An update from Cheerio la la land
It just occured to me this week that I’m not such a vegan newbie anymore. Amazingly enough, it’s now been over 2 months since I made the switch to veganism, and other than the occasional dream about chicken (cooked chicken, not raw chicken because those would be nightmares, not dreams) and the sighs that follow my mmmm’s when I get a whiff of steak or pizza while walking down the street, I’ve been doing pretty good with it.
Lucky for me though, I’ve been doing pretty well with the cooking. At first, I was a bit flustered by it – it took time to read through recipes, figure out what the heck all the ingredients were, were to buy them, how on earth to prepare them, and then cross my fingers that they would all taste good once I did what I was supposed to with them. It seems that just a few weeks ago, I expected that this is what it would be like all the time – all this effort and stress, but I realized that I have the hang of it now. I don’t have to cook something new every day and have riddiculous amounts of leftovers, and I can freeze big batches of soup and eat that when I feel like staying in my pajamas all day (which I am not ashamed to say I have done a few times now). Improvising in the kitchen is even a fun thing now, and I made an awesome zucchini soup this week, all by using my imagination and some spices! Uhm, and the zucchini too.
My biggest challenge always comes in the grocery store though. You can go vegan and eat complete junk, but I feel really strongly that I want to eat yummy whole foods that haven’t been processed too much and are grown organically as much as possible. And, in a lot of cases, organic = $$$, which is a little scary for a gal like me. There are times when I still can’t bring myself to do it. Like paying $8 for a bottle of organic cold-pressed canola oil (I’ve tried for 2 weeks and keep shaking my head and putting it back on the shelf). But even the shopping is getting easier. I spent an awesome afternoon exploring little stores in my neighbourhood this week and I now know where I can get all my staples for a decent price, including yummy produce and things that are new to me like tempeh. And, of course, there are loads and loads of stores that sell flowers, and although I don’t eat them, they seem to find their way home with me at the end of each weekly shopping trip. Although it may sound crazy, the idea that I can justify buying fresh flowers every week is one of my proudest achievements, and I really, really enjoy them!
The one thing that I think I’m most super proud of is that I started making my own almond milk. I used to buy it at the store, and when an acquaintance told me he made his own, I thought he was off his rocker – why make it when you can buy a handy tetra pack for $3? But when I realized how super easy it was, I gave it a try and it’s awesome! If you ever want to try, all you do is soak 1/2 cup of almonds overnight then put them in your blender with some water (less for thicker milk, more for thinner) and 2 or 3 dates – or my latest thing – maple syrup – to sweeten it a little. You blast it for a bit, strain the liquid into a jar, and there you go – homemade almond milk full of love and goodness!
Photos, from top to bottom: A made up vegan creation. No, I don’t remember how I made it; Yummy rice veggie wraps I learned how to make at my cooking class; A savory smoothie I made while on my cleanse with spinach, tomato and beets. Um, I don’t recommend this one…; This week’s flowers – primulas – aka – pretty bright colored flowers that are making me smile!; Now living in my fridge – homemade almond milk and tempeh. So far, they haven’t been too rowdy in there..This post may contain affiliate links.
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