What Vegans Eat – Day 345


Breakfast: We’ve been in a polenta state of mind the last few days and I thought it would be good for breakfast. This Breakfast Polenta was made with pears instead of apples and I stirred in some cinnamon in my bowl. Gary warmed up some of the Rustic Bread Rolls he had made and froze last week. English Breakfast was our tea this morning with soy milk. We enjoyed our breakfast reading about food. I am finally reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell‘s book Whole, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. I have 3 or 4 copies here at home since it first came out in 2013. I am reading it because I will be speaking with the co-author Howard Jacobson on this Tuesday’s IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD show. Gary was devouring Tal Ronnen‘s newest cookbook, Crossroads.
Lunch: Eating by your desk is not something I recommend, but I do it from time to time. I was hungry and busy and grabbed the bowl of leftover Collard Greens and Red Onions from the night before, along with a piece of Gary’s Country Fried Tempeh and a Sweet Potato Pancake.
Dinner: You may remember back in September, I wrote about the VegNews Comfort Food Shindig we attended. In our gift bags we each received a box of Upton Natural’s Bar-B-Cue Jackfruit and Chile Lime Carnitas Jackfruit. We put the box of Bar-B-Cue Jackfruit on the kitchen counter about a week ago thinking we’d make it in something. We were hoping to pick up some corn tortillas and avocado and make tacos. We got the avocados, but because we are picky about our corn tortillas we never got them. Have you ever read the list of ingredients on corn tortillas? It’s scary. We like our tortillas to be made with organic corn, water and salt. That’s it. No cellulose. No GMO corn. Let me give you a few examples.
Mission White Corn Tortillas contain Corn masa flour, water, cellulose gum, propionic acid (to preserve freshness), benzoic acid (to preserve freshness), phosphoric acid (preservative), guar gum, amylase.
La Banderita Corn Tortillas contain whole grain corn, Water, Contains 2% of Less of Each of the Following: Gum Blend, Preservatives (Propionic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Methyl- and Propyl Parabens), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Hydroxide, Calcium Carbonate), Lime.
Guerrero Corn Tortillas have ground corn treated with lime, Water, Cellulose Gum, Propionic Acid (to Preserve Freshness), Benzoic Acid (to Preserve Freshness), Phosphoric Acid (Preservative), Dextrose, Guar Gum, Amylase. Gluten free.


Trader Joe’s corn tortillas contain stoneground corn, water, traces of lime. Trader Joes says their products are sourced from Non-GMO ingredients.
Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic Corn Tortillas contain organic whole corn, water, trace of lime.
Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas are made with Organic Sprouted Corn, Filtered Water, Sea Salt, Lime.
Can you guess which brand is our favorite? Food For Life Organic Sprouted Corn Tortillas are the best! But not every store has them.
For dinner Gary got creative and cut the firm Polenta cake into layers and filled them with the sautéed Bar-B-Que Jackfruit and thinly sliced avocado. He then baked the savory “cake” in a hot oven until the Polenta was crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. We served it by slicing the crispy Polenta stack the same way you would a cake. It was delicious!
Gary crumbled the remaining Country Fried Tempeh and Baked Sweet Potato Pancakes and tossed them in with String Beans, Carrots, and Onions. He also made Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
Take a look at what Jackfruit looks like!
Here’s my first plate. Yes, I had seconds, as usual.
Daily Green Juice: When I speak about juicing, a popular question is what time of the day do I juice. The answer is, “there is no time!” Its always a good time for a green juice. I have one in the morning or mid day or late at night. But I always have one every day.

  2 comments for “What Vegans Eat – Day 345

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these great meal ideas with us!
    Re the juicing, I find that because I’ve IBS, the green juice has too much fiber. It sends me to the bathroom for the rest of the day after drinking it. Any ideas on what I can do? I feel that it’s so healthy and I would love to make it part of my daily routine. Your input would be most appreciated.

    • Hi Natalie,

      I am confused when you write that green juice has too much fiber. Are you referring to a green smoothie or blended salad made in a high-powered blender? A green smoothie contains all the fiber from raw vegetables. A green juice is made with a juicer or juice extractor like the Breville Juice Fountatin Elite which removes the fiber and leaves the only juice. If the juicer is not very efficient, you can strain the juice to remove any fiber that may have passed into it.

      I have some other questions for you. What do you eat? Are you avoiding foods with sugar, white flour, dairy, processed foods and foods cooked in oil? These are all triggers for IBS. If you are having difficultly consuming raw vegetables high in fiber here is what is recommend. Include a very small amount of raw vegetables at EVERY meal; chew them slowly and very well, until they are liquid in the mouth before swallowing. You can slowly make bigger portions of raw vegetables as your body learns to digest them. The goal is to eat two big salads a day.

      I hope this helps!


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