Part 1, the aftermath of the shopping list

First some menus:

Day 1

Breakfast
Apple Pie Oatmeal (recipe follows)
Lunch
Salad with chickpeas, cauliflower, radishes, sliced red onion, and grated carrots
Pomegranate seeds
Dinner
Lentil Soup (previously posted recipe, leave out the barley)
Leftover salad from lunch (or make a new one with all that fresh produce)
Steamed Broccoli
Sliced Pear

Day 2

Breakfast
Fruit salad; apple, banana, orange (cut the slices in thirds and squeeze some of the juice over everything)
Lunch
Salad with broiled tofu triangles (Veganomicon recipe), sliced avocado and red onion, and radishes
More fruit if you want
Dinner
A Small Baked Sweet Potato
Sauteed Kale (Vegan with a Vengeance recipe)
Salad using broccoli, spinach greens, sprouts, grated carrots, etc.

Day 3

Breakfast
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Lunch
Leftover Lentil Soup
Salad; green leaf lettuce with thinly sliced apple, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds
Cooked spinach with lemon juice or brown rice vinegar
Dinner
Broiled Tofu (same Veganomicon recipe)
Green salad with cauliflower, grated carrots, radishes, onion, whatever you feel like adding
Steamed Broccoli with a sprinkling of brown rice vinegar, a clove or two of diced garlic, and mustard to taste. (Based on a broccoli recipe in The Peaceful Palate)

Apple Pie Oatmeal
1 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 apple, finely diced
1/2 t. cinnamon
dash of cloves
pinch of nutmeg (a pinch is several times bigger than a dash in case you are wondering)
soy milk (opt.)

Bring the water to a boil, add the rolled oats and cook until softened. Stir in the apple and spices and serve with soy milk if desired.
If you want to comply with Dr. F’s first 6 weeks eat it that way. If, like me you don’t really like oatmeal and must have it sweetened, I added about 1 Tablespoon of honey per serving.

Well, my first discovery was that this really is a lot of produce! I know that’s a bit obvious, but the sheer quantity is more real piled into a shopping cart and crammed into the fridge. I had to buy more than the listed amount since that was only for one person, and in spite of not multiplying it by 3 or even 2 for everything, we still have produce left over. Secondly, the challenge (which I didn’t quite meet) for me was to use all this produce without adding oil or salt, I’m sure in time this would become easier.
I think this diet would be a difficult transition especially for someone with a meat and potatoes lifestyle, it would be for me. But, I am encouraged to continue increasing the amount of greens, vegetables, and fruit in our diet, and work on lowering the fat content further.

C

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