Day 27

2 Mar

Friday! Weeks are going so quick.  Next week will finally quiet down at work again, which will be great. 

My wife and I got up at 6am to go to the gym before work.  We worked a new routine of going to the gym before work and she drops me off at the office. So, I started off with a small bowl of cereal in the morning before the workout.  When I got to the office, I had the meal replacement shake that I usually have for lunch.

So, for lunch, I went to the cafeteria to see what vegan things I could find. I settled on mainly warm lentils and added some broccoli, zucchini, carrots and other side stuff from the salad bar and topped it with some pumpkin seeds and hazelnuts. It was ok. I definitely prefer the home-cooked meals my wife prepares.

When I got home, we just ate a really quick, I won’t even call it dinner. We had pita bread and baba ghanoush.  We had a party we were going to for a friend’s 30th  birthday. It was a hipster theme party too.  We had some fun with it and got dressed up. They had a really nice spread there, but everything had cheese or meat on it! It was to be expected though. The things we could eat were olives, chips (there were potato chips and then these tomato chips which were interesting) and hummus.

We got home around 1am and I ate a couple skyflakes with vegan cream cheese on it before bed. That’s it for day 27.

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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.

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.