Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Low Fat Veg Recipes Hunt

It's not easy being a vegetarian.

All the more, if you are a reluctant vegetarian.

I still can't go through a whole week without meat, so every sunday, I will 'meat out' on selected meats. I have a particularly high sensitivity to white meat, so I avoid chicken and fish at all times.

I am grateful that I don't have to nick mutton off my platter completely for now.

Now the challenge is to find veg recipes that is low calorie and healthy. Mind you, not all vegetarian recipes are healthy. Imagine cooking all veg with coconut oil, just the way Malaysians would love. I think, I would not be able to fit into any of my pants anymore by now.

My 'sub-challenge' would be to find time for me to prepare my meal. Before this, I was a bit errant on my meal planning. I would even eat tuna from the can because I simply wouldn't have the time to prepare a decent meal.

Now that I can no longer eat tuna, I have to pay more attention on what I put on my plate. Having rice is not an option either. Rice is my vice, regardless the type of rice I would choose to cook.

The easiest veg meal to do would be a simple boiled potato salad. I love the pre-packed rocket salad they have in supermarkets (RM 5.99). I will just serve it with some boiled potatoes and I am done.

Other Veg options that I have attempted so far would be :

- Braised Tofu, red capsicum and potatoes in oyster sauce.-served with brown rice
- Capsicum and feta cheese baked pasta
- Spicy couscous with asparagus
- Vegetarian curry (Potatoes, eggplants, carrots and celery)-served with brown rice
- My version of roasted mushroom and rocket sandwich.

But on most days, I live on a diet of raw veg (salad), wholewheat slice with peanut butter (pre-gym food) and nuts (cashews, pistachios etc.), and milk.

It is really hard to go Veg when you know that some animals are really created to provide food for us omnivorous humans. Yes, animals should be treated better, but some animals should be --- eaten. Get?

I am not to trying to justify my carnivorous history, it's just that some vegetarians really gets on my nerves. And now, I am becoming them! Well... reluctantly. I guess, Karma is one BIG bitch.


Veg Girl

Monday, September 10, 2012

So ... You are like .... 25??????

I dated a 25 YO British guy just now.

Yes... say it with me.... a 25 YO man (Umm... boy?)

To be fair, when it comes to men, all men are boys.

Boys will be boys. When a man reaches his thirties, they will be --- old boys.

You get what I mean?

But let's get back to my *'anak ikan' adventure.

He was a lovely London boy --- That's what I called him. We went for a lovely late lunch, had a lovely meal and because Starfucksbucks coffee wasn't enough, I dragged him to my caffeine haunt in Bangsar.

I had a great time, despite the 8 years age difference. He looked almost my age and he definitely does not talk like any other 25 YO I know.

It was only a date in the first place, and it was really something that I would probably forget by the time the day is over. The most important thing here is the fact that I.... am broadening my options.

Giving people chances.... Opportunities... what-have-yous.

Well, I have one extra friend on top of everyone I have now.

That's... something... innit?

* A lingo for a younger man with an older woman. Can also be compared to the 'Cougar' phenom.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I - Vegetarian

For real.

Like... it is no more a speculation. It is confirmed.

Meat, makes my eczema worst.

Well, maybe there had been no confirmation from the specialist yet, but from what I can see, my skin is no longer itchy now that I have decided to get off meat completely for the past week.

Last Wednesday, I went for a farewell lunch for my now ex-boss at a Nyonya restaurant in Kota Damansara. The food was great. Of course I have been on a veg diet since Friday. (Jaeger bombs, Tequilas and buckets of beers included- Don't ask)

Of course, the menu will be non - vegetarian.

So we had 3 types of fish cooked in Asam pedas, 2 types of prawns, squid, Pandan chicken and sambal belacan.

My nightmare came to life that day.

The only veg dish was fried eggplant (no belacan) and kangkung stirfry in garlic.

It is kind of impolite for me to not eat most of the dishes there, although they know that I am a veg-eater, because I insisted that I was okay with it.

The truth is, I didn't want to be a stick in the mud and make everyone else roll their eyes at my picky eating habits.

Not like I have a choice.

So... I ate a bit of the fish, which was a pomfret and I know I can eat it. But of course, everything else has belacan in it.

My irritation starts about 2 hours after that. I went out with a friend in the evening for some drinks at KLCC and it started to get worst. I went back to my friend's house for some quick remedy of ice packs and a bit of vodka and had to work remotely from my friend's house. (Everything's possible with a tablet. :D)

So during the weekend, I resolved.... fine... I am going to go full veg. Having an irritating skin condition where it itches is not cool.

I have managed to find a few nice Veg selection when I was out actually :

1) Roasted mushroom ciabatta sandwich with Rocket Salad in Plan B MidValley Megamall.

2) Baby Spinach Fattayeh in Al-Amar Express, Bukit Bintang.

And despite not having any meat for the whole weekend (until now)... I am still a happy camper :

Glass is half full always... even if it's with Vegetables.

Love.... Veg Girl.