Friday, March 6, 2009

23. Vegan for One Month

What I learned by not eating meat, eggs or dairy products for one month: Mainly this was an experiment to see how difficult it would be to eliminate these items from my diet in order to see if I rely too much on these items as fillers within my normal lacto-ovo-pesca vegetarian lifestyle. I found immediately that it really wasn't that different from my normal day-to-day eating habits. I just had to focus more on what I put into the dishes I typically make and not resort to making a grill cheese or quesadilla out of laziness. All in all the food I made was tastier and more well rounded in terms of vegetables, grains, protein, etc. Vegan baking proved a huge success! I thought this was going to be my breaking point. I envisioned puddles for cookies, banana bread with holes in it and waffles that felt like styrofoam. No sir, the banana bread was the best I've ever made, the waffles were flawless and the chocolate cake was pure heaven. The secrets to this all - Ener-G Egg Replacer, essentially a potato starch product that mimics what eggs do in recipes. Genius! My new favorite blog: Vegan Explosion Best Cookbook: Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz A recipe from Great Chefs Cook Vegan:
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An the infamous "best banana bread ever:"
1 3/4 c. flour 1 c. sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 mashed bananas 1/2 c. vegetable oil 2 eggs (or the equivalent in Ener-G) 1/3 c. soy milk mixed with 1/3 tsp vinegar (butter-soymilk!) Mix dry ingredients + sugar. Combine banana oil and milk mixture in another bowl. Combine wet and dry. Add Ener-G at this point to the mix and stir. Place in buttered (vegan) or sprayed loaf pan. Bake 90 minutes at 325 degrees. Yum!


Victoria Pater said...

and the soup was delicious!!!

Unknown said...

Check out Super Natural Cooking Heidi is the bomb! And her blog

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