I have to admit, it’s been bothering me lately how easy it is to incorrectly portray the vegan diet through blogging. I mean, most of us don’t share “food journal” style posts, and I know I’m always photographing the treats or new packaged, processed products I reviewed. While I love taking photos of baked goods (because they’re just attractive, aren’t they?) and treats, that definitely isn’t all, or even most, of what we eat. Still, I have a goal for 2011 ( I know it’s February, but I’m behind) to up our healthy eating and incorporate more nutritious and raw meals, snacks, and treats.
If you follow me on Twitter or read the blog often, you’ve probably seen me interrogating people about their food dehydrators and juicers, because those are additions I want to make to our kitchen. I know they aren’t necessary, but with my constant need to try new recipes and create, I think it would be fun. A few of my blog and Twitter friends were also looking for suggestions, so if you have a juicer or dehydrator you just love and haven’t already shared your tips, please do so in the comments below! Thus far, the Excalibur has come most highly recommended in the dehydrator category, but I saw the Sedona 9 Tray by Tribest and it looks so neat! I haven’t been able to find any reviews for that one though, so I have no idea if it would be a good investment. Juicer recommendations have been all over the place; I don’t think I’ve heard the same one twice. I definitely want a masticating juicer, and I’m leaning towards the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center or an Omega VRT . A lot of people have told me they love their Green Star juicer , too. With each suggestion keeps getting pricier and pricier, it really makes doing the research and picking the right one important! But I won’t be getting both anytime soon!
In non-appliance related news, I made a huge crock pot of lentil stew we just loved. I’ve probably posted something similar in the past, because I often make these types of one-pot meals, but I’m going to share anyway. The crock pot is perfect for busy days when preparing ahead is necessary, or days when your oven is being guarded by a grumpy fur-beast…
10 cups filtered water
1 pound lentils
1 large daikon, quartered and sliced
1 large yucca, peeled, quartered, and sliced
1 pound baby carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
4 vegetable bouillon cubes or 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base
1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large slow cooker and set to high for 6 hours. Grind extra black pepper over each bowl to taste.
I have yet to set up some good lighting in my new place, so bear with me on the photos. And just as an end note, Tiger isn’t always quite so grumpy! Sometimes he even frolics!
Well, now that I think about it, maybe he does always look kind of grumpy, but rest assured he’s just a regular fur-ball of joy on the inside!
Keep the juicer and dehydrator recommendations coming!
How healthy do you consider your vegan diet? Do you avoid sugary and processed treats?