Day Fourteen: Gather vegan recipes
You would only have to check my blog or my Pinterest board to see all of the vegan recipes that I have gathered so far! I think I’ve got this one covered.
Day Fifteen: Try a new recipe
Sarah Taylor of Vegan in 30 Days suggests trying one new recipe a week for a year. That’s my vegan recipe a week goal as well. Once the Fall semester begins, I will be working full time and will be at school until 10pm three nights a week, so this will be challenging to maintain. Hopefully, with my slow cooker and some weekend cooking, I will be able to keep it up.
Day Sixteen: Eliminate fish and seafood
This is really simple for me. I have never liked seafood and haven’t had more than a bite (just to try it and confirm that, yes, I still hate it) since probably 5th grade.
Day Seventeen: Commit to the kitchen
Taylor, author of Vegan in 30 Days, stresses the need to put a little more time into the preparation of our food in order to get a healthier outcome. I have already committed to having a healthy green smoothie every morning and now that I have a new blender and got the hang of it, it takes only about 15 minutes a day from start to finish.
I use kale, spinach, and sometimes celery, with one green apple, around 5 frozen strawberries, a heaping handful of frozen mixed berries, and a splash of water and soy milk. It’s simple to make, with many things prepared in advance, and I can take it with me to work in the mornings.
Sarah Taylor also suggests making one-pot meals, such as the slow cooker ones found in my favorite recipe book, The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour. The preparation is usually small, but Eric and I get enough for dinner and leftovers every time.