Hello there!I'm Sonja, a fashion loving Dutchie living in Amsterdam. I'm a huge fashion lover, and I'm also a vegetarian, a crazy cat lady, an interior and pancake junkie, and I'm all about living a green and cruelty-free lifestyle!
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April 3, 2016
As the title of this post says, this month I’m taking part in the Vegan Challenge! The Vegan Challenge is organized twice per year by the Dutch Organization for Veganism, in October and in April. The challenge takes a month, and in this month you will be eating all vegan. For those who don’t know what veganism exactly is; eating vegan means that you don’t consume any products derived from animals. So, next to no meat, this means also no eggs, dairy, cheese, etc. I’m already a vegetarian, and I actually don’t eat eggs, and not a lot of dairy. Next to that, I’ve been expirimenting with vegan recipes for a while now. So I thought it would be fun to try out what it feels like to be a full time vegan, for a month.
Of course, I’m taking you with me on this journey! This month, I will post a Vegan Challenge food diary every Sunday. In this diary, I will share everything I ate that week, including links to recipes if I have them. I will also share how the challenge is working out for me, and possible difficulties I might run into. The challenge started this Friday, so this week’s diary is only for two days. That’s why I decided to photograph all my meals these two days; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next time, I think I will state my breakfast and lunch, and only photograph my dinner. Because otherwise, it will be a huge overload of photos, haha! Or would you like to see all? :-) Anyway, I hope you’ll like these posts! And if you’re participating yourself, I would love to hear your experience!
Day 1 – Friday
My breakfast was some soy yoghurt with vegan (without honey) muesli with dried fruits, and a kiwi. I think this will be one of my go-to breakfasts this month!
That morning, I baked vegan bananabread. I bake this bread quite often already, but this month I will be making it even more often. This bread is also very healthy, without added sugar. So, it’s great for breakfast or lunch! I ate two slices for lunch, and later that afternoon I ate two more.
For dinner, I made this super easy oven dish, which I had already made once. This dish contains potatoes, two red onions, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, half a zucchini, and some cherry tomatoes. I added some salt, rosemary and olive oil. And then it went into the oven for 50 minutes. Later that evening, I had some vegan crisps.
Day 2 – Saturday
On the weekends, I always like to make a special lunch. My boyfriend and I usually get up pretty late on the weekends, so our luch is usually also our breakfast, haha! This time, I made bagels (which turned out to be vegan!) with hummus, fresh sundried tomatoes, and arugula. I used to make these a lot a few months ago, so we already knew we would love these!
Later that afternoon, I ate some bananabread again, and I had a piece of the vegan pecan-cocos chocolate bar from Tony’s Chocolonely. Also, I drank a cappuccino with soy milk in a café.
For dinner, I made nasi, with saté saus and cassava crackers. I made the saté saus myself, because most ready-to-eat ones from the grocery store are not vegan. And this one was actually a lot better as well! I made it with one can (400 ml) coconut milk, 6 table spoons of peanutbutter, 4 table spoons soy sauce, 1 table spoon sambal, 2 cloves of garlic, and some cornflour to make the sauce a bit thicker.
And those were the first two days of my Vegan Challenge! Until now, things are going very well, but obviously I’ve only had two days.
Did you know the Vegan Challenge? And if you’re participating yourself, or you were already a vegan, do you have any tips for recipes? :D I’d love to hear!