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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spaghetti with Veggies - Simple and Delicious!

This one was simple.
While the water is boiling for the pasta I started to sautee the following:
1 red onion, chopped
4 bunches spinach, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
minced garlic, i used about 4 tablespoons, I love garlic
4 mushrooms
olive oil
sesame seeds
chili oil
black pepper

I sauteed those enough so that the veggies are still a bit crunchy...I like them that way.   Then I took them off the heat.

Then the pasta cooks and you top the pasta with the veggies an a little more olive oil.  I also diced up fresh tomatoes for on top.

Easy peasy! Very light and yummy.

A little bit of vegan in my life

I am not a PETA freak.  I would like to just start by stating that fact.  Yes, I love animals immensely and that does have something to do with this choice.  However, the main reason for going vegan is that I think it is healthier; I think it is MUCH healthier. When I lived in NY I was a vegetarian for quite some time.  I loved it! I felt healthy, I looked great, and it was pretty damn easy there.  I mean, in upstate NY there are farms everywhere.  Yes, there are Starbucks on every corner too but farms, farmers markets, organic this, fresh that, and even a ton of amazing wineries (not that wineries have anything to do with it).  So, it was super easy.

Here in Texas, you would think it would be easy.  Alas, it is much more difficult.  Farmers markets are few and far between.  EVERYONE eats meat, it seems, and they are proud of their steaks. 

Even with Texas telling me no, I say YES and here we go.  It has been SO much easier than I thought it would be.  It is super delicious and makes me feel infinitely better.

I did not realize how much better I felt until last week when I stopped it.  We had a party last week and had so much crap an then left overs so we ate really bad all week.  I mean, REALLY bad.  I did not, luckily, gain all the weight back but I did feel worse than if I had.

Here I am back on it and loving every minute of it.  There are certain things I miss; I miss cheese the most.  But, not enough to eat it.

The most wonderful and amazing part of this is that Chris is loving it.  Not just liking it; he is LOVING it.  Almost every meal I have made ends with him declaring, "This is my favorite one yet!".  For someone who has always said he hates vegetables, that is a victory.