I hesitate to share a pic of last night's Moroccan Stew with Sweet Potatoes because the photo doesn't do it justice. It's not an especially pretty stew (are they ever?) and unlike the Ormond house, the lighting here stinks! But it was so delicious, so please look beyond the image. Everyone liked it, from the vegans (Kristyn & me) to the omnivore (Chip) to the fledgling vegetarian. Glenn ooh-ed and ahh-ed his way through every bite, said he he enjoyed it immensely.
So, today was the first official day of the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. Since I had already done the shopping for the first couple of days, I was prepared and ready to roll once breakfast time came around.
Breakfast, Day One: Green Apple Oatmeal. I used Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk as the liquid, adding a few calories but between that and the sprinkling of Saigon cinnamon, it tasted almost like apple crumble! Surprisingly filling, and just over 200 calories. What a deal!
Lunch, Day One: Balsamic Zucchini Sandwiches and Curried Tomato Lentil Soup. Now, I am not a big fan of balsamic vinegar. Not sure why, it just doesn't tickle my fancy, so I substituted red wine vinegar instead. Oh, my, goodness, this was sooo yummy! All around wonderful soup & sandwich combo, and let me tell you, I was stuffed afterward!
The rest of the Day One menu included a snack of Oatmeal Banana Bites and Fettucine with Grilled Asparagus, Peas and Lemon for dinner, with Baked Marinated Chickpeas. Knowing Chip's lack of affection for peas, along with the fact that we are going out to meet some friends this evening, I decided to forego the Fettuccine recipe. I did, however, make a batch of the Chickpeas and plan to enjoy them as a snack or a salad topping later. As for the Banana Bites, I honestly don't think I need any baked goods in the house right now. If I have a craving for something sweet, I'd rather go for the actual banana or other fruit.
If you're following along and have made any of today's recipes, I'd love to hear from you!