11 October 2011

JDRF Bake Sale

Recently my work had a team in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) walk, and did various things to raise funds.  Most recently - a bake sale!  These are always fun at my office, because someone comes around with a cart of goodies for sale - you get to participate without even leaving your desk!  The bummer side is that there are never vegan things.  I decided to make a donation, and it was of course vegan!  I tried my hand at some chocolate chip scones, recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking.  I also made the coconut cream cool whip (blogged about below) to go with the scones

They were a huge hit - I recommend checking out The Joy of Vegan Baking for some awesome baked goods!

Delicious Dessert!

I veganized a delicious dessert recipe over the weekend, and have to share!  Find the original recipe here:


My modifications?  I used a vegan pudding mix, and made it with almond milk.  I also used this recipe for cool whip:


Don't be skeptical - it REALLY WORKS!!  To make the flavor less coconut-y, I added a teaspoon of vanilla. Word of advice - wait until the pudding is completely cool before adding the coconut cool whip, otherwise it will turn back into coconut milk, and it'll take longer to make :)

Oh, I also dyed the pudding mixture pink because I thought it was fun!  enjoy!

15 May 2011

If I could go back...

What would I have appreciated someone telling me before I became vegan?  Easy number one answer for me: cold turkey is not the way!!  That's right, I went from omnivore to vegan overnight.  On July 2nd, 2008 I ate all the foods in the world, or at least was willing to.  On July 3rd, 2008 I was vegan.  I wish I could say I never looked back, but that's just not realistic.  On July 9, I went to Azteca for my friend's birthday.  If you know the place, you'd know that the vegan thing on the menu is a side of whole beans.  The Mexcian rice is questionable.. so I just freaked out and ordered fajitas...  I gained composure after that episode, and re-set on the course, but still maintained the cold turkey approach.  I was lucky to be living with supportive friends, one of whom became vegan with me.  With that said, though, there is no way to know if this would have worked for me had I not gone cold turkey.  I have vegetarian friends who may never stop eating eggs and dairy, and I think I would have been one of them!  It is hard, at first, to give something up that you enjoy.  If I'd given up meat first, would I have been able to find the will power to give up more of the foods I enjoyed later??

What else would I have liked to know along the way?

  • Plantar's nuts are not vegan!  They contain gelatin...yeah, wtf...
  • People will NEVER stop asking "why?" or "what CAN you eat??"  think about what you'll say when you're asked, so you're not a deer in headlights! 
  • learn to cook :-)  honestly, you'll be preparing your own meals more often, and it will mostly be things you've never cooked before.

The bottom line is if I could go back and re-write my journey to veganism, I wouldn't change a thing.  Every adventure in life shapes who we are, and I've loved every minute of it.