A couple of my friends have asked for me to share some of my vegetarian meals so that they could make a change to eating less meat. To that end, I have been snapping phone pictures of my most photogenic meals for the last month or so when it occurs to me. I’ve written posts on this topic before, here and here.
The descriptions for the photo above:
1. Bulgur wheat and vegetables with parmesan cheese.
2. Veggie burrito at Urban Taco.
3. Cauliflower “almost” egg salad used as a spread on thin sliced jicama, tomato, or lettuce.
4. Veggie Wrap at Cafe Playa Sur.
5. A bowl of peruano beans (I make a big pot every week) and some fresh vegetables.
1. Big Salad. I add lots of seeds, nuts, and veggies. I make my own dressing.
2. Gnocchi and veggies with spicy red pepper salsa. I buy the salsa at Mega – it is super hot and delicious. I also buy the gnocchi, with one package being used for about four meals.
3. Another salad, this time with potatoes on the side. I pre-cooked these in a bit of water on the stove and they got roasted the rest of the way in the veggie basket on the grill outside.
4. Open faced cheese and tomato sandwich on La Brea Bakery bread I bought at Costco in Culiacan. Side dish of my home-fermented sauerkraut.
5. Brown rice and veggie stir fry. I make the rice in big batches and put it in the freezer in half cup portions.
1. For breakfast every day I either make a smoothie or oatmeal. I buy old-fashioned oatmeal and usually add pumpkin, chia, and sunflower seeds as well as a glug of coconut oil and some fruit.
2. An open faced veggie burger on Hector’s sourdough bread and a side of baked sweet potato fries.
3. A open faced tofu hot dog also on Hector’s sourdough bread and a side of homemade sauerkraut.
4. Gnocchi, again. I cook them in a saute pan with the veggies and sauce so they absorb the flavors.
5. A big plate of nice fresh vegetables. Don’t tell me this isn’t a delicious dinner! Crunch a little Himalayan or sea salt on it or add a bit of hummus for a dip.
I thought I’d show you my fermented vegetables. On the left are fermented asparagus – I bought a big bag at Costco last week. We need to get the fixings for Bloody Marys! The second are fermented green beans – the beans also came from my trip to the Costco in Culiacan. The sauerkraut is delicious… and the last jar is fermented cucumber pickles made with Chuy’s organic cucumbers. They turned out so great, I am thrilled!
I’ve written before about how important I believe fermented foods are for gut health. More and more evidence is piling up that the gut controls more of our body than maybe even the brain! I’d recommend you Google “Gut Health” or “Microbiome” and do some reading if you’re interested.