In addition, I'm team captain of a healthy eating/weight loss challenge at work, so I've been getting into a new routine with eating and exercising. I guess since I'm the vegan, I'm a natural choice to lead the team toward healthier eating (and believe me, I'm pushing plant-based meals; I like to convert through delicious food since I don't want to bring politics to work--just wouldn't be a great idea at my job), but over the winter so far, I've been more of a baked goods and convenient, quick meals vegan than an oil-free whole foods vegan. I know most people choose to make their dietary changes on New Year's Day, but since my birthday is on January 3, I like to postpone any food-related resolutions until later in the month. So this challenge is well-timed for me in that respect, but in another way, it's not perfect, because with this kind of weather, all I want to do is eat cookies and curl up in bed, not work out and cook healthy meals. So tonight, I tried to compromise.
I was definitely in a sandwich mood, and I was thinking about some type of burger-style food, but none of the recipes I was finding were appealing to me, so I decided to go with the Snobby Joes from Veganomicon, aka the vegan bible. It seemed like a good choice, because it's comforting and super-delicious, and even better news for you, the recipe is online here: http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/. So you can try it yourself! I made a couple of changes, using brown lentils instead of green, and eliminating the oil to lower the calories & fat (by sauteeing the onion & pepper in water). Otherwise, there's not much reason to change something that is working so well.
Those are some sexy sweet potatoes in the front, dry roasted with salt, pepper & garlic powder
Although this wasn't a dinner I could curl up in bed with (lentils in the bed doesn't sound like a good time, but I guess I have some friends who would disagree--you know who you are!), it certainly hit the spot. It felt like a guilty pleasure, but there was nothing to be guilty about!
To those of you who are in the central Massachusetts area, stay warm and be safe on the road. The life you save may be mine! To those of you elsewhere, please be appreciative that you are elsewhere. As for me, I'm going to keep exercising and trying to eat good mood food, because even I am getting tired of my miserable attitude! ;-)