Over the past few months of trying out a vegetarian and vegan diet, I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, moderation is key. I really hate being boxed in a category: “Are you vegan? Are you vegetarian?” My aim is to eat as much of a plant-based diet as possible, but if I have the urge to eat a piece of fish or a Lebanese Kibbe, then I will–without being made to feel like I ‘failed’ at being a vegan or whatever. I know the health benefits of eating mainly plant-based foods and they are the main reasons why I try to eat this way. But I also know that if I eat a piece of chicken once or twice, I’m not putting my health at risk. I think diets should be individualized–the same thing won’t work for everyone. Any thoughts on this?
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Now on to the recipe…
Yummy Baked Oatmeal (adapted from a vegfamily recipe)
2 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried goji berries
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 mashed banana
Egg replacer for 1 egg
Preheat over to 375F. Grease a baking pan.
Combine oats, brown sugar, fruits, walknus, spices, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, combine almond milk, vanilla, banana, and egg replacer. Add wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir until combined. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with some wheat germ. Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!
Tip: To reheat leftovers, add a bit of almond milk and pop back in the oven.