One of the biggest questions I get about food is, what DO you eat? The term ‘vegan’ often leaves an unsavory taste in the public’s mind, and well, mouth. While I hope I have shed some light on the mystery food decisions of a vegan, I decided to dedicate this post to what a vegan kitchen, vegan junk food, and a quick vegan comfort meal might look like!
The scary vegan kitchen
First of all is the fridge. I go to the farmers market every Sunday, and get supplementary food from a fresh food store, and of course, publix. While my refrigerator might look sparse on Saturday, I start the week with something like this:
I use my juicer every morning, with one orange, one apple, 10-15 strawberries, half a giant carrot, kale, and swiss chard (when available). Sometimes I add other fruit (cantaloupe, for example, when reasonably priced). I also eat a side salad every day at work with my regular lunch. The weird lettuce thing on the top shelf is ‘living lettuce’ and is sold with the root system intact! If kept in water in the fridge, it stays fresh for about a week! You just pick off the pieces you need.
Favorite appliances in a vegan kitchen: juicer, blender, rice cooker (for rehydrating beans), bread machine
See, that isn’t that scary!
Vegan junk and fast food
The other day I had to buy tires after work. I was there for two and a half hours, and was quite famished upon leaving. I also had no desire to cook…which is rare for me. I decided to order a pizza. With our fairly new health crazed nation, just about everything is documented somewhere online. Papa Johns is no exception. I am excited to report that a regular crust, cheese-less, meat-less pizza, without any weird dipping sauce is totally vegan. But what do you put on a cheese-less, meat-less pizza? Olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, and tomatoes! You could also opt to put on banana peppers, onions, and jalapeños, but I do not favor those particular toppings.
This was seriously delicious!
Sometimes, when I leave work (especially if I worked at the before school program AND then taught) and I am on my way to Sylvan, I stop by taco bell. Gasp! Taco Bell has been pretty great to those of us who do not partake in a dairy and meat culture. Their signature ‘fresco’ menu replaces dairy with pico de gallo which is fantastic. My favorites? The black bean burrito fresco (beans, rice, pico de gallo, red sauce), the 7 layer burrito fresco (baked beans, lettuce, rice, guacamole, pico de gallo, and something else…) and the new cantina burritos. So good!
Good Job Taco Bell!
I am also a fan of oreos, tortilla chips, pretzels, and graham crackers (especially dipped in icing!)
Yes, all of that is vegan!
Ending this on a cooking oriented note. I was eating nachos while writing this post. Nachos, made with:
Boca Burger crumbles
Go Veggie Vegan Mozzarella (for some reason, Go Veggie only makes one vegan option, the rest are ‘lactose free’ but still contain milk)
green bell peppers
Baked in the oven, placed on my plate, enjoyed by me.
These were seriously good!
So there you go…what do I eat? I eat food, I eat plants, and I eat junk food…the same things most people eat, with a few substitutions!