Vegan Eats, Day 1

by Lara on October 3, 2011

If I had to describe my relationship with vegetables on a Facebook dropdown, I would select the option that says, “It’s Complicated.”

Sometimes I love them.  Other times, well, I just don’t.  Raw vegetables usually fall into the latter category, unless they are in the form of a very dressed up salad.  That’s why my vegetables are usually roasted, boiled, or stir-fried.

Here’s what I ate today for day one of my vegan experiment:

Breakfast: Pumpkin oatbran and black coffee.  I was lazy and didn’t blend the mix like it says in the book, but it still turned out great.

Lunch:  My Thai crunch salad deviated a little from the book’s recipe.  I forgot to prepare the tofu ahead of time (and thus used bottled teriyaki sauce), used cashews instead of peanuts, forgot the edamame, and didn’t follow the dressing instructions accordingly.  Nevertheless, it was still very good, and I plan on perfecting it tomorrow.

I ended up snacking on the forgotten edamame while I made dinner.

Dinner:  White bean and quinoa burgers, first seen on Andrea’s Wellness Notes.  I cooked the quinoa with vegetable broth in hopes of imparting some extra flavor.  This is a solid recipe because the texture of the burgers is perfect (best texture of any veggie burger recipe I have tried), but I think next time I’ll spice up the flavor.  It’s a great “blank canvas” for future veggie burger creations.

To make the burgers:

  • Cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of liquid (broth or water).
  • Drain and mash one can of cannellini beans (also known as white kidney beans, or you could also use Great Northern).
  • Add 3/4 cup of ground flaxseed.
  • Add garlic, herbs…whatever you want for flavor.
  • Mix all together and form into patties (I used a 1 cup measuring cup and filled to the 1/2 line).
  • Pan-fry in cooking spray or a little oil and serve.

Lulu and Pippa like to watch me prepare dinner in case I drop something or decide to give them a sample.  Once they hear me start chopping, they run over in hopes of getting a carrot or broccoli stem.

Their relationship with veggies isn’t quite so complicated.


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Maren October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I can’t imagine trying to eat vegan. You are my veggie hero.


Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

After my honeymoon, I went on a veggie binge too. I lost all appetite for meat and just craved vegetables.

I love Mama Pea’s cookbook and also The Kind Diet cookbook by Alicia Silverstone. I make at least one recipe from their cookbook per month, sometimes per week. If you want some recipes, I have them posted on my blog.

Good luck on the vegan experiment. Get your veggie on!


Lara October 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

I’ve been curious about The Kind Diet! I’ll be lurking on your blog soon…


Mama Pea October 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Girl, you gotta blend that oat bran. 😉


Lara October 4, 2011 at 7:40 am

I didn’t blend the salad dressing either :/ I left out the almonds so I could just whisk it. How much blending do you do in one day?! I hate cleaning my blender 😉


Gillian October 4, 2011 at 1:43 am

I love your honesty, I can never follow recipes!!

Whenever I make quinoa I always use a ton of spice to bring it alive – curry or chili powder, with some white wine vinegar for acidity and dried fruit for sweetness! Then I sneak in a bunch of kale and raw veg!

Love following your 3 day adventure!


Lara October 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

I’m stalking your blog right now for more quinoa and veggie recipes!


Gillian October 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

Yay! Be sure to check out the different sections (including quinoa) on ! Lots of my recipes there 🙂


Andrea@WellnessNotes October 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

Your food looks good! I had totally forgotten about the quinoa burgers. I guess I should read my blog once in a while… 😉 And yes, the burgers are perfect for spicing up. I think I’ll get creative! Wonder if I ate them with a big sea of ketchup when I made them…


Lara October 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

You should definitely try reading this blog called Andrea’s Wellness Notes. It has good recipes, a cute kiddo, and the lady seems really sweet!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Agreed. 🙂


Biz October 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I thought my dog was the only one who came running when he hears me chopping – one of his favorite things to eat? Watermelon!

I love Andrea! Her little boy is getting big! 😀


Pure2raw twins October 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

you are too cute! enjoying your adventure with more vegan eats! you are doing a great job. and we sometimes do not follow recipes to the exact T, it happens!!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Go you! I THINK I could eat vegan. Maybe for a meal. Or a snack. I’ll try it some day. Hope you feel less ‘out of sorts’ after the english breakfast trials of last week.

PS My Dad’s old dog used to LOVE broccoli. What??


Leah October 10, 2011 at 6:22 am

Really thinking about making those quinoa burgers this week. I’ve never even tried quinoa before! What other herbs would you suggest putting in them? Maybe I could go for a curried burger, or a spicy one.. maybe some red chili flakes or something.


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