I’m surprised. Joe’s actually pretty much on board with me being vegan. That doesn’t mean he didn’t tell me today that no one ever gained weight from tuna (if they ate it with tons of mayo they did), and teased me a few times about it. But he said that he hasn’t had any abdominal pain or pain in his side since he started eating right (around me, anyway–he did sneak out to Wendy’s yesterday). And the fact that I’ve lost at least 6 or 7 pounds doesn’t hurt.
(No, this isn’t going to be an all vegan all the time blog, in case you were wondering.)
So today this vegan ate;
- 2 bananas
- black bean chili with whole-grain penne
- 1 orange
- 2 chalupas with lots of grape tomatoes and chopped bell pepper
The chalupas. Since we had an uneaten Haas avocado left from yesterday, I thought chalupas would be good. I stopped on my way home at a new shop that recently opened, Sunflower Market. They didn’t have a huge selection of produce, but what they had was organic. I got another bell pepper, some green onions, and a head of romaine lettuce. I also bought some sprouted corn tortillas, another box of those good flatbreads, and some Bragg’s aminos, I think it’s called. Anyway, when I went to cook dinner, I poured about a teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet and browned the whites of 3 green onions along with 2 cloves of garlic. I poured in the drained & rinsed can of pinto beans and began mashing away. Then it occurred to me to read the label on the beans. Good thing I did–they had bacon in them. In the meantime, I had 4 tortillas crisping in the oven (note to self–use parchment paper next time).
Joe was okay with eating the bacon-y beans, so I made his chalupas with refritos, mashed avocado, lettuce, bell pepper and grape tomatoes, and garnished it with some Harry & David’s cherry salsa. Then I made one of my chalupas with the avocado, lettuce, bell pepper and grape tomatoes. For the other one I decided to use hummus with the vegetables (no avocado on that one). Oh my gosh! The hummus chalupa was incredible! The flavours went together beautifully. It was such a beautiful dinner, too. I’ve had a lot of fun trying to make the presentation attractive.
My bowl o’ hummus was sadly depleted, so I made another batch after dinner. I’ve got one crisped tortilla left, so I’ll take it for lunch tomorrow and make another hummus chalupa.
After dinner Gypsy called, and we had a nice chat until Joe plugged in his guitar. (No complaints–he and I spent a very pleasant evening talking about shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.) So it’s been a really nice day, all things considered.