So did you know I was "sorta" vegan when Ben and I first started dating? I say "sorta" because occasionally I would have some cheese, ice cream or maybe even a hamburger but for the most part I tried to abstain from animal products. Anyway, Ben and I were falling for each other and spending every moment we could together which meant we ate together a lot. Oftentimes at my house, which meant that I was cooking vegan/Eat to Live style. One day, we were enjoying a yummy soup and salad when Ben put down his utensil in frustration. Surprised I looked up and inquired as to what was wrong.
"I can't do this anyway" he exclaimed.
"Can't do what??" I asked
"I just can't do it!!!"
"Are you breaking up with me?"
At that, Ben laughed and said "No, I am not breaking up with you. I just need MEAT!" So then we almost immediately went out and bought a roasted turkey breast for Ben to enjoy. I partook also because, after all, I wasn't almost vegan because I didn't like meat. It was mostly for health reasons.
Thus ended my almost vegan ways. Slowly, I introduced more meat and dairy back into our diet. Once we married and were firmly planted into the dreamy newlywed stage I brushed off my comfort food cooking skills, acquired from having a Southern raised Dad, to further impress my new husband. 4.5 years later and this health scare of Ben's has brought us back into a more healthy way of eating. We are planning on eventually eating a more omnivore type diet a' la Michael Pollan but for now we are sticking with the stricter 6 week plan as outlined in Eat to Live. See more about that here.
Now for some successful recipes we have tried. We both liked this Lentil Loaf from the Fat Free Vegan Blog. I ended up using quinoa instead of bulgar wheat because it was what I had and so I increased the boiling water to 1 1/2 cups. I also used Braggs Liquid Aminos instead of Tamari.
|Our lentil loaf before it was baked. It looked a lot better after it was baked!|
|Ben's "cheat" pizza|
I also found a really, really wonderful whole wheat pizza crust from Cajun Chef Ryan. Here it is! He, along with his wife, have done the 6 week eat to live challenge as well and he has some pretty good recipes from it. They seem to have done it a little bit more moderately, including catfish etc every so often but I guess the main point of the detox is getting the veggies in you; 1 pound of cooked and 1 pound of raw daily.
Ben really needed a cheat but he didn't want to make it a HUGE, like a greasy 1/2 burger and fries kind of cheat so I added some mozzarella cheese to his homemade pizza. It was not very much but just enough to make Ben happy. I ate mine without cheese and I thought it was delicious! Both were loaded with good for you pizza sauce and lots of veggies.