Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vegan for Lent

Miss High School and I went vegan for Lent this year. We've dabbled in veganism before and I do a lot of vegan cooking but we hadn't gone 46 days in a row before. Yes 46 days..I thought Lent was 40 days?!  (Apparently there are some Catholic loop hole days during Lent but we're not Catholic so we did the whole 46).   It wasn't that bad. Honestly, it was pretty easy and I enjoyed my meals. I tried to document some of the things I ate/cooked during this time.   
Taco "meat" and black beans with green beans, crushed tortilla chips and vegan sour cream.
Good old stuffed spaghetti squash with veggie sausage, spinach, peppers and Healthy Homemade Marinara Sauce.
For breakfasts, I often had my Cheatin' Overnight Oats.
I discovered this yummy spreadable cheeze product.   It helped whenever I was in the mood for cheese!  It can be heated up for queso eaten cold as a spread.
Here's a sandwich that I made for Miss High School.  Ezekial bread (or toast-even better), hummus and veggies.
Quesadillas made with the Heidi Ho spicy cheese spread.
Cauliflower "steak" with mushroom gravy.
My version of a tuna melt=chickpea 'tuna' on bagel and Daiya cheese shreds on top.  Daiya cheeses are pretty good and easy to find at the supermarket. I use them in my Buffalo Chickpea Dip.  They make some decent vegan pizzas too.
Chao slices were the best tasting vegan cheese products that I found.  These melt really nicely too.
I experimented with smoothies some mornings.  {Banana Date Smoothie}
Tofurkey wrap with hummus and veggies.
About to take a bite.
I made our favorite Vegan Caesar salad when we were craving it. I made it again on Easter and it was a hit.
Zoodles with marinara and veggie meatballs.
I thought going out to dinner was going to be a challenge but it wasn't too hard.  I had veggie fajitas one night, skipping the cheese and sour cream but going deep on the guac!
This was College Girl's birthday dinner, we started with the Med Plate-falafel, baba ghanoush, grilled asparagus, baby beets and pita..
My meal was a spicy lentil khorma with butternut squash and oven dried grapes. I was not feeling deprived at all!
I had a weird craving for a cheese steak one day and made one out of Italian seitan in a wrap that was so good.
Chili, always chili!
Smoothie snack at the mall.
This was a cute cafe near our house and their version of avocado toast for breakfast.
Snacks were pretty normal for me, hummus and veggies.
Baby carrots with almond butter--sounds weird but it's good. I also like them with spicy mustard.
Can't forget my beloved Buddha bowls-this one had veggies, tofu and quinoa topped with hummus.
Rainbow Carrot noodles with veggie sausage sauce.
Another Buddha bowl.
Mexican Buddha bowl with red cabbage and avocado.
Avocado toast on repeat.
I made No-Chicken and Dumplings one night when Miss High School requested them.
Frozen smoothie bowl topped with fruit, coconut and pepitas.
This restaurant didn't have that much that I could eat on the menu but I would have been happy with just this bread and wine.  I ended up getting a salad and fries but that bread....
Chop & Toss salad from the mall.
Spicy veggie wrap and a soy cappuccino for breakfast, yes please!
By St. Patrick's Day this was old hat to us.  I made a1 Hour Vegan hepherd's Pie that was so tasty.
Miss High School veganized an Irish soda bread recipe that was so good, we made it again for Easter.
And last but not least, Vegan Irish Potato Candy.

To educate myself a little more on the benefits of a plant based diet I watched some documentaries. Two I had seen before (and highly recommend!) were:
 A new one for me was:
I snapped some pics of the screen while I was watching it thatcontrasted an omnivore diet vs a vegan diet based on their carbon footprint.
This statistic really hit home with me too, it's what a vegan diet saves per day per person!   I'm not trying to convert anybody but if you're at all interested in learning more, these documentaries are a good place to start.  I thought it was fun to try and veganize some favorite recipes. I really enjoyed the challenge!
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Tamar SB said...

Good for you!
I didn't realize Catholic lent is longer!
Are you Presbyterian?

Morgan said...

Congrats on making it the whole way through! :) I was going to say that avocado toast you make would be a great snack while trying the vegan life. Guacamole always makes me happy! You made a lot of really yummy sounding meals! The stuffed spaghetti squash looks super filling!

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

This all looks really tasty. I had queso in Texas a few years back. We don't have it in the UK. I tried vegan in Jan and February and did blogs on my food diary too. I also did one on a Netflix programme I enjoyed on real eating. It's covered in my blog called I'm Hungry for Mr Him to Change which came out in February.

Carla from The River said...

Good for you, this is awesome!!
Thank you for sharing the documentaries as well.

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

There is a whole lot of yummyness going on here! Why did I think you were already vegan? Youre vegetarian right? i'm excited to see all these recipes in one place! I'm also excited to see those documentaries. Riley watched supersize me at school the other day, and then went online and bought her own copy! She's really interested in
Nutrition and these docs only help me
stay focused too! Big weekend for you girls - thinking of you!!!!!!

Clairejustine oxox said...

Everything looks so yummy Heather, wish I could try a bit of eac :)

Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Heather all of that food looks so good and healthy. I can't believe you went that long without any meat in your diet. It must of been hard! We don't eat any meat at least 2 times a week.

Jessica Pelasky said...

Everything looks so tasty!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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