Thursday, May 16, 2013

Vegan Kickstart: Day One

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.

Moroccan Bean Stew

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.

Green Apple Oatmeal Ingredients

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!

05.16 breakfast

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!

05.16.13 lunch

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!


  1. Mmmm! Your food sounds heavenly. Baked chickpeas--sounds interesting. Somebody told me that baked green beans were good too.

    :-) Marion

  2. Thank you! I had a bite of the chickpeas, they were very good! Haven't tried green beans but that sounds yummy as well. :)

  3. I've done the kickstart before. I really liked the oatmeal and several of the Mexican-ish dishes. Maybe I should try this again for something different, especially since the kitchen is empty and I need to go grocery shopping anyways! Oh, and be careful with the Almond Breeze brand of almond milk- I think it has this one ingredient that's really bad, but I forget the name of it. Carra...something? Let me see if I can find it and I'll email you!

    1. Laura, thank you for the input! I looked up that ingredient and emailed you a link. :)

  4. I made the Moroccan stew and it was amazing. My husband and I inhaled it so I've already made it twice since Thursday. I mixed some quinoa in with mine and it makes for a great, hearty meal.