Saturday, April 16, 2011

vegan for a week: day 2

Husband: So I guess this vegan thing means you won't be making cookies this week.
Me: No, I still can. I will just use vegan margarine instead of butter.
Husband: Oh, right.
Me: Well, actually, they can't be chocolate chip cookies, because chocolate contains dairy.
Husband: And what about the eggs?
Me: I can use the egg substitute I've used before. You know, the flax and water.
Husband: Umm ... I don't want cookies anymore.

After that conversation, I'm determined to find a super delicious vegan cookie recipe that Husband's going to love. In the meantime, I've completed another day of my week-long challenge.

I'm realizing that a lot goes into eating vegan. Checking labels isn't as simple as I thought. After a quick search around the web, I realized that there are a lot of sneaky ingredients in food that often contain animal bi-products.

Today wasn't too bad. Bagel with peanut butter, coffee with soy milk and juice for breakfast. A whole wheat veggie and meatless chicken wrap and tortilla chips with hot salsa and guacamole for lunch.

For supper I whipped up some quick and easy pasta sauce — Ragu with green peppers and chicken for Husband, and store-brand tomato sauce with loads of fresh veggies for me. Without thinking though, I grabbed a few slices of frozen ready-made garlic bread from the freezer and toasted it in the oven to accompany our meal. Two bites in I realized ... uh oh, butter. Despite how delicious it tasted, I passed the rest of my bread to Husband.

The things I'm eating so far are pretty basic, but I've found a few vegan recipes to try out. Do you have any recipes to share?


  1. My friends who are vegan have yet to find me an acceptable chocolate substitute.

    I think you're doing a great job!

  2. this is the blog i told you about where i made the PB cookies from: ... you might find some recipes here!! :)

  3. Wow, I could never do this. VERY awed and impressed by you, though! Interesting to read about.

  4. Not sure if you've been to this blog before, but she posts tons of vegan meal ideas -- could be helpful!

  5. Hi,

    I'm slowly trying to change my vegetarian diet to a vegan one.

    I love this cook book called Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World ( They are awesome cupcake recipes!

    The authors also have a cookie cookbook called Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar ( I haven't bought this one yet, as I'm not a big cookie person. But if the cupcakes are any indication, these cookie recipes might be worth a go.

  6. is an awesome resource!

  7. Vegan Dad even does cookies!! :)

  8. presidents choice "the decadent" semi sweet chocolate chips are vegan and they make amazing cookies!

    oh and earthlings is a great movie to watch for if for those interested in veganism! :)