Sunday, October 3, 2010

Three days as a Vegan down!

Happy Sunday!  I hope you've all had a nice weekend.  I have been grading papers ALL weekend.  It's been a rough two days.  I didn't realize how long it would end up taking me to grade them (and I only got through 3 out of the 5 classes!).  Like I said on Friday, I've been eating vegan for the past few days.  This little experiment has really made me realize how much cheese I eat.  I eat cheese with almost every meal!  I don't drink much milk (maybe 2-3 times a year) and I never eat eggs (they kind of gross me out), but I eat things with milk and eggs in them, so I've been doing a lot of label reading lately.

On Saturday, I started the day with a bowl of Quaker oatmeal with a Honeycrisp apple diced into it.  For lunch I made tacos, for snack I had a bag of popcorn and another apple, and for dinner I had a Subway veggie sub (minus the cheese).  Today I had oatmeal again, another apple, baked tofu with mustard for lunch, along with a half of a can of black beans, and for dinner, I had tacos again.  Anyone have suggestions?  I think tomorrow will be some sort of pasta.  I didn't have time to go grocery shopping this weekend (I was literally editing papers all weekend... I honestly can't believe the weekend is over and I didn't get a break from work at all.  It really stinks).  So tomorrow after work I'm going to go explore the grocery store and see if I can come up with some new vegan meal ideas to get me through the week.

Oatmeal with apple chunks

Baked tofu

Vegetarian Tacos

Tonight I painted my toenails Zoya Perrie!  I'll post pictures of them soon :)
I hope everyone had a fun weekend!


Liz (iceomatic's nails) said...

Good for you! I was vegetarian (lacto-ovo) for many years. I was only vegan for a little while. You are off to a great start. here are two great recipes:
(I use the bird's eye frozen brown rice for this)

Quinoa is AWESOME too! Good luck on your veggie journey!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the recipes, Liz!! I'll have the try those (especially the second one). I love Quinoa - I haven't had that stuff for a while now - thanks for mentioning it. :D

brooke said...

Ive never been vegan (or vegetarian - I love meat and cheese too much) but I had run across this blog a couple years ago and they have some really tasty food:
My boyfriend was vegan for a few years (before we were dating) and he said he used to make lot of veggie soups and pasta dishes.
Something quick and easy we make pretty often is pasta and steamed pasta with olive oil and garlic and a shake of red pepper flakes. I also make veggie stir fry with tofu pretty often.

Unknown said...

congrats have you tried some of the dry beans-pinto,blackeye,azuki,black thats a good source of protien, and a large variety of them too! high fiber,low fat all that. i find when i have a pot of beans in my crockpot -depending on the type i plan meals around that. hope it helps you on your meatless quest :)

Erin said...

You might want to check the Subway bread. A lots of breads contain milk (liquid or powdered). I know that Subway only bakes their bread on site, but it's worth looking into, I think.

I came across a really great pasta sauce recently that I loved. It's pretty basic, so you could easily throw any sort of vegetables in that you want.

3 tbsp. oil
3/4 c. chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
2 c. water
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. parsley
1 dried bay leaf
salt + pepper to taste

Cook the onions in the oil until browned, then add the garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.

It's pretty tasty. :) You could also hit it with quick dashes of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, to give it a different flavor.

Michelle said...

The white subway bread is vegan. The others contain milk and/or honey (in Canada, at least).

If you're really missing cheese, try Daiya. It's completely vegan and soy-free and it really does melt and taste like cheddar. After no cheese for almost two years, I tried daiya a few weeks ago and have been craving it since.

Congratulations on making it this far. Even if you don't stay vegan, I hope you have vegan days anyway after this week.

Unknown said...

Brooke, thanks for the link!! I appreciate it :)

aaminahs mom, I eat a lot of can beans, but I've actually never cooked dry beans (how weird is that??). My mom makes them a lot because they are so much cheaper than canned beans (plus less sodium!). I should really try something with beans or lentils. That might help my cold too!! Thanks :)

Erin, thanks for the great recipe!!! And oh no... I didn't even CONSIDER that the Subway bread might not be vegan (I've made bread so many times and it is always vegan, except my honey bread, so I just assumed it was). Darn :(

Michelle, I had the wheat :( for once that white bread is better for us than the wheat! The guy who owns my local Subway is a vegetarian; I'll ask him how they make the bread. I'll check out Daiya at my local organic grocery!! I absolutely plan on making a conscious effort to have vegan days even after this experiment (and I'll always be vegetarian, so there are of course 'accidental' vegan days - the days where I eat vegan all day without even realizing it!). I has some issues with milk and eggs (factory farming, and especially the way eggs are processed and baby male chicks are killed), so I don't have much interest at all in purchasing those, but I am guilty of eating products made with them. This project has made me more aware of what IS and ISN'T vegan, and honestly, it isn't half as difficult as I expected it would be. Going gluten free the summer before last was MUCH harder, and the day (yes, day) that I ate all RAW was 100 times tougher! lol

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