Temporarily Vegan

I have 2 days left of my 7 day green thickie diet. I am feeling confused about the way I regard veganism. I will not give up eating meat for ethical reasons, I will spend more money and take more time to find free range, grass-fed animals though. If I want convenience I can order meat from Azure Standard or Tropical Traditions. I’m hoping that my husband will provide us with wild game this Fall. I could take my girls fishing this Summer. Will I go back to eating meat? Red meat? Hamburgers are one of my all-time favorite foods. Could I consider giving them up? Am I considering giving them up?
Anyway, here is my menu for my veggie week:

Brown Rice with stir-fry vegetables
Vegan Chili
Vegan Zucchini Patties
Humus with Veggie Dippers
Grilled Mixed Vegetables
Vegan Alfredo with Whole Wheat (or GF) Pasta
Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

It was a good experiment and I might do it again. I will probably do it again.

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Vegan Chili

I am on the Green Thickie 7 day diet. It isn’t too much of a stretch for me. I went from one thickie to two, cut out meat and alcohol and sweets. I don’t have alcohol or sweets regularly so that isn’t a big deal, (I might be lying) but I’ve had a little trouble with the no meat. The first night I made brown rice and stir-fry. I just left out the chicken, it was pretty good, but I was hungry an hour later. The next night I made chili. Now the recipe from the Thickie lady said it was chili, but she is in the U.K. and chili means something different there. So, I made red,¬†American-style chili. Only I had no idea how to make vegan chili. I mean how do you make chili without meat? Some people don’t even put beans in their chili! Where does the flavor come from? How do you get the right texture? Most recipes I found on the internet used some kind of “veggie crumble” meat-like product. I don’t know about that. I had some left over stir-fry veggies so I popped those in the Vitamix and mixed it in. Luckily it turned out pretty good. My kids didn’t complain, one of then even asked for seconds! (I served theirs over macaroni) ¬†I don’t know if I was just so hungry or if it really tasted that good! Anyway, I think I’ll make it again just for a healthy alternative. I served mine over left over brown rice, topped it with Tofutti sour cream, salsa and avocado. I thought it was delicious! And, I’m hungry again. More water.