2010-12-05

I've been challenged...

...to go vegan for a week. Well, actually, she said vegetarian but upped the challenge to vegan since we do eat a lot of vegetarian dishes. I did check with my family first to see if they would also like to be included in the challenge. Will also be easier for me to cook if everyone is on board.

Today, Sunday, is the day I chose to start. Hardest day for us since Sundays tend to be our big meat laced meal for brunch. Because we've been busy with holiday decorating, brunch kind of passed us by. The boy and I started our day with some organic grained granola and coconut milk (he had the original version while I had the unsweetened version for much lower carb count). He loved it. Snacked on nuts, fruit, veggies and organic graham crackers (checked the label, no animal products) throughout the day.

I should warn my friend upfront though, we do have a small amount of milk, 2 eggs and a 1/4 block of cheese that did not get eaten in time for Sunday's challenge. They do need to be consumed during the week but I promise, nothing else! :)

Love a good challenge. Will update during the week with ramblings of missing my eggs and cheese as well as postings of recipes of my non-animal product dishes.

Anyone want to join the challenge?


**Editing to add Day One's dinner**




3 small yams cubed
1 large onion chopped large
2 cups fresh green beans cut in bite size pieces
1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1 heaping tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 can coconut milk

On the side:
fresh spinach
cooked wild rice

Cook cubed yams until almost tender, add onions and green beans. While cooking, mix the coconut milk and peanut butter together. Be sure to lick the spoon. When onions and green beans start to brown, add milk/peanut butter mixture to pan. Add salt and garam masala seasoning.

Simmer for 20 mins. Serve on a bed of fresh spinach. Add a serving of wild rice on top (or side as pictured).

Enjoy!

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