My son and his wife recently turned me on to a new way of eating for them/us.
Actually, it's a lot like how I ate in the 1970's, when we tilled a garden, and ate a lot of vegetables and grains. This new or renewed regime is based on an eating style from a website called
Forks Over Knives.
There is a film, discussing the research done to show how this is heart healthy, and actually healthy for preventing and helping heal many disease states.
My goal in going back to the land so to speak, (no meat, no dairy, no processed foods, no animal products at all. Eating basically grains, veggies and fruit. Organic, as much as possible too.)
1. to lower my cholesterol to the point, hopefully, of not needing to take medication for it
(my son was able to do this eating this way after just a few months)
2. to get my weight down to where it belongs and keep it there once and for all!
In my excitement in trying something new I bought a few new toys. One was this cutting board I found at Target that has slightly raised sides that lets you cut up veggies and then easily slide them into the container. You need to realize I have not been the cook in our home for over twenty years.
As I recall, DH decided to take over cooking because he could be assured he'd not have to eat another eggplant!
I have made several recipes found on the Forks Over Knives website. One was this Lentil, sweet potato, rolled oats, celery loaf. Its pretty tasty. The recipe said it would feed ten. I've eaten half this much in three days. (lunch and dinner with salads)
The little carrot spoon holder on the stove was a gift to me from my daughter when she was a little girl. I love that I still have and use it.
I stocked my cupboard with the grains and nuts I am now eating. Steel Oats and or Ten Grain Cereal is breakfast cooked with chopped almonds, banana/or apple, with cinnamon sprinkled into it. Today I mixed Almond Milk, which is not a dairy product, but high in calcium and vitamins including D, with water for the liquid and it tasted good.
This is my FAVORITE recipe so far from Forks Over Knives: Sweet Potato, red beans Chili with Kale. The liquid used is Orange Juice, and that's the tangy taste that predominates and makes it so tastey.
My husband is not as taken by this change as I am. He knows it would be good for him, but its not his "style". So he looked in our cupboard and exclaimed that "There is nothing edible in there!"
Needless to say, we are preparing our own meals separately from one another. If you look closely you can see HIS FOOD pushed to the far right and MINE taking up the whole rest of the space!
I've liked all of the recipes so far, with the exception of sauce made today for this Quinoa Protein bowl. I think it would have been fine had I left out the Dijon Mustard, which is something I knew I didn't like already. I will have to learn how to substitute some flavors for everything to suite my tastes. I did substitute sunflower seeds for hemp seeds when I could not find the latter in the grocery store.
This is also in my new "cook book" Its called Raw Hazelnut Cheesecake for Two, but it contains no cheese. Just nuts, coconut oil, cocoa, vanilla and a sweetener/not sugar. I haven't made it yet, but it looks good.
So far I am happy with eating an organic date for something sweet and fruit and nuts for dessert.