions daily. I am also growing pots of oregano, thyme, parsley and mint in my condo on my coffee table which gets a lot of light. I bought the plants at Whole Foods Market about 3 weeks ago. 

My coffee table herb garden during the Shut in 

I make my easy blender, low calorie, healthy chocolate pudding recipe that calls for cocoa powder  and peanut butter powder, which I ordered on Amazon Prime and received it in 2 days, a banana,  and a little nut milk. It is low calorie and can be made and cooked in minutes. 

Weight Watchers 1 point chocolate pudding
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I also might eat an apple or some frozen fruit and a little stevia which makes the concoction get icy and delicious. I eat it with a spoon.

blueberry slushy

Dinner: 5:30 PM 

I make a pot or two of soup every week.  
I use frozen veggies if I can't get fresh. I freeze cut up onions, peppers, sauteed onions, carrots, sauteed peppers, parsley, cut up lemons etc. so I have plenty of vegetables for soup. I choose from one of my delicious soup recipes found on the blog. In the search bar on the top right, do a search for soup. When it pops up, scroll down to look at the recipes. All vegan All gluten free.

Fall soup collage

In addition to soup, we have rice, quinoa, beans, etc. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Instant Pot Vegan Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

My husband loves potato salad and especially his grandmother's recipe that goes way back to his childhood growing up in the Middle East. I was delighted to convert the recipe to making it in the Instant Pot. I saved time and the mess of boiling a large amount of potatoes.

Made with lemon juice and oil 

This interesting vegan recipe is made using lemon juice and oil as opposed to mayonnaise.

Fed a Large Family
It was a recipe that helped feed a large family and filled their bellies when food was scarce when he was growing up. Now that we are in the middle of the Coronavirus chaos and some foods are scarce or we just are limiting our trips to the supermarket, I'm trying to think of simple ways to feed and fill up my husband with nourishing food that is filling and easy to make-

My Husband's Family Made This Recipe On Passover
Traditionally, this was a recipe that my husband's family made and still makes for the week of Passover (which begins this year Wednesday evening April 8, 2020 and ends April 16).

Since bread, crackers, rolls, pasta, cereal etc are not eaten on Passover, potatoes were and are a good substitute. It's a great gluten free, vegan, dairy free, parve, recipe for the holiday. We often serve it as a side dish for the Passover Seder (ceremonial meal).

cut up potatoes

I Cooked The Potatoes In The Instant Pot - 8 minutes
I was delighted to make the potatoes in the Instant Pot in just 8 minutes. (It still took about 5 minutes to heat up before the cooking started). However, please understand since the Instant Pot is electric, I am able to set the timer and walk away. There is no boiling over, no mess, and no chance of burning. I don't have to watch it, stir it, or wipe up spills. I am free to leave the kitchen and get involved in something else while it cooks. So, the love affair with the Instant Pot is not just the time factor, it's everything else I just mentioned as well.

vegan and gluten free potato salad

Of course, you can still just boil or steam the potatoes for this recipe on the old stove top any way you like and then follow the rest of the recipe.

I made a 3 pound bag of potatoes which will probably last in the refrigerator for about 5 days. My husband will plow throw it!  If you have a family to feed, this recipe is filling, delicious, and nourishing.

My Shopping this week: Big mistake going to Costco- Despite regulated lines and limiting the numbers entering the store, it was a mob scene and the lines caused people to be too close together. Inside the store was a nightmare near the sections for getting dairy out of the refrigerator room- they limited how many could enter causing a huge like 70 person back up and no where to go, so again way too close together. I got 4 items and LEFT the store with BIG regrets that I even entered..

3 pounds of golden potatoes, peeled and cut into medium pieces (about 8 cups)
3 cups water
3/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup of olive oil or (my husband's family added 1/2 cup oil )
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or more or less to taste)

Place the steamer trivet inside of the Instant Pot liner or I use a steamer basket that I purchased online. I like the basket because it holds all my cut up veggies for steaming (affiliate links).
Add water.
Set to pressure cook for 8 minutes.
When done, release steam manually according to your manufacturer's directions.
When all steam is released, carefully remove lid and pour potatoes into a large bowl.
Mix together lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
Pour over the warm potatoes.
Mix well and add parsley. Mix again and serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

Optional: Add 1 cup of diced celery and or 1/4 cup of chopped dill . My husband's family also added 4 chopped hardboiled eggs. 

Notes: Freshly squeezed lemon and fresh herbs such as parsley and dill provide excellent nutrition than may help boost your immune system.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Specific Coronavirus Information- excellent

I've been getting a lot of Coronavirus mail. I'm posting this information from a doctor at Johns Hopkins because it is the very helpful information that you may not have seen  I hope your find it helpful too. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Dressing

Whole roasted cauliflower makes a lovely presentation, is easy to make, and tastes amazing. 

It gets nice and crispy on the outside, nice and soft on the inside, and is easy to cut up and serve, even though I like to display it first whole. In addition, I make a simple tahini dressing that I drizzle across the cauliflower or used as a dip for after you cut up the pieces. 

roasted cauliflower
Couldn't seem to get my toe out of the photo

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Energy Balls- High Protein

energy balls

Do you love cookie dough? 

These little high protein energy balls are all the rage on Pinterest right now and are made with chickpeas! Yes I did say chickpeas and no, they don't taste weird.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Homemade V-8 Shake Immunity Booster

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, this beautiful spinach shake recipe is quick, green and healthy. It's kind of like a homemade V-8 shake. When you read the ingredients, you may think it sounds weird (I did), but I assure you it tastes absolutely delicious despite mixing orange juice and vegetables. The question is- "Is this a soup, shake or a smoothie"?