Being a Vegan is hard work. I have to cook. And think. You know I hate that.
Actually, I've learned it is easier to be Vegan at home than it is when we go out.
There are some standard vegan foods that I turn to: hummus, oatmeal, and peanut butter.
I've also learned that I love lentils. I don't think I had eaten them before. I know that I haven't cooked with them. I also love fire roasted tomatoes.
Vegans use more spices. I like that. I am becoming much more confident in adding spices, even when they aren't in the recipe. (It forced me to clean out the spice cupboard, too!)
In order to have any success, I had to cook two Vegan meals on the weekend and then take the leftovers for lunch all week. And I've had to read labels. Carefully.
Some great finds:
*Ukrainian bread at a local grocery store. Yum!
*I've eaten a lot of nuts and dried fruits. I think Target's Archer Farms has the best selection.
*A mexican cabbage recipe was delicious, as was a Tunisian Stew recipe, a fresh mushroom and fire roasted pepper pasta, and the Lentil Chilli recipe that Cousin Ree sent me.
*Natural Peanut Butter. Some of it is far better than others. I am wishing I had written down the first brand I tried. Skip the Smucker's Natural--it is dreadful.
*Oatmeal with dried nuts and fruit and a bit of peanut butter is delicious. I'm not sure why I ever bought the per-packaged oatmeal. Old fashioned oatmeal cooks in the microwave and is ready in 90 seconds. Kind of hard to beat that.
*Almond milk. I have never been a milk drinker. For that reason, I never ate cereal for breakfast, unless I ate it dry. My favorite now? A whole grain cereal with almond milk. Yum. And now I have converted the Bug to almond milk, too. (During the show, cereal and almond milk was an evening meal more times than I care to count.) The shelf life of almond milk is a lot longer than regular milk, too.
I will continue to eat some Vegan meals after this, but a chicken/turkey/fish eating Vegetarian is probably more my style. I've discovered several new recipes that we will continue to use--and cold cereal and oatmeal will stay part of my breakfast routine. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I will always have almond milk and hummus in the fridge.