1.25.2012

what i ate*

quite a few of you asked for a sample of what i eat each day.
so here is what a typical day of eating looks like for me.




steel cut oatmeal with...
apples
dried cranberries
walnuts
brown sugar

also, toast and tea







garden lettuces
oranges
avocados
kidney beans
chopped jalapeno
walnuts
trader joes goddess dressing








brown rice
trader joes baked tofu, sauteed in a tiny bit of vegetable oil - Absolutely Delish!
organic broccoli
organic mushrooms

for dessert i will usually have fresh fruit with some soy yogurt, a homemade cookie or dark chocolate.

i hope this helps those of you who asked.


thank you to everyone who commented on my last post.
i learn so much from you.

*no animals were harmed making any of these dishes.

xo
janet

52 comments:

  1. Janet, those all look like delicious meals. I especially love the dinner plate - your tofu and mushrooms look so perfectly browned. Do you mind sharing what you use as a browning agent when sauteeing? I know you are a vegetarianso I wondered what options were available. Thank you so much for sharing these photos and descriptions with us!

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  2. Hi Janet, I am a beginning vegan and your blog is so inspiring. I too am interested in the tofu on your dinner plate. It looks delicious!. How did you prepare it - I think I could even get my husband to join me in that meal!

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  3. The dinner plate of a vegan is always so pretty!

    We obviously eat a lot of the same things but I'd love to hear how you plan your meals...or do you plan?


    anyway, you're an inspiration. really. Just your whole outlook on life ~ :)

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  4. Janet!!!! That dinner looks fab! Altho am committedmeat eater i would eat it myself xxx

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  5. Oh. Yum.

    I find your meal planning inspiring too. I'd love to see your weekly plan if you don't mind posting it again. You are inspiring my Classical Stretch (thanks Dani BP) and clean food month!

    Thank you Janet!

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  6. i just revised the post to tell about the tofu. but it is trader joes baked tofu and i saute it in a tiny bit of oil. it browns to a beautiful crunch and is absolutley delicious.

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  7. Everything looks so yummy! You are such an inspiration to me.
    x

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  8. Thanks for sharing Janet, everything looks and sounds so yummy!
    xo~
    T

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  9. I'm not sure which posts I love more...your food, or your roses. This is precisely the kind of stuff I adore!!

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  10. Everything looks divine! Oh the salad is my favorite. Thanks for you inspiration!

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  11. GG and I are always looking for a tofu with taste.

    Looks like we may have just found it!

    xo jane

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  12. There were some great recipes in the NY Time a few weeks ago; the chickpeas and spinach were delish. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/01/magazine/eat-vegan-recipes.html

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  13. Your meals are an inspiration! I would love to start the day off with such a healthy beautiful breakfast like yours. Just wondering about those steel cut oats, do you make them up each morning or do you make a bigger batch that you use for a few days? I've heard of people making the oats in a crock pot or rice cooker, but I've never tried either method.

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  14. Janet your meals look so healthy and beautiful.

    My plain morning oats just don't compare to yours. I'll try harder from now on!

    You my dear are quite the inspiration and I learn so much from you.

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  15. My kind of food, Janet. Just lovely.

    Like Blue Jeans Girl, I'm curious about the preparation of the oats if you're willing to share.

    Would love to see more food pics :)

    Thank you.

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  16. i will often make a larger batch of oatmeal so the next couple of days all i have to do is reheat them.:)

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  17. As others have said... everything looks so beautiful, delicious and healthy. I could *almost* do this, if red wine were allowed!

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  18. miranda - do it! just cut back somewhere else and keep the wine or walk an extra mile!

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  19. looks so yummy! You look fabulous by the way.
    xokc

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  20. There you go! You ARE what you eat. Your food looks and tastes beautiful. No wonder you look so wonderful.

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  21. Ahhh...What a breath of fresh air!
    I made the salad to take to lunch tomorrow! "Absolutely delish" post!
    Thank you, Janet! -Suzanne in Illinois

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  22. Janet - your photos are great and inspiring - your meals look similar to mine! I will have to look for the TJ's baked tofu. Here is good no oil salad dressing that we love:

    Fast No-Oil Salad Dressing

    Jane Esselstyn's 3, 2, 1 Salad Dressing

    Makes about 1/3 cup--enough for 5 or 6 salads

    Every time we eat our daughter Jane's salads we ask, "What is this delicious dressing?" It is easy to make and to adjust to personal taste. (says Ann Esselstyn)

    3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (use a good thick balsamic--Olive Tap's are great)

    2 tablespoons mustard of choice ( I like Dijon )

    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

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  23. I adore you and I think you are phenomenal. And I just couldn't eat like you or I'd have to cry and fall on the floor. It's weird, I've always had to eat a lot of animal protein. I wonder if it's body chemistry? Because I would eat like you, if I could, without destroying my attitude towards life.

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  24. That looks really good.
    I'm eating like that tomorrow.
    Thanks!

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  25. Janet, thank you again for your last post and all the comments it generated. As someone who has never had to watch her weight, I find myself having to start now and I didn't really know how. Your tip of using the 'my calorie counter' site is fantastic - after using the food log for just a few days I notice that I am no longer snacking mindlessly.

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  26. Your oatmeal looks so good! How do you cook it (I microwave mine)? Also, do you cook the apples before adding them?

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  27. I love the simplicity! Isn't it wonderful that eating food this delicious is healthy, environmentally responsible...and kind! Thank you, as always, for your inspiration.

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  28. Wow this all looks absolutely delicious Janet. Am going to copy the baked tofu one - YUM!! Thanks for sharing. XXX

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  29. Those all look and sound so good, I had to copy everything! Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Janet: I couldn't show mine, mine is all so perfunctory, how is such beauty possible? I have porridge for breakfast too ( or a muffin) , mine looks like grey gruel. I've tried to love tory but I just can't do anything with it that tastes decent.

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  31. Hi Janet,
    I am a long time reader who love your blog. I have never commented before, but would like to shout "beautiful!" as a comment to each one of your posts!

    I loved this, please keep posting more recipes of what you eat! I eat mostly vegetarian food but would love to have more vegan meals. This was a great inspiration and I will try the salad this weekend!

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  32. I miss Trader Joe around here! Our tofu tastes like paper/plastic/nothing.

    Who would not love to be your guest for breakfast/lunch/dinner?
    :-)

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  33. What lovely food! I like a bit of maple syrup on my oats. I eat more veg than not, but also have our lovely grass fed Maine meat. Our pastures are too rocky to grow food on and grass fed beef etc is a good choice here. You are so thoughtful about how you eat--I think you are inspiring lots of better meals.

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  34. Janet,
    I'd love to share the day with you and your delightful daily feasts. We are so fortunate to have so much in this country. Food Glorious Food!
    Now show us hoe you "wrote down and calorie counted" will you?
    I can only imagine that it is in some lovely journal, covered in some sort of linen, toile or something simply marvelous.
    pve

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  35. Hi Janet - Everything looks delish! I've put apple in my oatmeal before, but never thought to add walnuts. Must try that.
    Deborah

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  36. Janet you are welcome - I hope you like the dressing.
    Bless you for sharing and for trying to get out the message of plant-based diets for the sake of the health of people, animals and the EARTH. It is something that turns the accepted ideas of human nutrition upside down, and people do not want to accept this as the truth because it is too foreign to their cultural traditions. Most feel threatened. Most think they "can never eat that way" and they have not even given it a try. I encourage everyone to TRY the vegan way of eating for 3 weeks and see how wonderful they will FEEL. People struggling with weight will discover that this simple, delicious approach to food is the holy grail for weight maintenance.

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  37. shell - made the dressing this morning. delicious! can't wait to have it on my salad for lunch!

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  38. Dear Janet,

    Your dishes look healthy, attractive to the eye and delicious! I may use one of your combinations!

    Happy day,

    Madelief x

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  39. oops. meant to say how, not hoe. hope you got that.
    pve

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  40. JANET--Great I am so pleased you like it! Thanks for letting me know. I just copied an old recipe of yours for mushroom crostini - posted by you in 2010. It looks FABULOUS! If people only KNEW how delicious and satisfying vegan eating can be. AND CREATIVE-! Keep up your amazing blog - you are the BEST-!

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  41. Loved the salad today. Thank you so much for sharing...Co-workers even oo'ed and ahh'ed the bowl of yum before me. :-) Now THAT'S something!
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  42. breakfast, lunch and dinner looks delicious. I remember you mentioned that Green Goddess dressing on another post...I need to buy a bottle. Tofu has never looked more delicious...I'll buy that while I am Trader Joe's too. Janet, you always inspire me...we've been talking about you at our bar method class...all good!
    xo
    annie

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  43. all look soo yummy and healthy. i am looking for a great tofu recipe. I bought some at costco and want to use them before they go bad. if you don't mind sharing i'd love to know how you cook tofu.
    i shared a recipe today too... tostadas but it does have chicken but you can totally make it vegan friendly, without the chicken :)

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  44. to maggie@teacozy house - here is a link to how Janet cooks tofu
    http://thegardenerscottage.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-i-saute-tofu.html

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  45. I just made Chickpea of the Sea from The Kitchn. delish!

    http://www.thekitchn.com/vegetarian-lunch-chickpea-of-t-114022

    ~skye

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  46. Janet,

    All these look very appetizing!

    I must look @ T.J.'s for that baked tofu. I'm always grabbing the plain tofu that I have to incorporate into a recipe but this does look delish!

    Linda
    xo

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  47. P.S. Do you just cook the apples w/ the oatmeal?

    Linda

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  48. thanks shell!

    linda - yes, i toss the chopped apples in with the oatmeal about 3 minutes before it is done.

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  49. It all looks wonderful to this vegetarian!

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