Day two vegetarian

I had this tasty little number for dinner tonight.

So after the weekend’s incredible and, seriously, unregrettable eating extravaganza, I decided that I needed to think long and hard about detoxing myself.  Especially considering the fact that today was the first day I exercised in 10 days.

I decided to finally make good on my Try to Go Vegetarian As Often As I Can resolution, and today marks the second day in a row I’ve not eaten anything with meat in it. In fact, until I started looking into it, I thought that, aside from a tiny bit of cheese on yesterday’s salad, two cheesesticks and a small amount of ranch dressing, I came thisclose to being vegan both days. Turns out Special K is not vegan, who knew?
Maybe this isn’t thisclose for real vegans, but for someone who is doing the best she can to start out, methinks that’s pretty darn close indeed.

What I ate, Monday:
– Special K with red berries and vanilla almond Silk
– Two bananas
– A salad with cheese and ranch dressing
– Tofu and mushroom stir fry and rice
– A cheesestick

What I ate, Tuesday:
– Special K with red berries and vanilla almond Silk
– A banana
– Leftover tofu and mushroom stir fry with rice
– A cheesestick
– Roasted cauliflower with green olives, chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and a smattering of fresh parsley from a recipe I saw here on one of my favorite foodie sites, Serious Eats.

Even though I got home late and was starving, just as I was last night, instead of reaching for one of my standby Lean Cuisine pizzas, I took the extra time to make this dish, and I am so glad I did. It was seriously yummy, and I feel full, but not that I-gorged-on-all-sorts-of-bad-processed-foods-like-I-often-do-on-my-late-nights full.

Notes: I didn’t use but a smidge of the garlic the recipe called for (and used minced in a jar instead of actual cloves). Next time I will definitely add more olives because they were incredible.
In fact, as much as I liked the cauliflower, I think making the dish with just the olives and chickpeas would be stellar.

What did you have for dinner?


(photo taken on my iPhone using Instagram)

2 thoughts on “Day two vegetarian

  1. Nikki – As a long time vegetarian who is vegan at home and tries very hard in public since 1980, if I can help at all in any way with inspiration, recipes, anything at all please don’t hesitate to let me know. Best wishes in your dietary transitions =)

    • Thanks so much, Karla! Our staff writer at the paper is vegan and has been a great resource, but I sure can use all the help I can get (especially since I liked two pictures of burgers on Instagram last night)! #sadbuttrue

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