Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Food Diary - Vegan Edition

I can't believe it's been two years since I did a proper food post, honestly shocked seeing I used to share them bi-weekly / monthly. Glad I'm doing them again, it's not like I stopped cooking for two years, so hope you're as excited as I am. We'll start with a plant-based one. Some of you might remember the post after 50 days vegan, click here for a refresher, but I've done the 50 days vegan again this year. Honestly, I always feel so much better while going plant based and this year I've enjoyed it more than ever. Mainly because I've discovered some delicious vegan meat and cheese alternatives, which have made my life easier, additionally I've also been more creative when cooking. 

My close friends know what a foodie I am, so compromising on taste isn't an option. I will admit there were a couple products that texture-wise threw me off and aren't featured here. Tried Seitan and while it works for some, I couldn't get on board with the texture and taste. If you're confused, Seitan is wheat gluten and popular amongst vegans because it's a high source of protein. There was also a specific brand of tofu sausages, which I won't name and shame, that tasted off to me. Trust me when I say there is no need to compromise on flavor when there are incredibly delicious alternatives in all supermarkets. There's one specific product worth mentioning which texture wise needs some adjusting, but can work well in stews and curry and I'm talking about tempeh. Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and, again, a high source of protein. However, it has a sandy texture, which is why I recommend cooking it with sauces. 

If you're on a vegan kick or want to give it a go, my favorite plant based brands are Plant Pioneers and Vivera, not sponsored just sharing the love. 

After the 50 day period I did have animal products, but have to say that unless I am craving something specific, it's always cheese, prefer to go for a plant based option. I'm not going to label my diet in any way. My sister gave me a great advice, she said I should eat intuitively rather than pressure myself into being vegan or pescatarian or anything else. I think that's a very smart suggestion. Your body knows what it needs in order to function healthily, so just listen to it. That being said, I'm curios have any of you tried going vegan? How did you find it?

Have a pink-tastic day!
'Shroomdogs' with mashed potatoe, salad and kimchi
Vegan lasagna 
Mushroom soup
Homemade vegan shepherds pie
'Shroom-chorizo' with veggies and tomato salad
'Shroombals' fried rice
Baked zucchini, leeks, carrots, sweet potatoes with garlic zoodles and rocket salad 
Baked potatoes, carrot and zucchini noodles, kimchi
Red thai curry soup
Tempeh and veggie green curry
Spelt fusilli with garlic, chili, mushroom and oat cream
Pilau rice with veggies
Sweet and spicy garlic noodles with veggies
Sweet potato patty with vegan cheesy garlic bread and tomato salad

Kimchi fried rice


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