Monday, August 22, 2011

this week's menu + vegan chocolate shake

i am surprised at how well we have adjusted to vegan-ism. Costco has a lot of organic and all-natural foods, and vegan and vegetarian selections. we found dried spinach snacks, frozen organic falafel balls, ready-to-eat organic tabouleh, organic Rice Milk, and bulk organic quinoa. (spell-check hates that last sentence by the way.) i've found coconut milk, tofu, organic vegan cheeses, and vegan chocolate at Kroger, and the freshest organic produce at our Super Target. so, planning my menu, grocery shopping, and eating vegan has been easier than i thought. my kids are doing well as little vegetarians, still consuming dairy (organic only). and, after 18 days of going vegan, hubby is now slowly working dairy and meat back into his diet.  

monday: vegan corndogs
tuesday: vegetable edamame pasta
wednesday: lentil soup with quinoa  
thursday: leftovers
friday: falafel spinach salad

this vegan chocolate cake batter smoothie rocked my world.
vegan chocolate smoothie

Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie

1.5 c rice milk
1/3 cups oats
1 frozen banana
1 tsp cinnamon-sugar
1 tsp vanilla syrup
1 tbsp carob powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chocolate chips
2 ice cubes

in a small bowl, mix the oats and milk. refrigerate and let soak for at least 1 hour to soften the oats.

after soaking, add to blender along with the rest of the ingredients (except chocolate chips) blend until smooth. add chocolate chips and blend until chunky. pour, stick a straw in it & enjoy! (from OhSheGlows)