Overall, I do not miss meat much but I am craving Gray’s Papaya’s hot dogs. Crazy considering I usually eat about 1 hot dog a year! Another thing that is hard is to go to “lunch”/”dinner” with friends and not eat anything because I love the seafood they order. I always make sure to eat beforehand because there is no way I can eat vegetables and watch others eat meat and seafood! In the future my willpower may be stronger but not yet.
This was my planned menu, I did not stick to it as much as I hoped but we still ate vegetarian the entire week. I added more variety and lots more flavor.
Snacks for the week: fruits, dried cranberries, and baked walnuts with sugar
December 1 Saturday:
-breakfast: (1) egg white & sundried tomatoes & basil on foccicca (2) bagel & cream cheese & homemade green tea
-lunch: (1) chickpea sandwich & orange juice
-dinner: (1) basil & onion & tofu & kale stir fry (2) tea egg (3) vegetarian duck
The chickpea version of “chicken salad.” Very tasty despite appearances.
December 2 Sunday:
-breakfast: whole wheat blueberry muffins & Ruffles potato chips & orange juice
-lunch (hubby): concord grape jelly and peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat & homemade green tea
-lunch(kelly): chickpea sandwich & orange juice
-dinner: (1) Japche – glass noodles & vegetables stir fry (2) Tomato and eggs – classic Chinese comfort food.
Homemade whole wheat blueberry muffins with potato chips and OJ. The sweet and salty combo is perfection.
Vegetarian jap che. The secret is to use lots of black pepper and toasted sesame seeds. I like my rendition better than most restaurants.
December 3 Monday:
-breakfast: cinnamon raisin and everything bagel with scallion/chive cream cheese
-lunch: vegetarian singapore mei fun & vegetarian hot and sour soup (take-out)
-dinner: (1) julienned potato and cow horn pepper (2) braised wheat gluten (烤麩) w/ shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, and peanuts.
Homemade Kao Fu…a Shanghainese vegetarian dish made with wheat gluten.
December 4 Tuesday:
-breakfast: sesame bagel with cream cheese
-lunch: scallion pancake & vegetarian borscht
-dinner: (1) steamed egg custard (2) baked mayo corn (3) stir-fried kale and button mushrooms
Homemade scallion pancake. My first ever attempt did not turn not so great. I need to get a rolling pin and need to work on making the inside crispier.
December 5 Wednesday:
-breakfast: steel cut oatmeal & scallion pancake
-lunch: (1) vegetable soup (2) julienned potato and cow horn pepper (3) braised eggs
-dinner: black beans & mayo baked corn & rice
This dish was a little bit too spicy for me. Next time I will use less cow pepper.
December 6 Thursday:
-breakfast: steel cut oatmeal
-lunch: vegetarian pad thai, vegetarian basil fried rice, vegetarian spring rolls (restaurant)
-dinner: stir fried celery & lily bulbs, broiled egg, stir fried mung bean, rice
Sauteed bean sprouts with celery & sauteed celery and lily bulbs. Very easy and quick vegetarian dinner.
December 7 Friday:
-breakfast: bakery bread
-lunch: seaweed salad, miso soup, vegetarian sushi rolls (take-out)
-dinner: steamed tofu, stir fried long beans, stir fried watercress with satay sauce
Sauteed long beans.
Watercress with Satay Sauce.
Stay tuned for Week 2!