Brown Rice Bread Pudding
Tuscan Vegetables Stew
Sweet Potato Fries
My muse has been running with vegetables…
…ever since I was planning for Jessica’s coming over to dinner last week.
Vegan, really: no meat, no dairy, no fish, no eggs, just fruits and vegetables and nuts. No animal products.
Vegan Diet Rating
In this year’s survey by US News and World Reports, the vegan diet ranks high for weigh-loss, diabetes, and heart-healthiness (#7, #4, and #6 respectively out of 38 diets), but not so great (#32) in the category of Easiest Diets to Follow. Experts evaluated the diets on their eating flexibility and availability of ingredients.
No Imitations (Almost)
Generally, I’m not keen on processed food or imitation meat products (except that delicious soy chorizo, of course) .
I like to get down to the essence of the whole, fresh vegetable, not making it masquerade for anything. (I don’t mind if anyone else does — for instance, Jessica has recently found some imitation eggs that she says make great omelets.)
My muse enjoys the challenge of finding a combination of ingredients that are genuinely themselves, within the constraints.
This week, it’s been vegan guidelines and healthier eating.
So, a dessert without eggs or dairy or simple carbs (Coconut Brown Rice Pudding).
A hearty stew without meat (Tuscan Vegetables Stew).
French fries with more fiber and less fat (Sweet Potato Fries).
Years ago, when I was studying Plato, I’m sure I read that the need for political states (and warriors to protect them, guardians to direct them) arose from want of pickles… that itch to have just a little more, just a little spiciness, even one that didn’t grow in one’s own territory. I’ve been never been able to find that reference since, so maybe I dreamed it. But, there is something to it, how a little tweak can change things.
When I came down to actually serving these perfectly vegan dishes, the muse had one more little whisper or two.
- “How about a little dollop of Greek yoghurt on that bread pudding?”
- “Little Italian meatballs or sausages would be great with that stew.”
- “Those fries would be tasty dipped in a lemon-dill-yoghurt sauce.”
The pudding, the stew, and the fries recipes can be strictly vegan or, with sides and garnishes, more like the Flexitarian Diet.
To me, the best “diet”, and easiest to follow, comes from Michael Pollan: