Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Day 7 of The Vegan Experiment

Holla! We made it through our first week.

Yup, I said first week! Not the week, but the first week.

We're gonna keep on keeping on with this whole thing and see where it takes us. (To a healthier body and planet you say? That's right!)

Tonight we had Spicy Creamy Kale Pasta.

It was a little bland for some reason. Since the rest of her recipes were amazing, I'm going to guess this was either a mistake on my part, or my taste buds are just used to pasta being doused in a ton of tomato sauce. Most likely a combination of both!

Pete liked it. Or, at least he liked that it was super super cheap to make!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Day 6 The Vegan Experiment

I can't believe this week is almost up already! How is this already day 6?!

Pete works at his office on Mondays, so I got to make him lunch today. I made him Thai Lettuce Wraps with Cashew Peanut Sauce.
He said it was really good, but was more of a salad than a wrap. I'm not sure if it was because it had to survive a commute plus a few hours in the fridge before lunch, or if it would always better suited as a salad. We'll have to try it on a weekend when he can eat it immediately to see. Either way, he said he would like it again!

Bree and I had lunch too. Obvs. We had cantaloupe, red grapes, cherry tomatoes and a tofurky sandwich on rudis bakery bread. She loved the bread and even asked for more, which never happens!

Dinner was Crusted tofu with couscous, kale and red pepper hummus sauce. I tasted the tofu, which was crusted with ground flax meal and chili powder, and it was good,
but I opted out of eating more for dinner. It was still awesome, a little tangy, a little sweet.

We all liked it! I've been pretty surprised at how good all our meals have been. There hasn't been anything we haven't liked.

Day 5 The Vegan Experiment

I'm a cheater.

My sweet husband said "Let's order in so you can hang out with us tonight."

Cool with me!

We decided on Thai, and I thought I'd get vegetarian pad Thai, minus the eggs. Vegan, right? (Of course I had to look it up, I'm not an expert!)

Except they don't have any vegetarian options, let alone vegan options, available. I ended up getting the pad Thai, but picking out all the chicken. Pete happily ate it!

So, I cheated. Again, full disclosure!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Day 4 The Vegan Experiment

Awesome day overall. Bree and I went to do the laundry while Pete went to see Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX. Then I dragged Pete to a holistic health fest ran by our new town. It's not his scene at all, but he was nice enough to not make fun of things until we were in the parking lot on the way home.

I'm excited that we met a nice chiropractor! I asked if they did work on pregnant women, and it turns out that's his wife's speciality. Even cooler, she works with my new midwives office!
I'm super excited, we made appointments for Pete and me, too!
We may even sneak Bree in for an adjustment when needed.

I also see my midwife next Friday for our full anatomy scan. We had an early one with our Manhattan midwifery group, and all looked good, so we're hoping for more great news! And hopefully Baby will cooperate and open his/her legs this time!

But enough about the boring details of my life!


Tonight's dinner was Vegan Burritos. It was pretty time consuming, I was in the kitchen for about an hour during prep and cooking. Not hard, but just took forever!

It was also delish! The avocado on top totally made them in my opinion!

Pete and I enjoyed them, and I gave Bree some broken up. We also had salsa and red grapes. Another recipe that gets the family thumbs up!

Day 4 The Vegan Experiment (part 1)

Full Disclosure: We went to our new town's holistic health fair, after a long morning of shopping and laundry.

There weren't any vegan options for lunch, so I had a tuna wrap with carrots and butter lettuce.

I was starving!

Not that I need to explain myself to anyone, but I want this to be an honest look at what our journey looks like. I'm not going to pretend to be perfect. I'll make mistakes along the way, and I'm ok with that.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Day 3 of The Vegan Experiment (kinda)

Man, that enchilada casserole recipe made so much! We had dinner last night, lunch today and plenty left for dinner tonight!

So while it's technically day three, I don't have a new recipe to try or share!

In an effort to be a good wife and SAHM I did use my time wisely for the betterment of our little family. I found and printed some vegan friendly coupons. I made a weekly household cleaning schedule.

One thing about not living in the city any more: seems like I have more time now. No idea how or why. Maybe because I don't have moms groups and classes and an entire city to explore.

Or maybe it's me maturing and becoming a better mom and wife.

Or not.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 2: The Vegan Experiment




I have to say it one more time it was that freaking good.


Tonight we had Vegan Enchilada Casserole and it was terrible. Worst meal ever.

Kidding! It was amazing! So, so tasty. A little spicy but not overwhelmingly. Just a ton of perfectly melding flavors. It was also really filling, we ate less than half. And it looked really pretty, too!

I'll absolutely be making this again!

The Vegan Experiment

Remember when I said I could never give up dairy or cheese? I lied.

This pregnancy has me going insane with the things that I just can't stomach. Chicken? Heck no! Milk? I'm sick within minutes. Cheese? Only cheese sticks. Fish? No way, man.

It's like my body is rejecting animal foods for the most part. I chalked it up to morning sickness, but I'm into the second trimester, the sickness is gone, but the aversion remains.

So I started doing research. I found I had some pretty harsh misconceptions about veganism, especially during pregnancy and toddlerhood.

I found a lot of delicious sounding recipes. Things we already love.

It didn't seem like it would be a stretch to try it out. So we are conducting a one week vegan experiment.

7 days. 21 vegan meals. 7 new dinners. 3 family members who need to approve.

Last night was night one. I made these super easy and yummy Black Bean Burger Tacos.

Pete approved. Bree approved. I approved. Night one was a success.

We'll see how this goes. Maybe we'll love it. Maybe we'll hate it.

At the very least we'll be helping out Mother Nature, our bodies, and some farm animals.