Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I won't be able to do any major vegan menu overhauls until Friday. I'm all "groceried up" for the rest of the week and pay day is not until Friday. I have however, been making a list, rather obsessively I might add, of all the things I want to try this month. In fact, I now fill my insomniac nights with ideas for vegan food.

I think I've come up with a few good ones and from what I've been reading of vegan food, the trick seems to be filling the dish with flavor using herbs and spices. So I am focusing on what will bring a basic veggie dish to the next level and leave me full and satisfied. (Luckily with vegan food, I won't feel guilty going for seconds)

Here's a peek at my shopping list;

Large Portobello caps
Onion, shallot, garlic
Spinach (fresh)
Brussels Sprouts
Veg stock
White Beans
Chick Peas
Black Beans
Tomato (fresh and canned)
Fresh Ginger
Tofu-firm (This is a big leap for me)
Sesame seeds
Green Onions
Red Wine
(Look into different grains)

So, I think there's some potential there. I already use brown rice often and I want to try some different grains. I'll have to see what the local store has and give it a go. There's no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods out in the "boonies" where I live so I have to deal with what I've got.

The Tofu will be a challenge for me because the last time I made a dish with it, it did not impress. I will eat Tofu at restaurants, but I have not been able to make it appetizing myself. I'm going to try again though.

I am also going to try to make some egg free pasta. I could eat pasta every day for every meal and be happy, but I've never made it. We'll see how that goes.

Just today I realized that I will have to say goodbye to my favorite breakfast, Greek yogurt with honey and berries. (Le Sigh) I won't cry though...I can do this and am excited for the prospects.

Thanks for all the encouraging comments.



  1. It's awesome that you're trying this, and doing it so faithfully! I love coconut yogurt with oats and berries for breakfast myself. In fact, So Delicious makes a Greek style non-dairy yogurt. It's not terribly easy to find everywhere, but it's great. I've never tried it, but a drizzle of agave might be an interesting alternative to honey.

  2. Danna, This site has LOTS of yummy sounding recipes. GOOD LUCK.

  3. Candy Beans,

    Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. I will definitely be on the look out for coconut yogurt. I had no idea it existed! Agave was not really on my radar either...except for in a "Skinny Girl Margarita." :D

    Thanks again!

  4. I've been vegan going on 5 years and I have yet to have tofu make it onto my regular shopping list, so you're doing better than me! I love yogurt for breakfast. My favorite is either the plain or vanilla by Wholesoy & Co. I've tried the coconut and I am not a fan (although some of my friends love the stuff), so if you try one brand and it's not your favorite, experiment with others. There is a lot of variety out there. I'm not sure where you're located, but if you have a Kroger (or Fred Meyer) near you, they do a good job with their 'natural food' section and probably carry non dairy yogurt!