Veganuary week 2 (am I the only one who thinks veganuary sounds a bit lame?) was a little bit harder than week one. You'd think that the first week is the toughest, but this week I was actually craving tons of non-vegan food like Greek yoghurt, eggs and lots of cheese. Of course I didn't eat any of these things, but I do miss them a bit. I feel like in Belgium I just can't find enough good vegan stuff like cheese, ice cream etc. It's there, but the options are very limited. When are shops like Marqt and Whole Foods coming to Belgium.. anyone? Until then, I'll have to come up with more vegan meal ideas; I'm sharing some of last week's meals with you today.
Super simple & very filling tofu scramble lunch, check my last post!
Made a big effort one evening so I made: veggie burgers (from scratch). They were made of lots of stuff including: mushrooms, chickpeas, brown rice, parsley and onion
Together with pan-fried little gem lettuce. I usually make this on the barbecue in summer but it works just as well in a pan with a little bit of oil
A burger meal isn't complete without this! Coleslaw with homemade vegan mayo and some dried cranberries. We also had little spelt buns to put the burgers in, but I didn't make those myself :3
Lunch at my sister's: falafel salad and miso soup. A bit random but filling; it did the job.
Not all my little experiments with vegan food work out. This were little egg-free meringues made of aquafaba (you'll never guess what it is!), but they totally melted the second I put them in the oven. So either "egg-free meringue" is a myth or I have yet to discover the secret. Please tell me if you know, I want this to work so bad!
Tofu scramble with mushrooms and lots of onion and parsley, on rye bread
Squeezed some fresh orange juice for the next morning, it's the best!
I don't often take pics of my lunch at work, but here's one (leftovers): basmati rice with sweet potato, potato and cavolo nero
This was my favourite meal of the week; I'll share the recipe this week!
My mom's crispy Basmati rice, Persian style - looks like this on the bottom. Once you try this, you'll never want plain cooked rice again (it's kind of her secret recipe, but you can check some other recipes on Google)
I can never get tired of oven-roasted sweet potato! I mix in some regular potatoes with it because they get crispier.
I whipped up some spelt crepes on Sunday and they turned out so good. Luckily I noted down all the ingredients and quantities I used (in case it turned out good) so I'll share the recipe once I've taken some better pics (so I need to make these again.. sigh ;) )
Leftovers for lunch: stir fried cavolo nero, potatoes, roasted tomatoes and topped with some vegan cheese (Wilmersburger Pizza Shreds, bought at Het Natuurhuis in Antwerp)
Some carrot soup on the side!
Coffee from my Bialetti with foamed up Almond Dream
Fresh fruit with vanilla Coyo, later topped with muesli
Some more thoughts I had this week:
For me, this month is all about being a dietary vegan. Because the environment and health are the two main reasons why I'm doing this, I've only make the "switch" to veganism when it comes to food, so that means I'm still wearing my leather & fur items. Yes, I felt like a bit of a hypocrite when I was paying for my vegan goodies at the till while I was wearing my fur/leather winter coat. But I've been wearing this coat five winters in a row, and just because I decide to eat (more) vegan, doesn't mean that I need to make big changes all aspects of my life. Baby steps! I feel like as long as you pay the price for fur (the high price, that is), it's kind of justified. I might think totally different about this in a few months/years, but for now I feel good with only making changes to my diet.
If you want to know the specifics of any meal I showed in this post, let me know. I've discovered that the trick is to cook extra food in the evening so you can always have leftovers the next day! Preparation is key. Anyway, I really hope this vegan challenge is still going well for you too! On to week three now :)