Monday, October 19, 2009

This is going to be harder than it looks.

I'm a little panicked here. We did a simple salad of three kinds of local apples, and mixed greens with a honey-lemon vinaigrette, and the a big pot of grains. I used a five type rolled grain cereal, and some oats for creaminess, 2 kinds of dried fruits, some sliced almonds, agave (which worked great --thanks Aunt Lynn), and cinnamon. My family ate it, and I've got plans for the rest of the week, but I'm just overwhelmed. The salad could really have used some CHEESE that the original recipe called for. It needed some sharp tangy something in it. I'm just not used to the whole balancing thing with all vegan ingredients and I was in a hurry after getting home from speech therapy at 6:30pm. I wasn't really planing on this whole vegan thing --it's freaking me out. Do I tell my kids to not eat birthday cake? We're trying not to turn into junk-food vegans. Are we not using our freezer full of grated cheese, chicken, and beef? What about all of the homemade jam I've made from strawberries out of our yard? I finally got my years supply of food storage --I'm not kidding --ingredients for 6 months of dinners included in with a year of basics, and suddenly half of it is obsolete? What about butter? Do I bake with coconut oil instead of butter? Won't that cost a fortune? Are we the weird family now? Do I do this thing in stages with my kids? How do I keep myself from eating nut butter all day (panic attack induced binging was a problem today :( )? Any help would be great. I know some of you experienced vegans out there really cook.


Summer said...

I don't know what to tell you, but I'm happy to have some company in the "weird family in the neighborhood" club. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll figure it out. If times get tough, your neighbors will appreciate your food storage if you decide not to eat it. Please keep posting.
-Kelli (not Summer)

belann said...

All things in moderation. The whole idea is more vegetables. If you need your food storage, you'll be glad you have it. Use it as you need it. By just increasing your awareness of more vegetables, everyone's health will improve.