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A Left Turn to Food

May 1, 2011

About a month ago I impulsively decided to have a plant-based diet for one month. Of course, I’ve been aware of the benefits and intricacies of this diet choice for quite a while as first my niece and then my son diverted to this option quite a while back as Vegans. Since we have the opportunity to enjoy their company often, and I am compelled to feed people, we’ve been expanding our menu repertoire over time to accommodate their vegan diets.

So, here I am going from the trendy and effective low carbohydrate regimens to this all new plant-based diet. How is it? Surprisingly easy and satisfying. What’s amazing to me is that I do not miss foods I considered my favorites, such as cheeses and meats. When asked what the heck I eat by a person who loves to cook, my long answer was to think of all the grains and legumes, all the vegetables both summer and winter, and all of spices, along with noodles and whole grain breads, and what you could combine to make fabulous dishes and you can see that there is more than salad to keep you interested.

That brings me to the reason for my post tonight. Really, it’s two reasons. The first is to acknowledge my husband as the most amazing supporter and chef! He has consistently researched and prepared the best new foods, and shared them as well! We’ve had so much fun researching what to eat and how to make good dishes. He is certainly the reason for my success!

The second reason is to share that this journey has brought us to seek out and find the local farmer’s market that tickled us when we got there. It’s the oldest farmers’ market in Florida, and we found it to include a preferred vendor with a bountiful offering of familiar and new produce that was so fresh and affordable that we felt we had found a treasure!

The Jacksonville Farmers’ Market is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk! We will be back – often. And by the way, I’m so satisfied physically and psychologically by this plant-based diet I’ve decided to embrace it permanently. To that end, Stan made the BEST dinner again tonight: Breaded, Fried, Spicy Tofu Sticks; Red Potatoes and Green Beans with Rosemary; Fried Yellow Squash and Onions. Yay Jacksonville Farmers’ Market!! Yay Stan in the kitchen!!

I realize this has nothing to do with sewing, but it’s been on my mind all afternoon, so now it’s yours.

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  1. Darlene Sperber permalink
    May 1, 2011 11:23 pm

    I was wondering how your month went…sounds like it was a good one.

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