Sunday, July 3, 2016
Talking Turkey - Meat Free Meals
But I try and eat meat free a minimum of 3 times a week, though not normally vegan. I'm very much aware of the effect on our environment with factory farming, as well as the ethics of it, and most of my diet tries to have a varied diet of veggies and grains, keeping the meat mostly to lean and or "wild" cuts, procured from small family farms that treat their animals as humanely as possible.
I also add a daily serving or two of really good quality dairy (from Oberweis Dairy). I lost about an extra half pound a week when I added the rBGH free milk back in my diet (treated milk made my stomach very upset). But we make sure to get only non factory farmed products, humanely and locally produced if possible.
Breakfast was french toast with the leftover sourdough English muffin bread (recipe in a previous post).The batter is simple, some Oberweis milk, eggs, vanilla, a dash of honey and a pinch of cinnamon. It had a nice, dense soft texture.
Lunch was Gardein brand turk'y cutlets - a new product in their line. With that was some wonderful kale my personal trainer Birgit brought over from her garden Thursday, served with a vinaigrette, with rice, hummus and some mutant carrots (note to husband, please buy BIG carrots :-)
The "gravy" included with the cutlets was a bit lumpy though it had a nice taste so next time I think I'll just top with a squeeze of lemon. The cutlets were amazing and tasted just like turkey. They are NOT gluten free but they have WAY less artificial ingredients than other faux "meats" on the market. Gardein products are, by far, are still my favorite vegetarian meat substitutes and they area reasonably priced.
Snacks were a Greek yogurt and an apple and later some popcorn to which I added a Tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast right after cooking, shaking with the pan cover on so the powder sticks. It gives the popcorn a nice almost nutty/cheesy taste while adding B vitamins, protein, and fiber. My husband tried it and said it was really tasty as well.
Dinner - was "flying Frisbee's"", which is what we call tostados in our house. Leftover corn tortillas were lightly fried, then covered in non-fat refried beans, cumin/oregano/chili powder, Scoville Brothers cowboy crooner hot sauc infused TVP, and topped with Oberweis sharp cheddar, finely grated, lettuce and some of their yummy peach/mango salsa. (Oberweis delivers so all these great products show up on my porch and I don't have to go to the store!)