Archive | February, 2013

Day 26

28 Feb

I had cereal and coffee for breakfast yet again.  I snacked on mixed nuts around noon.  Then around 1:30 I had this “fish” tofu in a tortilla wrap with some sprouts, spinach and “sour cream” to top it off.

For dinner, my wife decided to make some burritos from the March issue of Family Circle. She has a subscription. The recipe has beans, quinoa, paprika and vegan cheese and salsa on top, all wrapped in a tortilla.

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It was good. I had three…

Well, that’s it for tonight. Good night everyone.

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Day 25

28 Feb

Hi all.  Well this one is short and sweet. Same breakfast of coffee and cereal with rice milk. An apple for a snack around 10 in the morning. A shake for lunch. For dinner I just had leftover stuff, soup mainly.  Oh and I steamed some cauliflower with sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and ground pepper. Nothing exciting today.

Day 24

27 Feb

Less than a week to go now.  I’m not sure if I will stop at thirty days.  Like I said before, I’m thinking of extending to 6 weeks to match the people on Vegucated. We will see once these 30 days are over.  It will be a game-time decision.

Well, day 24 started off the same way for breakfast, coffee and toast with toffutti cream cheese.  I went to work and snacked on a few pieces of fruit to go along with my mid day meal replacement shake.

I got home at around 7:30 and my wife had made some quinoa salad and tacos (we had leftover shells and seasoning from taco night the other day). She cooked up some seitan and mushrooms with the seasoning for taco filling.  She made that same “sour cream” from the other night and we filled the remaining shell space with lettuce and vegan pizza cheese. The quinoa salad was excellent. I stuffed myself on it.  It’s got avocado in it, and that’s one of my favorite ingredients in anything!

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This was one of my favorite dinners of the vegan experiment thus far. This is company worthy stuff.

Well, that’s it for now.  Good night!

Day 23

26 Feb

Back to the grind, Monday moring…

Always the hardest day to get up and get things going.  At 7am, I started off with some bread with toffuti and coffee. Headed to work.  I ate a vegan bar pre workout, and then I had my usual shake afterwards for lunch, an apple around 4 and got home around 7:45pm.

My wife made a pasta dish with a almond cream sauce she found online. This stuff was really good!  She added spinach and topped it with some pan-fried seitan slivers (from the night before):

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This is something you could serve a meat-eater and they would feel satisfied. Tons of protien from the almonds, whole-wheat pasta and seitan.

Dessert was dark chocolate and a tangerine.

Well, that’s the day recap. Only one week left to 30 days.

Day 22 – Indian Lunch and Sushi Night!

25 Feb

I started of the day with two pieces of toast, toffuti cream cheese and coffee. It was quite light by Sunday breakfast standards for us because we were going to lunch with some friends of ours at noon.

We went to Sri Krishna (Avenue du Léman 79, 1005 Lausanne), an Indian restaurant my wife wanted to try. This was a good test for eating vegan in Lausanne. We thought Indian food was very vegan friendly, until we tried to order our favorites. Samosas? Egg used to seal the wrappers. Naan? Butter’s in it. SOOO, two of my favorites are off the table. We ended up settling on these deep fried, breaded vegetables for appetizers, and this curry dish mix of carrots, potatoes, peas, chick peas and peas. This stuff was great. And they actually made it spicy! The Swiss palate is very sensitive to spice, so the fact that my mouth actually had some fire to it. Instead of naan, we got chapati, which they made vegan friendly just for us!

The restaurant is good, but be prepared for limited choice. If you are just a vegetarian, you’ll be fine.  They have about 5 or 6 choices.

For dinner, my parents had us over for dinner.  We rolled our own sushi, though she prepped everything before. We used avocado, cucumber, the seitan I made, carrots, black sesame seeds, and mango (yup, we got this idea when we had sushi in the Philippines).

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Before digging into the sushi, my mom served us some homemade miso soup.

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On top of this, my mom mad jap chae.  The same noodle dish I made a while back. Mama’s food is always better of course!

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She put egg on the dish because she forgot that we couldn’t eat it!  So we took from the bottom, where it didn’t touch so we couldn’t be accused of cheating.

Let’s just say we ate really well today. We were stuffed. Eating at Mama’s is always a feast. She also teaches Asian cooking classes out of their home. I’m sure, if you want vegan/vegetarian classes, she could do it. She already has so much experience cooking for my wife, and now me for this month.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Have a great night.

Seitan Recipe

25 Feb

Here is my latest try at a seitan recipe. Here are the ingredients:

For seitan:

1 cup gluten flour (mine is from MagBio in Romanel, packaged as “gluten de blé “)
2 cups vegetable stock (mine was from iherb.com “Rapunzel Vegan Vegetable Bouillon with Sea Salt & Herbs)

For broth to cook seitan in:

1 liter of water (or broth of your choice, I used 4 tsp of “Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base”)

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Start with your cup of gluten flour in a large mixing bowl. Add about a cup of the vegetable stock and mix it into the gluten flour to make a dough. Keep adding the stock until all the flour is mixed into one lump of dough.  Knead the dough for a minute or two, then add the rest of the stock and keep kneading in the stock.  By now the rest of the stock will remain at the bottom of the bowl.

Turn the stove on to bring the broth to a boil.  While waiting, cut the dough up into pieces about the size of a golf ball if you were to roll it up into a ball. Once the water is at a rolling boil, put the pieces of dough into the water, cover, and lower it to a simmer and leave for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

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After the hour is up, set aside and let cool in broth. You can use right away after this or keep in the fridge for about a week or so.  If you plan on using it later than that, you can freeze it.

This is my best go at seitan so far.  It tastes like chicken.

Day 21 – Three weeks down!

24 Feb

Hi Guys!

Well, today marks the 3 week mark. Wow, three weeks without a single piece of cheese, slice of bacon, egg, tuna sandwich or creamer in my coffee! If you told me this a year ago, I would have said you are smoking some ganja. Honestly, I’m thinking of extending this experiment out to another two weeks.

My feelings right now, are that I probably will go back to eating meat and all, but on a very limited basis.  Probably one meal a week. Milk, likely even less. But who knows, I might fall back into it like in the past.  The advantage is that I have my wife who I know will at least be a vegetarian for the rest of her life, so home meals can always be vegetarian at least.

I’ve lost a little weight (about six pounds) and am sleeping better.  I don’t get so tired towards the end of the day at work and don’t need as much coffee to get started or push through the day. My skin did improve, as I said in an earlier post.  However, my seborrheic dermatitis did flare up a bit, though not to the same degree as usual. For now, I retract the claim that it helped my skin.

Okay!! Well on to the day. I started my day at around 7:30am. Had some coffee and some cold leftover pizza from the night before! Ah, my favorite weekend breakfast.  Reminds me of college.  Cold Pizza Hut pizza is the best though.  Home made pizza does not keep overnight as well.  It was good though.  Crispy, because the crust is so much thinner than a Pizza Hut pizza.

The wife and I went to the gym afterwards.  We are members at Let’s Go Fitness in Le Mont. It’s definitely one of the nicer and complete gyms around Lausanne, with many branches in the Lausanne area. Once home, we had lunch.  Leftovers from the week (vegetable soup, bean soup), and my wife tried the new Raw Meal replacement we ordered from iherb.com.  This one is vanilla flavored.  It tastes a little better than the stuff I keep at work. She mixed it with Tigernut milk and a kiwi in the blender.

We spent the next hour building IKEA furniture. I know the husband usually is in charge of putting together this stuff.  But, honestly, there were three different things to put together, and I didn’t feel like wasting too much time doing it.  I commissioned my wife to put together one of them, a simple night stand. She now has an appreciation of putting these things together (she knows it’s a pain in the ass)….actually she says “I have an appreciation for paying for real furniture so we don’t have to do this shit anymore!” That just made me smile and chuckle to myself.  Once she was done though, she seemed pretty proud of herself! The guest room is one more step closer to completion.

Next, since I’ve been working weekends the passed few weekends, we took the opportunity to snuggle up on the sofa and watch a movie with some popcorn. Recently, we bought an air popper from Fust for 20CHF. This really brings us back to when we were poor college kids, and our dates comprised largely of blockbuster nights at home with some air popped popcorn. We like the air popper because it is so simple, unlike kettle popcorn, and pops just about every kernel, which never happens with microwave popcorn.  This time, we set aside about a quarter of the popcorn and made some “hippie popcorn,” which is with margarine, salt and nutritional yeast. It was quite tasty after the third taste.  It has a cheesy taste to it, not too far from the cheddar flavor popcorn you can get in microwave form.  The movie was Contagian, which was a pretty thrilling movie.  It’s just scary to think that an epidemic could really just wipe out a huge part of the population given the right circumstances.

And lastly, for dinner, to celebrate our 3 weeks of vegans we treated ourselves to…drumrolllllllll:

Vegan cheese fondue!

We ordered the stuff from larada.org. We had two choices, Lord of Tofu – Bio Tofu-Fondue 200g and Vegusto: No-Muh- Fondue, 300g. The Vegusto stuff won the taste test hands down!

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It is as close as you can get to fondue w/out the real thing. We added a little mustard powder and onion salt. We also used apple and broccoli instead in addition to bread. One pack is not enough for two people, so you will probably have to serve side dish or get a pack per person (though 2 packs would probably serve 3 people adequately).

For dessert, we just had some seedless grapes…nothing exciting, sorry!

Well, that was our 3 week mark day! If you want to partake in some vegan fondue fun while this cold weather is still upon us.  Try the Vegusto No-Muh Fondue if you want cheesy stuff, or the Fondue Chinoise (like from day 8) option if you want more of a broth/soup type.  Either way, it’s a great way to eat when it’s freezing outside!

Good night!