Following my early morning workout I dug into my first vegan meal of the day:
Soy yogurt, blueberries and Fibre One cereal. I can't say that I loved this as much as the Greek yogurt that usually accompanies my breakfast but it filled me up and kept me that way until lunch. That said, would I buy soy yogurt if I wasn't a vegan? Sorry but unfortunately the answer is no. Greek yogurt all the way baby!
After a morning of work (and some good news from my boss!) I taught Tabata during lunch. It was great to get up in front of the class again and I am hoping I really motivated the participants to push themselves. ( I think sweat puddles = motivated but I can't be too sure)
Once that butt kick was done it was time for lunch which meant my first taste of yesterday's vegan chili.
Verdict for this one? Yum! I had forgotten that I included fire roasted tomatoes and was surprised by the spice factor (hello instant runny nose) but all and all it was really good. Phew, the 25lbs of leftovers won't go to waste!!
Tonight's menu consisted of a vegan rendition of my own black bean burgers
You will need:
2 cups black beans
1 cup diced vegetables (I used onions, red pepper and eggplant)
3 tbsp BBQ or Heinz 57 sauce
1 tsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp Cajun spice
1/2 tsp salt
Prepare the beans in advance (or if using canned you can just go ahead and skip this step)
Mash the beans in a bowl, ensuring that you don't over mash (don't and I repeat DON'T take your
Add vegetables, oil and sauce. Stir thoroughly.
Form mixture into balls (what size you ask? Why don't we live a little and let you decide that one for your self) and refrigerate for 30 minutes
Serve on a bun* with your favorite vegan-friendly condiment (I chose hummus, spinach and tomato)
*Verify that your bun/bread is vegan by reading the ingredients. I used a Stonemill Bakehouse bagel which is free of animal products.
The burgers were good.although admittedly they fall apart quite easily. In other words they would be great crumbled up and added to a salad (yea I am totally doing that for lunch tomorrow)
What I Learned Today
Being a vegan takes time.
Homemade meals require a lot more planning and effort than prepackaged fare.
That said, the effort is worth it because you know what goes into the food that you eat.
Oh, and it doesn't hurt that I was able to avoid the sugary cake at the office by explaining that it's not vegan. (for some reason a simple "no thanks" is never a good enough response)
And if vegan cooking has got you down throw in a few of these to pass the time
They're vegan friendly, I checked!!
So tell me, are you a fan of homemade meals? Do you like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen?