I’m keeping a running post of how my day-to-day goes as I venture into Veganuary. I think I’ll be posting it on Monday’s. I’m also going to share some photos of what I’m eating. So far the Veganuary challenge is going really well. The first few days were a little tricky, but now it is smooth sailing.
Quinoa Tacos have become one of my favorite. We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house, and this way I can make regular tacos for the family, and something vegan for me.
For dinner I made, Vegan Baked Beans,and a Baked Sweet Potato with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” It’s VEGAN!!! Possible my favorite vegan-butter spread so far. James said he liked the vegan baked beans, but the kids didn’t care for them at all. I had plenty of leftovers for a second meal for me.
Within the first three days, I was still a little hungry between meals. So I started packing my plate with more fruits and veggies.
I found some pretty Avocados on sale for 5/ $5 at the store, and they made the best side for quinoa tacos. They also make a great snack whenever I’m super hungry.
I’ve been looking for vegan ready to go foods. One thing I miss is the convenience of grab-and-go meals. It seems like so far all I am doing is cooking, cooking, cooking. Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking a meal for myself after I’ve made a meal for my family.
Luckily there is canned vegetarian veggie soup that I added a few more veggies to, and some quinoa for good measure. This made a fast lunch for when I didn’t feel like cooking.
Another of my favorites is Yves Kale and Quinoa bites. You just throw them in the oven, and they are ready in no time.
They make an amazing main dish,
and they are tasty sauced up on top of a mountain of pasta.
I’ve been using the crock pot whenever I can. It is a great way to have food ready to go in the fridge, and stored for future meals in the freezer.
Vegan Chili is a favorite of mine to make in the crock pot. It freezes well, and it is very versatile dish.
Lastly, my favorite dish so far… Homemade Vegan Taco Salad
I baked a flour tortilla shell in the oven to make a little bowl. It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was absolutely delicious. I made a layer of vegan refried beans in the base of the bowl, added a layer of homemade vegan Mexican Rice, then a good helping of shredded lettuce. Finally, I topped it off with some chunked avocados that I marinated in a bit of homemade salsa and lime juice. It was amazingly delicious, and I seriously ate every bite.
I’m almost a week into the challenge, and I’m feeling better. We’ll see what next week brings. The kids will be back to school, so I hope I can get the house tidied up a bit, and get back in the kitchen making vegan dishes.