Ugh! First lunch with my new team of teachers. Wendy’s was chosen. Where I live, there aren’t many choices. I used to love the Baha Salad, but now to order it vegan I have to request they leave off the chili, tortilla strips, and cheese. That leaves the yummy guacamole, but not much else besides lettuce.
Baby Lettuces (red & green Romaine, red & green
oak, red & green leaf, lolla Rosa, tango), Spinach, Mizuna Arugula, Tatsoi,
Red Chard, Green Chard.
Pico de Gallo
Tomatoes, Onions, Pico de Gallo Base (water, soybean
oil, distilled vinegar, jalapeño peppers [including dehydrated], lime puree
[lime juice concentrate, water, pulp cells, lime oil, lime peel], salt,
concentrated lime juice, xanthan gum, onion [dehydrated], garlic [dehydrated],
natural flavors, oleoresin rosemary), Cilantro.
Hass Avocado, Tomato, Onion, Jalapeño, Salt, Cilantro,
Sugar, Ascorbic Acid (to maintain natural color), Jalapeño Chili Powder, Garlic
(dehydrated), Onion (dehydrated), Citric Acid, Lime Juice (dehydrated).
I now get how my own kids used to hate going out to eat in the beginning of their vegan journeys. Yes, it can be great (Mexican, Thai, or Indian fare), but most places around here do not have a sub beans for meat option.
So tomorrow we have a day long training. The principal orders food in without our input. I made some calls tonight to see what the menu was. Sandwiches – all with meat, mayo and cheese. I don’t know what else, but no doubt there will be some baked goods.
I just made a black bean and rice salad with corn, carrots, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and I’ll take some romaine. Dressing is some green salsa (yes, there’s a bit of salt, but the trade-off is worth it tomorrow). I’m sure I’ll get some grief, but after everyone telling me how great I look coming back after summer, I’ll just have to smile and tell them how much better I feel and I couldn’t have done it without “giving up” a few things.