April 10th: Try a New Fruit

It was pretty difficult to find a fruit at the market that I had not had before. I am sure there are tons of fruits out there that I have not had, but I knew finding them at traditional markets would be difficult.

Interestingly, I found passionfruit at Sprouts. And even though I have had passion fruit flavored things before I have never actually just eaten the fruit. 

First of all, I had to look up How to Eat Passionfruit. Thankful wikiHow had it down in steps.


I thought they were bigger…


And I thought it was more “meaty”. But it is really just a pulpy, juicy mixture with seeds.


It was much more tart than I expected but really delicious. Plus, who knew all these benefits:


I might be buying more passionfruit on a regular basis… even though I was $1.99 per piece…

February 8th: Make Homemade Pasta Sauce

I like to cook but work a lot so do not do it too much. I have resolved to spend less time at work and more time at home doing things like this, so today is a great step in the right direction.

Today, I make homemade pasta sauce! I am combing a few different recipes. One is pretty basically and then the other adds some veggies!

So the initial recipe calls for olive oil, garlic, tomatoes (fresh or canned but I opted for fresh!), oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, and fresh basil. Here’s how things got started…



I decided to add fresh chopped zucchini, squash, and mushrooms! Yum!



And then simmer.


It is not saucy, saucy but it smells delicious!

So while it was simmering I just cooked some whole grain spaghetti noodles and some pre-made frozen garlic sticks.

And now I am ready to eat!

On a side note, Mia and I did a 25 minute walk this am. It is gorgeous here in Colorado!

February 2nd: Invent a Sandwich

So I’m at work a lot and end up eating at work far too often. Our menu is pretty large… pizza, sandwiches, salads, and some appetizers. But since I have been eating vegetarian is has become increasingly harder to eat a good variety of things. So I thought today was a good day to cross this one off my list: Invent a New Sandwich. Of course, I’m not saying I am the first person ever to eat a sandwich like this… I’m sure it is out there somewhere, but it is different and feels like a small little invention. So for lunch today I had:

Avocado

Artichokes

Sundried Tomatoes

Fresh Tomatoes

Mushrooms

Red Onions

Pesto Sauce

And 

Fresh Whole Milk Mozzerella

Mmmm- toasted on a fresh made whole wheat baguette. It was yummy!

January 31st: Try a New Restuarant

Hooray!!! Today marks a full month of doing one item on my list of 365 Things everyday! It has been an interesting run so far but looking back, a lot of the things have been focused on food and/or asking friends for suggestions on things. 

I think it was important to do most of these in the first month because now I have great books, music, and soon recipes to experience throughout the year. Also, I’m working on scarves for all my nieces and nephews with my new found knitting skills. 

I am really looking forward to February. It’s going to be more challenging than January but that is what is going to make it great. 

Thanks for following me this far, I hope you continue to follow me throughout the year.

Today I visited a new restaurant I had never been to, Himchuli- Indian and Nepali Cuisine. They have a great buffet for just $10 with lots of vegetarian options.

The best part about lunch though was getting to see my old boss and good friend Kelly! We do not see each other often but when we do it is always so good to catch up. 

Plus, a few of my things for the year have now been set in place after some things we talked about. 

It was a great day! I am off to work. Excited for a new month and new adventures and goals to reach.

January 7th: Try a New Place for Lunch

There didn’t seem a better time than during my week of trying out vegetarianism to try a new spot for lunch. 

So I went to trusty Google and searched for “Vegetarian Restaurants”. There are plenty of options in Denver. Although it’s a chain, albeit one I had never heard of, Native Foods Cafe, really caught my attention. They have a huge selection of items that just don’t sound vegetarian at all… something that catches my eye as a meat eater attempting to make this week happen.

So I ventured out and ordered a Soul Bowl  and some surprisingly delicious Iced Green Tea.

I truly meant to take pictures but when the food came I couldn’t contain myself. The variety of fresh veggies, rice, beans, and their “Native Chicken” pulled me in. It was a delicious lunch and a spot I would try again, even outside of this week of no meat.

As a plus, the staff was super friendly and the vibe was very relaxed. It made my little day adventure of finding a new lunch spot even more special.

January 6th: Eat Vegetarian for a Week

Eating vegetarian for a week is my first big challenge for the year. One week does not seem like very long but for those that know me, I am very much a meat eater.

But I have heard and can imagine the health benefits of going vegetarian or cutting out meat on a regular basis.

I am going to start with a week and go from there.

To be specific I am trying Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, meaning I can still eat eggs and dairy products but no meat, including fish.

Here’s a couple articles I found to help me along the way, as well as anyone else out there that might want to try it out.

Vegetarian Diet – Mayo Clinic

8 Foods Every Vegetarian Should Eat

5 Risky Mistakes Vegetarians Make

Vegetarian Food Pryamid