Reminder, we occasionally eat eggs. They come from the most humane, happy, vegetarian, free roaming, organic hens you’ve ever met. When we first decided to add eggs back into our diet, we got dangerously close to living out the Portlandia skit where they leave brunch to go visit the farm to meet the farmers who raised the chicken they wanted to order. It’s pretty funny if you haven’t seen it.
- Trader Joes Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
- Scrambled Eggs with salt and pepper
- Pickled peppers
- Black Beans
- HOT SAUCE**
- Flour tortillas (not corn)
- Wrap it all up and throw it in the panini press until it’s fused together
**2019 is Vern’s Year of the Burn. I’m actively working to up my heat tolerance and learn to like hot sauce. So far it’s going very well. I can eat the Taco Bell Fire sauce and not die. My face still sweats like a beast at anything hotter than ketchup, but I’m starting to enjoy the flavors through the tears.
- The panini press makes all the difference in the world. We have a teeny tiny kitchen that doesn’t fit many appliances, but this baby will always have a spot on the shelf.
- Obviously throw whatever leftovers you have in there. It’s very forgiving.
- The TJ’s roasted potatoes are amazing. Tons of flavor and really easy to heat up.
- We eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burritos of all kinds are one of our go-to meals.
Ricotta: Pulse everything in the food processor til smooth. I usually add the spinach last.
- half block of firm tofu
- basil (or vegan pesto)
- 2ish cups of fresh spinach leaves
- 1ish cup of raw cashews
- 2tsp ish nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1Tbsp ish of miso
Sauce: brown the garlic and onion, add the sauce, sweet potato, and spinach, then pulse about half of it in the food processor before adding back to pan.
- One jar of Muir Glen Summer Veg pasta sauce
- One sweet potato – steamed in chunks
- Leftover handful fresh spinach (whatever didn’t fit in the food processor for ricotta)
- half of an onion – diced
Stuff shells with ricotta, place in baking dish, cover with sauce, bake at 350 til it looks doneish. 30 min?
What I’d do differently:
-More sauce! Always more sauce. The tofu ricotta dries out a bit when baking and can always use the extra moisture.
-Lentils in the sauce to give it a meaty texture
-More sweet potato in the sauce.
In all honesty, we didn’t choose to be vegan because of the animal rights or affects on the environment, it was a health-based choice. BUT. Since choosing to stop eating meat or dairy, both Brian and I have started to realize how our diet choices have positive impacts on the environment that we never knew about. There are a lot of hidden negative impacts that our lifestyles have on the environment, like the amount of water it takes to make our clothing, but it turns out one of the worst things you can do for our environment is eat meat. It is absolutely INCREDIBLE how much water is required to produce a single pound of beef. Just think logically about what it takes to keep a cow alive, let alone millions of cows to support our meat intake.
It’s one thing to vote for a candidate who will make decisions in favor of our environment, but it’s even better to live a lifestyle that makes an actual impact. Even “meatless mondays” make a difference, and it’s a good place to start. Honestly, you won’t miss meat after awhile. There’s plenty of other delicious food in the world.
Other stuff you can do:
- stop using ziplocs. instead, use mason jars, tupperware, or reusable bags
- no more paper towels. get some cheap cotton towels and toss the dirty towels in with your laundry when you do a load.
- compost. even if you don’t have a composting service, start a bin on the counter and you’ll be amazed how much waste you have each week. seeing it add up will help you subconsciously be better about not wasting food.
- get a tiny trash can and a giant recycling bin. use compost bags for your tiny trash can to reduce plastic in the landfill, and paper bags for recycling.
- use bar soap instead of liquid. bar soap requires far far less packaging and doesn’t use as much water or produce CO2 like the processing of liquid soap.
- watch documentaries. maybe one of them will have enough of an impact to change your mind and inspire you to make a lifestyle shift. the more you know, ya know?