Tag: Plant-Based Diet (Page 1 of 2)

New Plant-Based Recipes

I’ve been trying a few new recipes lately and wanted to share two that I really like.

Stir-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms with Tofu and Bok Choy

Serves 4
30 minutes or fewer

Stir-fries are an ideal way to experiment with exotic mushrooms.

• 1 tsp. cornstarch
• 2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
• 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
• 2 tsp. Thai chile sauce, such as sriracha
• 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
• 1 tsp. sesame oil
• 3 Tbs. canola oil, divided
• 1 14-oz. pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into bite-sized cubes
• 1 lb. bok choy, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
• 2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms

1. Whisk together cornstarch and 1 tsp. water in bowl. Whisk in soy sauce, ginger, chile sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.

2. Heat 1 Tbs. canola oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Stir-fry tofu 7 minutes, or until golden brown; transfer to plate. Add 1 Tbs. oil to pan. Stir-fry bok choy 4 minutes; transfer to plate.

3. Add remaining 1 Tbs. oil to pan. Stir-fry mushrooms 2 minutes, or until tender. Return tofu and bok choy to pan. Stir in soy sauce mixture, and stir-fry 1 minute, or until hot.

This Stir-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms with Tofu and Bok Choy recipe is from the February 2010 issue of Vegetarian Times. I have used different types of mushrooms each time I made it and it is always yummy. You can eat it as is or serve it over rice. Last night I had it over black rice, another new food for me.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

• 3/4 cup raw cashews
• 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp garlic powder


Prepare vegan parmesan cheese by whirling all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until a fine meal or powder is formed. Don’t over-process or it will begin to get clumpy. Set aside. Will keep covered in the fridge for about a month.

This is simply delicious. I have been eating it on everything! Next time I make it, I will back off a bit on the salt, but that is the only change I’d make.

The Vegan Parmesan Cheese was part of the Vegan Zucchini Asparagus Gratin recipe from Minimalist Baker.

2014 Resolutions and Goals

I guess I should set a goal of writing blog posts more often! Instead of “tomorrow” it has been two weeks since my last post and January is almost over with. It is crazy how fast this month has gone. I have accomplished a lot of crocheting, which will be highlighted in future posts. Today’s post is about 2104 resolutions and goals.

As I mentioned in my last post, 2013 From The Rearview Mirror, my only resolution last year was to walk daily and I did not do very well in keeping that resolution. In 2014 my only resolution is to continue with the changes that I made last year to make a healthier me and to fine-tune those changes throughout the year as needed.

So I will continue with the plant-based diet (nutrient-dense eating), hopefully continuing to decrease slowly the amount of sugar that I consume, as sugar seems to be the most difficult item for me to drop from my diet. And I’ll be honest and admit that most of my sugar at this point comes in the form of chocolate; most any other sugar I consume is in the natural form, such as dates, raisins, honey or maple syrup. I do try to make sure that the chocolate I consume is dark chocolate. A girl’s gotta have some vices!

I was able to drop fourteen pounds last year after starting back with the plant-based diet, but I do not really have a target weight goal. I figure if I just continue eating this way for the rest of my life (as it makes me feel very good, no stomach issues, etc.), I will slowly keep losing unnecessary weight and eventually reach the weight that is optimum for me. That’s my goal.

Another thing I will continue is the standing desk (I’m standing right now as I type this!). And I have begun walking (again!). This time around I set an alarm on my phone for 11:30 a.m. and on my sister Wendy’s birthday, January 13th, I began walking daily. I know, another sister’s birthday used as a beginning point! I’m not sure why, but that seems to work for me! It’s a good thing I have lots of siblings! Over the sixteen days since the 13th, I have walked before lunch a total of eleven days. Plus, five of those days I have walked a second time with Bill when he gets home from work. So sixteen days with sixteen walks!

Oops! There goes my phone alarm … I guess I better go walk and finish this post up later this afternoon.

I’m back! What a beautiful day for a walk, especially when I take into consideration the lousy weather that so many places in the country have been experiencing this week. I took this picture of the clouds Monday (not a cloud in the sky today):

Arizona sky

Other things that I will continue working on (and fine-tuning my successes):

1. Keeping my Quicken accounts up to date (hopefully making it a full year in 2014!)
2. My LeapingFromTheBox.com website.

I’d like to begin the two other websites that I have had in mind for several years, but that may not be realistic, considering how much time my homeschooling website takes up. I’d also like to set up an Etsy store, possibly focusing on selling snowflakes, since they are so much fun to make and work up quickly. But those are extras, not the main focus for 2014.

2014 will be a year for building upon 2013’s successes.

Do you have a main focus for 2014?

2013 From The Rearview Mirror

Since it is mid-January, it seems high time to post some thoughts about 2013 concerning resolutions, goals, and accomplishments. Last year I only did one resolution – to walk daily. By admitting that I could not remember what that resolution was and that I had to check back here on my blog to figure it out, you should realize that I did not keep that resolution much past having made it. And it seemed like a good one to make!

I did make some physical changes that were very good for me, though. At the beginning of 2013 I had gone back to eating anything and everything, which led to a weight gain of about twenty pounds, up to my highest weight ever. Not good! So on June 17th, my youngest sister’s birthday, I started back to eating a (nearly) 100% plant-based diet. It was a good move for me and it felt sort of like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Many of the things that I had craved the first time I went plant-based (yogurt, cheese) no longer pulled at me. By the end of 2013, I lost fourteen pounds! Carrying around fewer pounds feels much nicer, but I have more pounds to go this coming year. The fun thing is that I have begun to eat so many different foods for breakfast! This morning I had vegetable stir fry and brown rice! One day last week I had soup. And I’ve begun to crave certain veggies, like celery. That’s not a bad thing at all!

Another big change I made in 2013 was getting rid of my computer chair and creating a standing desk. Last spring I bruised my tailbone, making it extremely uncomfortable to sit, and sitting all the time made the bruising worse, never allowing the tailbone to heal. It took quite a while to adjust to standing all day, but in the process my leg muscles became stronger and I had more stamina/energy throughout the day. Plus, my tailbone finally began healing!! While there is still some discomfort when sitting, it is not pain, and the discomfort is less and less each week. I love the standing desk, though, and have no intention of going back to a computer chair.

2013 was a year of limbo, as if we were constantly waiting for the other shoe to fall. Between unexpected endings to contracts, furloughs, and government shut-downs, Bill was out of work almost a month. That sort of uncertainty is not healthy! We hope to make some changes this year that will lessen that type of job uncertainty.

We didn’t travel much in 2013, other than many trips to Phoenix to visit family and for Bill to take certification tests. We didn’t take any square dance weekends. In fact, we haven’t been dancing since May of 2012.

Bill and I did drive to Alabama in late March, three days in the car to get there, five days there cleaning out personal stuff at dad’s and doing some repairs at both his place and ours (and getting to see Liana, Charles & Rebecca!), and then another three days drive home. I am pretty sure that is when I bruised my tailbone, all that riding in the Neon, me being heavier than ever and wearing tight blue jeans.

I did manage to accomplish a lot of crocheting, finishing some lovely projects, and I also spent good six months working at updates to my LeapingFromTheBox.com website. Oh, and I kept my Quicken up to date for a lot longer than I have done in any previous year. In 2013 I made it to late September! So that means I have just three months worth to catch up to finish up 2013 and be ready for taxes. Even though I didn’t make it through to the end of the year, I consider my Quicken progress a major victory!

Tomorrow I’ll post about my goals for 2014. Stay tuned!

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