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Day 28-31

I was pretty close to taking a week off from the dollar menu.  I didn’t get around to shopping until Saturday night, and I was so tired that the only groceries I bought were ice cream, pita bread, almond butter, and the ingredients for the pizza bagels I made for my family today.  I ultimately decided that a week off was not the best idea because (1) I will be taking a break in three weeks when I go to Portland for the Let Live Animal Rights Conference, and (2) I quit my job this week, and now is definitely not the time to start spending more money on groceries.   I’m sure I’ll post more on both of those topics later, but for now, let’s get to the pizza bagels.

When I first went vegan, I became obsessed with pizza bagels.  I would make them for lunch almost every day.  They’re really quick to prepare, and there are endless possibilities for toppings, so they never get boring.  Some of my favorites are Herdez jalapenos and carrots, a combination of veggie pepperoni and sausage (a veg version of Meat Lover’s pizza – I call it Animal Lover’s pizza), and black olives with spinach and garlic.  I always use Daiya cheese, and I’m a big fan of everything bagels and Whole Foods roasted vegetable sauce.

My family got together today for a barbecue, and I knew I would have to bring my own food.  I’ve honestly been pretty lazy about cooking lately, and I was considering just being the pathetic vegan at the party eating a peanut butter sandwich.  I eventually decided to man up and make something tasty – and more importantly, enough for everyone to taste.  So I brought a variety of pizza bagels, topped with pepperoni, sausage, portabella mushrooms, and fresh jalapenos.  My cousin was the first to try a piece with Lightlife Gimme Lean sausage, and said that if I hadn’t told him it was vegan, he never would’ve known.  Everyone else said it was good, or at least “ok.”  My dad refused to try it, but this was the first time my mom tried anything I’ve made.  My dad just played it safe with a hotdog.  ‘Cause there’s nothing questionable in there, obviously.

Day 28 – Friday, May 28
Morning:  Oatmeal.

Afternoon:  Leftover noodles with tofu and green onion.  Snacked on mixed nuts.

Evening:  I wanted to make something that somewhat resembled meatloaf.  I combined some Gimme Lean sausage with cooked white rice in a casserole dish, and topped it with sliced zucchini from my garden.  I didn’t have any tomato sauce, but I had heard of people topping meatloaf with ketchup – it was a little too tangy for my taste, but not bad.  I ended up adding a little barbecue sauce to it when it was done.

Day 29 – Saturday, May 29
Morning:  Oatmeal.

Afternoon:  I had some of the veggie loaf from the night before, with a side of lima beans.  Our boss buys us lunch on Saturdays, and she ordered a bunch of extra chips.  I’ve tried to avoid free food since I started this blog, but it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, and I needed chips.

Evening:  I told you how bad this day was, right?  I had a neapolitan Rice Dream banana split for dinner.  Don’t judge me.  Later I had a 9 grain pita with almond butter.

Day 30 – Sunday, May 30
Morning:  Pita with almond butter.  You know when you don’t have something for a while, and you forget how good it is?  Fresh pitas have that effect on me.

Afternoon:  I was looking forward to another pita with almond butter, but then I remembered that pitas are actually still good with other ingredients in them.  So I had a warm pita with some of that loaf thing from the other night, and a little Vegenaise.  It was actually really good, almost similar to falafel.  Also, you see why I could never write a cookbook?  I refer to things I make as, “that loaf thing.”

Evening:  I had some Oat N Wheat Bran Swirls from Trader Joe’s, with almond milk.

Day 31 – Monday, May 31
Morning:  Pita with almond butter.

Afternoon:  Pizza bagels at the barbecue.  I also scored some free watermelon.  And after watching everyone eat red velvet cake, I had a little Rice Dream when I got home.

Evening:  Currently eating a bowl of cereal while blogging.  They look like baby cinnamon rolls!

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May 31, 2010 at 9:47 pm 2 comments


Objective

To prove that I can feed myself tasty, ethical meals for cheaper than a fast food dollar menu.


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