Friday, April 4, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Healthy Vegetarian Post 21

Over the past couple weeks I haven't really accomplished much. I can tell I'm getting lazier when it comes to my cooking, but I feel as though I got to where I wanted to get when I had this idea for the project. I've been thinking about what I've learned from this project and I've realized that some kids are kicked out when they turn eighteen and though they have spent their entire lives "preparing" for life, they have not learned anything to do with actually living. Sure, they know how to find the volume of a sphere, but they don't know how to do laundry or cook. I was very fortunate in my situation and my parents were there and taught me vital skills so one day I can live on my own, but not everybody has a parent that has the time to not only provide for their children but also teach them all these skills. I have realized that's schools spend too much time on meaningless education that we truly don't need, rather than preparing students for life. Kids are thrown into the real world without a chance of having a good life, they struggle teaching themselves how to laundry, cook pasta every night, and have no idea how to write a check, but the education system sees no flaw in that because they know Edgar Allen Poe's stories. I just think that instead of feeding us meaningless information we need to learn how to live by ourselves without relying on our parents. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Healthy Vegetarian Post 20

During these past two weeks I decided to attempt to make sushi, and much to my surprise I accomplished it. It wasn't as hard as I thought, and the only part I failed was the filming or any documentation of the process of making it or the finished product. I attempted filming it, but midway my phone died resulting in the loss of the entire clip, and I got too excited at the end devoured it before picturing my masterpiece. I thought thy it was just shockingly an easy food to make, but than my mom attempted to make a roll that resulted in more of a sushi rice, seaweed, avocado, and cucumber salad. I'm realizing that I'm actually pretty good at this whole cooking thing which make me happy because it's a life skill, so when everyone is eating Ramon Noodles in college, I can make myself some sushi. 
I am unsure of what I am going to make next, but I will be making something soon. For the cookbook that I was planning on making, I'm not sure how that will turn out. I will probably have a makeshift collection of the recipes I used, rather than an actual cookbook. That's kind of disappointing but I just don't think I have time to make a legit cookbook. It's not set in stone what I plan on doing yet but I just don't see it happening. Overall so far this project is going really well and I'm happy about it.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Healthy Vegetarian Post 19

This week I made sesame noodles, it was simple and tasted pretty good. I never had this dish before and I liked it just fine, but it was a little sweet with a relatively spicy after-taste. The sauce was really light and it would have been pretty bad with just the pasta and sauce so I mixed in some broccoli and it made it taste much better. I probably wouldn't make this meal again, but my mom, dad, and brother really liked it. 
My sister and mom decided to give meat up for lent so more meals will be meat free until Easter. I think it's pretty cool that they are doing so and hopefully they will stick with it. Next week I'm unsure of what to make, but I kind of want to try making sushi. Avocado and cucumber rolls are my favorite food, but I have no clue how to make it, so it will be a bit of a challenge. I will look into it a little more before I make a final decision, but I think it'd be fun and taste awesome.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Healthy Vegetarian Post 18

Through this project I've learned a lot about being a healthy vegetarian. What I liked about this project is that I've discovered a lot of foods I didn't know I liked, I made foods I would have never tried with out few empty time and that's really good. The only thing I disliked about it is that cooking takes a lot of time and I feel like I have very little of that. If I were to change anything about my project back in September I would have made my project something with a deeper meaning so I knew what to talk about for my speech, since I have no idea what that will be about!
I have hit a road block on ideas for recipes and why to make. I've goggled vegetarian meals and I've either made something similar to it or it just looks very unappealing. That said I have no clue what to cook over the weekend! I've made Italian, Mexican, American, I just have no more ideas! I'll have to continue researching and see if my mother has any ideas.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Heathy Vegetarian Post 17

This week I attempted the tortilla soup and cheddar biscuits again, but this time it ended up in a bowl, not all over my floor and kitchen! It was definitely worth the trial and error. When I ate chicken, California Pizza Kitchen's chicken tortilla soup was my favorite, when I looked up the recipe I noticed the only chicken in it was the broth, which was a very easy fix, so I swapped that with vegetable broth, and it tasted great. It was pretty spicy, but I added some tortilla strips and cheese and it was amazing. The cheddar biscuits were inspired by Red Lobsters, though I've never actually ate there, I have heard how good they are, so I used a mock recipe and they definitely are as good as everyone says. This was definitely the most difficult and time consuming meals I have prepared thus far. The soup had specific timings so in order to not burn anything I had to chop everything up before hand and add ingredients accordingly. The biscuits were relatively easy, but very messy and sticky. I would give the meal a 4 out of 5 because it was quite spicy and hard to make.
My family devoured the meal and thought it was amazing. They loved the biscuits and they were gone in seconds, and the soup was also enjoyed. So far all my meals, besides the first attempt of this soup, have gone very well, I have had little difficulty and everything has tasted great. A lot of these foods I wouldn't have ever tried, let a lone made, with out this project. My meal pallet consisted of pasta, rice, quesadillas, broccoli, and sushi, now I know I actually do like more food than I had thought, which is good because I can actually look forward to meals, and I'm actually getting nutrients. Since being a vegetarian I know I am not very nutritious, I don't get the vitamins and essential nutrients the food pyramid recommends, but now I have found many recipes that incorporate these nutrients in a great tasting, vegetarian, way. I posted a video on my Instagram too, so if interested, check it out!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Healthy Vegetarian Post 16

This week I made a caprese sandwich and smashed redskin potatoes. The sandwich had roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and a balsamic glaze on a focaccia roll. It was very good and very light. The smashed potatoes went great with it, although not the healthiest choice. My parents also though it was really good, and my dad didn't even have meat as a desert! I thought that was quite the accomplishment, seeing as he does not believe it is a meal without meat. 
So far this project has been rather successful, I've realized I like a lot more foods than I even knew. I have always been a very picky eater and this has broadened my tastes. Being a healthy vegetarian is a lot harder than someone might think, protein is only in so many things other than meat. I don't like eggs or tofu, so that makes it even harder. After I've tried new foods that incorporated all the other food groups that I don't usually eat. Next week I'm going to attempt the tortilla soup again, and hopefully it won't end up all over my kitchen this time! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Guide and Cookbook for Being a Healthy Vegetarian Post 15

This week I worked on the layout of the cookbook. I decided to get a binder and organizing the recipes in that by date. I also looked back to the intro and began editing it. My main ideas have not changed much since the beginning but there were some changes I made to it. I did not cook anything this week, but next week I plan on making something. I am thinking of making a caprese sandwich with some kind of potato as a side dish. I went snowboarding over the weekend and had an amazing caprese sandwich and it inspired me to try to prepare it. I think it will be relatively easy to make, but the one I had had roasted tomatoes and I am unsure how to do that. Nonetheless I am looking forward to making and eating it!