Today is the last day of Morgan‘s Vegan For A Week Challenge. I spontaneously joined, without much planning or preparation. As I’m already a vegetarian, I only needed to cut out dairy and eggs. This turned out to be harder than I expected. I was probably only 98% vegan, some of my foods might have contained traces of cheese or honey. I hope that counts?
These are the things I bought to bring me through the week:
From left to right: vegan “butter”, tofu, organic soy milk, maple syrup, soy yoghurt, apple onion sandwich spread.
Lots of soy, I know, but I couldn’t find anything else. Even the organic grocery stores around here don’t have almond milk, coconut yoghurt, or tempeh. You have to work with what you can get, right?
I’ve learned quite a few things during this challenge:
Being vegan is easy AND hard
There are many vegan blogs that offer delicious recipes, so I’ve found it quite easy to prepare vegan meals for myself. But at the same time I’ve avoided eating out during the week. It’s hard enough to find meatless food in rural South Germany, eating out as a vegan is nearly impossible.
Use soy products sparingly
Even though I don’t see tofu as a meat substitution, but as a plant-based protein source on its own, I admit that I relied too much on it. Tofu is just so quick and easy to prepare and very versatile. But I should have incorporated more beans and lentils into my meals.
Delicious vegan meals
Here are a few things I’ve made during the week.
I won’t be a full-time vegan, that’s for sure. It’s just too difficult in my little corner of the world. So I’ll keep doing what is possible for me and makes me feel best, eating a plant-based diet, with some eggs and dairy occasionally. I won’t have a dairy fest tomorrow either, but I will surely indulge in a little something.
And now I’ll snack on some more delicious soy yoghurt.