What Vegans Eat – Day 984, Travel Edition

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Breakfast: Did I mention that my computer crashed? Yup, coming back from San Jose to stay in Walnut Creek a couple of nights ago something happened. When I turned it on I got the Apple screen, but no log in box, just a spinning wheel. I’ve had challenges with the MacBook Pro before. After all it’s an early 2011 model. It never should have lasted this long, right? But I still think there is some good life in this machine and I am attached to it. After trying all the recommended fixes I could find online I decided to visit the Genius Bar and we made an appointment in Santa Clara for today. This way Gary could visit his dad in San Jose. We had our morning Teeccino. I was not going to panic! Fortunately Gary has a newer MacBook Pro and I brought my external backup hard drive with me, so I had access to the most important information I would need and could get online. We promised we would have the cast list up by tomorrow night so we had a lot to do. I decided on the way to cancel my Genius Bar appointment. I realized it would make more sense to stay calm and try to fix the computer when we returned home next week. I had a bunch of RAM cards I purchased a while ago to upgrade my computer and maybe installing them will help.
 
Lunch:
Since we left without breakfast we were ready for lunch when we got to San Jose. We stopped into Khanh’s for our usual fare, starting with Tofu Rolls.
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I ordered the Combination Vegetables with Tofu and Shiitake mushrooms.
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Gary got the Rice Vermicelli with Vegetables. We especially loved the Bok Choy.
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Dinner: We wanted to get to work on the casting list for The Music Man now that the auditions and callbacks were done. Instead of returning right away to Walnut Creek where we are cat sitting, we went to Gary’s sister’s house and worked there. Gary will be staying here most of next week and half our food is here. Once the casting was done, Gary prepared dinner, our kind of home-cooked dinner, while I finished formatting the lists and getting it ready to post online. We had Baked Fries (Yellow, and Sweet), Baked Tofu and steamed String Beans. The String Beans were so fresh and good, I enjoyed them a lot. We don’t make them enough!
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  2 comments for “What Vegans Eat – Day 984, Travel Edition

  1. Kimberly
    October 23, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I found your website thru my recent encounter with D. Anthony Evans…I saw a live video feed on instagram with him and what an inspiring person he is. As I glance thru your website I started looking at your daily blog of What Vegans Eat… I have recently been introduced to vegan as my young daughter has shown extreme interest to be healthy and overcome issues she has and feels her diet plays a factor in these issues. However, as I try to take this journey with her I don’t know how to overcome the fear of Tofu or even Temphe for that matter. Do you have any suggestions on preparations for a first timer to enjoy? Or worst case what can replace it, as I find myself eating tons of bean as count for the loss of protein. Thank you for any help you may provide.

    • Caryn Hartglass
      October 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Kimberly,

      Thanks for visiting our website. Responsible Eating And Living is a nonprofit organization that offers you all kinds of resources for free, like all of our great recipes and hundreds of interviews like the one with D. Anthony Evans.

      To begin, all plant foods have complete protein. If you are not eating mostly junk, like potato chips and coke, getting enough protein is not a problem. Most people get too much protein. It’s rare not to have enough, unless you are starving and not getting enough calories. So let’s not worry about protein.

      And if you are eating tons of beans, that’s fantastic! Beans are very nutritious and inexpensive. You can make so many things with beans including soups, stews, patés, breads and crackers, put them on salads, roast them for crunchy snacks, blend them into smoothies. You can even bake them into brownies!

      You don’t have to eat Tofu and Tempeh but we love them both and if you can get over your fear you can learn to enjoy their versatility. I hope you take the time to watch our video on Soy called the Soy Story: http://responsibleeatingandliving.com/real-good-news-in-review-soy-story/. We have a bunch of recipes with tofu and temple. You can find them here: http://responsibleeatingandliving.com/category/legumes-beans/soybeans/. Try the Tofu No-Egg Salad, the baked Tofu, Tofu Masala. These are some favorites. I love the Tofu Scramble in a light Dijon Cream. The French Scramble is especially rich, great for a special brunch. We believe it’s important to marinate tempeh. It’s a fermented food and marinating helps mellow that fermented flavor. Some people like it, others don’t. We love it. Try the Tasty Taco Tempeh meat.

      With Thanksgiving coming up you might want to try some of our Thanksgiving favorites. Recipes for Thanksgiving with videos are here: http://responsibleeatingandliving.com/real-thanksgiving-celebration-feast/. And for festive Halloween foods, watch our fun Halloween video.

      I hope this gets you started. We have pancake and waffles recipes too that we make all the time. We love food! Vegan food!

      One last tip.Listen to my interview with Dreena Burton. She wrote the cookbook, Plant-Powered Families with lots of great kid-friendly recipes. Here’s the interview: http://responsibleeatingandliving.com/favorites/dreena-burton-plant-powered-families/

      Kind regards,
      Caryn

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