GOING VEGAN FOR A WEEK!!!

March 26, 2017

Dear Readers,

I’ve been curious about the vegan diet since January 2017, and so I’m finally giving it a try!!!!! My curiousity stemmed from my deep desire to lose weight as healthy as possible. After giving this diet some serious considerations, I’m finally doing it!!!!

I started my vegan diet on March 25, 2017 and I’ll be living on this vegan diet for the next week. By the end of this week, I want to determine if the vegan diet is the appropriate diet for me and how this diet will affect my body. For those who may not be too familiar or had never heard of the “vegan diet”, it’s a very strict diet/lifestyle that will not allow one to eat any meat, dairy products, or use and wear anything produced by an animal. For my own purpose, I will only do the “no eating animal products” part… I’m still going to use and wear animal based products. Remember, my decision of going vegan is more of a diet based choice, rather than moral and ethical conscious choice.

I’ve been told many times by a few people that the vegan diet is such a healthy way to lose some weight. I’m sure you can search online of all the benefits that going vegan can do for your body. In this post, I will be sharing some of favourite vegan recipes that I’ve tried so far!!! These recipes are also fairly straightforward and simple to follow! Prep and cook time for these are 30-40 minutes!!! LET’S BEGIN!!

BREAKFAST – TOFU SCRAMBLE WITH AVOCADO

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Ingredients:

-1 block medium firm tofu, 454 grams

-1 large avocado

-2 bell peppers or 1 (depending on how much you like bell peppers)

-1 large broccoli

-4 garlic cloves

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-½ an onion

-½ tsp cumin

-½ tsp cajun

-salt

START:

1.) Cut onions, peppers, broccoli, and mince garlic

2.) Drain all excess water off the packaged tofu

3.) Sauté garlic and onions using coconut oil

4.) Add tofu and using a spatula break tofu into smaller pieces

5.) Cook in high heat for 3-4 minutes

6.) Add broccoli and bell peppers

7.) Add seasoning – cumin, cajun, and a dash of salt

8.) Cook for another 8-10 minutes in medium heat

9.) While the tofu scramble is cooking, prepare and slice your avocado

(I seasoned my avocado like I always do, with Lemon & Pepper by Clubhouse)

10.) Serve avocado on the side with the tofu scramble and eat!!!

LUNCH – MUSHROOMS AND GREENS

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Ingredients: 

– 1 packed 454 grams mushrooms

– 2 handful amounts of mixed greens (I used the packed mixed salad kit by Fresh Express called “Spring Mix”)

– 4 cloves of garlic

– ½ onion

– 1 tbsp coconut oil

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1 tbsp soy sauce

***The maple syrup and soy sauce will act as your dressing for the salad. If you want your salad to have a heavier liquid dressing, then you can add a bit more of maple syrup and soy sauce. I prefer my salads with LESS dressing, which is why I only used 1 tbsp for each maple syrup and soy sauce.***

START:

1.) Cut onions and mince garlic using coconut oil

2.) Add mushrooms

3.) Cook under high heat for 3-4 minutes

4.) Add maple syrup and soy sauce

5.) Cook under medium for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are medium-soft

6.) Grab mixed green salad

7.) Add mushrooms on top

8.) Enjoy 🙂

DINNER – TOFU CHILI

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Ingredients 

-796 mL canned crushed tomatoes

-540 mL canned red kidney beans

-540 mL canned chick peas

-540 mL lentils

-540 mL canned corn

-2 blocks medium firm tofu, 454 grams

-4 carrots

-4 cloves of garlic

-1 onion

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-2 tbsp cajun (or more if you wish)

-2 tbsp salt (or more if you wish)

START:

1.) Cut and peel onions and carrots, then mince your garlic.

2.) Drain all excess water off the packaged tofu. Then cut your tofu into cubes.

3.) Sauté onions and garlic with coconut oil

4.) Add carrots

5.) Cook for 2-3 minutes in medium heat

6.) Add everything else. Add tofu, beans, peas, lentils, corn, and crushed tomatoes. Remember to DRAIN all excess liquids off from your canned ingredients!!!! You only want to add the beans, peas, lentils, and corn! NO LIQUIDS.

7.) Add seasoning – cajun and salt

8.) Cook for 15- 20 minutes in medium heat

9.) Stir occasionally

10.) Serve once the carrots had softened

Enjoy!

BONUS LAZY VEGAN BREAKFAST

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If ever you’re in a rush in the morning or just too lazy to make some tofu scramble, why not have an oatmeal with fruits????

This one is the “Brown Sugar Cinnamon” by Quaker. My favourite oatmeal flavor for sure!!!

Sincerely,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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