Sunday, February 28, 2010

Buscuits: Fluffy, Whole Grain, Vegan Goodness!

My husband, the expert biscuit maker, adjusted his famous recipe to make it vegan. A kind man who cooks - what more could you ask for? The biscuits were quite delicious. Very fluffy and soft, which can be difficult to achieve when using whole wheat flour. The trick is to use pastry flour. It's more delicate than regular whole grain flour, and it helps you get around that dense, grainy quality that can be unappetizing in certain foods. The biscuits did look a little brown (we called them poo biscuits), but our little family of four happily ate them all!

2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of cream of tarter
2/3 cup of rice or soy milk (or more if the dough looks dry)
1/2 cup of olive oil

Mix the dry ingredients first, then create a well for the wet ingredients. Mix and kneed. Too much kneading can keep the biscuits from being fluffy. Roll the dough, cut with a glass or a biscuit cutter, and bake in a 450 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Biscuits that are too small or cooked too long will be dry.
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My Vegan Experiment - Day 7

Yesterday was the last day of My Vegan Experiment. I cut eggs and dairy out of my diet for one week to see if I could hack it, and the verdict is in.... I can! And I intend to continue doing so!

It's still too early to tell if this will be a permanent lifestyle change. However, I'm ready to really dig in, learn, and give it a fair try. I'm so grateful that the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart begins tomorrow (Monday, March 1).

It wasn't nearly as much of a struggle as I thought it would be. I actually learned some profound life lessons this week, which I will share in another blog post.

On Friday I was struggling with low energy and headaches. However, yesterday I started to feel much better. Today I feel fantastic! One major difference is that I've been drinking more water. I also think I may have been experiencing a sort of "detox". A reader told me that the symptoms I was experiencing are common during the transition period, but they should subside within a short time.

Anyway, here is the last food log of my week-long experiment. Aww... I will miss doing this every day!
  • coffee with rice milk
  • black bean burritto from Chipotle with white rice (not ideal!), green peppers, onions, guacamole, lettuce and tomatoes
  • dehydrated vegetable chips from the Greenwise section at Publix - green beans, carrots, beets, taro, turnips (they were such a nice snack, and my children loved them too)
  • roasted soy nuts with sea salt (also from the Greenwise section at Publix)
  • organic Tazo Chai tea with rice milk
  • organic apple with 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • Bolthouse Farms Vedge Juice (tastes like V8, but with better ingredients)
  • Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries (they were okay, but not great)
  • a couple pieces of pop corn - it may have had butter, but I'm not sure. I ate it without even realizing it!
Thank you so much for your comments and well wishes. It is SUCH an encouragement to me and everyone else who is reading it! ☺☺☺
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