What I Ate… (#Vegan) + Meal Prep

Even though this is mainly a bookblog, I do like to share with you other things I enjoy… such as food. For the last two years or so I have been semi vegan. I say semi because technically I am vegetarian, but I try to eat vegan as much as possible. However, I’m not too difficult about it at work, when eating out or with friends/family. I have discussed this in previous What I Ate posts, so I won’t go in further detail here.


What I mainly wanted to share with you today is what I ate over the festive period. And no, this won’t be anything too fancy… because I worked. The zoo hosted an event called China Light, which meant we were open from 10 till 21.30 (including Christmas). This meant we got to have dinner at work, and technically they provided something. Their veggi options weren’t that great though (speaking from last year’s experience), and I didn’t feel like eating just fries (or any other preparation of potatoes) every single day. So I decided to bring my own food. Which I prepped…

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So, my presentation skills aren’t the best but deal with it. This is what I ate:

  • Ratatouille Risotto

I’m sure this is a recipe from Bosh but I cannot find it anywhere anymore. Basically, you ovenroast a courgette, aubergine and tomatoes with some garlic. Meanwhile you make the risotto, starting with red onion and sundried tomatoes, the rice, tomato puree, red wine, and veggi stock. Mix it all together, add pine nuts and basil. It’s Amazing, probably my favourite dish ever.

  • Pasta with mushroom/spinach cream sauce and bacon

It is what it is. I used soy cream and obviously fake bacon. I also added some courgette I had left over.

  • Sushi Bowl

Deconstructed sushi… cooked the rice and mixed it with vinegar. Added cucumber, avocado, pickled ginger, edamame beans and seaweed salad to the bowl, as well as soy sauce-mayo. I was also gonna add some torn up nori sheets, but completely forgot.

  • Noodle salad

All of these are really simple, but very delicious. Again, inspired on a Bosh recipe. I use soba noodles, and added edamame beans, pepper, carrot, bak choy, and fried up portobello mushrooms. The dressings is peanut butter based, with ginger, chili, maple syrup, soy sauce, lime juice and water.

  • Couscous, with roasted parsnip and fish sticks

I used pearl couscous, which I mixed with tapenade. The parsnip was ovenroasted, and I also added some left-over courgette. And the fish sticks are obviously fake. Our supermarket does make very nice veggie ones.


Special Occasions

Even though The Husband and I did work on Christmas, we did also have some festive nights in… such as Halloween, New Year’s Eve and Cosy Reading Night. On these kind of nights we enjoy just putting the table full of snacky bits.

Such as… homemade samosas (based on a recipe from Fresh India), veggi sausages/meatballs, different kinds of dips (hummus, vegan cheese spread, carnaval sauce), Tuc, pomme duchesse, olives, veggi stickes, bread… And on new years: Oliebollen. They are deepfried dough balls, usually with raisins. And you eat them with icing sugar. And yes, we drank beer on New Year’s because I’m not a fan of champagne.


Eating Out

Although the vegan selection for eating out isn’t the best around here, we did happen to eat some good stuff in the last few months (mainly in Amsterdam…)


Other stuff…

But most nights I cook something random for us. The last few weeks it has been a lot of soup (which is very difficult to make look pretty…), but I also made a carrot cake. So here is a selection of the kind of things The Husband and I usually eat.

Wraps (Bosh), vegan Baileys, Hummus curry (Bosh), Chicken Noodle Soup, Burger, Chicken Biryani (Bosh) Green Shakshuka (Bosh), Pancakes, Carrot Cake, Mexican Salad, Bulgur-Falafel Bowl, Greek (leftovers) Salad, Mushroom Soup with Bacon, Hot Dog, Dutch Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage, Winter Vegetable Lasagna, Parsnip Puree with Mushrooms and Bacon, Bobotie.


So those are some things I ate as a vegan. I hope this was somewhat inspiring to you, and shows that eating vegan doesn’t have to be boring at all (if you don’t mind cooking).

Hoping you are having a lovely day,

 

16 thoughts on “What I Ate… (#Vegan) + Meal Prep

  1. Mmmm, chickpea curry. I’m planning on making my favorite vegan curry next week (have to plan it as I prefer to cook dry chickpeas instead of canned) and your pictures have just made me more sure I want to. 🙂

    I’m not sold that on that blue burger bun, though.

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    1. I haven’t used dry chickpeas yet, but our supermarket started stocking it recently so will have to give it a try soon. Yeah, the curry turned out great.

      Hahaha, yeah the unicorn bread was interesting (tasted fine tho). And the bottom bun was pink 🙈

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      1. Not everyone enjoys the length of the process of using the dry chickpeas, and there are certainly days when I just grab a can because it’s so much easier. I like the flavor better when I use dry beans, though.

        Pink??!? With the blue top bun? Um. Wow. That’s… different. 😀

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      2. Yeah, I heard the taste and bite is better. And its cheaper. But it sure can be a hassle at times I can imagine.

        Yeah, unicorn bread. They also did shoarma on a green bun, called it a hulk smash or something 😋

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      3. Have never used with a pressure cooker, but I understand its a miracle device.

        It was def a unique place. Great thing about visiting ‘the big city’, they got some really fun restaurants (and bookshops 😋)

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      4. Hahaha, def. Luckily/sadly our town doesnt have a bookshop. Only like those magazine/stationary shops that will sell like top 10 bestsellers. So whenever we go to Amsterdam we always come back with a Lot of books 🙈 As in the guy from Waterstones laughed at me the last time…

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      5. Hey, he shouldn’t laugh at you! You’re paying his salary by buying so many books… 😉 I know what you mean, though. I used to live in a college town and so I could get all the textbooks I wanted but getting new fiction was a lot harder.

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      6. Hahaha, he shouldnt. He said they should last me a while, told them I’d be lucky if they kept me for a week.
        Our town consists of immigrants and very religious people. Maybe not that many readers there? Oh well, its good for our wallet.

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