In an impulse moment, after attending a World Vegan Day event last week, I signed up to the Vegan Easy Challenge. Basically the idea is to try to be Vegan for a month.
As I have been a vegetarian for several years now I thought how hard could it be to go the extra step and basically cut out eggs and dairy – if only for a month. Plus there are prizes to win!
Well it has been seven days, and I don’t think I’ve yet managed a full vegan day. Firstly I felt I needed to use up the remaining milk and yoghurt in the fridge – as I’m sure being a vegan doesn’t mean wasting food. Then there are the days when I totally forgot I put milk in my coffee at work until I had drunk 1/2 cup; I’ve also realised too late that while I omitted the cream, the underlying scone was likely to be made with butter. Birthday cakes tend not to be vegan friendly, neither is eating at someone else’s place over the weekend.
Still I have managed nearly all my main meals as vegan. Last night was a lovely bean dish, with soy cream cheese (see picture). Tonight I had West African Chickpea Cakes, served with vegies and a tasty peanut coconut sauce.
I might just make a full vegan day (or two) before the month is out.