Easy Veggie Meal Plans Overview
I bought Easy Veggie Meal Plans this morning. You get so much stuff, I couldn't decide what to read first. I started with the Quick Start Call transcript. I'm glad there was a transcript! I don't know about you, but I hate listening to people talk at a rambling conversational pace when my speed-reading brain is in a hurry to suck up information. The Quick Start Call is a brief interview that touches on a bunch of topics like creating new habits, foods to avoid, kick ass blenders, grocery shopping, ordering in restaurants, etc. It was a nice discussion, but not really the meat (or tofu) of the program.
Next, I checked out the Vegetarian Eating/Lifestyle book. It addresses the fat vegetarian syndrome right off the bat. Just because someone is following a meat-free diet doesn't mean they'll be lean and healthy. Misguided vegetarians can eat a whole lot of pizza, pasta, French fries, breakfast cereal and ice cream. In fact, I know someone (whose name rhymes with Skwigg... cough, cough) who porked right up on a bread-based vegetarian diet. I've had radically different results now that my meals involve actual vegetables.
The Lifestyle Guide goes on to discuss the environmental and financial benefits as well as the convenience of going veg. (No more cooking 10 chicken breasts at once. Woot!) It covers the different types of vegetarians. Some I'd never heard of, including Primal Raw. It addresses getting enough calcium, iron, B-12 and protein, explains the myth of protein combining, and covers the different types of fat, including why coconut oil is good for you and how to get your Omega-3's without fish oil. It was a good general overview of vegetarianism.
Next up, the Women's 90 Day Meal Plan (there's one for men too). I'll resist the urge to run-down every meal, but I'm only at lunch on the first day and I already have a new sandwich idea - Ezekiel bread, avocado, tomato, cucumber, onion and Spike seasoning. I'm totally eating that today! Another one I'll have to try - blueberries, hemp seeds and cinnamon stirred together. I may use ground flaxseeds because I actually have those. I like the nutrient-dense no-cooking concept.
I see that the meals seem to be all vegan now, or include vegan alternatives, like coconut yogurt in place of cottage cheese. The meals don't rely on loads of soy and it looks like it would be easy enough to avoid. For example, there's a black bean burger recipe with just black beans, onions, ground flaxseeds, oil, and seasoning. You just mash it all together into patties and cook it. I need recipes that are just that simple-stupid. I'm mainly looking for ideas. I'm sure somebody somewhere will actually make out a grocery list and eat all of these meals in order, but that person is not me. I'll find four or five things that look interesting and try them this week. Next week, I'll try some more things. If my scheme goes according to plan, I'll end up with more variety and some new favorites.
The 101 Vegan Recipes book is divided into Smoothies, Desserts, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Ooooh, there are cookie recipes! And apple pie and carrot cake, and blueberry banana bread! There are also burger, soup, fajita, and chili recipes. There's squash, lettuce wraps, tacos and pasta salad. Looks like lots of good meals that are fairly non-complicated.
Craig's Lazy Man's Guide to a Vegetarian Diet is basically his food and workout journal from when he went veg - how he felt, what he learned, what he ate, how he trained. That's quality reading for us nosy food-obsessed types.
The Smoothie Report is pretty! Looks like there are some crazy fun combos in there like The Green Watermelon and The Hive. I'd have to be in a fairly weird mood to blend honey and avocado, but I'm totally dumb enough to do it.
Defending Your Diet is all about how to handle questions and criticism in a positive way and with a little humor. Again, it's an audio interview but there's a transcript available for impatient speed-readers.
So, there you have the Easy Veggie Meal Plans run-down. It's a whole lot of info, more than I was expecting, and it looks like I will actually use most of it. If you check it out or try any of the recipes, let me know what you think. I'm going to go make that avocado/tomato sandwich now!
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Posted by skwigg
at 11:55 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 8 November 2009 11:03 AM CST