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The other day I made reservations at a restaurant, and asked if they could accommodate vegans.  The person on the phone said “Vegan, huh? That must be tough not eating any grains at all.”  I replied “oh, I eat grains; I just don’t eat animal products.”  “Well…. I’m sure the kitchen could give you some …ah…fruit?”

The interaction was a good reminder that many people don’t know what it means to be vegan or can’t imagine the diversity of delicious healthy foods there to choose from.  This would be a good time for another What I Ate Wednesday: a tour of the foods I eat in a typical day, a blog game I haven’t played in a while that’s been going strong for 119 weeks now!

Pre-Breakfast: a cup of warm water and lemon juice, great for digestion, followed by a cup of chai green tea.

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Earthgiven Kitchen WIAW May 2013 (2)Breakfast: Strawberry-Almond Oatmeal.  I took my Date and Walnut Oatmeal, subbed almonds for the walnuts, and topped with all-fruit (unsweetened) jam and granola.  Yum!

Earthgiven Kitchen WIAW May 2013 (4)Lunch: Hummus Tempeh Wrap: whole wheat pita, Red Pepper & Hemp Heart Hummus (recipe here), baby spinach, kale, tempeh, sun-dried tomatoes and Cashew Sour Cream (recipe from Meghan Telpner here).

Earthgiven Kitchen WIAW May 2013 (3)Snacks: a banana, and later, a handful of almonds and a few pieces of Camino dark chocolate with coconut.  Camino bars are little pieces of heaven.

Earthgiven Kitchen WIAW May 2013 (6)Dinner: Buffalo cauliflower wings and deluxe veggie pizza.  I’ve mentioned the buffalo cauliflower wings before, they are awesome!  Check out Keepin’ It Kind for the recipe.  It’s one of the few ways I can get my kids to eat cauliflower.  Instead of topping our pizza with it, we used the cauliflower as a side dish and loaded a store-bought pizza with all the toppings we could: Daiya, mushrooms, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, pineapple, Italian Seasoning, veggie peperoni, asparagus and red onion.  Delicious!  One of our favourite dinners we’ve had in a while.

I’m submitting this wonderful day of eating to What I Ate Wednesdays #119, with thanks to Peas and Crayons for hosting.