Just because I consider this a bit of a fast (a Pagan Lent? *L*) doesn't meant I can't still eat delicious, nourishing food. Now, because I have a gastric band, I will have to drink at least one protein shake a day. There is a lot of protein to be found in vegetarian substitutes, but I have some special dietary needs, so it will be whey protein to the rescue. I'll be consuming some eggs and dairy as well.
I have sort of started developing recipes, but the real testing and development will happen in the moment, when the produce I want to use is actually in season. For now, though, I have a list that I am working on. Here are some of the dishes that I will be experimenting with during the period between the old and new year:
Linguine frittata with greens - chard, etc.
Lentil burgers - I'll experiment with different spices
Majahdra - lentils and rice flavored with fried onions
Tofu scramble - That recipe is posted on here somewhere
Butternut squash lasagna - Another recipe that is on this blog somewhere
Tofu stir-fry with veggies and probably a peanut sauce
Stuffed cabbage - Using my lentil-walnut loaf mixture as a stuffing
Roasted vegetable enchiladas
Roasted carrot and parsnip soup
Wild mushroom soup
Mushroom and polenta pie
I'm also working on a grain or rice salad that features the colors of Samhain. I will probably have some of that on Samhain to mark my transition.
Those are just a few of the ideas I have. I'm sure I'll feel creative enough once the produce is in season and the stores are decorated with squash and other autumn goodies. Stay tuned, as always, for recipes.