July 28, 2011

Vegan - Week Two

I stopped writing down my food diary. I always do that. I get all into it and motivated and then a few days in I just forget and then as more days pass I just can’t remember all of the food that was crammed into my mouth. At times, I feel like I am eating more than usual on this vegan plan and other times I don’t. I am definitely enjoying more than I thought. Plus, I like that Oreo’s are vegan. I am eating things that I normally wouldn’t eat just because they are “vegan”.

There are so many options and cookbooks and blogs that give great recipes. My roommate has a vegan cookbook called Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and I highly recommend it. We made a recipe on Tuesday night with roasted broccoli, chickpeas, and garlic. Then we added brown rice. So good! There's recipes for buffalo tempeh and cheese sauce. My bestie, Sarah sent me a link to a fun blog called http://peasandthankyou.com/ which was adorable and had a great selection of vegan recipes.

Well, I cheated last night. And when I say cheated, I mean I went all out. The toughest thing about this diet has been dining out. I don’t eat out that often but once a week or so during lunch at work I like to grab fast food and on the weekends Matt and I like to go to a sit-down restaurant. That has proven difficult for me unless I want to eat Chipotle a million times. I worked a different shift yesterday and got off at 7 which in turn just made me not want to cook and start thinking about going out. I also had made Matt some non-vegan chocolate chip cookies and had a bite of cookie dough. Big mistake…I was like WOW! That was so good. Anyway, I cheated and I don’t want to go into details because I already beat myself up enough already and kept talking about it all night to Matt. I guess that just makes me human. I’m back on the vegan trail for now and plan to continue for the remaining 19 days.

July 23, 2011

Vegan Muffins

Lindsay made these muffins the other night and they were so good. You'll never believe they don't have butter or eggs. They were best hot out of the oven but kept for several days in an airtight container. She mixed in almonds, coconut chips, and banana into hers. Enjoy!

Vegan Muffins

In a large bowl mix:
3 ¾ cups unbleached flour
1 cup sugar
2 skimpy TB baking powder

In a small bowl mix:
½ cup melted margarine
1 ¾ cups soy milk
½ tsp vanilla extract

Mix these separately and then make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Pour in the wet mixture and fold ingredients together gently. Do not overmix!! That will make tough muffins. Next, add in any ingredients like nuts, dried fruits, or fruit. Bake in muffin tins for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Makes 12-18 medium sized muffins
Recipe courtesy of: Rabbit Food cookbook by Beth Barnett

July 20, 2011

Day Five, I'm Alive!

So far, I am not craving meat like I thought I would. I really have to think about meals to cook, especially when I am making something for Matt too. My body doesn't feel any different now, still the same as always. I have run into a few mistakes when eating food. I really have to read the labels carefully. Some things you might not think would have dairy in it does. The Barilla pasta that is in the yellow box does contain egg whites. Only whole wheat pasta contains no eggs. I am learning along the way and trying not to make any mistakes.

Last night I told Matt I was already thinking about what I wanted to eat when the 30 days is over and he reminded me that it was only Day Four. Back to reality... On a good note, I made a yummy dinner and dessert last night that was vegan. I made jambalaya rice (from the box) and grilled a Light Life Italian Soy sausage. Then I steamed broccoli and made fried okra. Instead of egg to bind my flour to my okra, I just mixed some warm water with honey and salt. Sounds weird but it worked and I couldn't taste the honey. On Wednesday, I made some vegan chocolate chip cookies with Carob chips and they were not good at all. So on Thursday night at the suggestion of my roommate, I added some Trader Joes peanut butter to the dough and they came out spectacular. Recipe to follow this weekend. I’ve also included some vegan items at the top that I’ve purchased for my 30 day plan.

Day Two

o 6 oz coffee
o 1/4 cup Silk organic soymilk
o banana

o Leftover black bean taco mix
o 1 whole wheat tortilla
o 1 Boca "chicken" patty
o 1/4 cup Trader Joes salsa
o 1/2 cup yellow rice

o 1 cup Barilla pasta
o 1 cup marinara sauce
o 6 mushrooms, roasted with olive oil


o 1 spoonful Trader Joes peanut butter
o 1/2 grapefruit
o 5 slices of beet

Day Three

o 1/2 cup 365 Organic peanut butter pows
o 1/2 cup organic unsweetened Silk soy milk

o 6 inch Veggie Delite sub with honey oat bread
o Sun Chips original
o chickpeas

o Boca "chicken" patty on bun
o Alexia red potato fries, baked

o Larabar Apple Pie
o Baked Ruffles
o Vegan Chocolate chip cookies
o Light Life bologna slice on bun with mustard

Day Four

o 2 vegan banana, almond, and coconut muffins
o 6 ounce coffee with soymilk

o Kashi Tuscan Veggie Bake

o LightLife Italian soy sausage
o Fried okra
o Broccoli with vegetable margarine

o Handful dried bing cherries
o Handful roasted peanuts
o Vegan peanut butter cookies
o Trader Joes kalamata olive hummus with Baked Ruffles

July 19, 2011

A month of being a vegan

Lindsay came home Sunday and told me her co-worker asked her if she’d like to go vegan with her for 30 days. I’ve never had the desire but my mind started wandering and thinking that I needed a new challenge, so I piped in, “Let me know if you do it, I will think about doing it too.” Matt gave me the “Don’t even think about it” eyes, which I would never ask him to, do anyway. But the longer I pondered, the longer I knew this would be fun goal for the month. I did a quick check on my calendar to make sure I didn’t have any scheduled BBQ’s or special events to make me waiver and I didn’t.

Sunday was my time to gorge on meats, cheese, and milk. I had a chicken- stuffed, cheese-covered burrito at Mi Mexico, caramel macchiato creamer with my coffee, and pork dumplings in the evening. And let’s not forget the chocolate chip cookie dough and Reese cup ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins. Whoa. I never eat like this but heck when you’re going all the way, you kind of have to for emotional release. So, I’m going to try my best to blog as much as I can about my vegan journey.

I'll go ahead and list out my food log on my first day. It wasn't hard, I'm not bored yet and today I feel fine too. It just takes some extra time to think about what I am eating and what to throw together for a meal.


  • Whole Foods seeded 6 grain bread

  • Trader Joes organic peanut butter

  • Trader Joes reduced sugar strawberry preserves

  • Strawberries and mango

  • Passionfruit juice

  • Amy's teriyaki bowl with tofu, brown rice, and vegetables

  • Steamed broccoli

  • Strawberries and mango

  • Water

  • Whole wheat tortillas with black beans, orange bell peppers, Trader Joes salsa, and Boca meatless crumbles

  • Yellow rice

  • Water

  • Banana

  • Baked Ruffles
    Coca-Cola ( I had a huge sugar craving yesterday, which was unusual for me)

  • Lightly salted Peanuts

And fortunately, I'm not starving. Even today I wasn't hungry when I woke up.