I initially thought this would be a temporary project during the week-long "Vegan Challenge", but I think I'll continue to post about my attempts at eating healthier, consuming less dairy and eggs, and moving toward a fully vegan diet.
What I found during the challenge was that some things were easier to do without than I thought, while others were way more difficult. I love cheese, so that was a really hard one to sell. I have heard that the vegan cheeses are getting better, but they still don't quite taste the same to me, and I think the texture has a lot to do with that. I'm sure I could get used to it if I just bite the bullet and make it the only kind I use, but I'm finding that to be very, very hard to do.
Eggs weren't AS hard to replace because I usually eat them scrambled, and to be honest, the crumbled tofu and some seasoning really does make a nice replacement. The texture is pretty close, and with the right seasoning, you can duplicate the flavor fairly easily. I've been eating the Amy's Breakfast Scramble for years and LOVE it, and that's made with tofu in place of the eggs, so I know I can get by. The hardest part with eggs is replacing them in recipes. That will take some research on my part.
A friend of mine actually mentioned that she might like to give the "Vegan Challenge" another try, so we may be doing another one soon. If and when we do, I'll post the information here in hopes that someone sees it and decides to join us.
I'm off to buy some vegan gravy mix and my Quorn Turk'y Roast in preparation for Thanksgiving. I know, I know....it's still a week and a half away, but last year I had a hard time finding one so I want to buy it early and keep it frozen. I've already tried the vegan gravy and I have to admit that I actually really, really liked it! I believe it's called "Better Than Gravy". I'll let you know for sure when I get it.
Anyway, I hope you have a great day! Enjoy!
- Cari Ann
- Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
- I have been an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian for a few years and am considering making the switch to a full Vegan diet. I decided to become a vegetarian because I could no longer disassociate the meat on my plate from the loving, kind and peaceful animal it had once been. I have always been an animal lover, so I guess this was a natural progression. I am not a diet or nutrition expert by any means, I am just a woman on a mission to eat better, feel better and live better.