Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Food diary - Vegan till Christmas

When I asked you what you'd like to see more of on this blog, a couple of you said you'd like to see food diaries, so kind of 'what I eat in a day'. I've taken some pictures of my food since November 1st, and will share with you what I eat on a daily basis. I hope this will give you some inspiration for vegan meals. Most of the time it's quite easy to come up with tasty and satisfying dishes, so in this post I'll show you exactly the kind of things I like to eat when I'm eating plant-based. 
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BREAKFAST OPTIONS

- Toast with homemade chocolate spread, peanut butter or other nut butter
- Oatmeal with raspberries, banana and peanut butter
- Smoothie bowl with banana, frozen strawberries, 1/2 avocado and cacao powder
- Banana pancakes (usually during the weekend)
- To drink: water, fresh juice (orange, carrot or green juice) or coffee with Oatly
- Supplements: Vitamin B12 + Multivitamin 


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For bread, I like to eat sourdough because it's just the tastiest. I recently discovered this Meridian spread, a brand I've loved forever but this is a new spread made of hazelnuts, cocoa, coconut, and honey (not 100% vegan but close). Super addictive. 


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As you know I'm a big fan of Oatly milk, and the last couple of months I've been loving the barista edition. It's perfect for coffee! I have yet to find a better milk than this one. 


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LUNCH

- Soup: broccoli, carrot, mixed vegetables
- Leftovers from the night before, together with some extra salad. Like curries and stir-fries.


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Vegetable curry (recipe) with red rice and kale. 


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Rice, quinoa, marinated tempeh, mushrooms and cavolo nero. As you can see I just throw some things together, a mix of grains, greens, and protein usually! 



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SNACKS

- Nuts: salted almond, cashews, roasted hazelnuts or pistachios
- Sweet: Medjool dates, a slice of banana bread, apples, clementines or a blueberry muffin
- Fire-roasted chestnuts in the evening, or a piece of dark chocolate
- Fresh juices, I make these in advance and they stay fresh for three days
- Coffee with Oatly or any other milk like almond, soy etc. (most coffee places have those nowadays)


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DINNER 

I usually do a combination of different things to create a balanced meal.
- Protein: lentils, chickpeas (both lovely roasted in the oven), meat substitutes like veggie balls, veggie burgers etc. (home-made or store-bought)
- Grains: spelt, farro, quinoa, rice
- Greens: kale, cavolo nero, fresh herbs, spinach, Brussels sprouts, arugula, lettuce
- Vegetables: pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, beetroot, potato, tomatoes, avocado, red pepper, mushrooms, celeriac, sweet potato, sauerkraut


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Crispy spelt with Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and cavolo nero. 


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Salad with red cabbage, rocket salad, pears, walnuts and walnut oil. 


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Pumpkin puree. Roast a whole pumpkin in the oven until soft, remove the skin and mix with some soy cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Super creamy and tasty.


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Classic Dutch meal: stamppot (potato puree with kale) with dill, sausage from the Vegetarian Butcher (this one is not 100% vegan because it contains a bit of egg white), sauerkraut with onion. 


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Super simple but super tasty meal: jacket potato with crispy kale and lentils (just roasted in the oven until crispy), cashew cream cheese, dill and a big salad. For the cashew cream cheese, I blended some soaked cashews with a bit of soy cream, mustard, nutritional yeast, pepper, smoked paprika, and salt. Totally improvised but it turned out to go great with the potato. 


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My brother's birthday cake, which I made and managed to keep 100% vegan. It was rich but everyone liked it, so mission accomplished. 

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EATING OUT
The hard part about eating vegan is eating out and social events. Wherever possible, I stick to plant-based foods and most of the time it's manageable (if not, then that's also okay). I can recommend Italian and Asian/Vietnamese restaurants because they usually have vegan options. For lunch, soup is usually a safe bet.

Pizza marinara at Old Scuola in Rotterdam. Surprisingly good and not boring, though I must admit pizza is always better with cheese on top.

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Sandwiches with hummus and vegetables at Café Pistache in The Hague. Simple but tasty.

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Vegan pizza at Otomat in Antwerp. They have two vegan options on the menu, and the Mega Vega is my all-time favorite. I even re-created the recipe.

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Vegan Bún bowl with mini spring rolls and tofu at Little V in The Hague. Vietnamese food is so good because there are so many vegan options and they're all so flavorful. 

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Another bún bowl, at Bo Nam in Amsterdam. Colorful, flavorful and light. 

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So far it's been going very well, I hardly cheat (except with some meat substitutes that contain egg white sometimes, and honey) and almost don't need to think about what to make or eat. I eat a lot of wholesome foods and make most things from scratch, so I know exactly what's going into my body. I don't have cravings though I do sometimes feel like having cheese and milk chocolate, those are the only things. About one more month left! 

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