Recently I was challenged to go vegan for a month as part of a health experiment…. As a committed ‘meatarian’ I was worried about how to get enough protein, complexity and flavour in my food.
So to start, I did a bit of research to find out the best high protein vegan foods and aimed to eat a wide variety of unrefined grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, and vegetables everyday…
Key ingredients were:
• quinoa
• pumpkin seeds
• beans (kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, black-eyes, lima beans)
• tofu, tempeh
• nuts (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews)
• seeds (hemp, flax, sunflower)
• vegetables (brocolli, spinach)
and surprisingly other things:
• bagels, spaghetti, wholewheat bread, and bulgar wheat (which also contain amounts of protein).

I also came up with some recipe ideas to kick-start my challenge and then kept a diary for 30 days.

Mon 20 July Meatless Meatballs with Pasta and
Red Sauce
Tues 21 Pumpkin, Orange and Ginger Soup
Wed 22 Baked potatoes with Baked Beans
Thurs 23 Breaded Tofu with Pesto-Roast Cauliflower Pasta
Fri 24 Roasted Portobello Mushrooms in home-made BBQ Sauce with Grated Beetroot and Salad in Burger Buns
Sat 25 Garden Salad with Toasted Seeds and Nuts
Sun 26 Roast Chicken (oops!) with Roast Vegebles and Yorkshire Pudding
Mon 27 Bubble and Squeak
Tues 28 Pasta and Mediterranean Tomato Sauce
Wed 29 Braised Florence Fennel with Tamari Lentils and Mashed Potato
Thurs 30 Vegetable Risotto with half Rice-half Lentils
Fri 31 Marinated and pan-fried Tofu served with Couscous and Orange Salad with steamed Bok Choy and soy and tahini dressing
Sat 1 Aug Baked Potatoes and home-made Coleslaw
Sun 2 Garlic pittas with Hummus and Salad
Mon 3 Mexican Beans with steamed Rice
Tues 4 Marinated and pan-fried Tofu served with Stir-fry and Noodles
Wed 5 Pasta with roast Brussel Sprouts, toasted Walnuts and Olives
Thurs 6 Green Pea Risotto
Fri 7 Kumera and Garlic Soup, blanched Veggies with honey-roasted Carrots
Sat 8 Lentil Soup, Buckwheat Salad and Meditteranean Vegetables
Sun 9 Potato, Carrot and Celery Casserole with Dumplings
Mon 10 Tamarind and Chickpea Curry with Rice
Tues 11 Lentil and Tomato Pasta
Wed 12 Roast Veggies with Green Salad
Thurs 13 Tofu Stirfry with toasted Peanuts
Fri 14 Pasta and Tomato Sauce
Sat 15 Cauliflower Curry with Rice and Chutneys
Sun 16 Pasta with Pesto, with chunky Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce and fresh Rye Bread
Mon 17 Breaded Tofu with Pesto-Roast Cauliflower Pasta
Tues 18 Stir-fried Veggies and Mushroom Pasta

Please send me your ideas too… I would love to get them :o)

I also took some photos and have 2 or 3 really great recipes that I will share here… in a day or so :o) Happy eating… Deborah

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