Try Vegan: To Tofu or not to Tofu

I’m going to just lay it out there. Drastically changing our diet has proven to be stressful. Much more stressful than I anticipated. I knew going into this that meal planning and cooking would take a bit more work, but I didn’t expect it to be a source of stress all week long. As a supermarket dietitian, I am surrounded by food and have many opportunities to try new products. I get samples sent to me almost daily (and what do you know, I walk into my office on Thursday and find a sample of organic raw honey). So, I begrudgingly put the honey to the side for next week and have plans to add it to my Greek yogurt come Saturday.

Vegan Honey

I think most of the stress (outside of the actual meal preparations) is because I now have to read every single label and can’t just simply eat. I enjoy eating and am not one of those people that simply eats for fuel. My food needs to taste great, have a nice texture while also being nutritious. I have found this week that eating is work. It really hasn’t been fun. I also really enjoy cooking and this week’s meal prep has been stressful and I find myself looking at is as yet another task added to my day, rather than the opportunity to unwind and spend time with my family. I think in time, this would change as I find recipes that we like and that don’t take so much work, but for this week, cooking has been w-o-r-k, work!

Enough of my sob story….

Vegan Burgers

Tuesday's supper was heaven-sent. We had Supreme Veggie Burgers with sweet potatoes and strawberries. Finding a vegan bun was challenging, but we used Brownberry Pocket Thins and it was delicious. Just the right amount of bread. This meal was great for so many reasons. It tasted wonderful, was easy to make (I had prepared and frozen the uncooked patties a couple weeks before) and provided a sense of familiarity that I know I was craving. This meal allowed us to go on “auto-pilot” and not have to worry about yet another new recipe with unfamiliar ingredients. I never thought I would say that since we seem to make at least 1 new recipe each week (but not the 3-4 new recipes per DAY we have been trying).

Wednesday was another day of new items. I found a vegan coffee creamer and was very excited to give it a try. It was much better than the almond milk we were using, and a very good substitute for my usual creamer.
Vegan Creamer

Lunch was a leftover burger with an avocado (sliced avocado, sea salt and fresh lime juice). I will admit that I nearly licked my plate clean!
Vegan Lunch2

Then it was time for supper. Having learned from my previous mistakes on Monday with choosing too many recipes and too little time, I started my meal prep in the early afternoon (I had the day off work). We made Marinated Asian Tofu and served it with a Pad Thai Salad and apples.
Vegan Supper
I made sure to follow the directions to a “T” and even remembered to press my tofu. (Old college text books really do come in handy.)
Vegan Tofu Press
I marinated the pressed tofu and baked it as directed. The Pad Thai salad was a bit easier than the Sushi-Roll Edamame Salad from Monday and was DELICIOUS. The tofu was my least favorite part of the meal, but after I cut it up and put it in my salad, it was alright. The salad we will be adding to our normal meal rotation. I think I can say with confidence that tofu will NOT be making a reappearance on our future menus. The texture really gets me and the after taste is a bit odd.

Vegan Ice Cream
We also tried vegan ice cream. The long list of ingredients was a bit scary, but we gave it a try anyway. The verdict from everyone: “I’d rather have frozen bananas“.

So, as you can tell from the tone of my posts, this Iowa girl has no intentions of going vegan for good, but I think the experience has been eye opening for many reasons. My next post will touch on vegan toiletries and other products and was a big surprise.

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About thisRDeats

A mix of realism, humor, tips and delicious recipes. I am a mother, wife, passionate sewer and registered dietitian. I want to show people that food is medicine and getting back in the kitchen is the key to health. I love everything about food: gardening, shopping, cooking and most of all, EATING! Notice that "dishes" isn't on that list.... Food isn't perfect. It nourishes our minds, bodies and souls! As a blogger, journalist, speaker and broadcast professional, I enjoy talking about food and nutrition for websites, television, radio, magazines, and newspapers. I also work with companies to provide customized nutrition education and recipe development.
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One Response to Try Vegan: To Tofu or not to Tofu

  1. Meal planning is the worst. I am horrible for it. I am ok one meal at a time – but a week? I worst. It is hard enough to plan what I want to eat in a few hours, let alone a week! But what if I don’t feel like making X, Y, or Z! 😀

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