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Memphis Vegan Challenge: Day Three

Day three of the Memphis Vegan Challenge, and it’s almost a piece of cake. I don’t feel deprived. My body feels great.

Let’s get to the food.

Spelt Bagel (Gluten Free) with Tofu Spread (cream cheese substitute)
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I worked again choreographing at the studio out in Germantown. If you’ve been following my escapades, you’ll know that this dance studio is right next to one of my favorite delis of all time, Vanelli’s. I opted for the sandwich. Unfortunately, they were out of wheat bread, but it still tasted great. Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pickles, salt and pepper, oil and vinegar, and mustard!

I also put chips on my sandwich because it would be weird if I didn’t. It’s just a thing I do. And you know you want to do it too.

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Clean Hand-Mashed Potatoes: Yes, you can eat them.

When we think about diets, we think about substituting “healthy” food for “guilty” food. What a totally messed up way to think about what fuels our body. If it’s natural… there’s a clean and delicious way to consume it. Potatoes get a bad rap. Let’s strip them down and allow ourselves to think about mashed potatoes in a whole new way.

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Yes, I like using sweet potatoes sometimes. Yes, there is a really good recipe that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes. That’s all fine and dandy, but my point is that we don’t have to “diet.” We have to de-brainwash ourselves into thinking that this vegetable is “bad” for us.

Now, adding lots of dairy and cheese will turn mashed potatoes into mashed thighs, but adding lots of dairy and cheese to ANYTHING will do that.

Here’s my recipe for clean hand-mashed potatoes. It’s a derivation of the version Chef B’friend taught me a while back:

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Red, White, and Blue Cheese Burgers!

This is what I had for breakfast today:

Independence Day Burger. Yeh that's right #murica Red White and Blue burger!

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This is Amurika, and it’s the 4th of July. Hell yeah, I had a burger at 8:30 am.

Now, since I’m not on a diet, there is no such thing as breaking the rules. There is no “cheat day.” Every day, I live my life and try make the best choices I can (while not being a total downer about it.) The boyfriend and I, rather than using “self-control” and feeling deprived, get creative and excited about how to make awesome food that is packed with the best nutritional value possible.

Here’s how Chef B’Friend made our Guilt-Free Red, White, and Blue Cheese Veggie Burgers:

Ingredients:

  • Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All American Burger (I usually like to make my own veggie-burger patties out of nuts, but it’s a holiday! Let’s live a little!)
  • Sprouted Whole Grain Burger Buns by Food for Life. Or just find something that has some kind of seed (sesame) and no high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Lettuce (I’m telling you, grow it or get it from the farmers market. It’s SO good.)
  • Tomato (Farmers market, organic, and/or heirloom… there is nothing worse than a flavorless tomato from PathMart.)
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Vegenaise (Don’t use regular Mayo. I swear you won’t even miss it!)
  • Organic Ketchup (no high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Mustard
  • Home-made Cole Slaw (red cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, olive oil, lemon, white wine vinegar, capers, and Vegenaise.)
  • Blue Cheese (Only a little… the flavor is intense!)
  • Pickle Chips (Optional. Try to get a natural pickle without that horrible “Yellow 5” ingredient.)

How to cook it:

  1. Whack the patties on the pan (Olive Oil the pan beforehand with heat.) IMG_0143
  2. Chop the veggies.IMG_0145
  3. Prepare the bottom bun with Vegenaise, ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles.
  4. Once patties are browning on both sides, pop some blue cheese on them for a few minutes.
  5. Take patties out of the pan and place them on the bun party you’ve created. IMG_0144
  6. Add avocado, lettuce, and the rest of the fillers in-between the patty and the top bun.
  7. Plate and garnish with a simple salad and some potato wedges.
  8. Sing “God Bless America” and eat.

Happy Independence Day! Let’s all be healthy and safe while we watch fireworks explode into the atmosphere.

(follow Chef B’Friend’s Instagram to see all the amazing things he makes/I eat.)

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The Plan.

I’m not going on a diet, and I’m not going to diet.

I’m just going to stop making bad choices on a regular basis. That’s my plan.

Diets do not work. After losing any bit of weight, you will eventually gain it all back plus more.

I already cook most of my food. And I’m already a vegetarian. I don’t drink sodas or other sugary crap drinks. I’m already physically active (I’m a dancer and dance teacher, dammit. I also teach Zumba.)

Then why am I 151.8 lbs? Because I’m eating and drinking and thinking and behaving like I don’t care about myself.

So what’s the plan?

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