Wahoo! I have been vegan for three months!Here are a few things that have made the transition super easy …
Breakfast: I’ve never been a big cereal eater but I do enjoy a nice bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning. I make it from plain oats (not instant packages), to avoid added sugar and other unnecessary ingredients, and then add vegan dark chocolate chips and/or fruit to make it delicious!
Dinner: I was cooking a lot of stir frys until I realized that I can just add raw vegetables in to a pot of steaming hot rice instead of cooking the vegetables on high heat which degrades the nutrients. This way the veggies get a little steamed and still retain most of their nutritional value. I add a delicious sauce (I recommend red thai curry paste mixed with coconut milk – if you like spice) and leave it on low heat for about 5 minutes.
Bean and lentil chillies and stews are easy to make and are great over top of some rice or quinoa. I even found a vegan recipe for one of my favourite foods, butter chicken!
Lunch: I often just make dinners in (what seems like) exorbitantly large amounts and eat cold leftovers for lunch. When I’m working downtown, I frequent Freshii for a delicious and nutritious custom-made lunch.
Snacks: I like to stock up on the most healthy-seeming chips, salsa, and guacamole. When hunger sneaks up on me and hits me like a ton of bricks, I eat a big spoonful of peanut butter and get to work making something. It’s always good to have some raw veggies all cut up and ready to munch on and hummus on-hand.
Coffee: Although I’m an avid black-coffee drinker, I like to treat myself to a soy latte every now and then.
Eating out: At most restaurants there are no vegan menu items but there are usually veggie burgers, fajitas, wraps, or salads that can be made vegan if you ask nicely and smile all pretty-like. I have been told that some veggie patties contain cheese (personally, I’m not that worried about it).