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.
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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!
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Weekend Vegan Meal Plan
Here’s a delicious vegan meal plan for your Weekend Vegan Challenge! One caveat here: since we’re talking weekend cooking, I didn’t worry about finding quick or super easy recipes. There are much quicker vegan breakfasts that you can make, for example, but on a lazy weekend, why not go all out?
Breakfast: Kick off your morning with a tasty tofu scramble! This recipe from The Post Punk Kitchen is one of my favorites. My husband and I love a tofu scramble with a side of toast. You can dip the toast in the scramble, spread it with some jam, or use a non-hydrogenated vegan margarine like Earth Balance.
Lunch: Let’s do a sandwich today. How about a vegan take on the BLT that’s packed with healthy veggies?
Snack: Green smoothies make a great snack, if you’re feeling hungry in the middle of the day. Try this orange ginger green smoothie on for size!
Dinner: I love a comfort food meal on the weekend, and this chickpea pot pie fits the bill perfectly!
Dessert: Whip up a simple, yummy avocado pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth after supper!
Breakfast: Pancakes! We used to do Pancake Sunday almost weekly around my house. Which reminds me, we are long overdue for a Sunday pancake breakfast!
Lunch: Soup and salad, anyone? While this lentil and chard soup cooks up on the stove, toss together a simple green salad! I’d recommend spring mix tossed with some chopped green onion, sliced avocado, tomato, carrots, and roasted, unsalted cashews. Top it off with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.
Snack: I know this is total kid food, but a banana and peanut butter is one of my favorite snacks lately. Just put a tablespoon or two of PB (or cashew or almond butter) on a plate with a peeled, sliced banana. Dip your fork in the peanut butter, stab a piece of banana, and enjoy!
Dinner: Pasta is such a crowd-pleaser, and this tempeh bolognese pasta is a perfect Sunday evening dish! You can serve this on its own or with some steamed veggies on the side.
Dessert: Who doesn’t love cookies? Check out these delicious vegan chocolate chip peanut butter cookies!
Are you going to take The Weekend Vegan Challenge, or have you taken it already? I’d love to hear your experiences!
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