Day Three of the Vegan ChallengeSeptember 3, 2009
Yesterday I ate:
- 5 buckwheat pancakes with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and 1/2 tsp maple syrup; 1/2 an apple with 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 celery stalk with homemade hummus, 2 figs with 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- Milkshake! I used 1 cup unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze with 1 frozen banana and a hefty sprinkling of wheat germ and ground flaxseed meal. It was so deliciously perfect.
- 2 slices homemade bread grilled on the George Foreman with homemade hummus, tomato, red pepper, and spinach
- Salad with romaine lettuce, cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes, raisins, chickpeas, 1/2 an apple, sprinkle of wheat germ, balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup quinoa “pilaf”, cooked with sauteed garlic, onion, red and green bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, can of mixed beans (chickpeas, red kidney beans, Romano beans, and black-eyed peas), bean sprouts, peas, tomatoes; tossed with red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, hummus, coriander seed, oregano, marjoram, garlic powder
- 2 apples
- A few mouthfuls of spaghetti squash with marinara sauce
Crepes to Pancakes
I intended on making buckwheat crepes as my very first meal as a vegan, the recipe of which can be found in The Veganomicon but also on SmarterFitter’s blog. Before Tuesday I had never made crepes before. As a result, this is what happened to the first crepe:
This is what happened to the second crepe:
I can’t flip crepes. Evidently. I even tried the old trick of turning the pan upside down on a plate and sliding the crepe back into the pan to cook the other side, like I do with frittatas, but as you can see by the second crepe that trick just didn’t work. So for the remaining batter, I just made smaller crepes that were more flippable. Hence, they became very thin pancakes:
This batter made a huge amount of crepes/pancakes! And they are delicious with fresh fruit and a little agave/maple syrup.
Yes. I made a dish with beans. And, get this: it tastes good! When they’re combined with so many other vegetables and quinoa, beans are delicious. I’m so glad to have made progress towards enjoying beans. I don’t think I’m quite ready to eat beans alone with nothing else, but that’s okay. I’ll work towards it.
A few of you have mentioned that you have tasty cheesecake recipes. Please share them! Who knows, maybe we could turn this into a month-long epic journey to find the perfect vegan cheesecake. Yum.