Friday, October 30, 2009

My Food and World Vegan Day Ideas

So, I think it's pretty fair to say that most people think vegans have weird food in their fridge or pantry. I am here to set that myth straight.

I finally got a new battery charger for my camera so now my pictures will be bigger and nicer, yay! (not to mention way easier to upload).

The Fridge:

Top Shelf: So Nice Original Soy Milk x 2, some Oasis juice I decided to try (Mango flavour), Jason's milk, Cola, Earth Balance 1/2 cup sticks for baking, Organic extra firm tofu x2, Tequila, soy creamer (yuck, but it's for a recipe), an avocado, and finally a Brita water thing

Second Shelf: Organic carrots, Crofters jam in Raspberry and Strawberry flavours, organic vegan applesauce cups, veggie dogs and regular hotdogs for Jason, Bruschetta, leftover quinoa, Better than Bouillon, almonds and some mixed nuts

Third Shelf: Mandarin Orange box and SIX pounds of spinach lol. Normally I only have 1 tub, but I am making lasagna this week that needs tonnes

Crispers: Lemons, limes, gala apples, organic red and green peppers, nugget potatoes, kale, broccoli, green leaf lettuce, cilantro and parsley.

Door: TVP (textured vegetable protein...okay so I have one strange item so far), Italian dressing, BBQ sauce, Jason's miracle whip, mustard, dijon mustard, some of those whole pepper things like the one's you get at Quizno's, Vegenaise (vegan mayo, unopened haha), some Newman's salad dressing, Rene's tangy thai sauce, real chili sauce, more salad dressing, taco seasoning, real maple syrup, real organic peanut butter, banana peppers, jalepeno's, sweet pickles, capers, orange juice, Earth Balance, sherry wine, grenadine and finally some crappy salsa.

The Freezer:

Top Shelf: leftover chili x2, leftover minestrone soup x3, homemade pizza sauce x3, 3 half used loaves of bread, hamburger buns, an Amy's burrito, "That Guy's Soup" chipotle corn (I think), some Amy's frozen entree's, gardenburger veggie patties, some bags of frozen fruit and some frozen veggie bags (broccoli/cauliflower mix and a zucchini/pepper/mushroom/something else one), ground flaxseeds

Bottom Shelf: Ice (definitely some strange vegan food right there haha), some schezuan flavoured Tofu stuff, extra firm tofu, vegan frozen waffles, Toffuti fudgesicles, spicy fries, and some frozen chicken strips and burgers for Jason

Door: Jason's fudgesicles, frozen peas, fried rice (I bought before I went vegan, so I guess it's Jason's now lol), some Turtles flavoured vegan icecream, some (FRIGGIN DELICIOUS) coconut milk mint chocolate chip icecream, some bacardi breezer thing, Jason's moms jam (yum) and an ice pack (oooh!)

The Pantry:

Top Shelf: like 6 cans of non-veggie soups I have to donate to the food bank, some earl grey tea, 3 types of green tea, Jason's nutella and honey, chocolate peanut butter, crushed tomatoes x2, some beans (refried, black, chickpeas...), Nesquick syrup, agave nectar (it's a natural sweetener), rice crackers, microwave popcorn bag, some vegan canned soup

Second Shelf: white rice, brown rice, basmati rice, cream of wheat, vanilla extract, baking soda, corn meal, some crappy Ichiban noodles thing, spanish rice (not vegan), Jason's granola bars, my granola bars both by Nature's Choice (a raspberry one, and a pumpkin granola one..I think), some cereal (The Pumpkin Granola Nature's Choice one is AMAZING, Kashi has good cereal too..the others are Jasons so I don't know what they are lol)

Third Shelf: Ugh, this is my baking shelf. Um, brown sugar, soy sauce, corn starch, baking powder, walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, vegan chocolate chips, cream of tartar, egg replacer, cocoa, nutritional yeast, peanut oil, tahini, sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla rice milk x2, vegetable oil and some other baking stuff I am sure I missed

Bottom Shelf: 8 types of pasta (haha), some chips, nacho chips, sea salt, kosher salt, and tortilla shells *burrito size* haha.

The Spices:

Well, not exclusively spices but here's what it is: flour, sugar, Merlot, salt and pepper, maca powder, turmeric, bay leaves, chili powder x2, cayenne pepper, cumin, quinoa, garlic, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, Chinese five spice, and then my spice rack (the ones I use most are basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, herbs de Provence, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme...)

Counter veggies/fruit:

This is my stuff that is waiting to ripen and non-refrigerating veggies and fruit: tomatoes, bananas, kiwis, onions, avocado, shallot

So, as you can see Vegan's don't eat crazy food (with the exception of TVP!!). Everything else you probably already (or should) eat anyways.

Now I'm hungry.

Also, as mentioned earlier World Vegan Day is this Sunday, November 1st. Here are some easy food ideas that you probably already have the stuff for:

Breakfast: toast with jam and fruit, oatmeal with fruit, or some cereal with an "alternative" milk (if you are so inclined to go buy some)

Lunch: veggie wrap with hummus, green smoothie, soup, veggie chili, some whole fruits or veggies

Dinner: Stir fry, tacos with refried beans instead of meat and guacamole instead of cheese, burritos, fajitas with portabello mushrooms instead of meat, soup, chili, any type of pasta with lots of veggies and a marinara sauce, homemade garlic bread (olive oil, parsley, garlic on some crusty vegan bread)

Well, those are just the first things that popped into my head. Some snacks could be apples with peanut butter or you could splurge and buy the coconut milk icecream (pretty sure it's in any grocery store) and be amazed at the goodness of it.

You could also go out to dinner, sushi restaurants are great, as well as Indian or Ethiopian ones. Italian ones generally have a marinara sauce that's good too, just avoid chain restaurants as they have crap for vegan food.

(Oh, I guess I should mention in case you are a bit fuzzy...vegan means no animal products whatsoever. So no eggs, dairy, meat, gelatin, whey, and any other million animal byproducts. Further, no leather, wool etc...but for the purposes of World Vegan Day I would say no eggs, dairy and meat is sufficient.)

Well, that's all for me tonight. Tomorrow I'll post a great hummus recipe and a new pasta one.

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