Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!
by Deb Powell
It’s as easy as 1-2-3 – Wash-Cut-Eat! And you don’t have to live on carrots and celery sticks! Yes, you can have delicious and nutritious meals in minutes. At home, for picnics or work, the food choices are endless with today’s ‘local and super’ markets. By keeping meals simple and mostly raw, you can eat healthy, mouthwatering meals every day and get more nutrients.
The first meal I’d like to share is one of my favourite and simplest meals in the spring/summer. Salad, fruit, and nuts. The bigger the salad the better! I mix several types of lettuce for a nice variety, also spinach and/or other greens. Remember all the edible weeds we can find in our yard too for extra and fresh nutrients, and they’re free. In the colder months I add soup, bread, or a vegetable patty (recipe next month).
The dressing completes this meal and makes it filling. It keeps well for a week or more so you can make a big batch at once. You may also add your choice of ingredients. Go ahead – experiment.
Where am I getting my protein and calcium you ask? Tahini and chick peas are loaded with both, plus other minerals. Enjoy!
SALAD 3 cups
Lettuce – 2 cups
Tomato – 1 med
Cucumber -1 small
Avocado – 1 whole
Chick peas or beans – ¼ – ½ – cup
DRESSING (mix to taste and desired thickness)
Lemon or lime juice – 2 Tbs
Olive oil (optional) – 1 Tbs
Tahini – 2 – 4 Tbs
Garlic powder – ½ – 1 tsp
Basil – ½ – 1 tsp
Soy sauce – 1 tsp (to taste), I use Bragg’s soy)
Orange juice or water – 1 tsp (keep it thick)
FRUIT – your choice
NUTS or SEEDS – your choice
My journey started over 15 years ago when I finally admitted I was tired of eating and cooking the same old meals. I felt I just couldn’t face another night of chicken, potatoes and vegetables, or pasta, or a casserole. I knew there had to be something else to eat. I found myself thinking: I wonder what vegetarians eat?
So I took a trip to my favourite book store (the library) and surprisingly found a whole shelf of vegetarian cook books. Obviously, this wasn’t a new concept. I borrowed 6 of them and went home. For dinner, I made a 3 vegetable stir-fry and added beans to replace the meat, and cooked brown rice instead of white. To my delight my family and I loved it.
As I experimented with these new dishes, I learned many of the ingredients were actually common foods. I just hadn’t eaten them in this manner. Then, I noticed I was leaving the table feeling really full. After 3 weeks of adding new cuisines to our menu, I stepped on the scales. I had lost 8 pounds. I was hooked! (These heavier and healthier foods are more filling). My journey with healthy eating began.
By simply eating healthier, lots more vegetables and less processed foods like breaded chicken or white pasta, my family and I felt better and we all started losing weight. As an added bonus: we stopped getting colds and flues also.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
I believe this was God’s plan from the beginning, at least until man corrupted things. Then after we messed things up so badly, God caused the flood so we could have another chance at getting it right. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. Mankind still wanted its own way.
SO…until next time…
Tip #1: Live healthy, it makes life better.