One of the best parts of the Vegan experiment was the multitude of new foods and food combinations that crossed paths with my palate.
Beets, my new best friend. I had always enjoyed beets before, but not the way I did these last four months. I connected with them wholly. I juiced them, which always added a deep red sweetness to my juices. I roasted them with oranges at the recommendation of new seasons employee. I roasted them with potatoes and marinated them in Balsamic Vinegar.
Balsamic Vinegar, the boss of sauces. I had been using apple cider vinegar for salads and marinades for the last few years. I had also been using it mixed with a lot of water and a bit of lemon to recover after workouts. But in the last two months of my experiment, I fell in love with Balsamic Vinegar. Barrel aged Balsamic Vinegar, almost as thick as honey and complex and rich as port wine. I couldn’t believe how good it was. I started adding it to my sea salt and vinegar chips. And to almost everything I ate. I found a place in my town that sells aged Balsamic Vinegar that is infused with essential oils of lemon or cayenne or garlic. They even have a chocolate flavor. As you can imagine this opened a whole new world for my taste buds.
Kale, I know I am jumping on the bandwagon. Kale is amazing. I fell in love with it last year, it and other things. Its anti-carcinogenic properties and similar taste to brussel sprouts and broccoli, when steamed, make it destined to be a tastebud pleaser. I made Kale Slaw with, you guessed it, Balsamic Vinegar. Kale chips, I threw it in salads and soups, I fried it and stuffed it into peppers and added it to beans and rice. I used it as a wrap for porto-burgers and often just chomped n it raw.
Spinach, I have been eating spinach out of a bag for years. I know it is rabbit food, but rabbits have good taste.
Necessary Shout out to…Seeds – Hemp Pumpkin, Chia, Flax, Oatmeal, Fake bread, Nutritional yeast, and Kombucha
I researched new ways to prepare vegan meals to keep me healthy and satisfy my appetite.
Here are some of the results…
Enjoy…I know I did.