Vegan Mofo is here! Each year vegan bloggers have the entire month of September to celebrate vegan food! Most folks pick a theme and run with it, this year is no exception.
The past couple of years we have vacationed in September and this year we are tripping to the Southwest -- actually visting National Parks -- Zion, Bryce, Arches, Grand Canyon-- during the time that we are on the road I will be blogging about all the great southewestern vegan grub that we can find! (a list of places and items are coming).
In the meantime...three weeks ago my husband Tom says to me, "I think I have to loose a little around the middle..let's go on a diet." Well, he is not overweight...maybe he has a couple of inches extra around the middle but...I started to think he was thinking I needed to loose a few...I digress! It is so much easier eating healthy when you have a partner! I started thinking about all the processed vegan foods available today and how different it was back in the 70s and 80s to be vegan. Yes, nostaglia was setting in... I decided to go back to whole foods. Limiting those processed and packaged foods we eat to very few /none. Yes, Amys, Tofutti, Daiya, Tofurky, Follow Your Heart (man, vegans have it great these days), were going on the forbidden list a while.
We eat a lot of salads -- not just a few lettuce leaves and some dressing, but beautiful colorful dishes full of protein, vitamins and energy. We eat small healthy snacks morning to night with the main meal at lunch time. For the next week, I am going to share the meals that I prepared -- you can make them as well!
Pepper Salad with Cannellini Beans
2 bell peppers, roasted and sliced
6 olives, sliced
1 cup cooked cannellini beans
Handful of minced parsley
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp basil
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup slice veggie ham ( I had it in the frig - you may omit)
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste
Mix and toss. Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main dish.
Eat up and I'll see you tomorrow!