Today’s post is a little bit different from what I usually post here on my blog, but I am super excited about this one! I am pretty much obsessed with food, and yet I am not skilled at cooking, and I’m basically the queen of takeout and frozen meals. Rarely do I ever prepare my own food. I usually order food and go pick it up, or I just pop something in the microwave for several minutes and voila. Most of what I eat on a daily basis is not exactly healthy, and some type of meat is usually included. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, and I finally decided to go for it.
I thought it would be a fun experiment to step outside of my comfort zone, at least for one day. Not only would I be preparing all of my own meals, but each meal would be vegan. It sounds easy enough, right? For someone like myself, who never thinks about what I’m putting into my body and just eats whatever I’m hungry for, this took quite a bit of planning and dedication on my part.
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Breakfast/Snack – Avocado toast with red pepper
This was my pre-lunch snack. The average person might call this breakfast, but I don’t really eat breakfast because I’m a late riser. I went with avocado toast because it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time now. I looked for ideas, and there are different ways you can spruce up avocado toast. I decided to go with red pepper flakes because I love when my food has a little spice. I think the pepper and the avocado had a nice balance.
Lunch – Sun dried tomato & basil veggie wrap
Wraps are one of my favorite things to eat, so I knew I had to have one for lunch. As mentioned earlier though, I usually just order them from a food place and bring home to eat. I usually always like my wraps to have turkey in them, so it was hard for me to exclude it. I did it though, and it still ended up being delicious. Fortunately for me, I love veggies. I think my wrap turned out quite nicely. The wrap itself is sun dried tomato and basil (I also like spinach wraps), and I filled the inside with lettuce, a little bit of crushed red pepper, avocado, bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, and pico de gallo.
Dinner – Burrito bowl
I have wanted to try making my own homemade burrito bowl, a la Chipotle, for a while now. I’ve finally done it! Although when I go to Chipotle, my bowls always have chicken and cheese in them. I excluded meat and cheese for my vegan day, but I am still thrilled with how well it turned out. This is probably a super simple meal for most people, but it was the most difficult of my three meals to make because it actually required some cooking and using the stove. My burrito bowl included cilantro lime rice, black beans, onions, bell peppers, lettuce, and pico de gallo. I even had my mom eat a bowl, and she liked it.
I currently have no plans to completely exclude meat from my diet, but I definitely want to include more vegan style meals into my diet more often. I had a lot of fun with this. Do you have any plans to go vegan in the future, or maybe you’re already vegan? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to recommend some other vegan recipes for me to try as well.
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