30 Day Vegetarian Challenge Week 3

I think I can, I think I can.  I’m a carnivore turned vegan for the month, and that’s my mantra during these middle-miles. If you’ve ever run a marathon, you can understand that miles 16 through 20 are the hardest. Well, I’m there. My feet are pounding the pavement, and I want water, I mean, meat! I’m committed to seeing this through, darn it.

Lessons Learned. I’ve picked up a strategy on how to order at restaurants and grocery shop. It’s important to get your protein in when eliminating meats, eggs, and dairy. I load my diet with protein stuffers just in case I’m at an eatery that doesn’t provide vegan-protein.

Here are my favorite vegan eats:

  • Protein sources: soy products, soy milk, Boca Burgers, MorningStar Crumbles, tofu, beans, beans, beans
  • Snacks: peanut butter on whole wheat toast, mixed nuts, fruit, humus, soy cream cheese, rice cakes, wheat crackers
  • Breakfast: grits, raisin toast, granola, soy yogurt
  • Mexican: bean burritos, guacamole, chips and salsa (my all-time favorite snack), Spanish rice, pico de gallo, tortilla soup (sans chicken and cheese), spinach and mushroom quessadillas (with soy cheese)
  • Chinese: plain fried rice, tofu curry dishes, wonton broth, mixed vegetables, vegetable dumplings or wontons or spring rolls
  • Japanese: asparagus and avocado rolls, noodle dishes, seaweed salad, miso soup, edemame, ginger salad
  • Italian: spinach lasagna (not vegan with the cheese), spaghetti with soy meatballs, Portobello mushrooms

More Pleasant Surprises. I’m still pleasantly surprised by the delightful dishes I’ve sampled at restaurants. My all-time favorite veggie burger at Steve’s Uptown. This yummy sandwich has Portobelo mushrooms, caramelized onions, with just a little bit of corn relish, all served on a focaccia  bun. De-lish!

Steve's Uptown Veggie burger. My favorite!

Steve’s Uptown Veggie burger. My favorite!

I couldn’t resist another visit to P.F. Chang’s for the vegetarian dumplings. I also had coconut curry vegetables and the eggplant. All wonderful.

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P.F. Chang’s Coconut Curry Vegetables with crispy silken tofu and peanuts in a mild curry powder and coconut milk sauce

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P.F. Chang’s Vegetarian Dumplings

So, what’s your favorite vegetarian or vegan dish?

In case you are wondering. There are different types of veggie eaters:

Happy Ve-ing!

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10 thoughts on “30 Day Vegetarian Challenge Week 3

  1. Yay, good for you for doing this challenge! I have considered myself a vegetarian for 10 years now, although others may call me a Pescatarian (occasionally consumes fish). Good luck on the last leg of challenge. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement. The China Study diet says it’s ok to minimally consume fix. I think if I stick with it long-term, I’ll keep fish in my diet as well. Was there a particular reason that motivated you to go vegetarian?

    • To be honest I never really cared for the taste and textures of most meats. However I made the change because of research I had done showing the positive health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

  2. Wow, those meals look delicious! Love your list of fave eats… looks like there are actually a lot of yummy options… keep it up, only 1 week to go, right!?

  3. Good for you for jumping on the veg train! It may seem challenging at first, but there are many rewards to eating healthy. Just as a heads up, morning star crumbles contain milk and eggs, so vegans will want to avoid that. Also check out quinoa and hemp for other great protein sources:) Keep up the good work hun!

    • Randy, thanks for the suggestion on quinoa. I love it now. I happened to blog about it after you introduced it to me. Have yet to find hemp, but I will try it if I can find it. Thanks for your encouragement. It’s been fun! I may not stick to being a strict vegan, but I will learn towards vegetarianism. 🙂 Maybe one day I’ll get there.

  4. Almost at the finish line! Good job so far. As far as favorite dishes I really liked the veggie burger recipe I came across. It included panko (!) and I topped it as I would a regular burger. I really liked it. So much so that I’m sure I’ll make it again soon. That’s at least one non-meat substitute I look forward to integrating into my diet. As far as eating out sadly I haven’t sought out or taken advantage of as many vegan options as I wanted to…but I did enjoy those PF Chang dumplings a lot : )

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