If you’re following any of my albums over on Facebook, you know that during June -- with an aim of losing weight, getting healthier, and rebooting our food habits -- Husband and I are endeavoring to eat a 100% whole grain, low fat, low salt, low added sugar, vegan "diet.” I put the word diet in quotes because this isn’t some quick fix that we will use only until we get to our goals and then go right back to the way we were eating before. The word diet, for us, means a maintainable lifelong eating plan, not something temporary. And while we won’t stay 100% vegan forever, this is meant to be the catalyst that lands us on the path to what will be our permanent practice: Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet.
All of the parameters that we have set for ourselves (including ending up on the Nutritarian plan in the end) come from listening to Penn’s Sunday School and following Penn Jillette, Michael Goudeau, and Matt Donnelly’s weight loss journeys as close as possible (there's plenty of mainstream media on Penn's weight loss if you want to Google it). They haven’t given away all the information that Ray Cronise taught them, but after listening very carefully to every podcast I could find where the guys talked about the “cult” diet, using my wits, knowledge, and experience to piece all the concepts and methods together as best I could, and reading every research paper, website, article, and other writing they mentioned – I am pretty sure I’ve got it mostly figured out; certainly enough to be doing the trick and not feeling any negative effects. I tested it out on myself for one week, and lost 5.6 pounds in only 6 days, as I said, without being hungry or feeling deprived. So now we are doing it for real.
Anyways, over to the right, you will see a link to my Facebook album (“One Month of Veganism”) where we are documenting our dinners (as well as some breakfasts and lunches). Please note that I said “endeavoring” in that album description – there have already been, and probably will be a couple more, “slip ups” where we break the rules. ;) But still, it’s working….really well. And the food is a.m.a.z.i.n.g! Just look at all those pretty colors - seriously!! I for one haven't yet missed what we're avoiding. I feel very satisfied and perfectly happy. In any case, results are being kept track of and will be announced when the month is through. So stay tuned.
Finally, the reason I started to write this post today was to publish what we did over the weekend to create at home a meal from Husband’s favorite fast food restaurant, Chipotle. Some people at work asked for the “recipe,” too, and it was so good, that I figured I should share it with anyone who might still be following this recently sadly sparse blog. So here goes....
I thought I would be very cute and on Facebook described it as:
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right: cilantro lime brown rice,|
black beans, tomato salsa, corn salsa, fajita veggies, and hot salsa.
Yes, it’s a lot of separate components, but the only part that individually took more than about 5-10 minutes was the hot salsa. The other salsas were quick, as was the fajita veg. It looks like a lot more work than it is – and that’s what Chipotle the restaurant relies on people thinking, so they’ll just go in and buy it instead of making it at home. In the end, we easily had enough food for 3 or 4 meals.
Unfortunately, I don’t have exact measurement for everything (except the hot salsa recipe which Husband got from the comments in this website post). Here is the best we could recollect after the fact not having written anything down as we went along:
Cooked as normal but with a little lime juice and some cilantro.
Straight out of a can, rinsed.
Chopped up tomato, tomatillo, and red onion, plus a little lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. This salsa is not cooked – just mix it all up.
Corn, red onion (chopped), and poblano pepper (seeded, veined, and chopped), sautéed in a pan with a teeny bit of vegetable oil, then add some cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice.
Red peppers, green peppers, and yellow onion, all cut into strips, then sautéed in a teeny bit of vegetable oil with cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cilantro (mix of spices concocted by Hubby - and it turned out great!).
Hot Salsa (made by Hubby)
- 4 Tomatillos
- dried Arbol peppers (I think we used about a 1/2 ounce – use more of less depending how hot you want it.)
- 3 cloves garlic
- Tabasco® sauce (we didn’t have Tabasco® on hand, so we just used the closest hot sauce already in the fridge)
Obviously, because we are eating Vegan for now, there is no sour cream, cheese, or meat. We also didn't bother with any vegan protein other than the beans, because when we do go to Chipotle, we don't ever get the Sofritas (even when avoiding animal products).
Here is what it looked like in our work lunch containers, and after mixing it up (granted, in the mix-up photo, I had already eaten a bunch of it, so it looks a little light on the veggies - it wasn't):
The only thing I forgot? To make guacamole!! Next time....
....because, as Hubby will attest, my guac rules (and chips made with my Homemade Corn Tortillas are awesome). =)