|My first vegan cookbook: Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon|
One thing we do need to work on with our diet is to cut back on the processed foods we use. Because I have always been a pretty lazy cook and I am always worried about making sure Bill is fed I have a freezer stocked with some vegan entrees and every time we go to town I am sure to buy some pre-made treats, like a Thai noodle salad. These are all vegan and taste great, but I think they also contain quite a bit of oil, more than we should be eating. While at Trader Joes yesterday I had found some rather yummy looking Chicken-Less Crispy Tenders - oh they looked yummy and I was just thinking about how I could use them in tacos when I turned the bag over to see the ingredients. Number 2 ingredient, after water, was Soy Protein Isolate. I've been reading a lot about this lately and it's something you really don't want to incorporate into your diet.
Once in a while when we go out, like last night for my birthday dinner, it's ok but we need to start moving away from these meat, chicken and fish "substitues" to more fresh, whole foods. These products did make it easier for our transition and using them here and there is fine, but not as part of our regular diet. What we should strive for is not more than 5 ingredients on the package and they should all be items you recognize and know, like Potatoes, Onions, etc.
So how am I going to stop becoming a hoarder? How am I going to relax and realize that we aren't going to run out of food?! We aren't due back into "town for two weeks now so that does give us some time to "shop in our cupboard" but what happens when I hit Tampa and run for the nearest natural foods store? I think I'm going to need some help with this...maybe I will just send Bill, can I really do that? Will he find all the hidden yummies I might locate on the bottom shelf in the corner of the store? Probably not, and that's a good thing! Let's see how I do...stay tuned.