What I Eat

People are always curious about what I eat when they find out I’m vegan, so I’ve summarized it here in case anyone else is curious too.

I often make a pot of beans for the week (freezing any leftovers at the end of the week) along with a pot of brown jasmine rice. I love red beans, black-eyed peas, and lentils. Or I’ll make a big pot of veggie soup and freeze the leftovers. I also make oatmeal for the week. I eat it with apples, raisins, craisins, cinnamon, vanilla, ground flaxseed, and walnuts.

I eat about 3 heads of romaine a week along with shredded carrots and shredded cabbage, and a big container of spinach or mixed greens, a big long cucumber, 4 tomatoes, and 2 bell peppers assorted colors, made into salads with a sprinkling of corn and sunflower seeds topped with sriracha and poppyseed dressing with a dash of soy sauce.

I sometimes eat a large bag of steamed broccoli in a week. Sometimes I eat greens instead, like turnip, mustard, collard or kale. I may have sauteed mushrooms with garlic every so often. Sometimes I switch it up and make stir fry with snow peas, sugar snap peas, cabbage, carrots, broccoli with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sriracha.

I eat frozen veggies for quick meals. I mix vegan mayo, a splash of soy sauce, sriracha, and put it on the veggies over rice. Sometimes I’ll get the Sweet Earth Veggie Lover’s pizza when I crave pizza.

I sometimes will bake sweet potatoes for the week or potatoes instead of rice to switch it up.

I make smoothies with frozen fruit, berries, peaches, pineapple, mango, and fresh citrus when the mood strikes me.

I keep celery and carrots to munch on and sometimes have plant-based dips.

For treats, I may have a beyond burger or vegan mac and cheese about once a month. I like the mac mixed with jalapenos and peas. Every 3 mos I may get some vegan cheese for some extra richness. And every 2 mos I’ll get a bag of avocados.

Sometimes I eat bagels, bread or pretzels and we always have bananas on our counter. I will get a chocolate bar at times, I get the baking kind because it’s vegan. Sometimes we have Oreos, but I’ve stopped buying them because I’ve cleaned up my diet this summer.

I have peanut butter as a treat with celery or apples. We always have citrus and apples and will sometimes get grapes or berries or other seasonal fruits. Lately, I’ve been eating more fruit, berries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries. My favorite is blackberries. Drue eats watermelon and cantaloupe and I’ll have a few bites here and there.

Sometimes I get cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, or a mix. I like blue corn chips and will get them infrequently. I will crave popcorn sometimes and have it sporadically.

I drink tea, decaf or herbal and water. Sometimes I’ll get lemons and limes and blend them to make citrus water.

When I’m craving something decadent I will whip up some coconut cream and make some chocolate avocado pudding to go with it.

I try to buy organic as much as possible when we can afford it.

We rarely eat out. And there are periods of time where I will crave something and go through a phase, like when I discovered how to make a vegan cake with a box mix, lmao. And I then found out that canned icings can be incidentally vegan too, but oh so unhealthy for you, but that didn’t stop me. Sometimes on rare occasions, you need to have what I call fun food, like tater tots, along with the fake burgers and mac n cheese 🙂 I recently tried my/mo mochi cashew cream frozen dessert treats, that was fun!

It’s been nice not having to cook as much since we moved to Colorado, no kids to cook for and Drue eats differently, (vegetarian) from me, so he’s learned to fend for himself for the most part. 

I’m always wanting to be rawer and less processed. Overall I’ve made progress this past year.

And in case you may be wondering if it’s healthy, well I just had my labs done and they were fine. I do take vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplements. I’ve been vegan for about 6 or seven years now, I didn’t mark the date, I was vegetarian for many years before that.

I feel so much better being vegan, it’s more humane, better for my health and the environment. It’s been highly beneficial for me, no downsides that I’ve encountered except people mocking me. But that’s so petty, I just ignore the haters, lol. I’m a grown-ass woman and can do what I want.

Michelle Miyagi
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