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Days Eleven & Eighteen through Twenty

It’s been a while since I have written on my progress with Vegan in 30 Days by Sarah Taylor.  I have used her book as a guide for the 30 steps it takes to go vegan.  I couldn’t do it in 30 days straight because I was interrupted by a trip to Europe and I have been too busy since, but I think it’s the final result that matters, not how I got there.

Day 11:  Fruit and veg cleanse

I didn’t write about this because I wrote about the first one and this went pretty much the same way.

Day 18:  Buy a veggie chopper

I looked into a food processor because it would have multiple functions (chopping veggies, making sauces, making hummus).  I just haven’t made a purchase yet because I think I would like to invest in a higher quality one and I need to allow some time to save up.

Day 19:  Treat yourself!

Taylor suggests showing your vegan pride and purchasing a shirt, or buying a new vegan cookbook to treat yourself.  I already have an awesome vegan cookbook that I’m working through, so I bought myself some non-dairy chocolate hazelnut spread.  I love Nutella, which was only reinforced on our trip to Paris, but it has dairy in it.  I came across a non-dairy version at Target called Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter for just under $10.  It’s quite oily, but it kind of reminds me of the natural peanut butter my mom bought when I was a kid.  It’s a little nuttier tasting, but I like it.  It’s about three times the price of Nutella, so I’ll just take care not to purchase a lot of it.  Probably a good idea in general anyway.

Day 20:  Eliminate eggs

I haven’t eaten eggs on their own since before we went to Europe, but I have consumed items that use egg as an ingredient since then.  That seems to be the toughest part of veganism.  I can avoid all animal products in food that I prepare myself because I have the ingredients in front of me, but when out at a restaurant or at a friend’s for dinner, I wonder what exactly is in the bread. To deal with this, I am making an effort to plan ahead and, failing that, I make safe choices.

Our friend had a barbeque for his birthday last weekend, so Eric and I planned ahead.  We brought loads of corn and a yellow watermelon to share.  Seriously!  I never knew that yellow watermelons existed!  I also made the black bean burgers, wrapped in foil and ready to toss on the grill, along with vegan hamburger buns and a little Daiya cheese.  I really loved my meal, had plenty to eat, and felt good about myself.

 

Check back tomorrow for the rest of the update!

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About mrsnikkiv

I blog to document my experience transitioning to a vegan lifestyle.

4 responses »

  1. Once you save up the cash a food processor is a wonderful purchase! I’m not sure if all food processors include this or you have to buy one that specifically does, but the slicing/grating disk is awesome to have as well. The slicing side is wonderful for making thin veggie slices for snacking, putting in sandwiches/salads, etc. Then the grating side of the disk is grate (sorry, couldn’t help myself) for making things like latkes — out potatoes to be traditional, or even parsnips or zucchini! It makes prep so much faster for a lot of things, and if you have one that’s dishwasher safe clean-up is only slightly more annoying.

    It’s a bit pricy, but I have this one in black. I think it must be discontinued, because it’s not available in all the colors it was before and I think I got mine for $99, not $149. But I’ve had it for two years and it’s still going strong, whereas the $50 junk I got from Target stopped working after about six months because I burned the motor out on, no kidding, softened butter.

    Good luck!

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    • Thanks for the info!

      Yeah, I was worried about buying a $40 one that might break and thought that investing $100-150 would likely be a better idea. I have recently gone through that hell with the Kitchenaid blender that I bought. Started leaking after maybe 10 uses, then took 6+ weeks to get a replacement for the top half from the manufacturer. I learned my lesson to wait and invest more in higher quality!

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  2. Getting a food processor will change your life. Definitely buy a good quality one. I bought mine last Black Friday online from Macy’s, and had a coupon code on top of it, so it only cost around $70. http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/cuisinart-dlc-2007-food-processor-7-cup-prep-7?ID=101927&PartnerID=EMAIL2&BannerID=264 I wanted to cry the first time I made pesto sauce in it from Veganomicon. SO GOOD and easy! 😀

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    • Okay, I’m really getting excited for a food processor now! There are tons of recipes that I have passed up because they called for one. I also really want to start making my own hummus and sauces since they are relatively easy with one. Good thing Black Friday isn’t too far away and if all else fails, Christmas is after that!

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