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Vegan transitioning is rough!

Reading labels is key to make sure I'm not eating sneaky non-vegan stuff come January and I need to not make assumptions and improve doing this. I tried to make a point of buying all vegan stuff this week since I still have some leftover stuff to finish up in the next couple of weeks so I'm not wasting food. Unfortunately, I didn't do a good job of reading all the way through the labels. I bought this tasty sounding Thai Lime Rice from World Market. It says coconut milk and spices and stuff and sounds yummy. However, I spotted right at the end..."skim milk." Dagnabbit! It has coconut milk and it's RICE so why did they even add skim milk? Phooey. Well, put that in with the stack of stuff to finish soon - maybe I'll have it with the battered halibut that's currently in the freezer. Hmph.

On Saturday I picked up some Trader Joe's Carrot and Pea Vegetable Patties. Emily says she and her parents really like them. I nabbed those along with some chicken-less mandarin orange morsels (which have a vegan label and the ingredients agree). I was trying to do a mostly "Meatless Monday" yesterday so I plucked these out of the freezer and glanced at the back. Egg white. Oh sonofabitch. So those are now on the "finish soon" list too. I should have looked for a vegan symbol but I made assumptions. My fault and I need to get more vigilant since I want to be strict come January. It's not a good enough scientific experiment if non-vegan bits are slipped into my food. I want to be as strict as possible to see what effects - if any - there are on my BP, weight, etc. during Veganuary.

Yeah, I know, I can keep these mistakes from happening by making homemade food and I will be doing more of that. Alas, there are those days where you meant to get off your butt or find time to make something from scratch but life got away from you. Until I can really get into the swing of things, there will be substitutes. 


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Dec. 18th, 2018 05:31 pm (UTC)
You are a better woman than I.
Dec. 18th, 2018 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm getting to the "no other choice" stage.

I ordered a compact air fryer for $30 from Target just now. I'll try to keep it in a convenient location. Then I can make "roasted" veggies at will and not have to turn on the whole oven. That might help a LOT.
Dec. 18th, 2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck. You are way more dedicated than me.
Dec. 18th, 2018 06:59 pm (UTC)

Aw, I just saw that Penny Marshall just died at age 75 from complications from diabetes. That's so sad - she was so wonderful. :(

It also drives home that I could go as early as that if I don't shape up.
Dec. 18th, 2018 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw that, too. It's a little scary.
Dec. 18th, 2018 06:33 pm (UTC)
If you can go completely, purely vegan for an entire month you are a better woman than I am.

You might like Isa Chandra Moskowitz's cookbooks. I have her "Vegan with a Vengeance" which includes recipes for everything from from soups to desserts.
Dec. 18th, 2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try to keep it up (strictly in January and maybe the occasional egg white sandwich or some fish after that) until May when I see my doctor again.

Funny you should mention her since veganhothead suggested checking out her Post Punk Kitchen!
Dec. 18th, 2018 08:20 pm (UTC)
I use that cookbook a LOT, along with her Veganomicon. She is very cool.
Dec. 18th, 2018 08:22 pm (UTC)
I have two of her books and her recipes and the little stories she has about growing up in Brooklyn and her days as a activist and tips from her cat, Fizzle.
Dec. 18th, 2018 08:46 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Which one is your fave?
Dec. 18th, 2018 09:20 pm (UTC)
Vegan with a Vengeance is the one with the stories and it's just fun to read. The soups in particular are great when it's cold. And the curries.
Dec. 18th, 2018 07:37 pm (UTC)
I think you are approaching this in a practical way - obviously home cooked gives you the best control - but there WILL be days when you need a ready made option - so finding those now and having them available, only makes sense!

Those animal products are sneaky though - they are in SO many things - even things you would not expect!
Dec. 18th, 2018 08:50 pm (UTC)
They ARE! Hidden gelatin, milk derivatives, all kinds of that stuff. I mean I don't think I'm going to go to the stage of watching for dyes from squished beetles yet, though. lol

I found a good deal on a compact air fryer and ordered it today. I absolutely adore roasted vegetables so that's an easy way to incorporate more of those. I also already have a pressure cooker which will be good when I'm looking to start making homemade beans and such.
Dec. 20th, 2018 02:24 am (UTC)
Huh - I had never thought of using an air fryer to roast veggies!

I poked around tonight to see what ELSE can you do with the air fryer - I did find a few articles that suggested you get better results air frying frozen veggies than fresh/raw - which is interesting!

Most of the things they list are things that, even without deep frying in oil, are not things I *should* be eating more of, LOL - so my bank account is safe!

I look forward to hearing your results!
Dec. 21st, 2018 02:15 pm (UTC)
LOL I'll keep you posted. I would like to make stuff like this crunchy panko tofu in it too.

Also, a nice simple baked potato with the crispy outer skin would be a fabulous simple dinner.
Dec. 19th, 2018 03:15 pm (UTC)
I couldn't help it. I had to use that icon. 🤣😋

Seriously though, ditto what spikesgirl58 said.. You are a better woman than I.
I like meat and dairy waaay too much, although dairy hates me, which sucks.
I tend to crave red meat during my period (granted, that's probably fixable by taking iron at those times, but still ..)
Dec. 19th, 2018 03:31 pm (UTC)
Red meat doesn't like me much as it is, sadly. I'm suspecting dairy is having issues lately too (along with fizzy water?). I'm going to miss cream in the coffee and eggs for breakfast but other than that, aside from looking for hidden stuff, it shouldn't be too bad. I know I'm going to want shrimp and chicken now and then but once I'm done with January if I have some shrimp or fish once in a blue moon, that shouldn't affect my health too adversely. And if I want egg, I'll do egg white when the cravings are just bugging me too much.

I'm getting to the breaking point on my health so I can't wait anymore for it to magically fix itself. Even my elderly parents in their 80s in not so good health agreed that for me not even being quite 50 yet, I'm in sucky health. :/

But I'm not going to eat boring, bland food. I'm going to do this with SASS
Dec. 19th, 2018 07:16 pm (UTC)
For those days when you just can't cook, my favorite frozen meal line is Amy's. (I have a LOT of days when I can barely operate a microwave safely and definitely not a stove.)

Amy's has a whole vegan line (some things are vegetarian, but contain dairy - the vegan ones are marked). They are also free of preservatives and generally low sodium. Better yet they taste good. (Except the gluten free lasagna - the pasta was just too squishy for me.)Here's the vegan list: https://www.amys.com/our-foods?vegan=1

Apparently there are vegan chocolates too, although I've never seen them here. But then I don't have Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.
Dec. 21st, 2018 02:24 pm (UTC)
I do have to try more of Amy's stuff. I didn't like it in the past but then again, that was years ago when I was all weird and squeamish about stuff like tofu.

Vegan chocolates are getting more mainstream. Even my Hershey's 5 ingredient syrup is non-dairy! Several of the Lindt chocolates are dairy free and can be found in Target along with the Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips which are dairy free (and tasty!)
Dec. 22nd, 2018 12:43 am (UTC)
My recipe for kasha varinushkes is vegan. It starts with making the roasted buckwheat groats with vegetable broth and olive oil, then add a combination of chopped onions, celery and carrots. Then add cooked farfalle (bow tie pasta) that was cooked in salted water.

It is usually served as a side dish, but I use it as a main dish, especially if I add a Portobello mushroom cap that was broiled/grilled then sliced.
Dec. 23rd, 2018 02:51 pm (UTC)
That sounds good! I found most side dishes can easily be called main dishes when they are vegan.

I may go to the library later today and see if I can find some vegan cookbooks to audition
Dec. 25th, 2018 12:46 am (UTC)
The chopped veggies are called mirepoix in case you're interested. It's a rather versatile combination in cooking (as is the Cajun/Creole version of the seasoning veggies that they call Holy Trinity, which is chopped onion, bell pepper and celery iirc.)

Mushrooms and/or nuts help a bit with protein if you're interested in variety.
Dec. 25th, 2018 12:52 am (UTC)
That is too funny that you posted this since I just corrected Emily’s spelling of mirepoix about an hour ago lol

The holy trinity I’m less fond of since I dislike green bell pepper
Dec. 25th, 2018 01:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, so Cajun and Creole dishes are out. *shrug* Just means that there's going to be more for me. ;)
Dec. 25th, 2018 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hey now! I can substitute red pepper in my red beans and rice! 😉
Dec. 25th, 2018 05:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, so you can substitute red bell pepper in the "Holy Trinity" imho. Just avoid telling any Cajuns and Creoles you plan to serve.
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