Trying something new for the first time can be difficult and can get messy from time to time. Week 2 was a lot more difficult than week one. The excitement of trying something new begins to wear off. I found myself ammending my challenge to focusing on eating vegan meals only at dinner time. My youngest has become the food police and asks me whenever she sees me with food, "is tha vegan?" Last week, when I thought I could take it no longer, I found an amazing vegan cookie recipe from the Domestic Goddess on Youtube. If you click her name it will take you to the video. These are super delicious with a nice warm cup of coffee. So the journey continues. I want to focus on my breakfasts this week. Stop by next Tuesday for some breakfast vegan inspiration.
Since Hana decided to become a Vegan a few months back, I decided that maybe I needed to see what was out there and see how I could help her in her journey. The cool thing is I have found a lot of resources and people who have been very supportive. My cousin April took on Veganism earlier in 2016. She invited us over to her place on Christmas Day and shared an amazing meal with us. 100% vegan and 100 percent delicious.
As I watched April traverse the kitchen and prepare the meal, I realized that maybe it wasn't as complicated as I was making it in my head. I thougt the first thing I would tackle would be what to take for lunch. Of course, I usually take leftovers and such to school. Hana needs something quick that she can take on the go. As of now that consists of a peanut butter sandwich or a Tofurky and Chao Tofu "cheese". This "cheese" reminds me of provolone.
One of the biggest hurdles we had to get across was pizza night. The answer was super simple. We buy our pizzas from Papa Johns and we order one with no cheese. I personally like mine with banana peppers and mushrooms. When it arrives I sprinkle on some Daiya mozerlla "cheese" on top and Hana and I are good to go with dinner.
Check back each Tuesday to see how our journey to Veganism is going.
Several years ago Hana came to me expressing her desire to become a vegan. She was rather articulate when presenting her case and we allowed her the opportunity to try it out. She stayed away from the meat, eggs, and dairy, but we were concerned that she was not getting enough of the nutrients a growing girl needs. I am not sure exactly what happened, but one day Hana returned home telling us that she was going to stop being a vegan. Inside I was acutally happy. We affectionately refer to the early period of Hana's veganism as her becoming a "crap"eterian. She needed to branch out and embrace diverse plant based foods. I think maybe a teens idea of branching out is trying french fries from various eateries. Hana retuned to me maybe a month ago requesting to try vegan again. In an attempt to help her navigate this time, I am going Vegan for the month of January. Tuesdays will be my day to talk all things food on the blog. I will leave you with an amazing spaghetti squash lo mein that Angie, from work, suggested I try. Not only was it super simple, it was also incredilby tasty!