December 31, 2012 by Cory Bellamy
Preparing for this new diet has involved a lot of planning and research. The most of which is menu planning. Switching from an average American’s diet to a vegan diet brings on a lot of limitations. Obviously. As vegans, we are eliminating dairy, meat, and eggs from our diet. Now a lot of vegans use meat substitutes like tempeh and seitian in their cooking to give texture and even flavor to their dishes. I am open to trying many of these fake meats. My wife on the other hand is not. I guess part of the jump to vegan life is being adventurous and trying new foods.
For our first week as vegans, we’ve planned a simple menu of things we know we’ll like so as to not get discouraged 48 hours into the resolution. Our first vegan meal of the new year will be one of Jackie’s family’s traditional dishes. Every New Year’s Day they have a homemade antipasta dish that’s quite tasty. Luckily it’s about 99% veggies. The other 1% is salami and a variety of cheeses. So making this dish into a vegan meal will be easy. We’ve bought some vegan “roast beef” and “salami”, as well as some vegan cheddar and havarti cheeses.
Later on in the week we’re going to have spaghetti, veggie tacos, green curry with tofu, and baked potatoes.
All of these are dishes we’ve had before with only a few minor changes such as the spaghetti noodles. Because traditional pasta is made with eggs, we have swapped the typical noodles for multi-grain noodles made with rice, quinoa, and amaranth. We will also be swapping our traditional butter on our baked potatoes for a margarine spread.
I’ll be posting a picture of the antipasta tomorrow and the recipe/pictures of the green curry tofu later on this week.
See you next year!