Ok, this is a terrible photo and I didn’t know if it was blurry or my glasses needed cleaning but I really just wanted to show off my second serving of lentil loaf and garlic mashed potatoes that I learned how to make on High Carb Hannah’s channel. I’ll attach at the bottom.
OMG! It is so darn good! I always crave meatloaf when I try the vegan life. Why? I never crave it when eating meat but I go vegan and all the sudden I really miss meatloaf? Well, I really went all out with this dish. Meaning I watched the video in full, took notes, make a grocery list, went through my cupboards, shopped for the missing herbs and veggies at my beloved Coop and cooked it up along with the mashed potatoes she made.
I’ve had two plates and I love it. Do you know how wonderful it is to gorge on a dish that is so loaded with nutrition, plant life, fiber, vitamins, and all goodness? To feed you kids a dinner that will ensure their fantastic health? Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are usually a fattening and unhealthy dish, but this one is so good for you and the more you eat the happier your heart and body is.
I’m sort of shocked that I like this so much. I have been transitioning for months now and the last few days I went into it hardcore. I have been watching vlogs from vegans, documentaries found on YouTube (too cheap for Netflix right now), trying all sorts of recipes, and really having a great time. My cooking is amazing lately. My cooking juju is in full bloom. And I’m making every single thing at home from scratch and from real food. Food without labels. I heard that on a documentary this morning. Brilliant! As the Brittish would say.
I use rice, beans, lentils, quinoa, fruit, veggies, herbs and spices, nuts, potatoes (I suppose that is a veggie, you never know), flour, wheat, and my coffee and making these dishes to die for…or live for.
We have tried vegan many times. 4 or 5 to be exact. This time I decided it had to happen and we couldn’t go back. We are older, fat, and have young children. We don’t have the luxury of getting ill, crippled, aged. I had the chance to observe someone recently that was a walking lifetime of the American diet, no exercise, and poor thinking. I don’t want that for any of us. I see us thin, thriving, living abundantly.
I cleaned out my pantry and cupboards the other day. The last of the junk, white sugar, milk and meat products, cream of cheese, that sort of stuff was all packed up and sent over to my neighbor that loves to bake and make casserols. I then ordered a ton of bulk rice, beans, wheat, flour from the coop. The commitment to be vegan and totally organic is set hard now.
I’m feeling the benefits already even though we have slowly been going into this new life. I’m losing weight, my energy is amazing. I woke up this morning at 4:00 ish AM and watched a couple documentaries on juicing and the junk food vegan vs. the healthy vegan. I then watched High Carb Hannah and prepared for my shopping trip to Grass Valley. There was cooking, washing dishes, washing the bedding (small child pee accident last night), uploading a video, sweeping, dressing everyone, making list, and then the drive.
It is now 6:23 PM and the bed is made, children bathed and in pj’s, dishes washed, kitchen clean, an amazing dinner made from scratch, everyone fed, another video uploaded, coffee made for tomorrow, writing this blog…I’m not tired. I never feel tired anymore.
My skin is clear, my eyes bright, my body shrinking, I’m looking a bit younger and healthier. I’m getting chores done all day. I even started another book. Yeehaw!
Vegan is very fun for me these days for a few reasons. The health benefits are increasing daily. Every day I awake to a new me being cleansed, healed, rejuvenated, being rebuilt. My mind is clearing. Then there is this peace I feel in my heart when every meal I feed my kids is so life building and giving. I know that I’m making them stronger and healthier with each meal and snack. They barely got sick this winter thus far and when they do it is a day instead of a week or two. I keep losing my voice but I think I got one cold in the last few years. I was due for an immune building cold.
I’m cooking more than ever and the food is more creative, more delicious, fresher than I have ever cooked. I’m inspired and having fun in the kitchen and I brace myself like I had to before a chopped up a chicken and then have to bleach things down. I never worry about food poisoning.
We are showing our support to the organic, local farmers, kindness and compassion for farm animals that are being exploited in cruel ways, we are treading lightly on this earth and doing our part to heal the planet, stop the pain and suffering, to ensure that everyone and their children and grandchildren onward have clean water, air, and earth and that the future of farming will be done with love for the earth and the animals. This will create peace in many hearts.
Check out this vlog on lentil loaf and creamy potatoes. I did use vegan butter in my potatoes and salt in both dishes. We love our salt.