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Veganuary: My first vegan recipe book

I’m not one to go back on my word. When I say I’m going to do something, I do it. A few years ago, I had the bright idea of running everyday in January. I did it as well. And I kept going throughout February and into March (until I got ill and had to listen to my body.) There’s no way I am going back on this now. 

When I think about being vegan for a whole 31 days in the coldest, darkest, most miserable month of the year, I do start to wonder if it was a good idea to suggest it to my husband in the first place.

But, hey ho, what is done is done. I’ve said it now:

Veganuary is a thing. We are doing this.

Needless to say, I have no idea what vegans actually eat. Apart from salads. Shed loads of nuts and lentils. And weird fake meats and dairy substitutes. I’ve never really bothered to think about the diet of an average vegan. Perhaps for the best. I just searched for “vegan food” on Flickr and this is what I found:

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Vegan food?!

Okay, so it is lentil dhal and I’m sure it tastes delicious, but, let’s be honest, it looks disgusting! Fingers crossed I can find some more appealing vegan food to cook and eat in January.


My current average daily diet

Going vegan for a whole month is going to be quite a big change for me. I really love meat. And cheese. And lattes. Here’s what I currently eat on an average day:

Breakfast: I normally have porridge (with loads of milk) or Alpen (contains milk) for breakfast, sometimes followed by toast with butter or margarine.
Morning snack: Generally a latte and a chocolate biscuit or some dark chocolate (I love proper coffee (as in direct trade, properly made, not Starbucks!)).
Lunch: Invariably involves some kind of meat, fish or seafood. Failing that, lots of cheese (halloumi, mozzarella, mmmm). I love yoghurt as a dessert, custard, rice pudding, ice cream.
Afternoon/dinner: More milky coffee. More chocolate. Another meat/fish-based meal for dinner. Then peppermint tea and some dark chocolate to round off a day full of meat and dairy consumption.

To go vegan then, I need to replace the milk in my porridge with almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk or the like. I need to get some dairy-free spread and stop eating Alpen. I need to find a non-dairy milk that you can make lattes with. I need to replace the choccie biccies with dairy-free stuff or just eat loads of decent dark chocolate (fine by me, to be honest!). But mostly, I need to find lots of vegan recipes for lunches and dinners. Oh, and I need to get into non-dairy yoghurt and fake meats. Mmm, fake meats. Or not.


The first step on this journey towards Veganuary…

…follow some vegan food people on Facebook – Bosh and Thug Kitchen – and invest a whopping 99p in Thug Kitchen’s charmingly titled “Eat Like You Give a F**k” book on Kindle.

Thug Kitchen
Thug Kitchen, aka my first vegan recipe book

My first vegan recipe book. I’m not entirely confident I am their target audience. But, hey ho. It contains a hell of a lot vegan recipes and some of them actually sound and look quite appetising. 

Take these “Grilled Eggplant Soba Noodles”, they look yum:

And check out this vegan lasagne:

Is anyone else’s tummy rumbling?!

Flicking through the pages of the recipe book, it would appear we need to add some key ingredients to our cupboards – rice vinegar seems to feature quite a lot, as does toasted sesame oil. We also need to get a lot of tofu in. Luckily, my husband is Indonesian and cooks delicious tofu and tempeh. I might just make him cook for the whole month. It could be the way forward…

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