Sunday, January 5, 2014

Vegan a Week #1

One of my resolutions for 2014 is to eat a vegan diet at least one day per week. I've been wanting to incorporate more vegan meals into my life, but having a tough time actually doing it, so I think this is the perfect way ease into it. Once a week is still a bit challenging for me, but it's just enough to allow me to see how time and wallet consuming being vegan might entail. I began yesterday, so I wouldn't skip the first shortened week of the year.

For breakfast I made coffee and added a bit of coffee-mate (not the purest of choices, but it doesn't contain dairy), had a couple clementines, and cooked up some Ore Ida hash browns with red onions, garlic, and topped with Tabasco sauce. I would normally cover my potatoes with cheese and cook an egg or two for the side, but I skipped it this time. I also considered making a package of muffin mix, but it contained egg. Darn, you really have to pay attention!
Mug from The Mitten State.

For lunch I just made a salad with red leaf lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, and a simple homemade vinaigrette (dijon mustard, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil - shaken). I had Stacy's Pita Chips and spinach hummus on the side.

That didn't quite fill me up, so sure enough, my cinnamon graham crackers contained no animal products, and I covered them in peanut butter for dessert.

I wouldn't say I cheated for dinner, but I wasn't sure I had anything to make at home, so we grabbed Qdoba after running some errands. I got a naked vegetarian burrito, skipping the cheese and sour cream. (Don't you hate it when they don't give you enough guacamole)? 

So that was day/week 1 of 52! I definitely snacked way less than I would have on a normal day, especially with all our Christmas candy still laying around, and I really had to pay attention to those hidden ingredients because a lot of stuff contains a little egg or milk! 

If you have any great (preferably easy/with few ingredients) vegan recipes on your blog or somewhere else on the interwebs, please share! I want this to become so easy that I do this more than one day a week.


  1. This post has reminded me about how I use to eat so much more healthy! Here are a few recipes from my blog you might like :) I also just got this cookbook Super Natural Every Day that I am dying to try out, it has a ton of delish looking recipes.

    Recipe: Clean Eating Green Summer Salad

    Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna (this one is so good, both vegan and vegetarian)

    Vegetable Lentil Stew

    jess | Quaintrelle

    1. Thank you for the recipes! I will definitely let you know if I make one of them : )

  2. That's a really interesting challenge! I'm vegetarian, but vegan has just never been for me because I love my dairy (and eggs in stuff). I'm going to think about this, though, one day a week sounds pretty reasonable and doable...

    I have a few vegan recipes on my blog, but here are my (and everyone else's) absolute faves:

    Vegan Peanut Butter Cups -

    Vegan Bread -

    Vegan Brownie Protein Pancakes -

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes -

    Vegan Almond Chai Banana Smoothie -

    Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich -

    Vegan Cheezy Spaghetti -

    1. Thank you for the recipes! So far, after three vegan days, I've found that I'm eating way less processed foods/foods from a bag or box, watching ingredients a lot more closely, and in general, preparing my own food more! All good things. I'm having a great time with it so far - I definitely think you should try this, too : )