We are so excited to start our Vegan Challenge for April! In this post you will find our menu for week one. The menu is in PDF format. If there is any difficulties with the file, please feel free to contact me about it at email@example.com.
Here are a few things to know… as I prep food for the week, this is what I find helps me get it done.
1) Recipe Flexibility
You’ll find my recipes and inspiration below for some of the more specific recipes. Sometimes I don’t follow a recipe to the letter. Rather, I use the ingredients I have on hand, or the ones we prefer, to make the dish. Personally, I have found this method of meal preparation to be more flexible and fun.
2) Resource Recipe vs Inspriation
After each menu I will list all the more specific meal options (e.g. Silky Black Bean Soup). You will notice the listing will either say “Recipe” or “Inspiration.” The meals with “recipes” are ones I have made following a recipe pretty closely. The “inspirations” are meals that I have made that have been inspired by a recipe or picture but made a VEGAN variation of it.
3) Dinner is Lunch
Time is of the essence for everyone! This is why I love left overs. A healthy dinner meal makes a great lunch option for the next day. I pack it up, put it in the fridge and we are good to go for lunches in the morning.
4) Green Juice <–> Green Smoothies
Dr. Ernie and I will be having green juice daily. This is completely optional… just something we’ve thrown in and included for those who enjoy juicing. Alternatively, a green smoothie can be substituted.
5) Follow me on Twitter to see us in action! Post Comments! Let’s make it interactive!
I’ll be posting little tidbits about food prep, our feelings about the meals we’ve planned (keeping it real!) and other helpful hints as we go along.
Also, I welcome comments on the menu posts… I’ll respond to any questions or concerns you have while we go… posting your comment on the blog will help everyone. This will also make it an interactive experience.
Check out VC MENU: Week 1 here: Vegan Challenge Menu Week 1
Here are some helpful recipe resources:
– I use almond milk + add 1 tsp vanilla
– After overnight refrigeration, use a fork and whisk the thickened pudding to give it a smooth consistency.
– Skipping the cheese and topping this with tomato sauce, arugula and olives
Vegan Banana Split recipe
— Try making vegan vanilla ice cream… there are tons of recipes for this on Pinterest. Here’s a great, simple easy one I found (option: substitute vanilla bean for vanilla extract). Alternatively, purchase a dairy free ice cream.
— Place a dollop of ice cream between a banana, sliced lengthwise, and sprinkle with chopped strawberries and pineapple. 🙂
Kale Chips recipe (there are so many variations… explore Pinterest for more recipes).