Chasing a Dream

Chasing a Dream
John and I with our LP finishers medals

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Foods I have gotten to know...

Today is the two month 'anniversary' of going vegan. And along the way it is incredible the number of foods that I had never tried before that have become part of my diet. I could never list all of them, but thought I would go through a list of some of them.

Grains:
amaranth- a tiny seed that can be sprouted, popped or just used as is. This week I added a 1/4 cup to my steel cut oats that I make for breakfast.

millet- can also be added to the steel cut oats for a different taste in the morning

Lundberg brand wild rice: a mix of wild and whole grain brown rice. It takes 50 minutes to cook and before this the only brown rice I had ever prepared was Minute rice. This makes a huge difference and is one of Lizzie's favorites

red quinoa: I had used regular (white) quite a bit before, but never red

Kasha: just another grain that can get added to different meals

Vegetables and Greens:
Kale, Anise, collard greens, beet greens, brussel sprouts, Daikon radishes, napa cabbage, leeks

Beans: Again I had never had beans that weren't out of the can. Some of these beans need to soak overnight and then cook for quite a while.

Lentils- yellow and green
Azuki beans-The Kind Diet has a delicious 'stew' made with these beans and squash. Again it takes a LONG time to cook but it is good.
Garbanzo beans-from a can go on my salads every week
Pinto beans-making vegan stew with these tomorrow night
and many others

Sea Vegetables:(AKA seaweed)
These I had never even heard of before, but found them suggested in both the Thrive Diet and The Kind Diet. Surprisingly tasty.

Kombu
Hijiki
nori
wakame

Sweeteners:
I had already been using Agave Nectar and Stevia. But have now added Brown Rice syrup to my list.

Other miscellaneous things:

Umeboshi Plums-one of the 'magic' foods listed in The Kind Diet. They are very salty and used in Cure All tea and as seasonings in other foods.

Miso-used in soups

Maca- a powder that is an 'Incan superfood' that goes in smoothies and energy bars that I make

Dates- used for sweetening lots of things


In general, I have somewhat learned my way around The Mustard Seed Market health food store and yesterday I even checked out an Asian Market. I have never spent so much time in the kitchen cooking as I do now, but I love it. We are trying new things every week, and repeating things that we have loved in the weeks before.

Many of the things listed above I have not become an expert at using in any way. But this is a journey that I am really enjoying. And I feel absolutely great!!

2 comments:

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I'm glad you did b/c I found yours! :)
My family and I became vegetarians a little over a year ago, but have merged into being semi-vegan. It's been great and I honestly don't miss meat at all! I have some great cookbooks that I absolutely love if you need any suggestions!

Amber Shea said...

I bought some amaranth awhile back and still haven't used/cooked it. I was thinking of popping it like Brendan Brazier suggests, but can't seem to get around to it!