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Potato Skins with Avocado and Corn Salsa

I found this recipe on One Happy Table. I love her site. She has some of the tastiest recipes and  they’re all pretty darn easy, even for a dork like me. She makes things I actually want to eat that just happen to be vegan.

I made these last night for the boyfriend along with some cous cous and “chicken”.

Here’s what you’ll need for the Skins:

  • 10 small (2-inch diameter) potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Salsa:

  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 ear of corn, raw
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375.

 In a large mixing bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper. The put the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for one hour or until they’re tender enough to pierce with a fork.
When they potatoes are cool to the touch, cut them in half and scoop out the centers. Leave about 1/8″ of potato in each skin and save the innards for something tasty the next night.
Now turn the oven up to 400 degrees and stick those babies back in their for fifteen minutes or until the edges are crispy.
Make the avocado salsa by gently mixing the avocado, tomato, raw corn kernels from an ear of fresh corn, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Spoon the salsa into each skin, plate and garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve.
These are sooooo tasty! The acidity of the lemon and tomatoe, the salt and the sweetness of the corn all combine to make a really refreshing and interesting flavor combination. They’re a perfect summer time snack and I fully plan to make them for guests soon.

Help A Bitch

I’m going to let you in a secret.

I’m a shitty vegan. 

I would say that 85% of the time I’m really good about it. Maybe even 90%. Then I go on vacation. Or I’m cranky. It’s not like I slip up and eat a steak topped with bacon. I haven’t had meat in a damn long time and don’t miss it at all. But yeah, on vacation I ate cheese and other random dairy items. I felt guilty about it. But I also really enjoyed what I was eating.

Normally when I get to this point in frustration with veganism (lack of convenience, lack of options while out to eat, questioning myself) I sit down and watch a documentary about food and how we treat animals and I feel reinvigorated and motivated to make it work.

Trouble is, I’ve always been an emotional eater. I’ve never eaten for health or to fuel my body. Even into my 30’s I’ve been lucky enough that no matter how much crap I shove into my gaping maw, I don’t get fat. Chub comes and goes but exercise brings it down. I realize though,  that eating for pleasure is not going to keep me alive and spring chickeny.

So making the transition to veganism plus trying to teach myself how to eat properly is enough to make me tear my hair out. My body feels terrible lately, even when eating strictly vegan, because I’m not eating the right things. I can read all the cookbooks in the world that tell me how to make squash and quinoa dinners but my heart and my stomach give the middle finger to such food.

That. Is. Terrible. And wrong, I know.

My body is addicted to bad food. Even if it’s vegan bad food (vegan frozen yogurt, mac and cheez and bbq pulled “pork”), it’s still horrible for me. I have no will power when it comes to food and a complete lack of knowledge on how to prepare anything other than enchiladas and cupcakes.

So what do I do to break this cycle, fellow vegans? How do I learn to eat for fuel and not simply for pleasure? Do you have tips or advice from when you transitioned?

I know I can still enjoy food. Healthy can be tasty. But I’m at a loss and my motivation is shrinking.

Help a bitch out.