Okay – so maybe it wasn’t exactly the best decision to start a vegan challenge the day before New Years Eve… Being on the road for most of the weekend. But I absolutely learned some priceless lessons.
First of all – I learned how hungry you can get when walking around in an airport smelling all things sweet and cheesy – and then arriving at a hotel craving roomservice just to see that they have no dishes without meat or dairy. I ended up ordering a Canja (Brazilian veggie and chicken soup). Sorry….
Second – I learned that I don’t know how to explain in Portuguese that I need something without meat and dairy. I had a situation the second day where I ended up giving a waitress my best chicken impression – arms flapping, neck out and all – because she didn’t think chicken was meat (I’ll let that one slide). And she finally laughed and nodded like she understood perfectly. I ended up with a ham and cheese sandwich… which I ate ’cause I was starving. Whoops…
On New Years eve we had delicious food served back stage where S was playing – and I ate that too. Mostly beans, rice and veggies. But some dairy was absolutely in there. Again whoops…
Train wreck aside
My mistakes aside I actually had fun with it the first couple of days and ate primarily plant based. Prepared some of my favorite recipes, found some new ones. Google translated a thousand ingredients (my in-laws call me GoogleLine). Went to the supermarket for hours. Cooked great food – I’m definitely doing my banana bread and sweet potato pancakes again this week.
It feels awesome to get into the lifestyle again – and the next time we are on the road I’ll bring some vegan bars for snacking, some peanutbutter and maybe even make a bucket of rice with beans and veggies if I can’t find meals at restaurants.
The Challenges Day 1 + 2
Im doing the Challenge22 (being 100 percent vegan for 22 days) – and every day there is a new challenge. I like that – makes it fun. Maybe you wanna join me in this challenge. If so – stay tuned.
Challenge Day 1: Introduce yourself to the community
I did that here – and on Instagram @mylittlevegancrush. Effective to make a public commitment – kinda makes you obligated in a way. You wanna stay consistant, you know?
Challenge Day 2: Make a vegan pasta dish
I made my favorite tomato-garlic sauce. So easy and so yummy.
- 1/2 cup of soy
- 1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk
- 1 can diced tomatos
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 small onions
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cherry tomatos
- Pasta of you’re choice (I love quinoa pasta)
- Set the oven at 200 degrees for the tomatoes
- Cook the pasta while making the sauce
- Cut the tomatoes, put them in an oven dish and spray a little olive oil, salt and pepper on top. Put them in the oven bake them about 15 minutes
- Cut the onions and garlic and roast them in a wok with a little pepper
- Add the rest of the ingredients and cook it for some minutes
- Add the pasta to the sauce and mix it well
- Serve the pasta with the baked tomatoes and fresh basil on top.
Tomorrow I will spill the lentils about Day 3 and 4. Talk soon.