Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Oooo.. yummy!!!

Love and Lentils

I’ve indulged in one too many treats this summer, and lately have been very good in keeping on the straight and narrow with healthy eating.  But, a girl loves her snacks.  Salty, crunchy snacks to be precise.  I do not believe we should ever deprive ourselves of delicious eating (or snacking).  I just like to come up with healthier alternatives.  Enter these spicy, crunchy roasted chickpeas.  I had to force myself to put them away so I can type this blog post.
My four year old’s reaction to these, “Mama, I really, really like these.  They are very yummy.”  This makes me extra happy, as I like to fuel his little body with nutritious snacks whenever I can, since he is the pickiest eater and rarely sits down for three meals a day.  I made a decent sized batch of these, as they stay crunchy for a few days if…

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Feeling Light; Stepping Bouncier

Since starting this vegan journey, my body has the feeling of being lighter in a way that has nothing to do with how much I weigh. In fact, I’m avoiding the scale for now.

I don’t know if eating meat sits heavier in your system or if it’s because meat takes longer to digest than plant foods that I have this feeling of being lighter. I’m not sure if this feeling is because I no longer carry the burden of eating a slaughtered animal.

Whatever the reason, I am grateful that I stumbled onto this path. My step is bouncier. I have more energy, more focus, more patience and more compassion for others.

Simple vegan fare

Last night I had a simple meal: steamed green beans, zucchini with mushrooms saute with Marsala wine and vegetable broth and a baked yam. It was delicious and very filling.

I made White Bean Mushroom Soup from treehugger.com this weekend, making some adjustments. Basically, I skipped the veggie milk and simply blended some of the white beans to form a base. May be the best mushroom soup ever!

Tonight I made a small green salad, White Bean and Mushroom Soup and a small baked yam. Simple meals can be the best!