Week 3, the week that it became difficult. During the first week of Veganuary, the change felt exciting new, and the concept of trying new foods/cooking more often was good. But what happens when you are busy at work and life gets in the way? The week was that week. I have stuck to the Vegan diet strictly, but I will admit, there has been times when I considered just giving into convenience and grabbing a cheese sandwich or slipping some milk into my tea. (Did I mention that I am missing milk in tea??!!)
Anyway, regardless of the stress of the week, I got there. Food this week for lunches included more jacket potatoes but mostly, toasted bagels with houmous and tomatoes, falafel and also, veggie burgers and salads. For dinners, my meals included finally trying some of the Fry’s family schnitzels and nuggets. I was a little nervous as I am sure I had tried them previously and wasn’t keen but actually, they were pretty nice! I am definitely going to continue buying their products, Vegan or not. I teamed the schnitzel with some homemade avocado salsa, and potatoes it was tasty!
I ate out at Wetherspoons with friends again, as I mentioned last week, they have a good Vegan menu and for caffeine fixes, I have continued with the extra-shot-extra-hot-soy-latte coffee fix too.
This week I have learned that Linda McCartney sausages can become boring, as can tofu. I have attempted to add a few easy-cook items to my plate just to help on those cant-be-arsed-cooking type nights. I was also quite surprised to learn that some of their pastry products (YES! I miss pies..) are actually Vegan. Items such as the sausage rolls and vegetarian Country Pies are up for grabs. They also have some new products that I am yet to try, including a pulled chicken and shredded duck meat substitutes! You can see the Linda Mc Cartney Vegan range here.
I also purchased the Quorn Vegan fillets to make a Thai red curry with. They tasted nice, but dryer than usual. A refreshing change from tofu in any case! As I am one of the Quorn Blogger Ambassadors, Jake and I also have also been developing a dish for them this week too which was exciting. Jake is a Head Chef and super talented food wise so it was great for us to create something special together. The theme they requested was one-pot so we made a Vegan, Chang Mai style noodle dish, it was amazing! Keep an eye out for that on the Quorn website!
Next week is the last week of the challenge. I am going to see how I feel at the end of the month but currently I feel like I could live my life as a Vegan, but I am not sure I want to fully commit to it at the moment. Again, this week I have not missed cheese. I am still in shock about this, I thought I would CRAVE it, but it’s the drop of skimmed milk I miss bizarrely!
January has been a long month for many reasons, but completing Veganuary has certainly given me something else to consider, focus on and also enjoy so I am really pleased I took the challenge.
See how I get on in my final week next Sunday..