Monday, October 3, 2011

VeganMOFO-3

A common reaction to telling someone you're vegan is.. 'oh, I could never give up cheese!' (or whatever else they think tastes too good) I'm sure there are many of us who have thought the same at some point in time so today's post is a run down of a weeks menu to prove that yes, actually, you can live without animal products and enjoy every bite of it!

I've kept it to simple meals, quick, easy, yummy ideas that anyone can cook but if you have the time and energy it can get a lot more elaborate...


Monday


Breakfast- Fruit Salad, Toast and Vegemite (although we get aussie mite since kraft cause pain but I didn't think all you non-aussies would know what it was)
Morning Tea- Nuts
Lunch- Carrot and Chickpea Soup
Arvo Tea- Hummus & Veggie Sticks
Dinner- Rosemary roast Veggies (pumpkin, eggplant, sweet potato, carrot, potato, mushrooms etc) with Baked Marinated Tofu (e.g. bbq, sweet chilli, sesame, tomato)
Dessert- Cacao-Coconut Nut Balls


Tuesday


Morning Tea- Trail mix (assorted dried fruit and nuts)
Lunch- Toasted sandwich with hummus and roast vegetables
Arvo Tea- Roast Edamame
Dinner- Chickpea and Potato Curry, Brown rice, Vegetable Curry


Wednesday


Breakfast- Fruit Smoothie
Morning Tea- Pumpkin Seeds
Lunch- Huge Mixed Salad with Tahini, ginger, soy dressing
Dessert- Date/Nut fudge ball


Thursday


Morning Tea- Spicy Almonds
Lunch- Veg and Tofu Kebabs with spicy marinade
Arvo Tea- Stewed Apple
Dinner- Vegetable and Lentil Stew
Dessert- Frozen/Warm Berries (depending on the weather)


Friday


Morning Tea- Cinnamon Almonds
Arvo Tea- Beetroot Hummus and carrot sticks

Saturday


Breakfast- Tofu and Veg scramble
Lunch- Chickpea, Corn, Sage Soup with toast
Dinner- Spicy tomato dal, popadoms, rice, vegetable curry

Sunday


Breakfast- Vegan sausage, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, toast
Morning Tea- Banana with chopped cashews
Arvo Tea- Apple sprinkled with cinnamon 
Dessert- Fruit Trifle


The best advice I can give to someone starting out is get a few good recipes under your belt. You can learn slowly that way- branching out to one new recipe each week or so. The other thing that makes life easier is making large batches of things so you can stash some in the freezer/fridge for another meal. Also making things that are versatile (that you can use them in lots of dishes in different ways) will save you lots of work. 

There is no reason to ever feel deprived on a vegan diet, there's an array of wonderful food for you to choose from and if you ever need a hand there's a stack of vegan junk food to help you out (not that it should be a staple but if you need at hit we all understand!)

Hope this give you a good idea of the vegan options out there, why not try some? xxx
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