Last Tuesday we landed at the Quad Cities airport and made a quick stop at the a health food store in Moline, Illinois before driving an hour and a half to Burlington, Iowa to be with our family. I wanted to have a few staples on hand so that my vegan diet didn’t become an issue. I was prepared to live the vegan life that I know and love. A joyful one.
I picked up canned beans, tempeh, Field Roast sausages, vegetable broth, quinoa, vegan butter and a few vegan nutrition bars, and a bag of mixed nuts and seeds.
Later that day, after visiting for hours with the family, they decided to order pizza – the pizza parlor confirmed they use butter and eggs in their dough. No problem. I grabbed some veggies, a skillet and crumbled up a Field Roast Sausage to make this salad.
The next morning I broke out some tempeh for breakfast – a little scary to serve to very-non-veg people – but I offered breakfast sandwiches to my sister and niece. They were game! I just poured a little syrup in a bowl, added chili powder, stirred and dipped each piece of tempeh (four) into it. I heated about 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet on medium-high. I fried the tempeh on one side for our minutes, flipped turned the heat down to medium and fried for another four minutes.
They loved it.
My husband, niece and I had to run a few errands to run later in the day. I had her call a couple of Mexican restaurants and she found one that didn’t use lard in their beans or chicken stock in their rice. Score!
It was a quiet night at mom and dad’s, and I wasn’t very hungry, so I just sautéed some lentils with onion and served them in a snall bowl with raw greens. I had more lentils, and toast, for breakfast the next morning.
After the funeral and burial we had a “fellowship” dinner at the church. I knew there was a very slim chance I would have anything to eat – and that’s okay because that dinner was not about me. There was one pasta salad, tossed in Italian dressing, and I put a spoonful on my plate and I quietly opened a chia and flax seed-filled protein bar and place it on my plate. I was perfectly content as I visited with my family.
After the funeral we picked up a few bottles of wine (hey, the day called for it!) and, because I’m always curious, I checked out the organic section (Health Market) of Hy-Vee. Well, well, well! Tofurky deli slices and several vegan cheese options (includingDaiya!). I picked up Tofurky slices and Tofutti sliced cheese so while everyone enjoyed leftovers from the fellowship meal I had a vegan sandwich. Yay!
The next day I had Field Roast sausage sandwich and large salad for lunch.
Friday night Dad put a pot roast on the stove. I asked him to give me a thirty minute warning. I made quinoa in vegetable broth with a little cayenne pepper. I dry-sautéed celery, garlic, and onion in a skillet for a few minutes on medium-high, added a can of drained and rinsed black beans, stirred in chili powder, a splash of vegetable broth and let it simmer on low for about five minutes. Just before serving I added about five jalapeño-stuffed olives, sliced, to the skillet, then tossed the beans and quinoa.
The rest of the family had my beans and quinoa as a side dish and enjoyed it. It was so good I had the leftovers Sunday morning for brunch!