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Meatless Tuesday: Week 16: The Last Post

No, I did NOT give up on Meatless Tuesday.  However, I’m giving up on blogging about it.

Guys, the Meatless Tuesday experiment has stuck.  16 weeks I haven’t wavered and my resolution is as strong as before.  It’s just that now that Meatless Tuesday has become an established routine, writing about it seems, well, tedious.  And absolutely unimportant.

I have been tempted to drop it and go for meat a couple of times when I was stressed out.  Sure, I wussed out and got nachos or something as bad for me on those days, but I managed to not eat meat.  Or, as of the new added rule, take any swig of an alcoholic drink.

I have a few accidental egg consumption.  And maybe even a few more of disguised eggs consumption that I chose to ignore.  But I’ve being more conscious of the egg content as well.

I just thought, at this point, when it becomes just as normal as my everyday diet, I probably shouldn’t bore you any more with it.

So here we are, the last Meatless Tuesday post.

Also a few weeks before I may fall off the wagon.

You see, I’m traveling to Costa Rica this Wednesday.  The following Tuesday is the day I get back, but we don’t leave until 6 p.m.  Having read the guide book, I could possibly avoid the meat during my last day, but I won’t make anyone’s life difficult especially my friend who’s hosting me for the last few days in Costa Rica.  If meat and eggs show up, I will eat it.  And I’ll take Wednesday off meat instead.  Just this one time to not offend my host during travel, that is one compromise I will do.

So, be happy for me, my friends, that I have made a year goal into a lifetime commitment.

And I’m sure you’re not going to miss reading about my weekly diet. ;-D

Meatless Tuesday at TEDxUSC: Week 15

Yes. I was at TEDxUSC. My mind was thoroughly blown. That’s another post unto itself so I’m not going into it here much.

Breakfast:

  • My Starbucks treat: decaf tall Americano with caramel sauce.
  • Leftover plantano frito con frijoles y cremafried plantains with beans and sour cream–from my Friday’s foray into Salvadorian cuisine. Ahhh…Sarita’s Pupusaria at the Grand Central Market!

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Lunch:

  • Mendocino Farms’ Vegetarian BLT.  Yes, you read that right. It has vegetarian “bacon” and pepper jack cheese. And it was wonderful.  You read that right. This bacon fiend actually enjoyed the vegetarian “bacon”!  Then again, I was eating int the sun in line outside of USC’s Bovard Auditorium. It’s like being home again.  Everything tasted better!
  • A handful of blueberries

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Dinner:

  • A few glasses of wine at TEDxUSC reception and a few noshes, a little cheese quiche and a blue cheese & grapes egg roll.
  • Came home and made The Minor Elvis: a grilled peanut butter, banana, and honey on 9-grain toasts.  The real Elvis has bacon in it…

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Satisfactory level: Very satisfied. Again, the surprise that was the vegetarian “bacon”.  It looks horrifying but it tastes like a less salty, not so greasy, crispy fatty part of the real thing.  I would eat that again. And I’d even put it in the Veggie Elvis!

Thoughts: Holy crap. I ate a lot of carbs this week…

Meatless Tuesday: Week 14

Accidental egg consumption! Oh no!!!!

Breakfast & Snack:

  • Starbucks decaf hazelnut soy latte.  This is what I’d order when I want a breakfast in a cup.  The tall decaf Americano with caramel sauce is more of a treat.
  • Fage yogurt with peach.

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Lunch:

  • Leftover half of bibimbap from Cafe Sura, the only Korean restaurant in Long Beach!  Fresh, it came out in the traditional sizzling bowl.  Rice gets all crispy in the bottom.  You crack a raw egg on it and watch it get cooked.  And that’s the part I forgot about the leftover.  Half way through I looked down at a piece of yolk.  Oops.
  • Vietnamese green onion pancake.  Nhien bought a pack from 99 Ranch and she heated me one up for my veggie day lunch.  Isn’t she a sweetheart! :)
  • Half an Asian pear.

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Dinner:

  • Grilled cheese: sourdough with brie and aged cheddar and a generous sprinkle of bacon salt.
  • Chamomile tea and buckwheat honey.

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Satisfaction level: So-so.  Being so stressed out, at some point I just want a big juicy burger to take my frustration out on.  But I calmed down and the meat craving went away.  I did want something meatier and not so starchy for dinner since I had a carb heavy lunch, but I didn’t really have much else in the fridge and I was too lazy to fix up lentils.

Thoughts: Again, now in week 14, going veggie has become a lot easier.  Stress still brought on the craving of certain things.  But once calmed and collected the next day, I didn’t feel the craving as much.

Now that I seem to have mastered the Meatless Tuesday…well, except for the accidental egg incident…I’m thinking maybe I could go a little bigger.

Maybe I can take on, in addition to Meatless Tuesday, a Beef-less August.  No beef or bison or venison.  Follow my mom’s footsteps on not eating beef (aka harming large animals) for the month of her passing.

What do you think?  Should I?  Could I?

Meatless Tuesday: Week 13

Oh my friends, I was down and out on Tuesday. I think I might have had a sinus infection or something but I was wiped out.  I slept for 12 hours (well, woke up at 5:30 a.m. to realize that I really didn’t have any energy to move), and slept some more during the day, AND then another 8 hours Tuesday night.  Came Wednesday morning, I was still pretty wiped out.  Oy!

So, I didn’t have breakfast on Tuesday…

Lunch

  • Homemade “cream” of mushroom soup. Essentially I just throw all of my veggies in a pot: cremini mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme. I didn’t bother to blend the soup. Just added  cream and call it a lunch. LOL.
  • Melted brie on a slice of sourdough bread

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Dinner

  • I was determined to make this Thai pesto for my March challenge.  Again, throw everything in a blender and made a small batch of pasta to toss in it.
  • Stole some of Brandon’s waffle fries from Chic-Fil-A.

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Satisfaction level: blah. I didn’t crave any meat but the blah-ness probably is from being sick.

Thoughts: I know that I said I was exhausted but yet I managed to cook TWO homemade meals?  Yeah, I know. Weird, right?  Well, there was nothing else in the house I could eat that would be vegetarian and nutritious.  I mean, I could’ve had Top Ramen or a can of soup but I did have all of these ingredients I was going to cook with if I wasn’t sick anyway.  I thought I might as well while I had the energy spurts.  After all, making soup means I can sit down and rest in between, and making pesto was just a whirr away.

Meatless Tuesday: Week 12 (Oh the temptations!)

Breakfast:

  • Starbucks treat: the usual.
  • Small pink lady apple.
  • FREE Starbucks pastry day! So I got a chocolate croissant.

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Lunch:

  • Toaster oven panini: 2 slices of buttered sour dough, Irish cheddar, Brie, sliced tomatoes and basil, wrapped in foil and baked until cheese melted then broiled for the crunch.
  • Girls Scouts’ Thin Mint cookies

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Dinner:

  • Wendy’s plain baked potatoes topped with cremini mushrooms sauteed in butter, a little Limoncello, and chives.
  • Fresh & Easy Swiss truffle.
  • A handful of strawberries.
  • Fage yogurt with peach.

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Satisfaction level: Low. I don’t know why!  I mean, I’ve eaten a lot worse during the day before and yet I didn’t feel such cravings.  I didn’t particularly crave meat but I JUST WANT TO EAT!  I mean, dinner was a lot of food. I had a lot of mushrooms leftover which I sauteed up.  But after an hour, I had to raid the fridge for the yogurt.  Even after that I still felt like I should eat some more.

The funny thing is, though, the next day, I was still feeling the hunger but the thought of red meat totally turned me off.  Usually, I’d run screaming for a burger on Wednesday, but not this time.

Then again, tonight I just chowed down some pastrami sandwich. LOL.

Thoughts: Thai people have a word, “hoay”.  Craving is close enough a translation word but it’s not exactly and famished is not it either.  A feeling of dissatisfaction that leaves you kind of longing or hungry for more even though you’re not physically hungry.  That was how I felt on Tuesday when I went looking for the yogurt.  It’s like a munchy that your brain tells you to eat but you’re physically unable to.  Strange, strange feeling.

Then I realized, I think I wanted a beer.  But I wasn’t supposed to drink on Tuesdays.  So…that might be it.

Oh god. Am I *THAT* dependent on a wind-down bottle?  I hope not…

Meatless Tuesday: Week 10

10 weeks. 1 accidental egg. I think I’m doing pretty good!

Breakfast:

  • A tall decaf Americano with half-and-half, Sugar in the Raw, and Caramel Sauce…not syrup.  And YES, I like my coffee like my men: tall, decaf Americano, white and sweet topped with caramel sauce. ;-)   I was too stressed out to eat anything else that morning.  However, lunch came at me fast.

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Lunch:

  • The Vegan Spicy Soyrizo & Black Bean Wrap from Mendocino Farms in my building.  The place gets PACKED very quickly so by 11:45 I was already ordering.

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Dinner:

  • Homemade French Onion soup from scratch topped with a slice of toasted French bread and heaps of Gruyere.
  • Ghirardelli 62% dark chocolate and a Cutie orange.

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Satisfaction level: Awesome.

Thoughts: I did VERY well resisting a fondue cheese sandwich at Mendocino Farms for lunch, knowing that I was doing French Onion soup for dinner.  Soyrizo was a total surprise. It WAS really, really good!  This place managed to change my mind on 2 vegetarian/vegan items already.  First is the Veganaise.  I’m hooked on that sucker.  I was never one to like traditional American mayonnaise to begin with, having grown up on mostly the sweeter Japanese one.  Veganaise, however, is still very good without that greasy, oily after taste. And now the Soyrizo.  Don’t get me wrong. As one heck of a pork advocate, I’m never giving up the real chorizo.  But dang, that was super good.

Mendocino Farms is great for Meatless Tuesdays because they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan option that are super tasty.  If anyone is thinking of crossing over, I’d try their foods first.  All of their veggie sandwiches I had there never left me hungry.  If I could eat/cook like that everyday, I would consider becoming a lacto-ovo-bacon-vegetarian.  Heh. :)

The Vegan Spicy Soyrizo & Black Bean Wrap