30-Day Vegan Challenge

Day 1

Okay, we’re doing it!  Starting today, Saturday March 15, 2013, my lil’ family is going vegan.  So what exactly is a vegan diet?  A vegan diet is healthy, low fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It includes eating whole grains and we will be eating no processed foods (although some vegans still eat processed foods; Oreos are vegan).

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Vegans avoid all animal proteins including meat, dairy produce, eggs,and animal derived products such as gelatin and honey.  It’s a plant based diets consisting of grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits. It is a varied diet, and is the healthiest option of all.

The book The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an amazing resource.  Not only does her book contain recipes, but is is designed to make the transition period to becoming a vegan easier.  It contains chapters on dining out, packing lunches, travelling, making your way around the grocery stores, reading labels, etc. Colleen suggests that by trying a 30-day challenge you break your old eating habits and form new, healthier and long lasting ones.

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Crock Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Cream Cheese

I LOVE Mexican food. This dish makes me feel good, while eating it! This is a fantastic, quick throw-it-all-in-the-pot, and leave for work recipe, that I found on Food.com (Recipe #89204). I love using the Crock Pot (when I remember that I have one!). There’s nothing quite like coming home to a delicious Mexican aroma wafting through kitchen, reminding me of those lazy days of laying on the beach in Los Cabos, while on vacation.  crock pot cream cheese chicken

Here I have adapted the recipe so it will serve 2 (and a half, ha), and I have changed the ingredients list to organic foods, containing the updated nutritional info. Half an hour before you are ready to eat put on a pot of quinoa, and voilà! Dinner is served.

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