Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NEWSFLASH! I'm baaaaaaack. Now lettuce shoot the salad.

hi everyone! so to answer the million dollar question of, "where in the hell has that pain in the ass vegan gone for the past two months?" well the answer is.....

PREGNANTVILLE! population me. well, me and and a fetus. i'm about 15 weeks along and due at the beginning of december. now, i was late for my last kid, so i'm banking on being late again which means i'll have a baby with my latkes this year for chanukkah.

so if anyone knows anything about being pregnant, then you know that there's morning sickness. no--not the crapola you see on t.v. when someone gets sick a couple of times then happily basks in the glow of knocked upness for the rest of the day. i'm talking violently ill from the time i got up until the time i crashed every night for about 8-9 weeks. i'm just now feeling better.

during this sickness i didn't want to cook or eat. and i didn't want to eat the things i loved most: veggies and soy products. the thought of consuming any vegetable, smelling any onions, garlic, cinnamon, coffee, or anything with a potent aroma made me vomit. i was so sick, i actually have lost--not gained weight. this sickness meant no kitchen duty for me. i didn't even want to look at food porn. how depressing is that?

this also meant i wasn't (confession time!) vegan. i had to eat whatever i could keep down. some of this is stuff that is so gross, i'd rather not mention. ever had ensure? the most disgusting stuff on earth. soooooo, if you want to be a vegan douchebag and judge me for my shortcomings because of something completely out of my control and a force of biology, then fuck you. read no further. i don't think vegan douchebags really read this blog anyway, but i thought i'd place that disclaimer just in case i have lurkers. my non-vegan eating was and has been a very dark time for me that i'm not proud of. if you ask my spouse, he'll tell you i've cried more than once about this and have beat myself up over having to be flexible. this was something i wasn't prepared to deal with. some women can have completely vegan pregnancies-(which i tried to do) good for them. i was someone who couldn't do it.

but i'm back, transitioning slowly--testing what my body can take. pictured above is a taco salad i made on sunday. it is super easy to make and the perfect summer dish. here's what i did:

  • different kinds of lettuces (i used some store bought and some from my garden)
  • chopped carrots
  • cuke slices
  • a chili-type topping: i used a mixture of a can of red kidney beans, some left over vegan chili, cumin, chili powder, garlic granules, and a dash of liquid smoke
  • on top of mount chili i added some salsa and guac
  • served with corn chips
now below is a picture topped with some creamy vegan cilantro dressing:
the dressing
1/3 c. veganaise
1/2 c. tofutti cr. cheese
1/2 c. water
2T apple cider vinegar
1T lime juice
some shakes of ms. dash chipotle flavor
some onion salt
1/2 c. fresh chopped cilantro

put in a blender until smooth. use within 4 days. this recipe def. needs some tweaking, as i found it to be too runny.

glad to be back, everyone. i've REALLY MISSED YOU ALL.
what's your favorite kind of salad to eat? i need quick summer meal ideas.


Eddie G said...


Easy vegan salad: chick peas, sliced grape tomatoes, diced onions, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Congrats! And I'm sorry you were so sick. It's great to see you back. And that taco salad needs to be in my belly.

nora said...

wow, congratulations! that's wonderful! glad to see you can stomach vegetables again :)

loved this line..
"i didn't even want to look at food porn. how depressing is that?"

Vinnie said...

The hardest thing has been to see you separated from the cooking you love so much. Second hardest has been not getting to enjoy your delicious culinary creations! I think you are truly a culinary artist, and your unique style shines through in the meals you create. Glad to have you back!

Bianca said...

Oooh, I'm so glad your back. I missed your ass too (I mean, not your know what I mean). Congrats on the baby!

And don't worry about slippin'. Hell, I've cheated on cheese dip a time or two when I was drunk...and that's a way stupid excuse. You're making a little person. That's a good excuse.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Glad you are feeling better and nice to have you back here!

Sal said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm glad you're back too.

sorry you've been having such a horrible time, certainly no judgement coming from my way - if you're body is fighting you, can only do what you can do. good luck with transitioning back!

I would be sad if I couldn't look at food porn too.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...


Glad to have you back and hope your system co-operates!

VeganView said...

Congratulations! How exciting and I am so glad you are feeling better! That salad looks awesome, I will need to make that dressing! Take care, and be well. And, please don't beat yourself up over your past food eats, it's not your fault, we all still love you here in vegan bloggy community :)

Anonymous said...

Thats looks delicious. So glad you are back!!

pixiepine said...

Hey! So glad you are back here! Congrats on the leetle baby project- heheh. If I were puking all day for weeks I'd give a big middle finger to anyone who tried to tell me how to eat. So yeah. I'm glad you can get back to eating what you like though!

My favorite salad lately has been spinach leaves, tomatoes from the garden, and some dijon vinagrette from La Dolce Vegan. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Sorry you were so sick. No one will judge you for "slipping"...eating whatever you could was the most important and healthy thing for you and the baby.

laura said...

Mazel Tov! Glad to hear you're feeling better! And screw anyone who judges you! :) My fave salad is just avocado and tomatoes with a little red wine vinegar, olive oil & sea salt.

miss v said...

helllooooo, girlie! soo glad you are back in my little bloggin world. congrats on the kiddo. as a non-never-will-be-parent, i commend you. go procreation!

Susan G said...

Welcome back and congrats on the baby! The most important thing of course is to do what's best for you and your baby.

Woz said...

OMG!! Congrats on being vegan+1!! YAYAYAYAYAY. We've missed you at Hungry Hungry Veganos and are glad you had a good excuse for leaving us. hee hee hee So happy for you!! :D