Just the other day, when someone heard that I don't eat meat or dairy, they asked the same question that I often still get ... "what do you eat?" After 5 years of being vegetarian, and a year and a half mostly vegan, I think it's rather ironic since we are blessed with so many food choices in this world.
For some, falafel and homous for breakfast may seem strange but it is typical for this region. My husband had to go to work early this morning and picked this up on his way back. Pita bread, pickled veges and olives come with the meal which happens to also be very inexpensive.
For lunch, I had leftover chickpea salad that I made last night for guests: 3 large tomatoes chopped, one small onion and green pepper chopped, one medium cucumber chopped, 1 can of drained chickpeas, a handful of fresh cilantro chopped, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 3 TBS of red wine vinegar, 1 tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp sugar and 1 clove of minced garlic. Blue corn tortilla chips and mashed avocado with salt, cumin powder and lemon juice were served on the side.
A late afternoon snack was banana cake with chocolate streusel (recipe can be found here) and Earl Grey green tea with coconut milk.
For dinner, I had granola with coconut milk and fresh fruit.
And that's it ... I may have a banana before bed but otherwise I am full and satisfied. Since changing my eating habits and views on food, I actually crave simple, healthy, delicious meals. There are days when I nibble more than usual, but I always opt for healthy choices. Most people think that protein and calcium are only found in meat or dairy, but everything we eat has some level of these necessary nutrients.
Wishing you a healthy, happy day.