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What Do Vegans Eat? | Veganuary Food Diary Week 1

This is my fourth year taking part in Veganuary, but my first that I’ve decided to keep a food diary. This is because for omnivorous people that have never delved into veganism themselves, what a plant based person eats day in day out appears to be of great interest.

It’s also a good exercise for me to carry out so that I can monitor what I’m eating too much or not enough of, and see where there might be gaps in the essentials that I need to be getting into my body.

I’ve got a few reflections and observations following my first week of the challenge which I’ll save til the end. For now, here’s what I’ve been eating all week:

Monday

Breakfast

16 vegetarian spring rolls from the ASDA frozen party food range. Dipped in sweet chilli sauce. I hadn’t really eaten much at all the day before (NYE) and urgently needed to put something beige in my stomach.

Lunch

3 hash browns, spinach, baked beans, mushrooms and tomatoes. It’s not a fry up, but it feels pretty similar when you’re still hanging and just need potatoes and beans.

Dinner

I wanted to have kind of a homemade takeaway situation. So I made spicy peanut cabbage udon noodles (cabbage cooked in 1 pint veg stock, 1 tbsp chilli bean paste and 1 tbsp peanut butter with straight-to-wok udon noodles added right at the end). We also had sweet and sour tofu – recipe here – and chinese takeaway crispy seaweed, recipe here.

Tuesday

Breakfast

Tomatoes, mushrooms and crispy tofu. I fried the tofu first until crispy, then added the tomatoes and mushrooms (halved) and cooked til it was a lovely jammy mess – adding garlic powder, salt, pepper and a little bit of chilli jam half way through.

Lunch

Leftovers from yesterday’s dinner.

Dinner

Butternut squash and caramelised onion puff pastry tart with cabbage and parsnip mash.

Wednesday

Breakfast

Houmous, avocado, pineapple, beetroot and hot sauce pitta.

Lunch

BBQ potato wedges and baked beans

(I slept through dinner time on Wednesday night because back to work was all a bit mad for me)

Thursday

Breakfast

Two houmous and marmite pittas

Lunch

BBQ parsnips (parsnips drizzled with oil and BBQ rub and roasted for about thirty mins), half an avocado, cavalo nero and quinoa. Plus a creamy beetroot sauce I made by whizzing up beetroot with alpro single cream and a bit of lemon juice.

Dinner

Stir fried vegetables (the packet kind) with straight-to-wok udon noodles and soy and ginger sauce.

Dessert

Carrot cake and custard. The cake I made using this mix by Free & Easy and do you know what? I actually rate it. It’s nothing on buttery, homemade cake, but it’s not half bad for something that comes out of a packet.

Friday

Breakfast

Carrot cake and custard. Yep, for breakfast. It was Friday. I’d say “no regrets” but actually it was a lot of sugar for so early in the morning and I did have some regrets.

Lunch

Leftover quinoa, 2 sticks celery, houmous, Nando’s peri-peri sauce. Just a pathetic attempt to try and pack in a bit of protein and a bit of veg as quickly as I could – we were on our way to the cinema and I didn’t have long.

Dinner

Stir fried veg, crispy tofu, cooked flat rice noodles. I’m usually not one for stir fry veg packets cause they feel like cheating, but we found two for 50p each in ASDA and who am I to turn down something that cheap and easy. Sometimes it’s nice to go into the kitchen and have dinner on the table ten minutes later.

Saturday

Breakfast/Lunch

I woke up at like midday so just had one great big cooked breakfast. Two veggie sausages from ASDA (these ones) which I bought purely cause they were a quid. They were nice enough but I’d be in no rush to grab them again, I prefer the faux meat texture to the rice/veg one for a cooked breakfast. Two hash browns, baked beans, roast tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms.

Dinner

Celery, carrot, radishes, houmous and Nando’s peri-peri sauce.

Observations

You may have noticed that there’s been an over reliance on crunchy vegetables with houmous. This is, I think, for two reasons. The first: it’s really fucking easy. The second: I’m obsessed with peri peri sauce and houmous right now, and I’m looking to get my fix at all times.

Looking at the above, I feel like it’s lacking in beans and pulses which are a really important part of a vegan diet where protein is concerned. I’ll try and up the levels for next week.

Overall, I’m really enjoying Veganuary this year. I’m being mindful about the amount of food I’m eating to make sure I’m getting enough of everything, I’m a little better at planning meals in advance to make sure I don’t get caught out, and I’m absolutely loving the sudden increase in my veg intake.

Are you doing Veganuary? How are you finding it? Let me know in the comments..

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11 Comments

  1. I’m enjoying seeing what you have! I think I’d really struggle being vegan but I’ve been having a lot of soups lately which have been mostly vegan! x

    • I find it easier every year to do the month long stint, just means a lot of making things from scratch for yourself which is no bad thing! x

  2. This post has made me hungry! I’m doing Veganuary too and finding it easier than expected. Love the idea of a food diary, though so may try one this week. 🙂

  3. Ahh well done for taking part in Veganuary!! All of the meals in this look and sound delicious, especially the cooked breakfast 🙂

  4. I’m so impressed with your commitment to Veganuary each year, we still have so much leftover cheese I would be hard pushed not to eat any of it for the month! Instead we are doing frugal January and limited ourselves to making sure every meal has something already in the freezer or cupboard, and a limit of £20 each week for the food shop! Need to somehow make up random meals that we wouldn’t usually – there’s a lot of random things in our freezer! Alice xxx

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  5. Wow, they all look incredible! What I’ve discovered during Veganuary (first time) is that I suck at food photography and I still gravitate towards junk food. But so far so good!
    Great post, thanks!

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