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Vegan, Plant Based Trial
Steven is the king of diets these days. He’s tried a fruitarian diet (exactly.. what is that – basically – you only eat fruit)… he’s tried the paleo diet, he has tried the raw diet, and he’s tried a high protein diet (yes consuming 20 eggs/ day – might I add raw and in his breakfast and dinner smoothies)… and now he is on a starch based diet – which is basically a vegan diet based with starches as the substance of what he consumes – i.e. potatoes… whole grains… etc.
I’ve tried a few diets myself – the whole 30, the paleo, the low carb, the raw diet, the “clean eating” diet… and I even attempted fruitarian with Steven for a day and felt miserable (kudos to those of you who make this happen and thrive off of it).
I’ve basically come to terms with the fact that diets are dumb… and the best way to make lasting change is to just make healthy choices every day – i.e. get adequate sleep, drink clean water, eat healthy food, take care of your self, etc. etc.
The Starch Solution
But Steven is on a mission… to find the optimal diet and share that with the world – helping people to live healthier and more fulfilled lives. So for now… his current inspiration is The Starch Solution.
I hate diets… but I struggle with low energy after I eat. I truly just want to nap for 8937492 hours. Steven has had so much energy on this starch diet… that it has inspired me to give it a go.
So here I am… three days in. So far.. I feel like a 7 year old on a sugar high without the drops. Meaning, yes… my energy is up and then some. I feel a little odd, because I’m eating so many carbs… and it has been drilled into my mind for so long that “carbs make you fat”. But I am also learning.. that carbs… are where are energy comes from! It is very possible that I don’t necessarily need to become a full blown starch based vegan… but that I was not consuming enough low glycemic carbs – which take a long time to digest, leaving you feeling full and satiated for a long period of time… plus low glycemic carbs provide long lasting energy without crashing.
In a nutshell… I’m three days in and I’m into it. I feel better… I feel amazing. I will do another post after about a month and let you know if I gain weight 😉 Although I seriously have so much energy… I’ve been able to burn a lot more calories in each of my workouts over the last few days.
Red Lentil Chili
So to fuel this starch based/ whole plant based vegan diet of ours – I needed help/ inspiration. I don’t know how to eat this way! I’ve been eating animal products my entire life!
So I downloaded the Forks Over Knives Ap (<— no one paying me for this review – just me really looking for whole food plant recipes). I really like the ap – it’s convenient… you can search recipes and create grocery lists easily… you can also organize your grocery list by recipe. Very user friendly.
On the ap I found the recipe for the red lentil chili – which is featured here today. It’s really good, I like it a lot any way! The recipe suggests using 2 14.5 oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes… I did that this time around, but next time I may just go for regular diced tomatoes (Steven isn’t into the fire roasted flavor). But overall it’s so good! I’m into it.
Lentils by the way contain 18 grams of protein per 1 cup (cooked). Awesome! Chicken who!?? 😉
Notes on the Recipe:
I will also say this about the red lentil recipe – and all the recipes on the Forks over Knives ap – it made enough to feed an army! Like sooo much food. I have a small family of 3… so for us – this means leftovers for days (hi I think I’ll cook dinner just twice this week – family you can eat leftovers!)… it also means freezer meals! I packaged a bunch of this red lentil chili into sealed containers and put them in the freezer – perfect for future evenings when cooking isn’t an option. Always nice to find more recipes to help me eat right when I’m short on time.
One more thing about the recipe – for quicker cooking use a pressure cooker. I don’t have one of those… so I made it a crockpot recipe! Easy peasy – just takes a bit longer.
That’s it.. hope you like it! I’ll keep you updated with my vegan choices – and where they end up taking me!
I want to know what plant based recipes you love! comment below! For real.. I need help!
- 9 dates (pits removed)
- 1 Lb. (2⅓ cups) red lentils dry
- 8 cups water (divided)
- 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 2 large red bell peppers (finely chopped)
- 8 cloves finely minced garlic
- 4 tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 1½ tbs. dried parsley
- 1½ tbs. dried oregano
- 1½ tbs. chili powder
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika
- ½ tsp. chipotle powder (or more to taste)
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
- 8 cups cooked quinoa or 4 medium baked potatoes or sweet potatoes (Optional for serving)
- 2 avocados sliced (optional for serving/ garnish)
- 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional for garnish)
- Blend dates with 1 cup of water until smooth
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours - or until red lentils are tender.
- Serve over potatoes, sweet potatoes or quinoa. Garnish with avocado and fresh chopped cilantro
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