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It's been a while since I last posted, life gets overwhelming sometimes and we slip, we slip real far BUT that's okay - it's been a tough few weeks for me and I'll be updating you all on that in a future post. but for now let's talk food!
I have been a fully fledged vegan for three months now, and I am LOVING it. I can honestly say that as much as I thought I would have, I haven't missed meat in the slightest. Now, this won't be the same for all of us, but prior to going vegan I only really ate chicken and fish anyway, so this may have something to do with it. With that being said, we all know that I love cheese, and there are some fantastic vegan alternatives out there, and It has been amazing trying them all. I am going to be doing a cheese focussed post soon, reviewing all those that I have tried - so stay tuned for that!
What I wanted to do today was give you all an insight into a typical day of vegan eating. I've decided to break this up into a weekday/ weekend, as I have more time to create fancy ass breakfasts on a weekend!
I don't know about you, but my favourite thing to do on a Saturday and Sunday morning is jump straight into the kitchen and whip up a yummy breakfast treat for my partner and I. Since going vegan, I've gained a fearless creativity when it comes to cooking. Granted, I've produced some god awful slop sometimes and failed miserably BUT most of the time, it's worked out pretty well. Hooray!
The Vegan Full English Breakfast:
Who doesn't love a good ol' full English breakfast? This iconic breakfast dish brings back childhood memories galore, and always makes me feel all warm and soppy inside.
Going vegan meant that my old recipe had to change, and one thing I will say is that overpowered stodgy feel that sometimes engulfed you after an egg and meat heavy breakfast is a thing of the past! This vegan full English breakfast, has all of the wholesome goodness, with none of the greasy guilt (or necessity for a mid morning food coma)
Crumpets (or toast, your choice!)
For the Tofu Scramble:
One block of firm tofu
Some of my other go to breakfasts include the taste sensation that is the Breakfast Burrito, OR potato waffles with guacamole and smoked tofu sizzlers (Click here for the link to my guacamole recipe to have a gander at that one)
If I'm out and about for breakfast, I normally go for something quite fresh. Last weekend I was on a course with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, (AMAZING I KNOW, I'm still 100% fan-girling over the whole experience) , and I was wandering around, undecided on where to eat when I stumbled upon a Cafe Rouge. I had the tastiest Oat milk latte, with a scrumptious helping of guacamole and tomatoes on toast - the balsamic glazed tomatoes on top were a game changer!
On a weekday, my breakfast is rather boring in comparison. Somedays, I'll have a vegan protein shake with oat milk, others a banana and some Nairn's Breakfast Breaks but ALWAYS a nice strong coffee with oat milk! Weekday breakfast is something I'm still working on, and 100% need to upgrade and plan out more. I've always been bad at breakfast during the week, so my goal going forward is to wake up earlier and devise some kind of 'morning routine'.
On a typical weekday, my lunch = last nights dinner! I always tend to make two extra portions so that my boyfriend and I have a nice quick and easy lunch for the next day, working full time and trying to juggle work, eating healthy, working out (as we all know) is tough, and I've found that this makes sure I have a healthy lunch rather than just munching on beige carbs whenever a get a spare minute at school!
Hands up who loves a good sandwich?
My go to sandwich at the minute is an incredibly yummy Chicken Caesar one! It works great on wholemeal bread or a wrap and is fresh, tasty and filling.
Chopped Spring Onions
Wholemeal Bread OR a wrap (I love Aldi's Mediterranean Wraps at the moment)
Now for the showstopper - DINNER TIME:
Like I said earlier, due to my newly discovered vegan cooking fearlessness I have created some incredible dishes that we now have on a weekly basis (and also some down right fails that shall never be spoken of again - a dry and lack lustre roast potato and cauliflower dish springs to mind and brings with it endless nightmares).
I. love. pasta. So a lot of the meals I rustle up for dinner are based on this never ending obsession. Luckily, my previously pasta hating boyfriend (okay, that's slightly extreme, he just didn't care for it quite as much as I did) seems to be coming on board, and his favourite meal in the ENTIRE world - his words, not mine - consists of just that. Fusilli pasta, tofu, chickpeas, kale, peppers, finished off with a dollop of hummus and a squeeze of lemon!
Get the recipe here, and let me know what you think in the comments and on the forum!
I always try and make a dinner that has a good balance of protein, carbs and veg so that we're left feeling full but not too sluggish!
With this being said, I'm a sucker for a burger - and I am now going to share with you the BEST plant based burger I have ever had...
Wait for it...
The first time I made this for my boyfriend and I, he swore that it was meat and that I had in fact tricked him into eating meat.
What kind of sorcery is this?
The texture, the flavour, even the medium rare colour of the 'meat' once you had taken a bite, was better than any 'real' burger I have ever had. Even my incredibly sceptical mother (when it comes to vegan meat replacements) took a bite and could not believe her taste buds.
All you do is simply fry it in a little extra-virgin olive oil for three minutes and each side and VOILA, you have heaven in and around your mouth (as we all know, the best burgers get messy!)
I always make mine with the following sides/accompaniments (what do you even call them?!)
For the Burger:
Sliced Onion (into rings)
Chopped Cherry Tomatoes
On the side:
Asda's Plant Based Vegan Chicken Bites if you're feeling extra naughty!
Snacks and Dessert:
I'm not the biggest 'sweet' person but I do love savoury snacks (and cheese, have I mentioned that?) But if i'm feeling something after dinner I'd go for Gu's Vegan Lemon Cheesecake. It's a coconuty, velvety deliciousness in a great reuseable glass dish! (I wash them, and use them for putting nuts and olives in when I'm feeling super fancy).
For a more extensive list of Vegan snacks and sweet treats see my accidentally vegan list here!
Okay, that's all for now! BUT if you are newly vegan or considering making the jump then I hope that this post has given you an insight into all of the incredibly delicious and also super easy meals that you can make! One thing to remember when embarking on your journey is that going vegan does NOT mean missing out on anything. You can still have a big ol' burger, and a fry up when you want to!
I have found over the last three months that there is a never ending list of incredibly tasty vegan foods and recipes to try, and this is only expanding as the lifestyle grows in popularity!
And if you're a veteran vegan then I salute you and hope that you've enjoyed the read. Please, please PLEASE, comment below with any of your go-to vegan meals, tips, tricks and just observations on your life as a vegan!