Moderation

I have always had to work at being fit and watching my weight. I envy people who are able to eat what they want and not gain weight, or people who get a runner’s high, or look forward to the gym. By nature, I like starchy food (pass the potatoes and pasta please), I have to make my self go to the gym, and running? No thank you.

A little over 2 years ago, I saw a picture of myself and I was shocked. I always thought  I ate fairly healthy, and I got a moderate amount of exercise, but I had fallen into the trap. Carbs, one too many glasses of wine, not enough sleep, and so on. I had been down the exercise and diet path before, but nothing ever stuck. Not to be cliche, it was time for a “lifestyle change”.

I am by no means an expert and I have to work at this everyday (please talk to a health care professional before starting any diet and exercise program). I still over indulge at times, I still eat pasta and potatoes, and I refuse to buy “low fat” food or margarine. I like real food, I like to cook, I like cheese and wine and craft beer; but now, I have to do things in moderation. Measuring the butter before I throw it in the pan, ordering the salad (dressing on the side) instead of the french fries, a glass of wine instead of 3 (ok, 4), and my nemesis, the gym. I try for 3-4 days a week, plus with our dog I get an extra walk in most evenings. I still plan on sharing other cooking adventures from the kitchen, and they will not always be “healthy”, but again, all in moderation.

So, where am I going with this? Why a Vegan cooking recipe of course! I have been reading  Self Magazine , as well as a few blogs to get inspiration for new recipes and workout ideas. I know how to cook healthy low fat foods, but new ideas are always welcome.

Sunday night I decided to start making the Chickpea Sweet Potato Burgers (the chick peas have to soak overnight). I didn’t make the accompanying cucumber salad, but I am sure that is tasty. The “burgers” had great flavor and they are Gluten Free as well as vegan. I may add a little heat and/or garlic (sriacha/sambal) to this next time, I think the natural sweetness of the sweet potato could use some balance.

Chickpea Sweet Potato Burger 

Looking forward to trying a few other vegan recipes, maybe a pasta dish will be next. Whole wheat pasta of course. 
 

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