I’ve been thinking about becoming vegan for a long time. I would be happy to eat eggs and drink milk from animals which I knew were happy and well looked after but the majority of the time that’s not the case or there’s no way of knowing, and since I’m a vegetarian for ethical reasons, becoming vegan makes sense. Plus, it’s good for the planet! I’d been putting it off because it sounded unpleasant (no cheese?!) and also difficult. I thought it would be hard or expensive to buy food at the supermarket and in restaurants. Me and James started veganuary when we moved back to York because it’s a good way to try out veganism without the commitment. I decided I would still eat my Christmas chocolate, and for now we both eat vegetarian meals in restaurants if there’s no vegan option. I believe it’s better to make changes like this gradually!
I’ve actually had a lot of fun cooking vegan food, and I’ve never felt hungry or restricted. In fact, we’ve been trying so many things, I’ve rarely eaten the same thing twice! I thought it would be fun to share with you my five favourite meals from January, and an overview of what we’ve been eating.
1. Sunday Roast! We ate nut roast, roast potatoes, mustard parsnips, broccoli, veggie sausages and lots of gravy.
2. Peppered Tofu Steak. We baked and then grilled the tofu and ate it with sweet chilli sauce, grilled peppers, burger buns and a green salad.
3. Quesadillas (recipe from Oh Dear Drea). We ate these with some avocado and vinegar.
4. Burritos with veggie chilli. We spread vegan cream cheese on the tortillas and it was so tasty!
5. Quinoa burgers (recipe from Delciously Ella). We ate these with home-made french fries, mushy peas and fried mushrooms (not a healthy combination but a tasty one…)
For breakfast, we’ve been enjoying alpro yoghurt, fruit, maple syrup, and granola with vegan pancakes and cinnamon bagels on the weekend. For lunch I’ve been eating a lot of bagels with hummus, vegan cream cheese, tomato and basil or guacamole and James has been eating salads with pasta, rice or cous cous. For dinner, as well as my favourites we’ve been eating lots of curry and noodles, soup, pie, risotto, tapas, tacos and grilled vegetables.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’m definitely going to be vegan into February and beyond! If you’re still feeling nosy about what vegans eat my blogger buddy Laila wrote a brilliant post about food (here).