Veganuary – Week 2

In case you missed it, you can catch up on week 1 here.

Half-way through Veganuary, and I have to say this week was a lot harder than last week. I struggled to find time to cook proper meals from scratch, so ended up eating the same things over and over again. Definitely learning that the key to going Vegan is preparation! Hopefully next week will be a little more exciting.

Here’s how I got on in week 2…

Jan 8th: Woke up feeling how I usually feel on a Sunday morning. Hungover and craving pizza. Settled for jam on toast. Went out for lunch and was happy to see a veggie sausage sandwich with chips on the menu. Have I mentioned how thankful I am for potatoes? I think this month would have been pretty difficult without them.

Jan 9th: Overnight oats for breakfast (my favourite), then lunch was a houmous baguette with cucumber. For dinner I attempted to make vegan nachos. I added beans and salsa to tortilla chips, then warmed in the oven for 10 minutes. Instead of cheese I mixed cashew nuts and a splash of almond milk in a blender to make a creamy sauce. Finally I added a spoonful of homemade guacamole and some jalapenos. Not gonna lie, I was pretty impressed with how they turned out! Gutted I forgot to take a picture.

Jan 10th: Discovered Aldi sell pre-cooked falafel and it made my day a little, as I’d been struggling to think up interesting sandwich fillings. Had some for lunch on a ciabatta with houmous, spinach, olives and tomatoes. Dinner was leftover tortilla chips and salsa from last night.

Houmous Baguette with falafel and salad

Jan 11th: FORGOT TO PREPARE MY OVERNIGHT OATS. Nightmare! Luckily I plenty of fruit and nuts I could snack on throughout the morning. Lunch was a baguette with more falafel, then dinner was tofu stir fry and a banana smoothie after I got back from hockey training.

Jan 12th: A pretty boring day food-wise. Overnight oats for breakfast, peanut butter pitta bread for lunch, then tofu stir fry for dinner.

Jan 13th: Stuck to my usuals for breakfast and lunch, then for dinner I went out for a curry. Ordered poppadoms and mango chutney to start, then I had Aloo Saag for my main (potato and spinach curry) which was delicious. Also found out my favourite beer (BrewDog) is vegan. Hello night of guilt-free drinking!

Vegan Mac n Cheese with Spinach

Jan 14th: Today I discovered that vegan ‘cheez’ looks and smells disgusting. I picked some up from Holland & Barrett to make mac ‘n’ cheese (using pasta twists instead of macaroni). I followed this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, and although it tasted pretty good, the smell was a little off-putting. Definitely think I need to experiment more before I perfect it.

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Quick Disclaimer: The above is just a summary of what I ate this week. I use the My Fitness Pal App to check I’m eating enough calories etc. per day. If you’re thinking about taking part in Veganuary it’s worth reading the advice on the Veganuary website and consult a qualified nutritionist if you’re unsure on anything. 

Are you taking part in Veganuary this month? How did you find week 2?

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8 Comments

  1. January 15, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I’ve never tried vegan cheese but if it’s that bad I might not bother. Thanks for the heads up ;-)

  2. January 15, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Good on you for trying! I don’t think I want to though…too much hassle

  3. January 16, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I’ve not had that cheese before but I find creamy soft violife works really well in mac and cheese x

  4. January 16, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Your right prep is definitely key, especially when it comes to specialty foods like vegan cuisine. I need to start prepping again x

  5. January 16, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Have you ever tried Saag Aloo toasted sandwiches (or for that matter Bombay Potato toasted sandwiches? Utter Heaven…

  6. January 16, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    These meals actually sound really good! Even the Mac and Cheese. I could never do it myself though!

  7. January 17, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    Overnight oats at just the best breakfast meal ever and never go without them

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