Having a plan actually did help me succeed pretty easily. In fact, I can't believe I thought it would be hard; the hardest part was ignoring the constant ice cream cravings for the first three days. (And Friday's cheeseburger craving, even though I don't like cheese.) I really didn't feel deprived of any nutrients either. Making sure I had snacks on-hand that I could eat was super helpful, even though Matt kept trying to eat all my snacks. ;)
That said, I'm glad vegan week is over. I don't think I'm meant to be vegan long-term; I was interested to see how I would feel and if cutting out dairy and animal products would help solve some of my stomach issues. In fact, I felt kind of sick on a couple of the days. So it's back to being an omnivore for me.
I did make a few dessert-type items to abate my sugar fixation. The first time I was craving sweets (er, on Monday morning) I made this chocolate soft-serve recipe. It tasted good, but my still-used-to-ice-cream palate did not think it tasted like ice cream. The further into the week I got, though, the more I thought it actually tasted like soft-serve.
Bananas in disguise.
On Wednesday, I made this cookie dough dip that Sarah recommended (made of chickpeas!). I was super hesitant to try it, because really? Chickpeas tasting like cookie dough? Psh. I don't know if I was just super deprived of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream or what, but it actually tastes similar to cookie dough. I even got Matt — a self-declared hummus-hater — to eat some! Don't judge it before you try it. It looks and smells weird, but it's actually pretty good.
Mmmm. Dessert hummus.
And really, those are the only desserts I felt like I needed. SHOCKED!
I found out that I really don't like kettle corn. When I buy "homestyle" popcorn, I can usually polish off a bag by myself for a snack. I felt sick when I tried to do that with kettle corn. It's too sickly sweet.
I had to buy two things of mixed nuts, because Matt ate more of them than I did and we ran out mid-week. I also ate a few apples. But let's be honest, I pretty much just snacked on my dessert foods.
Some of the dinner recipes I planned (Peach Gazpacho, Pesto Minestrone) were pretty good, and one was a standout: Balsalmic Grilled Veggies and Quinoa. I don't know how to use our grill, so I broiled the veggies. I pretty much wanted to bathe in this stuff, it was so good. Broiled balsalmic-and-olive-oil zucchini may be my new favorite thing EVER. The other meals I had planned weren't really that good.
My husband is a saint for eating everything I put in front of him this week. That includes mushy tofu and fruit soup.
I spent way more than my allotted grocery budget this week. I don't know if it's because buying food for both a vegan eater and an omnivore means twice as much stuff, or if fresh veggies are just that much more expensive and I never noticed because I usually buy them in much smaller quantities than I did this week.
Cooking vegan made me not enjoy cooking. Shame; I typically like the time I spend in the kitchen!
Would you ever try a vegan week? How about dessert hummus? :)