I get so many questions and confused looks about what I actually eat, when I tell people I do not eat meat or dairy. I think there is the misconception out there that vegans eat nothing but salads. While I do love a fresh salad, I eat much more variety than that. Here is a sample of some of my favorite eats of this past week:
Breakfast: Usually, this is a green juice or a smoothie. I did smoothies all this week. Besides what is listed, all smoothies also include 2 tablespoons of chia seeds & 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal. These usually make enough for 3 people.
- 2 big handfuls of kale, 1 sliced green apple, 1 whole cucumber, 1 knob of ginger, a few sprigs of fresh mint and tons of coconut water (this one has such a fresh taste to it)
- 2 big handfuls of kale, 2 cups of frozen blueberries, 2 cups of frozen pineapple, tons of coconut water
- 2 huge handfuls of spinach, sliced cantoloupe, 2 bananas, coconut milk (this one was a big hit with the other 2/3 of my household, who prefer the sweeter smoothies. I had such a yummy, creamy taste and texture).
Lunch: I pretty much pack and bring lunch everyday. There are not many options around where I work, so I try to always be prepared.
- Spinach, strawberry salad: I had this a few days this week, it is my favorite salad! I cover 1 block of cubed tofu in Brianna’s Poppy Seed dressing. I keep this refrigerated all week. To assemble the salad I use about 2 big handfuls of chopped spinach, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, 1 cup of tofu, slivered almonds and fresh mint. I top everything with a little bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Brown rice wraps with tofurky: Trader Joe’s sells these awesome, gluten-free tortillas. I have been using them for wraps with hummus, tofurky, spinach and tomatoes. I also chomp on a few carrots on the side.
- One of my co-workers, who has been eating vegetarian since the beginning of this year (woohoo!), shared this next dish with me. He made it with quinoa, carrots, zuchini, onions and cilantro. It was mixed with a spicy peanut butter sauce. So yummy! Thanks, B!
Dinner: I can not take too much credit for dinners. I make all breakfast and lunches, but my love usually handles dinner for us. Here is some of what he whipped up.
- Quick Indian food: Tasty Bite has ridiculously convenient, reasonably-priced and delicious pre-made items. We had the Bengal Lentils and Tandoori rice, they just have to be heated up. We ate them alongside sliced bell pepper, warmed pita bread and THE most delicious jalapeno, garlic, cilantro hummus that my love made from scratch.
- Soyrizo & potato tacos: This is a weekly staple meal. We usually prefer it on the weekends, after our run. Soyrizo is mixed with diced potatoes in a skillet and cooked till the potatoes are done. We serve them up in corn tortillas, topped with onion, cilantro and avocado.
- Sweet potatoes + chili: I can’t rave about this meal enough. It is tasty and filling! We buy sweet potatoes at our local farmers market each week. They are so reasonably priced at $1/lb. We bake them and top with Trader Joe’s vegetarian chili, sliced scallions and avocado.
- Veggie hot dogs: My week is not complete without a stop at Haybird’s Hot Dog stand, at our local farmer’s market night. This week, I tried the New Yorker with a veggie dog. It was topped with sauerkraut, spicy mustard, onions and tomato. My favorite juice stand is also back! I drank a watermelon juice with my dogs.
I hope that helps you have a better idea of what vegans it. Let me know if you have questions, I love talking about food!