My Big Fat Greek Day

Today was another succesful vegetarian day! I promise I’ll stop counting my vegetarian days soon, but right now each day is something new to be proud of. I’m really starting to see myself not being able to go back to eating meat like I did before ever again. I definitely don’t see myself ever wanting to eat beef or chicken for sure. Ultimately I think I’m going to end up flexi/pesca-tarian. I’ll probably occasionally eat fish and I really don’t have a problem with eating things without a brain such as oysters and clams. Thats where I see myself ultimately on the food issue. But for the next 28 days its all veggie all the time baby!

For breakfast I had Oikos Honey Greek Yogurt with Cascadia Farms Granola. Yum!

And then Lincoln and I headed out for a day on the town. We had roofers working on our house today and I really didn’t want to spend the entire day listening to loud banging so we ran some errands. First up we took Lincoln for a hair cut. I dread getting that done … I’m always afraid they are gonna take an ear off or jab and eye the way he turns his head from side to side.

After the haircut and some shopping at Target we headed over to my grandparents house. They watched Lincoln while I went for a run. I got in my 5 miles for the day early. It was a tough run because I was headed into the wind most of the time and it was really windy today. I almost felt like I wasn’t moving forward at all.

I ended up completing my 5 miles in just under 44 minutes.

My Nana insisted on making lunch for us, so I had to tell her about the Veg Pledge. She was cool with it although she insisted that fish is NOT MEAT! I ended up having a small green salad, half of a twice baked potato, a roll and a small piece of Pumpkin Pie.

I headed over to my local library after lunch to get a library card. I can’t believe I’ve lived in this city for 4 years and have never been to the library! I got my card and checked out 3 books.

Can’t wait to dive into those books! Right now I’m reading Living Vegetarian for Dummies and its really enlightening. I also like the fact that the nutrition information is very up to date because the book was just published in November 2009.

I got a great deal on Hummus at Costco today. Normally I make my own hummus, but for $1.90 for this huge mother who could say no? …

I bought 3.

I snacked on some hummus and baby carrots this afternoon while I was waiting on Tim to get home from the gym so I could make dinner.

Dinner was Baked Falafel. I love falafel, but I’ve never made it myself. This recipe definitely did not dissapoint though. It turned out absolutely delicous!

The ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Directions

    1. Wrap onion in cheese cloth and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Set aside. Place garbanzo beans, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and baking soda in a food processor. Process until the mixture is coarsely pureed. Mix garbanzo bean mixture and onion together in a bowl. Stir in the flour and egg. Shape mixture into four large patties and let stand for 15 minutes.
    2. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    3. Heat olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the skillet; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
    4. Transfer skillet to the preheated oven and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes

    I served my Falafels in pitas with spinach, Tzatziki, cherry tomatoes and avocado (last minute additon, but sooo worth it).

    The final product:

    Om nom nom!

    Greek yogurt, hummus, Falafel, Tzatziki … It was definitely a big fat Greek day.

    Now I’m headed to the couch for the rest of the night to watch The Biggest Loser. 🙂

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    3 Comments

    Filed under Food, pictures, Pledge to Be Veg, Recipes, responsible eating, vegetarian

    3 responses to “My Big Fat Greek Day

    1. yumology

      I just came across your blog when I was browsing! These falafel sandwiches look so tasty! I want to make them soon. 🙂

    2. I smiled when I read about your Grandma. My Mother In Law believes that vegetarians eat fish. I often hear my husband on the phone before we go there for dinner saying “No Mum, Fish were once alive, they have muscles, they are MEAT!” LOL
      Your falafels look great, I’ll have to give them a go.

    3. Susan C Ridolphi Griffin

      That looked so good, when are we gonna hang? And thats what I wan’t xoxo toall Madja

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