There are some foods that you don't get often as a vegan, so when you do get them it's a real treat! Caesar salad was one of my favourites in my pre-plant eating days but as it's normally made with eggs and anchovies it was off the menu. Brendan Brazier's Thrive Energy Cookbook has a recipe for one (that curiously is absent of a dressing recipe) that is very good. I made some slight alterations for mine and it turned out great. For the dressing, instead of buying a store bought vegan caesar salad dressing (they must exist) I made the one in the Eat to Live book by Dr Joel Fuhrman which is fantastic and oil free. I'd recommend making the dressing a day ahead so the flavours blend nicely rather than on the day you make and eat the salad. For Brendan's recipe I omitted the avocado oil drizzle as it was unneeded fat that I didn't think would add to the flavour (it was delicious without it and there is grapeseed oil in the croutons so that's plenty). Also instead of purchasing pre-flavoured maple tempeh I simply bought plain tempeh (avoiding any sketchy ingredients) and marinated my tempeh overnight in maple syrup which was amazing. Brendan doesn't mention it but put your greens in a large bowl with the cucumber and mix in a little dressing at a time with clean hands, that's the best way to evenly distribute the dressing so you don't get clumps of it in your salad and dry spots elsewhere.
I love oatmeal. In fact I have it pretty much every morning except for the odd occasion where my daughter and I make pancakes or waffles on a lazy weekend morning. It was recently pointed out to me that eating the same thing every morning may not be offering myself enough variation in my diet. I somewhat disagree as the mix-ins for oatmeal are so varied. I always put in nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit and some sort of nut milk in my bowl. Those mix-ins are never really the same. But I thought I could bust away from my typical steel cut or rolled oats and add some variety so I picked up some kamut, spelt and rye flakes as well as freekeh and a 12 grain cereal mix. I plan to mix these in half and half with my oats, so instead of half a cup of dried oats (before cooking) I'll do a quarter cup of each. This morning I tried it out with the kamut and rolled oats and it was great!
Then of course I went on a nutritional tangent and looked up the nutrition content of each of them. As it turns out rolled oats beats kamut in every category except niacin and vitamin A. But still variety is good right? Then to further my nutritional obsession I looked up the protein content of kamut and oats and found that they are both lacking one amino acid to make them complete, lysine. And where can you find lysine? Pumpkin seeds (which have more lysine than eggs) and soy milk (which has more lysine than tuna) that's where! I almost always add pumpkin seeds to my oats so now I know my breakfast is indeed a source of complete essential amino acids. Tomorrow I think I'll go spelt.
"Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much." - Michael Pollan