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Meatless Monday, And Oops… I’m Back!

December 13, 2011
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I’ve returned after a brief (okay, not so brief) hiatus, where things have been surprisingly busy– joblessness aside.

Since I was last here, a couple things have changed.

Number one, I’m about 8 inches shorter.

Turkey Day with the little bro

Trying on a tacky Christmas sweater

5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning (at 6am!)

The 8 inches, of course, are referring to my hair. I had made an appointment in Tampa to get my hair trimmed by a friend from college, and I decided the night before that I’d be cutting a bit more off and doing something better than littering the floor of the salon with it.

I donated my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which creates wigs free of charge to women who have lost their hair while battling cancer. It’s not as well-known as Locks of Love, but I chose to go with them for several reasons.

To check them out, . If you’re thinking of changing your hairstyle soon, think about chopping it into a bob… or a “lob” ¬†(long bob) like mine and donate your ponytail to Beautiful Lengths!

As for the second thing that’s new, I’ve been trying to stick to Meatless Monday. ¬†Every Monday, I abstain from anything that requires an animal to be killed. No to fish. No to chicken. No to beef. Yes to eggs! Yes to dairy!

This will be my third week trying out Meatless Monday! The first week, it was a breeze. The second week, a little harder having to watch The Dude eat chicken apple sausage. This week, I stomped through the grocery store, starving and frustrated that all the hot meals had meat in them. And I almost gave up.

But I didn’t.

And now it’s the end of my third Meatless Monday, and again, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It’s even better that neither Christmas or New Year’s fall on Mondays (I can’t even imagine Nochebuena without pork :) ).

Here’s something I made a couple weeks ago. It’s delicious, it makes me not miss meat, and it tastes like something a little sinful: it’s BBQ tempeh, some veggies, and a pile of creamy mashed potatoes.

 

I treated the tempeh and the veggies much like I would a stir-fry. I browned up the tempeh in a skillet and threw in some mixed veggies, seasoned them with a little red pepper flakes and some Trader Joe’s Every Day Seasoning, and then added a couple tablespoons of BBQ sauce (mine’s from… surprise… Trader Joe’s).

For the mashed potatoes, I boiled a batch of multi-colored potatoes (hence the different colors of potato skin in the potatoes and the slight purple color) and blended them with 1/2 a tablespoon of butter, some non fat Greek yogurt, and a few sprinklings of sea salt.

 

Since it’s only week 3, I’m considering today’s grouchfest in the grocery store part of the learning curve. It’s going to take a bit of getting used to, but if mashed potatoes are involved… how much can a day without meat suck?

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