One choice I did decide to make over summer was to head back to vegan eating. Do I believe that is right for everyone. No. Everyone needs to listen to their body and know what is going to be best for them. I was vegan for a really long time, but allergies and sensitivities got in the way of our eating style for awhile. That is really when life got crazy and virtually everything I knew came crashing down. lol. Was not such a fun place to be in. Having sick kids with a list of sensitivities a mile long and each ones different than the other. I was about ready to pull out my hair. But I got the pieces picked up and figured it out the best that I could for that time being. Overall I think I did pretty good. My kids have since got a lot of their foods back. They now can only not have gluten, dairy, pineapple and coconut. They can have nuts again so I have been thinking I would like to experiment with raw foods again. I lost a huge chunk of my passion when I was not able to prepare delicious raw food treats anymore because one child could not have these nuts and seeds, and other child could not have the other said nuts and seeds and it basically wiped out all nuts and seeds. It was just easier to learn to prepare food without nuts and seeds ;) I am finding that I really miss that style of cooking though and am going to make a goal to make a raw food meal at least once a week. Maybe more, but am challenging myself to once a week.
I did decide for the time being I am going to have a theme night for each night of the week. Vegan, raw, vegetarian, Mexican, pasta.... then the weekend is unknown. The kids have not and proably will not go back to total vegan. My son likes eggs (and I get organic and range fed for the family) and my daughter likes tuna, which I do let her have on occasion.
Tonight I cut up fresh fruit - pineapple (for my stepsons), kiwis and raspberries. then I made some green smoothies (almond mylk, spinach, peaches, dark cherries, and bananas), and finally some homemade vegan burgers. The ingredients were as follows -
pinto beans, cauliflower, cumin, celtic sea salt, garlic, and almond flour. I need to work on the texture just a little bit, once I have it perfect I will post recipe up here to share. The kids enjoyed them though. And none of them are cauliflower fans (myself included) but you could not really taste it. And they were so yummy! So be on the look out for a recipe soon!
While some days it can be challenging to make food from scratch it is definitely so rewarding in the end. You feel good and your family is well fed. I would like to add a juicing day back into our repertoire as well. Will see how it all pans out.
Here is to the new year. What are you doing to take care of your family? or yourself? Have healthy vegan non soy gluten free meals you love? Share them with me! I would love to hear them!