We’re three weeks into our vegan cleanse and I thought it would be a good point to update you on what we’ve been eating. Full post-date wrap-up to come next week, but to give you a snapshot, here goes….
Fake cheese and lots of it. Not Velveeta of course. Treeline nut cheese has a faintly acidic taste, but overall it isn’t too bad. I have yet to try the White Alder that I bought after seeing a rave write-up in Food & Wine magazine, but will crack open that package this week.
Assuming that any vegan worth his or her salt eats plenty of salad, we jumped on the bandwagon and have been eating our greens. This was the best use for nut cheese so far; a little goes a long way and you don’t have to give up creamy salad dressings. Loved this version with butter lettuce and pomegranate seeds.
As you might have read in this post, I’ve been trying desperately to get my hands on anything that resembles steak, from mushrooms to eggplants, to big fat slices of cauliflower. Meat love dies hard.
Hummus has taken over as a major food group – my favorite combo being with tomatoes and pickled onions. So now instead of 3PM dairy bloat, I have a pregnant belly from too many legumes. Either that or somebody hasn’t told me something…
The toughest part of the cleanse? Finding good beverages. I do miss my morning lattes, despite the bloat. While I’ve loved drinking tea (from adorable little teapots and with dainty snacks of course) I’ve been less satisfied with my coffee options. I’ve tried it all- soy creamer, almond milk lattes, vanilla soy milk lattes, dirty chais, drip coffee with coconut cream. Not into any of it. Thankfully cocktails are mostly vegan friendly, I’ve enjoyed plenty of those this month.
On the topic of coconut cream, I’ve learned that vegans (and those on the paelo diet) use coconut milk for all kinds of things. Because when you can’t have dairy cream, cream of coconut is a good substitute. The problem is that after two weeks, the flavor of coconut starts to permeate everything, and not in a good way. I used it here in a green bean and wild rice casserole (dining casually at the kids’ art table that day), but something about coconut with Thanksgiving flavors doesn’t jive. I think it’s time to say goodbye coconut for a few months, at least until the weather’s warmer and I’m into tropical flavors again.
Maybe it was the coconut’s fault. Or maybe because Rodney and I held an emergency dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant….but I’d be hiding something if I didn’t call out the fact that I had a big fat whopping vegan fail last week. I mean, really, how can you go to eat sushi at your favorite restaurant with your favorite dishes, and force your partner to eat cucumber rolls? Not possible, correct? I could have easily picked a vegan spot, but we go out so rarely that I felt that for the sake of a happy marriage I could forego my vegan cleanse for just one night. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway….
And look, I was so good! The next day I passed up my favorite cookies at the City Bakery.
After Sushigate, it was back to business. Back to kale, back to salads. We’ve got one more week on this cleanse and it’s gonna be a good one…Wish us luck!
I love your take on this. Due to major intolerance and health issues I’ve had to go on a rather restrictive diet and I’m miserable. Will be popping back in for some inspiration. I’m missing bread the most and I can’t stand any milk substitutes especially coconut milk or cream.
I can’t look coconut in the eye again. I really hope I haven’t permanently ruined coconut ice cream :/
Good luck!! 😉
They look delicious yum 🙂
Well done and all the best 🙂
Great post! So fun to see how your diet has changed. Don’t think I could do it! Do you feel any difference eating this way?? More energy?!
You’ll find out next week when I post my update! I wouldn’t say more energy though. And you could definitely do this for 2 weeks, a month has been a little much!
My favorite quote: “Thankfully cocktails are mostly vegan friendly, I’ve enjoyed plenty of those this month”.
You’ve made a good effort friend & you already know how I feel on the vegan front. It’s just not for me. The real question – is this cleanse accomplishing what you’d hoped?
Either way, it’s held up it’s part of the bargain by some classic commentary I’ve enjoyed immensely. 🙂
I don’t think the cleanse has accomplished as much as I thought it would, and I’ll go into more of that next week in my post-date wrap-up. Yes, a good go, but damn this is one challenging diet!
it all looks so good!
If cocktails are vegan then count me in on that cleanse!
Unless someone snuck me a White Russian, I’ve been drinking a ton of vegan cocktails 🙂 You should do this cleanse, it cleans everything but your essential organs.
My SIL is vegan and always talks up her way of living. I just can’t give up cheeseburgers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups yet, though.
Too. Damn. Hard. You can tell your sister in law that she’s missing a whole lotta good food. Looking forward to getting back to normal next week.
It all looks tasty to me. You make going vegan look easy.
Thanks, that’s so sweet 🙂
whenever I take a dairy break, I have to give up coffee altogether, as well. Those fake milks taste too fake for me (and the ingredient lists are way too long). If I ever decide to go completely dairy free, I might have to change the name of my blog. 😉
Ha! Yes you would, you’d have to change to herbalteajitters.com
Good luck! Hope you’re feeling good. Feb 1st will be like a homecoming!
Thanks ML, Feb 1 can’t come soon enough!
Yum! For fake cheese, Velveeta is quite expensive. $6 a pack.
Velveeta sounds tastier to me than Treeline right now. A big old plate of nachos is right up my alley.
I know it is healthy for you, but I don’t think I could go vegan. Have a terrific day!
First off I love the photos! Very elegant & yummy looking – you totally enticed me into this post! 😉 And secondly, as a vegan who took the long and bumpy road transitioning from vegetarianism I understand the deep (and somewhat emotional) connection with cheese! Lol! I think your honesty about the slip up is admirable – everybody makes mistakes and owning up to it in the public eye can be difficult. But nothing worth doing ever came without struggle! 😉 Keep on rockin it!!
Thanks so much, such a sweet note, appreciate it! I’m impressed with anyone who can stick to a longer-term vegan diet, I’m falling apart at the seams!
Do you have a recipe for the green bean and wild rice casserole? Sorry I’m totally trying to bum every. single. recipe. off of you! They just all look so yummy!
I kind of remember, but you might have to improvise. Basically I took cooked green beans and mixed them with sautéed mushrooms and 2 cups of cooked wild rice, put the bowl aside. Then I made a roux- took some sliced onions (maybe from half an onion), sautéed them in olive oil until translucent, added about 2 tablespoons of flour and cooked it for a minute or two- added a few ladles of vegetable stock (approx 2 cups) and brought to a boil. Turned heat down and let it simmer until the whole thing had thickened. Added about another cup of coconut milk, tasted for seasoning, and then tossed it together with the green beans and mushrooms. Sauteed about a cup of panko breadcrumbs in olive oil until starting to brown, added to the top of the casserole. Then I baked at 350- maybe 15 minutes covered, 15 minutes uncovered. Not exact, but that’ll get you pretty close.