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Vegan Challenge

After last weeks wardrobe challenge, I am onto something completely different. This week I am challenging myself to go vegan. I was inspired by Diana of our.city.light’s inspirational story, and through this story discovered the wonderful gluttonous vegan blog.

I’m veggie already and love vegetables, but I’ve been getting a bit lazy in terms of cooking recently. I used to cook a lot, but recently I’ve let/made Dave do the cooking quite a bit, and he likes to make British classics like bangers and mash and toad in the hole, so I’ve been eating a lot of starch and butter. We’ve also been eating quite a lot of things like frozen pizza and I basically want to get back into cooking with as many veg as possible again.

I decided that I was going to do this challenge a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait because I had restaurant meals planned. But taking that decision had already had a positive effect on my diet as I’ve been ‘practicing’ some of the yummy meals I will have this week. As of yesterday I’ve been completely cutting out all diary and eggs.

illustrated vegan shopping list

We went shopping on Sunday and this is our shopping list – ignore the butter and mince, which is basically Dave trying to de-veganise the dishes I am going to make! I’ve planned all my meals for the week, because I know that if I have to think about what to cook at short notice, I’ll probably let the vegan-ness slip. I’ve made big batches of baba ganoush and humous for my work lunches already. So much nicer than the cheese and cucumber sandwiches I usually have.

Incidentally, the illustrated shopping list is part of another challenge I’m doing – to work through some of Kerri Smith’s 100 ideas, thanks to ana b. of on dressing up. ‘Illustrate your Grocery list’ is no. 26. I’m not committing to doing them all, but expect to see photos of my attempts at some of them soon!

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  • The Small Fabric Of My Life 20 October 2009, 6:14 pm

    I will be following this with interest. I am vegetarian – have been since I started uni in 1985.

  • Diana 20 October 2009, 6:31 pm

    i know you will love it!!
    naomi is such a great help and if you need anything or just a boost, email us!

  • Bug 20 October 2009, 7:38 pm

    This is exciting! I wish you the very best. Eating healthier is always a challenge, but I'm sure its nothing like going vegan. Good luck, excited to see your progress πŸ™‚


  • Naomi Rose 20 October 2009, 7:54 pm

    I'm behind you all the way! β™₯

  • aDeLiNe 20 October 2009, 8:00 pm

    Hey there!
    Found your blog through Naomi. I'm also going vegan for after hearing about Diana's experiment. AND also doing Keri Smith's 100 ideas… Looking forward to seeing more of your challenges πŸ™‚

  • The Voracious Vegan 21 October 2009, 7:51 am

    Yay for going vegan! Best decision I ever made. Enjoy yourself and have fun!

  • beckyxoxo 21 October 2009, 11:49 am

    wish i can cook ! oh and i wish i'm a vegetarian . i hate vegetables πŸ™

  • Pomegranate 22 October 2009, 12:05 am

    Yay! I'm so happy! Check out my blog πŸ™‚

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  • mangocheeks 24 October 2009, 12:26 pm

    Like you I am a vegetarian. I have been experimenting with Vegan Tuesday, but am finding that a lot of what I cook during the week is vegan (except for the sweet things). Its a step by step process for me. But good luck to you on your quest.