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Are You Up For the Weekend Vegan Challenge?

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Are You Up For the Weekend Vegan Challenge?

My friend Liz recently decided to do a personal challenge: eat vegan food for a whole weekend. For long-time vegans, two days of eating vegan might not seem like much, but I’m a big believer in little changes. If you’re not ready to take the plunge, why not just dip a toe?

I’m actually not totally sure that a weekend is long enough to find out if a vegan diet is a fit for you, but I’m a fan of anything that encourages folks to give vegan food a go! When I went vegan back in 2006, it took me a few weeks to get the swing of planning meals and cooking dishes without animal-based crutches like eggs and milk products. If you’re going to try going vegan for just a weekend, I’d highly recommend using vegan recipes from good sources instead of trying to modify what you’d normally cook. That kind of thing is better suited for a more long-term situation, in my opinion.

Related Reading: 5 Soy-Free Vegan Milk Alternatives

What I do like about The Weekend Vegan Challenge is that it’s something anyone can take on, and it’s a great chance to try out some delicious vegan recipes! You probably won’t notice any big changes in how you look or feel, but you do get to flex your cooking muscles in a new way and see that a vegan diet can be just as satisfying as one made with animal products.

Ready to give the challenge a go? On the next page, I’ve compiled a weekend meal plan, in case you guys want to take the challenge but need some food inspiration!

Image Credit: Remixed Creative Commons photo by Crystl

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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6:08PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

thanks.

3:26PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

P.S. - for vegan weekend, try a nice soup with lots of beans, tomatoes, barley, veggies, etc. Yummy stuff. Also lots of veggie stir fry's.

3:24PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Gave up Soy Milk so . . . I've tried Almond, Hemp and Coconut milks. Don't care for Almond especially on Cheerios, Hemp was ok, but Coconut Milk, yuuuuuuuum! Excellent on cereal. Nice and creamy. Coconut oil is excellent for popping corn. ;-) Will get more coconut and may try Rice Milk.

8:19AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

I will send this meal plan to a friend who is intrigued by my veganism and wants to try a plant-based diet. The recipes look great! For the Tempeh Bolognese, I recommend pre-cooking the block of tempeh for 20 minutes in gently simmering water. Pre-cooking removes some of the tempeh's bitter flavor, and makes it softer and moister, therefore easier to crumble or slice. Pre-cooked tempeh also accepts marinades better. For many years I shunned tempeh because I thought it tasted weird, and I didn't know how to cook it properly. A friend showed me how, and now tempeh is a regular part of my diet.

11:02PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

What a great idea. I've been practicing the vegan lifestyle and really like it, but occasionally I slip up. I had ice cream at lunch today and have been feeling guilty the rest of the day thinking I just contributed to animal abuse.

1:11PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

How funny, I just spent my past week trying Vegan. :-)

5:43AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Thanks for the information!

3:40AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

No thanks.

2:23AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

I have been a vegetarian for 36 years and vegan for 2 when I found out about the calf situation. A calf is taken from it's mother as soon as born so they can have the milk for human consumption, the calf is killed if male and cow is made pregnant again and again as there are not many cows to feed a human and when cow cannot produce any more milk it is slaughtered. A vegan is someone who does not wear leather, eat honey, or any animal, including molluscs. There is no cruelty act for lobsters, crabs etc and lobsters do feel pain.

1:26AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Great idea. I eat a lot of vegan food, so doing a whole weekend is no problem.

There are, however, lots of simple everyday foods which are vegan and which do not involve experimenting with new ingredients and recipes.

Try bread with nut butter and jam for breakfast; pasta with a vegetable sauce (skip the cheese) for lunch; nuts and fruit as snacks; and a vegetable stir fry with nuts added for dinner or a meat free chile (keep the kidney beans in) or something similar.

If you are just going for a day or two then optimal amounts of protein can be waived rather than committing to things you have never tried before and might not like.

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