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Day Eight

Today I made cauliflower curry!
I found a slice of mango and few cubes of pineapple in the fridge, so they went in the curry.

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First I sautéed a chopped onion, 4 chopped garlic cloves and 1 chopped carrot in 2 TBS of light olive oil for about 3 minutes. After that I added 1/3 cup of water and let it simmer for 5 more minutes.

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I added the cauliflower florets, curry powder, 1 thumb size piece of ginger grated, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2 TBS sesame seeds, turned down the burner and cover for about 15-20 min until the cauliflower wass tender.

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I added the pineapple, mango, 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk, salt,and the juice from half lemon and let it simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
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Day Seven

ONE WEEK VEGAN GLUTEN FREE!

Mango Deliciousness
Mango Deliciousness

Fresh mango, pineapple, banana and coconut water!

Learned this from Martha Stewart
Learned this from Martha Stewart

For dinner I made zucchini spaghetti using The Spiralizer!

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For sauce, I sautéed mushrooms, one chopped onion, 4 chopped garlic cloves in 1 TBS of light olive oil.

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I roasted an acorn squash for 45 min in the oven at 350F.

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I peeled and roughly chopped a sweet potato and boiled it until tender. I puréed the cooked potato and the acorn squash flesh in the Vitamix with half cup coconut water and 3 TBS soy creamer. I added the purée to the mushrooms.

The zucchini I sautéed in 1 TBS of coconut oil for 3 minutes and then added them to the sauce with salt, pepper, and oregano.

Sweet Potato Chips to add some texture
Sweet Potato Chips to add some texture

Day Five

Don’t you just love raspberries? They are the perfect fruit! 20% of their weight is fiber and they are full with antioxidants.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry

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I decided to give it a try to chicken flavored tofu. I marinaded it for more than 24 hrs. The marinade was vegan and it tasted like chicken stock. The first two bites did taste like chicken, but after that…. lets put it this way: next time ill buy it!

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I replied to a message yesterday that I see eggplant in my future. I love eggplant! In Romania we make and eggplant salad that’s absolutely delicious. At least all the Romanians I know, think so. Picking the right kind of eggplant is the key. I always make sure it is shiny dark purple, firm to the touch and no bruises.

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I roasted my eggplant straight on the flame of my stove… its -15C outside and the grill doesn’t look very inviting right now!  I roast it until the skin is charred .

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I cut it lengthwise with a knife on a cutting board and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. After that, I let it drain for at least one hour. I always use a plastic colander.

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After it drains and it’s cold I chop it!

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This eggplant salad is so popular we even have special wooden choppers!

Normally, I would make mayo from scratch, but this time I had to use Vegenaise, which I have to admit it”s pretty good. There is no exact ratio of mayo to eggplant. I started with a tsp and added one more, then salt and a a bit of finely chopped onion. To make it really appetizing, I stuffed a tomato with some of the eggplant salad. Voila!

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Day Three

Started my day with a smoothie. I used freshly cut pineapple (using my pineapple corer, it rendered about 1/4 cup of juice which I added to the smoothie), half an apple cored and peeled, half a banana, half a grapefruit, 1/2 cup frozen mango, one leaf of kale taken off the stem! I added 1/4 cup of water.

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green smoothie!
Green Smoothie!

Snack time: made plantain chips today! In the microwave 3 min 30 sec.

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plantain chips
Plantain Chips

I craved something sweet so I made quince sauce : peeled and cored two quinces, covered them with water, a dash of  cinnamon, one lemon wedge, orange peel. Boil for about 30 min or until the quince is really soft.  Added 2 Tbs of Splenda, drained the liquid and puréed the fruit in my Vitamix. Better than any apple sauce you have ever had!

What’s a quince? Here is a picture in case you don’t know what it looks like:

Quinces
Quinces

If you’d like to learn more about quinces, go to:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quince

Lunch today: quinoa pasta with homemade tomato sauce.

Dinner: Greek salad modified by using avocado instead of the feta cheese….and a beer! A Bud Light Platinum.

I’m very surprised that I have not felt hungry at all the last two days!