So this is about food. Earlier I mentioned how I can’t eat a lot of certain foods due to the fact it upsets my baby (because it gets in the breast milk and makes him either gassy or he doesn’t like the taste).Being a vegan what I eat is limited anyways, so now it’s even more limited and I was starting to panic. Some of those foods include: Beans, onions, broccoli, cauliflower,soy (I don’t eat soy anyways because it makes me bloated really bad), coffee, anything caffeinated, anything spicy,anything too sugary, too much garlic,any basically anything bitter that may make my milk taste bitter. I searched all over to try and find some solutions. My biggest concerns are not eating beans and onions. We put onions in everything and beans are a staple in a vegan pantry ( I really miss tacos right now.) And I couldn’t really find anything or anyone who could help, so I have had to rack my brain to try and figure out how to maintain a filling and nutritious diet while avoiding a lot of common foods. I am not a nutritionist and I actually don’t have a cheat sheet of what proteins, fats, etc I can eat. I am just making it up as I go along and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I want to share this with you because maybe someone is going through the same thing and it’s nice to know you are not alone. :)
I have been eating a ton of quinoa! I love the stuff but it’s getting really old. So I have been turning to squash, sweet potatoes and yams as my hearty fillers for meals. I made some mashed sweet potatoes for dinner a few weeks ago which were amazing! I just bakes the sweet potatoes in the over and when they were done I removed the skins and then mashed them up. No need to for vegan butter or anything.
There are so many different winter squashed out there. So each week I grab a different kind and see what I can create. My attempts taste wise have been hit or miss, but at least I am trying. I have recently cooked an carnival squash, a kabocha squash, butternut squash, and this week I have some delicatas (which are my favorite!) You can just slice them open, scoop the seeds out, coat them in a thin layer or olive or coconut oil or butter, sprinkle some cinnamon on them and then bake them. And they are soooooo good! Very sweet, almost like a dessert.
My next discovery is polenta. I am not a stranger to polenta I just have a hard time cooking it. The other night I made polenta spaghetti. I took a tube of pre-made polenta (I don’t have time to make my own), and I crumbled it up in a pan with olive oil and I added some spaghetti-ish spices and tried to “brown” it like meat. Long story short, it turned out great! The polenta adds that texture, thickness, and heartiness that meatless spaghetti is missing. I think it’s going to be a new dinner staple in our house.
That’s what I have so far for major discoveries. Besides that I am eating a lot of salads with hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. I actually put nutritional yeast on most things I eat lol. Hopefully I can cook up some more goodness and take show you some pictures too (now that I have a new phone.) :)
Happy Eating Vegan mamas! Keep it up, your baby, your body, and the planet thanks you!