My vegan experiment
Jan. 8, 2011 4:22 pm
Updated: Jan. 10, 2011 7:16 am
I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of months researching and gathering information on a vegan diet. My vegan experiment is in full swing now. Although I'm not a full-time vegan, I am following a mostly vegan diet lately. When I'm not doing
the vegan thing, it's mostly vegetarian.
Honestly, I'm quite surprised at the relative ease of this. It's been baby steps to be sure...things like subbing coconut milk creamer for half-n-half in my coffee (LOVE this stuff!!) and switching the dairy began the process. Out went the chicken stock in
the soups to be replaced by vegetable stock. But even with my beloved smoked paprika, I still missed the smokiness that a ham hock added. My new best friend? Liquid smoke. Adds just the right touch of smokiness, has no sodium, and is natural AND vegan.
Some foods are easy...others not so much. I love edamame but am still working on the tofu bit. That's more a textural thing than a taste thing, but I'm trying various methods, such as pressing, freezing, baking, etc. I'll get there! I saw a dish on Diners,
Drive-Ins, and Dives the other night...smoked coconut club sandwich that has a slab of tofu on it. Smoked coconut shavings took the place of bacon. Now THIS is a sandwich. I can't wait to get my smoking gun from Williams-Sonoma to try it! There is no way
I'm not going to like that. It looks and sounds too delicious to be otherwise. I do like tempeh and am experimenting with that and have plans to try seitan next. There are very few veggies that I don't like, so that part is really easy. Keep the celery,
fennel, and black olives out of it, and I'm good. And I love all grains and beans...all of them.
My cooking bible for all this? Veganomicon. FANTASTIC cookbook. There's so many recipes in there I want to try that I can't make them fast enough! There's no way you miss meat and dairy with some of these dishes. They are delicious. I made the mole sauce
this weekend and have a big batch of it stored in the fridge for Roasted Potato and Kale Enchiladas and a Mole Tamale Pie with beans and greens that will be on the menu this week. And I now have Vegetarian Times Everything Vegan on the way. I can't wait
to get that. VT is one of my favorite magazines, and I love so many of their recipes.
I can't say yet how this diet is going to affect my weight. I don't use pounds as a measure, I gauge by the fit of my clothes. And believe me, I have plenty that are a bit snug, so this will be a good measure. I can fit into a pair of jeans that were uncomfortably
tight 2 weeks ago that aren't anymore.
This is also supplemented by interval training on the treadmill. My doc has given both the seal of approval, and I'm looking forward to a happy and healthy 2011 with vegan eating and exercise leading the way.
Happy eating--vegan or not--to you all! For you vegans out there, I'd love any tips for a newbie!