I am always up for a challenge, especially if it’s a foodie challenge! Ever since I discovered Gastropost (or rather since Gastropost discovered me) I’ve been trying to complete their weekly food missions. This weeks mission? “Asparagus for all of us”. This was a good one since I love asparagus! Roasted, steamed, with lemon juice or tamari, the possibilities are endless! I can see why Gastropost gave this vegetable it’s very own spread in The National Post. But I really wanted to take this mission to the next level and come up with something super creative.
At the same time a few of my co-workers and I have set our own mission for this month, try to eat healthier. For the most part I eat a very healthy diet and try to live by an 80-20 rule where most (80%) of what I eat is healthy and every now and then (20% of the time) I indulge my cravings. Lately it’s been closer to a 60-40 scale. This likely has to do with the fact that I’ve been a bit down with my injury and I’ve been eating out a lot more. I’m sure everyone has these weeks or months in their lives when they sway a bit off track. Fortunately it’s only a bit so getting back on the wagon seems like a very plausible goal.
But if I’ve learned anything from life (or at least the human motivation class I took in college), it’s pivotal that when setting goals you make them achievable. Just announcing, “I am going to eat healthier” won’t get you anywhere. So I’ve started with one goal that seems realistic and definitely needs to be changed, NO MORE FRENCH FRIES. Well at least for this month…My hope is that eating them less frequently might actually curb my cravings. I took a similar approach when cutting out refined sugars (which I still occasionally eat but much less so). Once I cut them out and got used to the taste of healthier, non-refined sugars I actually found myself choosing a raw blueberry muffin energy bite over a buttery and sugary blueberry muffin.
So this is the backstory behind this recipe. I wanted to fulfill the Gastropost mission with a unique recipe and also come up with a healthier substitute for french fries. Vegan & Gluten-Free Asparagus Fries totally hit the spot and in my opinion made me successful in both challenges. I have a feeling I will be eating quite a few of these this month….