We have heard countless times that there are many benefits to a vegetarian or dare I say vegan diet. Lose weight, gain health, feel great etc - who WOULDN'T want that for themselves and for their family? What makes most people cringe at the thought of going meat and dairy free is the thought of what do I eat on such a restrictive diet? Can I live on tofu alone?
Now that I am on day 6 of my personal vegan experiment or almost 30% into my 21 day vegan challenge (the big 4-0 is around the corner and I figured its now or never) I can say with honest certainty that its not so bad - its actually is pretty great! I am not saying I could see my self ever giving up fish and cheese forever (not into meat and yogurt really anyway) but regardless - this experiment has taught me that there is room in my diet for even more vegetables and grains, and considering it feels so good I see no reason to at least complete my experiment. Experts in positive psychology say it takes 3 weeks to make or break a habit -  and the PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) proponents of plant based nutrition say it takes that amount of time for your taste buds to adjust to this new animal-free way of eating. I will be reporting back..in the mean time try this recipe with Kale, Cauliflower Quinoa and Coconut. SO GOOD. Vegan and Gluten free!!!

Kale, Cauliflower and Quinoa

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup steamed or roasted cauliflower, chopped 
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tspn grated ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp olive oil

Sautee garlic in olive oil. Add chopped kale and cook until wilted. Add cauliflower, ginger and coconut milk. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes until flavors co mingle. Add quinoa and salt and pepper - serve warm.