It’s hard to believe that we’re pretty much two weeks through Veganuary – the days are flying by, and it all feels very easy and natural. But lots of fun too!
Today was an at-home day, getting the flat nice and clean and getting myself organised for the week ahead. Lunch was another speedy soup (onion + two kinds of cabbage + broccoli) as I wanted to keep moving, but for dinner we had more time to be creative. On the menu was broccoli fried rice, kind of based on this recipe.
I started by putting some of the ‘chikn’ strips on a tray and popping them into the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes – our first meat substitute of Veganuary, I’m really impressed we’ve got this far in without using any! Meanwhile I set about chopping an onion and gently frying it with some sesame oil. Once the onion was starting to soften, in went three crushed cloves of garlic – big stir, and let them cook till everything’s nice and fragrant. Then into the pan went a bunch of roughly chopped mushrooms and broccoli florets broken into bite-sized pieces, plus a finely-chopped dried chilli – I turned the heat up and kept everything moving till the broccoli was starting to get a bit crisp around the edges. Finally, I tipped in a bowl of cold rice that I’d cooked earlier in the day and chilled till needed – lots of soy sauce, and a handful of peanuts, and then I stir fried it till everything was toasted and well mixed together.
Heaped into two bowls with the ‘chickn’ (which by now was nice and crispy) on top, the rice was finished with snipped spring onions and another scatter of peanuts that I’d crushed with the mortar and pestle, and it was good to go! (Or nearly – I forgot to add a squeeze of lime, rats – bought the lime specially, too…). Si, who was newly returned from playing his trombone and absolutely ravenous, wolfed down his bowlful and I was very glad of the meal too – it’s full of flavour and nicely filling. Unfortunately it was so tasty that I didn’t leave us enough for the next day’s lunch as I’d planned – but no matter, I’m back in the office and will have to see what’s new on the high street for vegans!
For afters, we each polished off a big slice of Si’s beautiful carrot cake – you know what, I could get used to this veganing lark, you certainly don’t feel deprived!
Today I ate/drank:
- Tea with hazelnut milk
- Sliver of vegan carrot cake
- Broccoli, green cabbage and cavalo nero soup
- Fizzy squash
- Bag of lentil crisps
- Hot marmite
- Handful of peanuts
- Fried rice with broccoli and mushrooms
- Big piece of carrot cake