Since my husband lost his job in May, we have been having family and travel time extreme. I feel bad not keeping up with my bloggy blog, but I wouldn't trade the last few months for anything! I have been cooking all our meals and loving a varied and cheap vegan diet. It is amazing how "beans and rice" can be so many different things. One night we'll have chickpea Indian food over brown basmati, and another we'll have spicy pintos over short grain brown rice. We've also been enjoying cannelini beans and pasta or black bean salad on a summer evening. These tight times have been a reminder that vegan eating is much more affordable than meat and milk. My dried beans and case of soy milk don't spoil, and the farmer's market and CSA keep me in fresh veg.
I have so many blog posts in my head that I want to share, but I might have to do a miniseries because of a questions I kept getting while visiting family, "What do you eat?" Many family members and friends want to accomodate us, but honestly just can't fathom what we eat. Our diet is so varied that it's a hard question to answer. We eat a huge variety of legumes, veggies, fruits, grains, and some processed products, so I never know how to answer that. Many meat-eaters think we must eat like them, but with the meat replaced by something else (most imagine tofu), but we just don't eat that way often. Vegetarians often rely so heavily on cheese and eggs that it's even harder for them to imagine our daily diet.
I plan on starting tomorrow morning and at least listing and hopefully photographing everything I eat for one week.