Vegan Week – Days 6, 7 … 8 and 9?

Posted by on November 6, 2007 | 5 Comments

As some of you may know, I decided to trial a vegan diet for one week, and my husband hesitantly joined in.  I hear often of people who convert from vegetarianism to veganism, making that final leap from dairy and eggs.  However, I hadn’t heard of the other approach, those who already live without dairy and/or eggs foresaking meat to become vegan.  Honestly, I really wasn’t expecting much from the venture … just hoping to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our daily diet as an end result.  After all, how much difference could one week really make?

To give you a little background, one of my husband’s favorite phrases is “if we weren’t supposed to eat meat, then why does it taste so good?”  He has always leaned more toward the carnivorous side of omnivorous eating.  But on Saturday, the final day of our vegan week, he actually said, “you know, I’m okay with continuing on this vegan diet.”  Over a decade we have been together, yet somehow, he always finds a way to shock me.  He said he feels better, less tired and heavy.  He is also hopeful that it might help him to lose those last pounds around his middle.

So, will we remain on a vegan diet?  Mostly.  At the moment, we have a lot of non-vegan food in our freezer that must be eaten.  Seeing as how neither of us feels like eating a lot of meat at this point, it may take us a while to get that cleaned out.  As well, we may not be ready to dissect menus even further when it comes to eating out.  (okay, okay, we both love seafood and sushi too, what about a pesce-vegan?) However, we both agreed, that once our old stocks of food have dwindled, our home will become vegan.

It sure will save on grocery bills!  Our groceries this past week were 1/3 cheaper, we didn’t waste an ounce of food (a truly amazing victory), and our appetites were always fulfilled.  I think we were both quite surprised. 

So last night, I finally made that watermelon-sized spaghetti squash, going the pesto route, with VeggieGirl’s suggestion to add sun-dried tomatoes.  I served up just 1/2 a squash, but the portion sizes were huge!  The dish was yummy, even my husband finished every last bite.  For added “meat” the pesto was spiked with sunflower seeds, walnuts, and flaxseeds.  Overall, a delicious dish, but really not photogenic.  The beauty was on the inside.  Regardless, here are a few more photogenic items that we have enjoyed in our continued vegan week …

Pumpkin Bread – Another successful recipe trial, not to sweet and perfectly moist.

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Vegan Pizza – Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet “Cheese” did melt … with a little coaxing.  It was good, I will admit, very mild in flavor (I have always hated the pungent taste of real cheese).  However, I think I am still okay with a cheese-free pizza.  This one is on a homemade whole wheat crust, with some garlic tomato sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and chopped olives.  Simple enough!

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Veggie Burger Salad: We picked up a box of Nature’s Burger Mix from Fantastic Foods on clearance.  It was an insanely good price, especially since the box makes 6 veggieburgers with just the addition of water.  Alas, it was on clearance for good reason.  These bland veggieburgers received two thumbs down from this household.  Luckily, the avocado dressing helped to save the day.

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Amy’s Thai Coconut Soup – Our spirits were lifted by this awesome souop.  It is quite hearty on its own due to the coconut milk, and full of flavor.  however, there weren’t many bonuses, it was truly soup.  So I spiked it with some sweet potatoes and poured the whole thing over a bit of brown rice for that full meal feel.

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More great meal ideas to come!

 

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Comments (5)

 

  1. Sarena says:

    That all looks really good! I cooked spaghetti squash the other day too when the rest of the family ordered take out pizza. I made it with pasta sauce and melted “cheese”. I could not agree more with the lack of it being photo worthy. Oh well, I will sing it’s praises too! As for the vegan thing…I wish I could try that here. My husband is the same way with meat. I really don’t think that would ever fly around here. I am not truly a vegetarian (I was for a while in high school), but I would like to be. I just have so many other food issues that I feel that it would make it harder on our family and our budget to buy and prepare different meals for everyone. So, I eat very little meat to satisfy the glaring eyes and then get my protein from other sources when I prepare meals for just myself!

  2. alisa says:

    I hear you Sarena. We are going to do our best to be strict at home, but I too may have to play the elimination game with food, which always adds that extra element of challenge.

    Too funny, that is exactly what I used to do. Honestly, I never would have thought my husband would try a vegan diet, let alone tell me that HE thinks we should stay on it! Until a few months ago, the idea of eating vegetarian or vegan never even occurred to me, so you are one step ahead : )

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    Oh Alisa, this is WONDERFUL news!! I’m glad that you AND your husband are adopting a more plant-based diet; and I’m glad that the sundried tomato pesto worked well on your spaghetti squash :0)

    mmm, the Thai Coconut Soup, Pumpkin Bread, and Pizza look fabulous – sorry that the veggie burgers disappointed though! I recommend the Sunshine brand of veggie burgers (soy-free, gluten-free, vegan – well, OBVIOUSLY they’re vegan, or I wouldn’t recommend them, haha) and the Amy’s California veggie burgers (vegan and soy-free).

  4. alisa says:

    Thanks VeggieGirl, I hadn’t tried Sunshine Burgers. I have the Amy’s covered, very good, but do hope to start trialing some homemade “burgers.” The cost of premade can add up, and making falafal burgers was kind of fun!

  5. Hannah says:

    Oh, I’m so happy to hear that you’re both going to keep going with a vegan diet!! This is really exciting for me, especially since I always love the tips and vegan recipes you do post already! Best of luck- Not like you’ll need it. 🙂

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