So I've successfully completed the first week of my personal January vegan month-challenge. Who else?! Because I knew what it would be like thanks to my experiences in August, it wasn't too hard. I also didn't have any dinners planned so there were no complicated situations when it came to food. All home-cooked deliciousness! It's a bit more work than 'regular' cooking, but so yummy. Like in August, I'll be sharing some of my meals after each week, in no particular order!
Brunch: homemade spelt waffles with maple syrup, banana, frozen raspberry and whipped coconut cream
Lunch: glass noodle soup with miso, shii-take and regular mushrooms, leek, peas, lots of herbs and chili
Dinner: a kind of hybrid between pizza and flammkuchen made with the best pizza dough, soy cream, mushrooms, onions, spinach, herbs and truffle oil. My sister's idea!
My version of vegan pizza: the same dough, tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, onions, breadcrumbs with garlic, oregano and mushrooms. Super delicious! While I do miss the mozzarella, this vegan pizza really exceeded my expectations.
Some extra veggies on the side: mustard roasted cauliflower
Breakfast: smoothie bowl topped with all kinds of goodies. I always add in a spoon of peanut butter afterwards, but it just doesn't look so great on the pic ;)
Dinner at my sister's: couscous with cucumber, roasted tomatoes, brussels sprouts, salad and hummus
I brought roasted chickpeas which we added to the salad.
Had wraps for dinner one night so I decided to use ground Seitan, which is a similar texture to minced beef but it's made of wheat. It has 75 grams of protein for each 100 grams so it's super duper rich in protein! It's the perfect addition to a vegan dinner; I'll definitely be having this more often! (sorry for the very unappealing photo)
Homemade carrot soup and some sourdough toast with olive oil. What a simple vegan lunch looks like. When I'm at work I like to eat tomato soup from the Kleinste Soep Fabriek, which you can find in health stores and at Albert Heijn.
On January first, I made an elaborate vegan dinner to kick the month off with some tastiness. Dinners like these take some more preparation and work but it's so worth it!
Tofu, marinated for a few hours in sambal, sesame oil, tamari, fresh garlic, smoked paprika and sesame seeds. Then fried in a pan until crispy and topped with coriander. Spicy and yummy!
Avocado cubes with lemon and coriander.
Tahini roasted broccoli, which was super delicious. I used this recipe! I topped it with red cabbage and soaked hazelnuts for an extra crunch.
I also made bulgur with zucchini and roasted potato wedges, and then my mom had made roasted tomatoes. Here's everything on a plate! A quite elaborate dinner as you might be able to tell.
My favourite treat-yo-self snack since London: Coyo. I found this at Albert Heijn and I was ecstatic when I found out they were selling it there. The vanilla one is even better!
Simple coffee with oat milk. Just had to include because I drink this at least once a day ;) I drink it with all kinds of milk but my favourite it cashew milk or mixed nut milk.
A vegan dinner my mom prepared: fried rice with zucchini and spring onion, roasted tomatoes, lentils & beans, beetroot and roasted sweet potato. This dinner was really filling thanks to the beans!
Midnight snack: frozen banana with melted dark chocolate on top and crushed walnuts. The chocolate becomes hard again after a minute and ahh.. this was so good and simple. Perfect for a sweet craving!
These were just some of the things I ate last week. As you can see, it's most of the time different improvised dishes which form one big meal. I haven't been hungry or craving meat/fish/dairy at all! I'm keeping track of what I eat every day this month, so if you want I can also share a daily food diary next time! Also, let me know how this vegan challenge is going for you so far. Or maybe I've inspired you to join me for a day or week now? It's easier than you think, especially if you get the hang of it. On to week two!