Vegan Food Blog
Today I embarked on a semi vegan diet.
I have heard it is not a good idea to go 100% vegan as it can cause havoc with your digestion so I have decided to just swap a few of my meals for vegan ones in order to get a taste of what being a vegan is like.
If I can lose a few pounds and be a bit more healthy than that would be wonderful too.
I will admit I love my meat and my dairy but I have been fascinated by the current vegan trend and thought it would be interesting to set myself the challenge to see if I could ever actually go vegan full time.
I spent roughly 50 pounds on vegetables, nuts of different varieties, wholewheat pasta, noodles and rice and dairy free yohurts, milks and cheeses. I also bought a variety of beans such as adzuki beans, butter beans and chickpeas.
I bought chia seeds and flax seeds and some tofu to try.
I have had quite a busy day today so I have not had chance or inclination to eat. But I just made two vegan pizzas and so I've had a piece of each.
I am very very shocked to say that I really did actually enjoy them both!. I didn't think I would if I am honest. If vegan food is this nice then maybe it wont be so hard to switch after all!
I should really be sleeping but I've just had this idea for a possible vegan recipe for tomorrows dinner.
I am not a big fan of courgettes, I don't think I like them at all tbh but I do like potatoes.
I am thinking of doing a courgette and potatoe bake using the left over passata (a fair bit went on the floor when it bounced out of the fridge as I have far too many vegetables in there oopse) as one of the layers.
And then layer it again with the dairy free cheese sauce I bought and grated vegan cheeses on the top.
A bit like a vegan lasagne.
Right time for bed, I cannot blend up my nuts or chickpeas as the blender is too noisy at 2.15am!
No one wants their nuts blended at 2.15am
Then I could do a brown wholemeal breadcrumb crust on the top. It is not gluten free bread but it has to be more healthy than white is. I could make a dish and slice it into portions.
One could get obsessed.
Can't sleep so am doing more research.
Have noticed that a lot of the vegan recipes involve fresh tomatoes, bananas, peppers and oats none of which I can eat!
So I have decided to develop my own recipes like I have with the homemade vegan pizza as there is not much point in blogging about foods that I cannot eat. I can suggest people add them to recipes but I would not know if the taste would be enhanced or not as I am not just intolerant to them I do not like the taste of those ingredients either.
So will focus on the vegan foods that I do like and create my own dishes with those.
If you stick to someone else's food plans then you never really get to learn about what suits you.
Similar guides to mine should be just there for interest I think, not necessarily to be followed.
I think it is easy to be put off by certain diets if they involve so many foods you either cannot stand or cannot digest.
Just the titles of 'vegetarian' and 'vegan' can be so off putting I think. They are for me personally. For example it appears to be all about bananas mung beans and tofu but you can still eat chips and a nice jacket potato with beans!
I don't believe it needs to be 'all or nothing' and maybe just making subtle little changes to our diets could make all the difference to our health in the long run.
I am just drinking a cup of tea made with almond milk instead of my usual semi skimmed cows milk and I have to say that it doesn't really taste that much different, I would suggest if you take sugar that you may not even need it as the almond has a sweetness to it.
And that has to be good surely?
If anyone is reading this blog, let me know what are your favourite meals and I will see if I could make the vegan equivalent to try out as an experiment.
I am not a trained chef but I think it might be fun to see what you all think and fancy eating. Any feedback is appreciated. Do you have any vegan recipes or recipe ideas you wish to share? Maybe you could advise me if you are a vegan yourself? Without google I really wouldn't know anything at all!
For example I read something about flax seeds and before a couple of days ago I didn't even know that they existed!
The benefits of Flax seeds:
Though tiny, they are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, lignans and fiber, all of which have been shown to have many potential health benefits. They can be used to improve digestive health, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer and may benefit people with diabetes.
Looks they are really worth incorporating into our diet.
Apart from a few gob fulls of yummy bean dip I haven't actually had a meal today. Got carried away with making a mixed nut butter.
So now I feel very hungry so I've decided I need something substantial.
So I am making some vegetables with wholemeal cous cous.
Ate it all and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Made my potato and courgette bake but didnt fancy it, I think I need a break from the vegan cheese for a bit.
Ended up making chips to have with salad in gluten free pitta.
The cucumber lettuce and onions are hiding behind the chips
It is amazing how some of the changes I have made in the last two days have already taught me that some foods can be better than the 'normal' foods I am used to.
For example I actually prefer my coffee made with almond milk, I put less sugar in my cup and I love getting to the bottom as its even nuttier. Almond milk is also nicer than milk in soups. I do not like normal pita bread, I usually have two bites and find it dry and horrible and leave the rest but this gluten free pita was nice and I ate the whole thing. My aim was to do two days vegan one day 'normal' then two days vegan etc.
I will see how I feel in the morning. I kind of have this guilt now that I shouldn't eat meat unless I am totally desperate for it. I wont lie I am missing cheddar cheese a lot, I have also been thinking about chicken in batter.
There are many recipes I would still like to try and make up myself. I have researched the health benefits of 'new' foods I was not aware of before but I want to avoid re-creating recipes other people have done. I prefer to make this my own journey and wont cut and paste from other sites.
Tofu is a total mystery to me, never had it and never cooked it. I will have a think of something exciting to do with it. I have heard people say its bland, tasteless, has a horrible texture etc. I wonder if it could be breaded with nuts or battered. I am sure I will do something with it even if it turns out horrible lol.
One thing is for certain - no more tomato sauces and no more vegan cheese! I am not that keen on radish or courgettes either and definitely no sweet potato, I made a snack out of it earlier on which I didn't even bother to post up as I just did not like it. Definitely no fan of sweet potato. Yuck.