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more oatmeal - this time chocolate with tofu mousse, peanut butter, and crushed dark chocolate

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onetrickpuppy  asked:

I was wonderi if you had any recipe recommendations for someone just starting out as a vegan, I'm starting it on monday when I do my next food shop

Absolutely! I’m actually a horrible cook and stick to the basics. I’m not sure where you shop for food, but most towns have a natural foods store with fun stuff like vegan cheeses and meats. But you can easily find all you need at a big chain grocery store. Here’s a breakdown of what I eat on a typical day.


Breakfast:

-Cereal (most kinds are vegan surprisingly, just skim the ingredients list for any dairy or honey) with soy milk (or any plant-based milk you prefer, depending on tolerance and allergies, there’s almond, cashew, coconut, rice, hemp, oat, and flax. I prefer soy, almond, and cashew for taste.)

-Toasted English muffin with one half warmed in the microwave with Chao vegan cheese slice, the other half spread with Tofutti soy cream cheese (it’s the best cream cheese out there and real cheap compared to others, but there are soy-free vegan cheeses available if you can’t eat soy)

-Oatmeal (packaged or quick-make because I’m a noob) with brown sugar or maple syrup on top, and fruit if you have it!

-If you have a blender, go wild! Frozen fruit + banana + plant-based milk of your choice + protein powder (optional) = Perfection. I don’t even add sugar because the fruit makes it so sweet. (more smoothie recipes here)


Snacks:

-Kite hill soy-free dairy-free yogurt (complete with probiotics)

-Fruuiiiiiit if it’s in season (melons fill you up the most with the least amount of calories, if that’s something you are concerned with)

-Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (they’re not super cheap but they are worth every penny and they are SO GOOD)

-Fruit juices of any kind, but especially that thick green stuff (I love it)

-Carrots (or any finger veggie really) and hummus

-Tortilla/potato chips and bean dip if I’m feeling my junk food vibe


Lunch/Dinner:

-Pizza with tomato sauce and whatever veggies you like (I go for artichoke, spinach, mushroom, corn, and tomatoes)

-PB&J (I like Justin’s nut butters because they’re really smooth and usually cheaper than all the other more “natural” brands)

-Baked potato with Earth Balance butter, nutritional yeast sprinkled on top (it’s like a cheesy type of flaky condiment with lots of B12 in it)

-If you’re not terrified of using a frying pan like I am, you can stir fry literally anything with the right noodles, veggies, tofu, and tempeh

-SQUASH. Just cut that baby in half (I love spaghetti and butternut squash, but acorn squash is also really good and small). Put it in a microwavable casserole dish with some water, poke some holes in it, and heat it in the microwave for 7-10 minutes (maybe longer? you’ll know it’s done when you stick a fork in it and it’s soft), then put vegan butter, salt, and nutritional yeast on it, and eat straight from the gourd.

-Gardein Seven Grain “Chicken” Tenders over whatever frozen veggies I’m in the mood for (I CANNOT recommend frozen veggies enough, they’re cheap and they last forever, and Gardein’s plant-based meats have so much protein it’s ridiculous)

-Veggie burgers (there are a million different brands now, so don’t be afraid to experiment, my personal favorite is Field Roast) with Vegenaise (Just Mayo might be more widely available at national chains), more Chao cheese slices, and whatever veggies you want to heap on top (more veggie burger ideas)

-Pasta pasta pasta!

-Spaghetti with chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and capers. Real simple to make. My mom (who is not vegan) actually found the recipe in redbookmag.com. And for the life of me I can’t find it now, but this recipe is very similar, except it has panko bread crumbs sprinkled on top (which frankly sounds even more delicious and I will have to try it myself).

-More pasta because you can never have too much pasta in your life?

-30 Vegan Meals in under 30 Minutes

-10 Very Varied Vegan Recipes Everyone Should Know

-Tips on How to shop Vegan on a Budget (and how it isn’t any more expensive than a non-vegan diet)

I’ll also include a few links to some vegan starter kits that will also help you out. Thank you so much for this ask, I get super excited talk to people trying out veganism. Let me know if you have any more questions! Happy shopping!

Veganuary Starter Kit

Why Vegan?

Vegan Outreach Kit (they actually send you information in the mail)

Vegan Cuts - Not a starter kit, but a snack box you receive each month with lots of vegan goodies (there is also a beauty box for all your cruelty-free hygiene needs)

VegNews - A HUGE resource for for vegan recipes, news, travel, whatever you might be curious to know about veganism

And lastly, Roy thanks you for being so awesome.

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Vegan Breakfast Parfait

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 ½ cup non dairy milk
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¼ cup granola of choice

Directions:

  1. Soak oats and chia seeds overnight in the dairy free milk in a medium sized jar (You want the oats to take up half of the jar). 
  2. The next day blend banana with the mango, leaving a few mango cubes left for the topping, then blend until nice and smooth. Pour on top of the overnight oats. 
  3. Top it all off with granola and some mango chunks and enjoy your healthy, filling breakfast!

Today’s lunch!! Rice noodles with avocado, roasted vegetables (carrot, pumpkin, broccoli, mushrooms, red and yellow capsicum, eggplant and red onion) and baked tofu marinated in tomato sauce, soy sauce and misc. spices So delicious 😩😩 Food can be incredibly delicious, fulfilling, nutritious and satiating without animal products, one of the best parts about going vegan is the newfound appreciation you develop for foods and dishes you wouldn’t have considered or given the chance as a non-vegan :) 

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Vegan Quinoa Stew

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 200 grams veggie ground
  • 1 baguette (optional)
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste 
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mince the garlic, onion and dice the red pepper and set a side. Heat a large sauce pan with some oil and add the garlic and the onion and cook for about a minute. Then add the pepper, tomato paste, and the veggie ground. Cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the veggie stock, the canned tomatoes and quinoa to the pan and stir well to combine. Stir in the salt, pepper, sugar, and paprika and cover with a lid. Cook on medium low heat for about 20 minutes or until quinoa is to your desired consistency. 
  3. Serve in a bowl with some baguette (highly recommended) and enjoy your meal. 
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Vegan Lentil Curry

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp graham Marsala
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¾ cup lentils
  • handful chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

Optional:

  • Naan bread 

Directions:

  1. Mince garlic, onion and ginger. Dice the carrot and cut the bell pepper into thin slices then pan fry with olive oil for 5 minutes. Then add garlic, onion and ginger and cook until the onions become translucent. Stir in curry paste and tomato paste and cook for one minute stirring the ingredients around in the pan. Add 2 cup of water and lentils then bring to a boil. In the mean time cook the rice in 1 ½ cups of water. 
  2. Let the lentils soften for 10 minutes then add the remaining ingredients, stirring well to combine them. Cook with the lid for 15-20 on medium low heat. 
  3. Once the rice has cooked completely remove from the stove and serve some of it into a bowl. Add your lentil curry and serve with some delicious naan bread. Enjoy!

I had way too much spare time this morning so had a bit too much fun decorating my oatmeal😂  I cooked 1 cup of oats in almond milk and topped them off with apple, kiwi, strawberries, peanut butter, banana and coconut😋 Vegan food though😏👌 Yesterday I woke up to 3000 followers on this blog! Thank you sooo much to each of you, it’s really easy to compare the following I’ve got to some of the larger accounts I look up to, but I can’t even imagine a crowd of 500 people, let alone 3000😱  I’ll try to keep posting throughout the year (hopefully university won’t be too overwhelming)

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Nutty morning! The best thing I can cook up is most likely oatmeal. This one’s made with almond milk, cinnamon, different kinds of nuts & some cranberries.