For those who question how to keep animal products out and taste in, last night’s Valentine’s Day dinner, which I made for Mitch and I (it was nice to be in the kitchen cooking on a Thursday) was almost entirely plant-based, with absolutely no deprivation. I made stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer for our happy hour, simply stuffing them with sauteed mushrooms, garlic and breadcrumbs. I used veggie broth to balance out the moisture, stuffed the caps and baked for about 25 minutes at 375. There was a big salad, of course, dressed with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, fresh whole wheat pasta with a homemade sauce made of chopped tomatoes and garlic (sauteed until the tomatoes broke down) and some halved kalamata olives. I cut up a head of broccoli and roasted it in the oven at about 420, till the ends started browning. An Italian bread from Publix worked well for garlic bread, which I used olive oil and fresh garlic on, placing the bread under the broiler for a couple of minutes. I must admit, that being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something special for Mitch, so I made him 2 little lobster tails on the grill (which honestly would NOT have been missed, but I know he enjoyed). I also made us sweets…chocolate covered strawberries and homemade “raisinettes,” both happen to be vegan, as Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips happen to be free of animal products and crazy delicious.
It’s really just as easy to make awesomely yummy meals without the animal products as it is, with them. It’s just a matter of stepping out ones comfort zone and relearning some basics that so many of us were raised on. If you have any questions of need to learn substitutions, please feel free to ask via comment (which will take a day to appear) or directly via email through my contact link, where your questions and comments will remain private. If you are still concerned about your protein needs, consider this quote…
“We’ve never treated a single patient with protein deficiency; yet the majority of patients we see are suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses directly resulting from trying to get enough protein.”
–Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman
Hope you shared the love yesterday and will continue to each and every day. Happy Friday. I am off to start working off some of those TOO MANY calories.