After becoming a vegetarian (with pescatarian tendencies) a year and half ago I have decided I want to try becoming a vegan. Over the next month I am going to slowly transition to a vegan lifestyle. For the record I will NOT be saying no to ultra fresh seafood while living so close to the ocean, I will eat sushi at least once, and will occasional eat eggs, dairy , and yogurt. This transition is meant to be slow, but I hope to be a full blown vegan when I move to Colorado to start graduate school!
Yesterday marked my first attempt at actively being vegan. All in all I had a great day, despite the unbearable heat wave that has overcome the city of Boston.
Yeah, this was the temperature INSIDE my apartment.
I normally go for a bowl of oats in the morning, but opted for (unpictured) overnight oats instead. For some reason it just did not hit the spot for me! I put all the goodies in my jar, but I felt something was missing. There is just nothing better than the warm creaminess of melted nut butter on my morning bowl of awesome oats.
Luckily lunch was much better. I am officially really bad at this blogging thing because I have no evidence of my meal, but I guess that just means it needs re-created! I splurged on some baked teriyaki tofu at whole foods recently, and packed up the fixings' for some lunch time tofu tacos!
Evening came, and I made possibly the easiest dinner I have ever had. I was in no mood to slave over a stove in this heat (wish I had a balcony for a grill!) so I sliced a spaghetti squash in half, tore out the seeds, gave it a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, and placed it in my oven at 350 degrees. I then ran away to my bedroom and sat under a fan for the next 30 minutes.
After a half hour fan session, the squash was soft enough to be pierced with a knife, and I took a spoon to scrape the insides into a bowl. This was my first time making spaghetti squash and I didn't realize it was so easy! For some reason I thought I was going to have to create strands with a fork or something, but all you do is scrape the insides out with a spoon an instant veggie noodles!! I seasoned the strands with a little more oil, salt, and pepper, until it reached the flavor I wanted.
Seeking a protein, I went to my pantry and found some vegetarian baked beans. I already felt like I was
I avoided the dairy ice cream hiding in my freezer, and snacked on some frozen berries throughout the rest of the evening.
My first successful day as a vegan!