Happy Wednesday everyone!
These are actually the ‘highlights’ of what I ate from Saturday to Tuesday. Like I mentioned in my last post, I decided to join the Vegan Challenge over at Blogilates.com. But I don’t really follow the meal plan, as I don’t want to lose a lot of weight, and I prefer my own style of eating. Just minus eggs, dairy, and honey for the next two weeks.
On Friday I bought lots and lots of delicious vegan foods: rice waffles, soy yogurt, agave syrup, rice milk, applesauce, whole wheat bread, canned pineapple chunks (I’m slightly allergic to fresh pineapple), soy cream, ajvar, hummus, non-dairy butter, and tomato paste. And lots of fresh produce that didn’t fit into the picture.
Whenever I don’t know what to cook, I turn to our favorite Korean dishes. On Saturday we had bibimbap, that’s a big bowl filled with rice and various toppings, like shredded carrots and cucumbers, omelette stripes, sautéed zucchini, mung bean sprouts, sautéed spinach, etc.
On Sunday I made myself some rice paper rolls. To be honest, after taking one bite, I scraped out the filling and tossed the rice paper. Gross! I won’t make that again.
More Korean food! For dinner we had cold noodle soup, also known as naengmyon. I topped my bowl with zucchini, cucumber, pear, and half a boiled egg.
And this takes us to Monday, the start of the Vegan Challenge. For breakfast I had my usual whole wheat bread, topped with peanut butter, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and apple butter.
Monday turned out to be quite a hot and sunny day, so we were in the mood for a cold, light, but still filling dinner. Gimbap to the rescue! I filled my rolls with avocado, cucumber, and roasted sesame seeds. Delicious!
Lately I’ve been eating lots of salads for lunch. Tuesday’s salad creation was mixed greens, black lentils, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and homemade balsamic dressing. Perfect!
After all those cold dishes I was craving something hot and spicy, so I made doenjang jjigae, a Korean tofu stew. My version was a little different from the one I linked to. To make it vegan, I omitted the sea food, and used more vegetables instead. Is anyone interested in the recipe?
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I’m a little addicted to fruit salad. A few days ago I ran out of the frozen bagged mix I usually eat, so I just made my own. It contains pink grapefruit, canned cherries, pear, apple, pineapple, and peach. I had it as an after-dinner treat, topped with soy yogurt and cinnamon.
So far, the Vegan Challenge is going really well for me. I mostly eat my usual favorite meals, just slightly modified, and I feel satisfied and never hungry.
Have you ever tried a vegan diet? If yes, how did you feel?