Monday, August 7

What I Eat In A Day As A Vegan

One of the most common questions that I get asked as a vegan is, "What do you eat?"

I always find the question a bit funny because the answer is so simple. I eat food! Pasta, tacos, pancakes, I eat the same things as everyone else, just veganized. But I remember before I was vegan how the idea of eating a vegan diet seemed so foreign and challenging. I really couldn't imagine much more than fruit and salads being on a vegan's typical menu. I used to obsess over vegan "What I Eat In A Day" videos and collages. I found it fascinating to learn what vegans actually did eat and to see that the food looked pretty darn good! So I figured I'd put together my own to provide a little inspiration to anyone wondering what a typical day and week in the life of vegan eating looks like.

The following shows one week of vegan eating (minus a few chocolate bars that I snuck and didn't photograph!).


On this first day of "What I Eat In A Day" I had no food in the house... which definitely would have made this challenge a bit more challenging (you can't photograph your meals if you have no food to eat!). So to start off my husband and I went to a local cafe for breakfast. If you're ever in the Beloit, Wisconsin area I highly recommend it. It's called Bagels & More. They have several vegan meal choices as well as vegan pastries and drinks. It's a really great place! So I got a tofu scramble breakfast burrito from there for breakfast with a side of fruit. Then we went grocery shopping for the rest of the week's food!

We usually shop at Aldi as it's the closest grocery store to our house (aside from Walmart). The prices are fantastic there and I actually like the the options aren't too overwhelming. It's a pretty simple, no frills kind of store. We usually go to Walmart or some other grocery (a 20-30 minute drive depending on which one we choose) to get specialty foods like vegan creamer, mock meats, and tofu. But for basic produce, beans, bread, etc. Aldi gets the job down for a low price! I highly recommend their chocolate too. It's so delicious! The orange almond flavor is the best.

So for lunch I had a chipotle black bean burger and cantloupe and dinner was veggie fajitas with refried beans and guacamole. I got a bottle of fajita dressing from Aldi and made what felt like a lifetime supply of fajita veggies. By the end of the week I would be sick of those veggies!

One of the questions I get asked most often about being vegan is, "What do you eat?" Easy answer, FOOD!!!!! 🍴 Haha But to get a bit more in depth I'm going to make an effort to photograph and collage my daily meals to give vegan-curious people an idea of what life (and food) is like as a vegan. 😎 So without further ado, here's what I ate today! . Breakfast: We had zero food in the house this morning so we went for brunch at a local cafe! 😋 I got the tofu scramble breakfast burrito. It had tofu, potatoes, and all kinds of veggies in it with a side of fruit. I also got a chai tea with almond milk. Yum!! . Lunch: Chipotle black bean veggie burger with cantaloupe. . Dinner: Veggie fajitas with refried beans and guacamole. . Snack/Dessert: I had two pieces of this delicious chocolate from #aldi. One mint flavored and one orange almond flavor. The hubs and I are addicted to this stuff! 🍫 #whatveganseat #veganfood
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On Tuesday I had toast with blackberry jam and cookie butter with a side of berries for breakfast. This was my first time ever trying cookie butter (I found it at Aldi the week prior, sadly it wasn't there when we went shopping on Monday to restock) and it was delicious!! The name brand stuff is made out of Speculoos cookies which are delicious spiced shortbread-like cookie. They're vegan and so is their "butter". I highly recommend trying it out, it's also a great excuse for having a dessert-like food with your breakfast.

Lunch was leftover fajitas and then we headed over to Starbucks for my beloved mocha frappuchino. I always get mine with coconut milk and no whip. Sometimes I'll add in a pump of hazelnut syrup to make a "nutella" frapp. It's delicious!

Dinner was pasta with veggies topped with nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is one of the most beloved seasonings of most vegans. It's got a delicious nutty flavor and makes a great substitute for cheese. It doesn't actually taste like cheese, thank goodness as I hate cheese, but it provides a similar savory flavor and is thus great as a replacement for sprinkling cheese on pasta or pizza or even in cheese sauces! It's also a good source of vitamin B12.


For breakfast on Wednesday I had whole wheat shredded cereal with berries and coconut milk. Lunch was more of those veggie fajitas (this was the point when I started getting sick of them!). For a snack I had carrots and hummus with a pickle. I had Aldi's red pepper hummus which is so delicious. I get their quartet hummus packs that come with classic, garlic, red pepper, and cilantro jalapeno hummuses. It's enough hummus to last two weeks usually and I love having a variety to choose from.

Dinner was veggie stir fry. I went veggie crazy with this stir fry. It had broccoli, carrots, cabbage, jalapeno, zucchini, yellow squash, green onion, and probably one or two more things that I can't remember. It was quite tasty! I flavored it with Korean Bulgogi dressing that I found at Aldi a few weeks back. I love how Aldi always has random dressings and condiments, and they're always changing. So I always make sure to pick up a bottle of anything that looks interesting when they have it cause chances are it won't be there the next time I go.


For breakfast on Thursday my husband made blueberry pancakes! He's a great pancake maker so I love mornings when I can convince him to take on the task. Lunch was leftover stir fry from Wednesday with veggie spring rolls that I had forgotten were in the freezer from an Aldi trip a few weeks back (another one of those things they don't carry all the time so you better grab it when you see it - I know some people dislike this about Aldi but for me it makes shopping there a bit of a scavenger hunt and keeps it interesting!). I had a bar of chili chocolate for a snack, I love this stuff.

Dinner was a chickpea salad sandwich with cantaloupe. This chickpea salad was super easy to make and delicious. It was just one can of chickpeas lightly mashed, one tablespoon of hummus, one tablespoon of vegan mayo, a splash of pickle juice, and salt and pepper to taste. That's it! It was probably my favorite chickpea salad I've made to date. I think the pickle juice really brought it to the next level for me, but then I really love pickles!


For breakfast on Friday I had toast with peanut butter and banana, one of my classic stand-bys. Lunch was the last of the veggie fajitas (finally!). For a snack I had hummus and Marmite on bread with a side of sauerkraut. An odd snack indeed but I was just craving something different and had seen someone else try Marmite with hummus (usually it's eaten with vegan butter). Honestly, I didn't care for the combo one bit and won't try it again. Instead I'll stick to Marmite with vegan butter!

Dinner was pasta salad. For my pasta salad I always do cannelini beans and then a variety of veggies. This time I did cucumber, tomato, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and lettuce. I flavored it with olive oil, red wine vinegar, nutritional yeast, salad, and pepper. This is one of my favorite meals to make when I don't really feel like dealing with cooking with a bunch of pots and pans. You just make a bit of pasta and the rest is all just chopping up raw veggies! Too easy.


For breakfast on Saturday I had tofu scramble and hashbrowns - my favorite breakfast to have! In my opinion, the key to a good tofu scramble is lots of nutritional yeast! It's just not the same with out. I flavor mine with nooch (nutritional yeast), salt, pepper, turmeric (mainly for coloring as it makes the tofu yellow like eggs), garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Yum! This one had green onions and mushrooms in it but I'll just use whatever veggies I have on hand or none at all. It's also really great topped with salsa!

Lunch was a veggie burgers with fries made in the air fryer and fry sauce. My fry sauce is equal parts ketchup and vegan mayo with seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder). For a snack I had a bowl of cantaloupe and dinner was zucchini pasta. Zucchini pasta was actually one of the first vegetarian meals I learned to make back when I was about 14 or 15. I became a vegetarian when I was 14 1/2 and my mom helped me to learn to cook some vegetarian meals for myself. So whenever I make this it brings back fond memories!


For breakfast on Sunday I had peanut butter banana ice cream! One of the benefits of being vegan is that our banana ice cream is super healthy and you can totally eat it for breakfast guilt-free. This was 3 1/2 bananas worth of ice cream so it was very filling. Lunch was black beans and quinoa with guacamole. Dinner was chili mac which is pasta with really basic chili, in this case just a can of fire roasted tomatoes, a can of kidney beans, and seasoning. I was feeling pretty sick to my stomach this day so I kept my cooking very simple and didn't have any snacks or dessert. So instead I took a picture of my coconut chai tea with coconut milk, it was so good!

So there you have it, one full week of vegan eating. On this particular week I didn't eat much in the way of mock meats (just veggie burgers) but on some weeks I do eat more of those. I love Gardein and everything they offer! The crabless patties, turk'y cutlets with gravy, and fishless fillets are absolutely delicious. This is a pretty normal week for me but sometimes I like to break out the cookbooks and make more exotic or interesting cuisine. Really the sky is the limit with vegan food. You can make it as simple or fancy, cheap or expensive, basic or exotic as you want!

Let me know if you'd like to see more of my vegan meals in the future or if you have any questions about any of the food I ate this week.

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