I'm in the process of changing the way I eat and am having a lot of fun. I'm trying lots of new ingredients and recipes now, where before I was making the same ol' things over and over again. I've not been thrilled with all of my new experiments - there is some trial and error involved - but I love the process of moving beyond where I've been for so long. I'm sure my Vitamix is helping with this process because it makes many things so much easier. I've been busy the past few days grocery shopping after work with Mike getting lots of fresh fruits and veggies for our morning drink and haven't had much time to spend here. Even he seems excited about eating differently. He's so cute when he makes his smoothie in the morning... I guess because I never thought I'd see the day! He's even adding flax oil to the drink! I'm so proud.
I had a request for some salad dressing recipes, so thought I'd post the one I've been making lately that I like a lot, Agave Mustard Dressing. I'll have to add pictures later since I've not taken any, but it looks like your typical honey mustard dressing - and if you replace the agave with honey, that is exactly what it would be! I particularly like this recipe because it doesn't contain mayonnaise like a lot of honey/agave mustard dressings do. Home made dressings are so much better than store-bought and they are easy to make. I'll post more that I like soon.
As an update to my vegan quest... I have given up chicken and it hasn't been hard at all. I still fix it for Mike because he's not at a place where he wants to stop eating it and I'm not one to force things on people just because I want to change. People have to find their own way. I am still eating fish about once a week. And... I will probably never be a full-blown vegan because we will have eggs on our farm and honey from our beehives if all goes as we hope. But I am in the process of experimenting with cheese substitutes that I make and will report back when I have something to share. Did you know you can make cheeses out of nuts just like you can make "milk"out of nuts? I've never liked cow's milk even as a kid, but I like almond milk a lot. And I can't wait to whip up some of these nut cheeses... I might finally like cheese! Most dairy cheese is so salty and fatty that I've never been able to eat it.
Changing the way we eat is really a matter of just deciding to do it and retraining one's taste-buds - and maybe gaining some compassion for the world's creatures. I've done it before on different levels and it just takes a little time - and then you wonder why you you didn't do it sooner.
There is a book I want to read, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle, that I think will be quite inspirational. I've read some good reviews and it will probably encourage me to continue in the direction I am going. Here is part of the first page of the book:
"The world is his who can see through its pretensions. What deafness, what stone-blind custom, what overgrown error you behold, is there only by sufferance - your sufferance. See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it a mortal blow."
"The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork."
Food as Metaphor
Since time immemorial - going back at least two and a half millennia to Pythagoras in Greece, the Old Testament prophets in the ancient Levant, and Mahavira and Gautama Buddha in India, as well as later luminaries such as Plato, Plotinus, and the early Christian fathers - social reformers and spiritual leaders have emphasized the importance of attending to our attitudes and practices surrounding food. The fact that these teachings have been aggressively ignored, discounted, and covered up over the centuries is of paramount significance, and if we look deeply into the wounds and attitudes responsible for this cover-up, we will discover liberating truths about our culture and ourselves...
I must read more of this book!