They'd given me two vegan options to choose from: pasta primavera and stuffed mushrooms. But when I got to the restaurant, they told me the pasta had eggs in it and the mushrooms had cheese. (!) So this is what I was served: steamed broccoli, steamed asparagus, and lemon-scented white rice.
- Where's the protein??? Protein is really important nutritionally (though most American diets include too much protein). For me personally, I need protein to feed my muscles, keep me lean, and maintain my weight loss. I wrote a post a while back on how I get enough protein, but the gist is I need to eat protein at every meal and sometimes for snacks too. And really, how hard is it to open a can of beans, drizzle some olive oil on them, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper?
- The restaurant probably equated "she's vegan" to "she wants really bland food." I imagined the cooks in the kitchen trying to think of the least offensive thing they could serve me. I guess if you're not familiar with vegan cooking, that might make sense. But come on...they couldn't saute the veggies in a bit of olive oil for me, maybe with some minced garlic, and maybe even be a little crazy and add some crushed red pepper? Or maybe they could have been even crazier and added everything to a wok with some fresh minced garlic and ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Frankenmint Brownies that I recast with a holiday theme.
These brownies were soooooo awesome. I used slightly more tofu (yes, tofu!) than the recipe calls for, and they ended up so moist they melted in my mouth. Combined with the rich minty frosting, they were amazing. Recipe here!
What I learned from this tale:
- Grand Concourse could learn a thing or two from me.
- Most omnivores are clueless about what vegans eat and think we eat bland, boring food (we don't!).
- It's good to represent and bring vegan awesomeness to potlucks, even if the other potluck selections are gross and offensive. [Um, someone made bacon chocolate chip cookies. :-( So I guess it wasn't bad enough that two animals, cows and chickens, suffered to make the cookies, but pigs--the 5th most intelligent animal on earth and likely the ones most attuned to their awful treatment on factory farms--too. Boo!)
- While it's good to represent, I didn't even need to bring anything. Five coworkers made vegan versions of their dishes for me and another vegan in the office. Yay! I felt so loved. :-)
The End (until next holiday!)