Scott and I love animals but have always been meat and dairy eaters. We stuck to mostly chicken and fish because I am not a huge fan of red meat but don't get me wrong, a juicy fillet or lamb chop every once and a while did sound pretty good. So making the change to a whole foods plant based diet aka a vegan diet was going to be a pretty big change for us.
We just started this week! Yesterday to be exact. I love my veggies but Scott is pretty particular on his veggie intake. Needles to say this is important to him so he is trying harder. He even had udon noodle soup yesterday with tofu, seaweed and green onions! I was super proud.
I bought 2 books that were recommended to help me get on the right track. I also made a menu of what we will be eating this week. I still haven't figured out lunch for Scott yet so he is on his own in the city during lunch break. He will either have to stick with soups or hunker down and order a salad :)
One of the perks to living in such a big city is that there are a lot of vegans and vegetarians so I was happily surprised when I was at the grocery store to find lots of things I could eat.
We have been good about eating oatmeal or cream of wheat made with Almond milk in the morning and for our first vegan dinner last night we had tostadas. I got the recipe from the book below and just made a couple of adjustments. It was a delicious dinner followed by grahams and dark chocolate peanut butter (don't worry no dairy.)
Small corn tortillas baked in the oven until crispy
I started with 2 and then ate 2 more and some chips.
I eat a lot!
Here are the two books I bought. Both so far have been very helpful. In the Becoming Vegan book it has a list of the most common questions that vegans are asked and the answers to respond! Very helpful! And what I love about The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook is that it doesn't require any weird ingredents and all the recipes take around 15 mins to cook. This is great since I like to only leave myself 30 mins to get dinner ready each night.
Because we are making a huge change in our diets we decided to easy into it and try our best. Example, we are going to eat Mexican with some friends Friday night. We may or may not have cheese on something :) We don't want to be difficult and we still want to enjoy going out to dinner with friends etc so we will continue to make the best decisions we can moving forward but not get too upset if there is a road bump.
This weeks dinner menu.
Tuesday- Creamy Spinach Fettuccine (made with silken tofu)
Wednesday- Polenta with Veggies
Thursday- Bowtie pasta with Bean sauce
Friday- Mexican dinner out
Saturday- Spicy Mongolian Noodles
For lunch today I am having a spinach and avocado salad with tempeh and tomatoes.
Yesterday I decided to do NOTHING! It was great!
Today- Ran 8
I am open to new recipes and ideas so if you have any good ones please share!!
PS Question: Where are you going to get your protein from???
Answer: Soyfoods, Whole Wheat Bread, White Bread, Oatmeal, Lentils, Soybeans, Black, Garbanzo, Kidney and Pinto Beans, and many many other whole food items that are in our new diet!
Oh and has anyone started their Christmas list yet??
I did... I really want a TREADMILL!! Any recommendations on a good one? I managed to find a nice little spot in my apt where I can put it.