As you might have read on the MDE Facebook page, the documentary “Vegucated” inspired me to be vegan for a week. Why? I was curious to see how I’d feel and I hoped it would inspire me to create some yummy new recipes. I don’t eat a lot of meat but do frequently eat chicken and fish. I moved all animal products (eggs, milk, cheese) to the bottom shelf of the fridge so when I open the fridge I only see food that I’m allowed to eat. I stocked it with lots of veggies, fruit and nut milks. What I thought I’d miss most? My cheese! And..the milk in my tea.
Ok, so I’m on day five, how do I feel? I feel really good, energized throughout the day and I sleep very well; peaceful and a deep restful sleep. Not sure if it is related but I love it I have to say it’s easier than I expected. There are of course moments where I’d really love a piece of salmon or make some eggs, but it’s not the end of the world not eating animal products for a week. Do I miss my cheese? Yes I do! 😉 But I had my fix; I made the most delicious cashew cheese and melted vegan cheddar Cheese (Daiya) on my veggie burger. It’s not Gouda but it’s not bad at all.
I ate the cashew cheese with cauliflower rice and beans, very taste and filling. Get the recipe here. I used less garlic this time (1 for the cashew cheese and two for the cauliflower rice) which I preferred. I also developed some vegan recipes that I’ll share with you!
Biggest challenge? I went to Whole Foods hungry, I walked passed the best smelling soups; clam chowder, chicken noodle and split-pea soup with ham. Very tempting..
And today I grabbed lunch with friends at Mandolin restaurant here in Miami. I ordered a Turkish sampler; hummus, tomato walnut dip, fava bean puree.. Nom nom. I scooped up the hummus with a piece of bread, had a big bite and then realized the white bread I was eating was probably not vegan; mostly made with butter and milk.. Sigh.. The vegan options were very limited.. I ended up eating fries and an over-dressed spinach salad with dates.. Not satisfying at all.
Other than that it’s been a fun food adventure and I’ll happily do another two “Vegan days” to complete the week. If you feel inspired and want to be Vegan for a week (or longer) here are some tips:
– Be well prepared; stock your fridge up with lots of veggies, fruit and grains.
-Wheat berries, potatoes and beans helped me feel full.
-Buy some vegan snacks so you don’t fell like you’re on a diet 😉
– If you really crave meta or cheese buy vegan replacements.
-Use nut milk or hemp milk for your cereal or tea.
I wish you a happy and healthy week!