For my fourth day of veganism I made a variation of sweet potato black bean hash.  I found it in the Moosewood Cookbook (amaaaazzziiiinnnggggg recipes – all either vegan or vegetarian), and didn’t quite have every ingredient so I improvised a little.

I have been noticing the distinct psychological adjustment that comes with eating mainly one dish meals.  As a meat eater, I could use salmon or chicken or some kind of meat as the main part of the meal, and then have side dishes like vegetables and salad and bread with it.  I have noticed that many of the vegan recipes that appeal to me are kind of everything all mixed in one.  I’ve been liking the idea of different kinds of soups and stews, stir-frys and casseroles, and plating something that is only one dish can be a challenge. I have been attempting to add side dishes by experimenting with vegetables prepared in different ways, fruits, vegan friendly bread, and of course salads.  Ultimately, since this is primarily a psychological hurdle, I would like to be able to just get over it.  I have been having fun experimenting with different styles of cooking though!

Last night, to surmount this problem, I made Kale.  I washed and destemmed the leaves, sauteed them with garlic and olive oil or a few minutes, then poured some balsamic on them and put a lid over the pan for about 8 minutes.  I sprinkled on a little sea salt and it ended up being a spicy, hearty side dish that went really well with the soft and sweet yams I put in my sweet potato hash (told you I improvised).

Since I have been animal product free, I have already just 5 days later started to feel so good.  I have had a seriously finicky stomach for about 6 years now, and for the past week, I haven’t had any serious stomach problems at all.  I have had this sense of buoyancy in my body that I haven’t had in a long time. Part of me suspects this may really change my eating habits – for more than thirty days.

Comfortably yours,