It’s Meatless Monday so I thought this would be the perfect day to tell you all about a fun vegan dinner and a little (vegan) shopping spree I had last week at my friends’ Melissa and Josh‘s house. Melissa recently followed her life long dream of opening a clothing store. After years of thinking and planning for it, she finally quit her corporate job and created ecolissa – an online eco and vegan friendly shop. I am so excited for her!! When she offered to have us over for dinner and shopping, I immediately said yes. I mean, how can you say no to that?
First things first – dinner!
Some snacks to munch on while dinner was finishing up…
I was starving and dominated the hummus + Mary’s Gone Crackers. The crackers are super thin, incredibly crunchy and surprisingly addictive. I think the pepper just kept you going back for more. Delicious!
Adam had an apple cider martini with a brown sugar rim…
I chose a lower calorie option – vino
The main fair – an Indian feast! Pumpkin curry with chickpeas, tomatoes and peas (recipe here, she subbed peas for onions), whole wheat naan (so doughy!) and brown rice (unpictured):
I’ve never had Indian food with pumpkin. So cool! I love how flavorful ethnic food is. This is the type of vegetarian (or vegan, if we’re being specific) food I love – naturally so. There was nothing fake about it – just good flavors and lots of spice. I also discovered these gems:
These are the dipping sauces you always get at Indian restaurants. I don’t know why I never thought to look for these in a grocery store. Brilliant!
Dessert was on me. I made Leslie’s Bad But Good bars from the Eat, Drink & Be Vegan cookbook. The recipe isn’t online but basically it’s a coconut/oat crust with the most decadent (yet vegan) fudge made of melted vegan chocolate chips, silken tofu and almond butter. Oh yeah, these were goooooood (and I want to start covering everything in that fudge). [email me if you're dying for the recipe ]
And then it was time to shop!! As I mentioned, ecolissa is eco-friendly and vegan. That means that not only does the clothing not contain any animal products (leather, suede, fur, wool, silk, down feathers, etc.) but everything is also made of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, modal and tencel. I’m going to admit, I’m very conscious about ethical eating but I never really took it a step further into ethical fashion. Reading this little bit on the ecolissa website really brought it home for me:
Why do I want vegan clothing?
It is a more compassionate and ethical choice. While the cruelty in leather and fur is apparent, it is not so obvious in wool, silk, and down feathers, but these materials can be just as inhumane. For example “3,000 silkworms are killed (by being steamed alive) to make just 1 pound of silk”, down feathers are cruelly plucked from live geese, and the raising and shearing sheep for wool can be exploitative and cruel.
I seriously never thought about this!! Very, very interesting. The cherry on top? Everything is super cute and incredibly comfortable. Oh yeah, I got to dig through all of this:
… and I had a personal shopper/cheerleader by my side [Of course Melissa loved everything on me since she hand-picked every piece of clothing she sells.] How about a little photo-shoot?
I haven’t shopped since I gained weight but this was really fun. I actually ended up purchasing 4 things (one of them unpictured) because everything was just so comfortable and most things were quite flattering (and it felt good to not be self-conscious and comfortable for once!). Which ones would you pick?
Melissa offered me a generous discount on my loot and is also offering all Healthy and Sane readers 20% off all your ecolissa purchases. Just enter the code: “hs20″ when you check out. Good luck, Melissa!!! I know in my heart that you’ll succeed.
PS – Voting for challenge 5 of Project Food Blog is now open. Please support me by voting HERE. Thanks!!!!!!!
[Weigh-in recap tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about this week.]