So we’re now halfway through January which means, for me, it’s halfway through vegan January (Veganuary). If you saw my first post about trialling this, you’ll know that I originally set myself the target of being vegetarian for the month with as much vegan thrown in as I could – simply because I wasn’t sure if I could commit to making such a big change in one go.
Honestly, so far, I have loved every minute of it. And rather than being vegetarian, I have managed to be completely vegan since 2 January (on New Years’ day, with a mild hangover, there was no way I was not having that cheese stuffed crust pizza).
The best bit about it is that I can say, hand on heart, I have not found it difficult. I am usually a prolific cheese eater and also really enjoy medium rare steak and big greasy burgers. But I haven’t missed them one bit. Not one iota. When people ask about whether it’s difficult, I’ve been likening it to quitting smoking – you know how people are never any good at quitting until they really want to do it? Well I’m the same. I want to do this.
For the past week or so, I’ve been keeping a vegan food diary. Partly to keep a check of the things I am eating and make sure I’m getting that all important (and supposedly elusive) protein and calcium etc. But also, so I can look back and at all the new dishes I’ve tried over the month.
This is just a nosy at my food diary and not any sort of recommendation or vegan diet plan! I do have some weird eating habits (pickled onions from the jar, I’m looking at you) so where I have listed odd sounding things, please don’t associate that with veganism.. but just with me being a weird eater! These are all actual days from my food diary with no alterations or adjustments..
|Linda McCartney vegan sausage rolls|
Breakfast – Peanut butter on toast
Lunch – 2 Linda McCartney vegan sausage rolls
Tomato soup (recipe here). I added spring greens, naga chilli and rice
Dinner – Mushroom bourguignon (recipe here). I used wine instead of tea. Accompanied by roasted sweet potato chunks
Snacks – Celery and hummus, bowl of salted peanuts, tortilla chips, mango + orange fruit juice
Breakfast – Peanut butter on toast
Mango + orange fruit juice
Lunch – Tortilla chips and hummus, Linda M sausage roll
Dinner – Buffalo cauliflower tacos (recipe here) with guacamole, little gem lettuce and violife cheese
Snacks – Pickled onions, fresh salad tomatoes, banana mashed with nut butter (hazelnut)
Breakfast – Lemon and lime marmalade on toast
Mashed banana mixed with nut butter (hazelnut)
Lunch – Leftover tomato soup and half a part baked baguette
Dinner – Red ratatouille risotto (recipe here)
Snacks – Sainsbury’s mini poppadoms, apple, vegan peanut butter fudge (recipe here).
Breakfast – Raspberry conserve on toast
Lunch – Orzo with broccoli and olives + grated violife cheese
Fruit smoothie: spinach, chia seeds, pineapple, blueberries and orange/mango juice
Dinner – Lentil bolognese with conchiglie pasta (recipe here). I added courgette and used (vegan) red wine instead of tea.
Snacks – Tropical fruit mix, apple, Sainsbury’s onion rings, bourbon biscuits
|Orzo with broccoli, olives and grated violife cheese|
Looking back on it, there is obviously a fair bit of repetition and.. I should probably eat less hummus.. but that’s all by choice. That also takes into account that, at the moment I am only cooking for one, while AJ is away, so any big meals I make often have leftovers that I use up the following day.
Who else is trying veganuary? How are you finding it?