What is The Vegan(ish) Experiment?

Our family (me, my husband D, and our four-year-old Molly) started 2009 with a mostly-vegan, macrobiotic-inspired diet (although I have to admit, the strict macro rules have pretty much gone out the window). I have seen a marked improvement in my chronic migraines, and I'm enjoying proving that we can make amazing, mouth-watering, memorable food without animal products. For a more in-depth intro, click here.

I stopped updating this blog quite awhile back, when life got in the way. I'm still keeping a mostly vegan kitchen, though, and loving it. Have fun browsing my recipes!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Day 29: What a Week

I have had the week from hell. D left for Ireland on Saturday, and I've been missing him a ton. On Sunday, Molly got sick. She stayed sick, with her fever spiking to 104 more than once, for three days. I stayed home from work to nurse her back to health. (I always thought I had a lot of respect for single moms ... but now I have even more.) We had a snowstorm, and I got to do all the shoveling (Molly woke up from her far too-short nap right after I started, so I had to put on Dora and run inside every 5 minutes to check on her.) Yesterday morning, when I was holding a sobbing Molly, I just lost it and started to cry with her.

Today is a new day. Molly turned a corner by the end of the morning yesterday, and by the afternoon I had my little girl back. You would've never known she'd been sick. And D is coming home this afternoon; I'm leaving work half an hour early to pick him up. Whew!

Haven't done much cooking while running a miniature kiddie hospital, but last night I did make Couscous with Peanut Sauce from The Vegan Spoonful blog. (I was planning on eating leftovers yet again, but at lunchtime I had bumped into the container full of Caribbean Beans and Quinoa, and they ended up all over the floor. I didn't mourn too much, as I hadn't been crazy about the dish in the first place.)

Anyway, the couscous dish was AMAZING. Make it, even if you aren't crazy about peanut sauce. It does not taste like Thai peanut sauce. I used half peanut butter and half tahini, because I was almost out of peanut butter. That's the only thing I changed about the recipe, and I think it added to the flavor. (In fact, if you're one of those people who isn't crazy about peanut flavors in savory food, I think the sauce could be made with just tahini and no PB.) I also made broccoli on the side, which (as The Vegan Spoonful lady says) is tasty when dipped into the sauce. I can't wait to have leftovers tonight.

In my last post, Amy asked what will happen to this experiment when February rolls around. Well, I guess everyone will have to come back on February 1 to see!

Health update: had a migraine on Tuesday; not surprising with how stressful things were at home. First one I'd had since the previous Wednesday. No pain since then, except my aching back from all the snow shoveling ...


  1. As you say, it's hardly surprising that you had a migraine! Hope things all cool down and get back to normal. No, scrub that, get much better than normal.
    The peanut sauce sounds good.

  2. Aww, you poor thing. Glad to hear things smoothed out. And yes I have much respect for single mothers - after all I was raised by a great one :)

  3. Aw, that is crappy. :(

    I hope I'm still seeing you on Thursday? I don't know why I never mentioned this to you before, but we have a copy of the Veganomicon we're not using terribly often. (The things we've made from it were tasty, we're just not cooking much at all.) I'd be happy to lend it to you, or I could just bring it on Thurs to let you see if you're interested.


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