Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Week of Vegan: Day One

A couple years ago Oprah did an episode where she asked all of her employees to go Vegan for one week. A majority of the workers, including Oprah herself, raved about how they felt by the end of the week. I don't have the desire to become a full-time vegan, I love cheese way too much! But, I was inspired to learn a little more about veganism and perhaps try the one week diet change.  My husband was on board for this as well, but we never seemed to actually get around to starting it. Pizza delivery was just always getting in the way. Recently he decided it was time to get back in shape and maybe this week of veganism would be a good jumping off point. If anything, it would encourage us to eat less pizza and ice cream, and eat more fruits and veggies. We have some friends who tried it for a week and didn't stop! So we turned to them for a little inspiration as well. My friend is also the author of a fabulous vegan blog, www.theveganheldhostage.blogspot.com. so I knew I could look here, in addition to cookbooks from the library, for some vegan recipes to get us through the week.

As I am 4 months pregnant, I didn't think this was the best time for me to experimenting with my diet. So my husband is going full-on vegan for the week and I am eating a mostly vegan dinner along with him. We began by planning out our menu for the week. One of our goals was to try some new foods that we normally wouldn't choose to eat or have never eaten before. I spent an hour and a half at Whole Foods on Sunday searching for the items on my grocery list, several of which I had never even heard of. So, the menu is planned, the pantry is stocked, and we are ready to go vegan!

As mentioned, I'm not going vegan throughout the day. I still plan to drink cow's milk and eat cheese, yogurt, and meat. But I'll write about my husband's vegan menu throughout the day and the new food items we've tried.

On day one we tried almond milk and seitan for the first time. I'm pretty particular about my milk, so I was not in love with the almond milk, but my husband enjoyed it. The seitan was decent. It basically took on the flavor of the spices. While it was not the same as the traditional spiced lamb meat of a gyro, this was a pretty good, meatless dish.

Menu: Day One
Raisin Bran with Vanilla Almond Milk

Frozen black bean burger on sandwich thin bread with sliced avocado
Salad with red peppers, bean sprouts, vinegar and olive oil
Celery with peanut butter
2 clementine oranges

Seitan gyros
Fingerling fries

Seitan Gyros 
From Vegan Express by Nava Atlas

Fingerling Fries
From Vegan Express by Nava Atlas

Seitan Gyros with Fingerling Fries

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