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Started by Catspyjamas17 on Oct 16, 2019 11:57:43 AM
The Vegan Thread

Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian or just trying to cut down on meat and dairy, trying to life a healthier and/or more environmentally friendly lifestyle this is a place to try, and discuss, new foods and recipes.

Catspyjamas17 - 10 Jan 2020 14:43:46 (#221 of 530)

I bought some soya yogurt so will try not to eat too much tofu or edamame this week. I'll get the unsweetened next time though, it is pretty sweet, although was not unpleasant blobbed on top of my leftover vegetable chilli.

butterflyeffect - 10 Jan 2020 15:15:57 (#222 of 530)

Can anyone recommend something chewy? I had a proper sulk last night that everything was vegetable mush and didn't need chewing. I have bought fake breaded chicken to make katsu for tonight, so hopefully that will help.

One third of the way through veganuary and my stomach hurts all the time and I'm feeling really very disheartened. Also, when does the poo thing sort itself out? I can't go three times a day, I don't have time.

butterflyeffect - 10 Jan 2020 15:16:17 (#223 of 530)

I did remember to buy B vitamins today which should help my mood.

southwesterly - 10 Jan 2020 15:18:39 (#224 of 530)

The seitan-based burgers etc are chewy.

MaryMC - 10 Jan 2020 15:19:37 (#225 of 530)

Maybe eat some crunchy raw veg (like carrots and peppers) instead of processed stuff?

esmeralda - 10 Jan 2020 15:26:50 (#226 of 530)

We have got into the (probably bad, if so, don't tell me) habit of half a Pink Lady apple each and a handful of grapes for pudding; it is very satisfying. Also, nuts?

Not sure I could go full on veganuary - even leave aside the problem of persuading the other people I cook for to join me - we have vegan days, and vegetarian days, and omnivorous, flexitarian, soditI'mhungry and notimetoshopdefrosttheChristmasleftovers days. Seems to work though.

limegreen - 10 Jan 2020 15:29:43 (#227 of 530)

Make some croutons for crunch. If they are the right bread they can be quite a lot to chew. Add toasted nuts or seeds over mush. I know what you mean about needing texture

southwesterly - 10 Jan 2020 15:31:38 (#228 of 530)

This is chewy, as I recall - but you do need to have wheat gluten. But it is really easy to make and doesn't involve boiling the gluten in tin foil, etc. You just stir it into mashed chickpeas. You can also make lots of them and keep them in the fridge and no doubt freeze,

LardyStuffer - 10 Jan 2020 15:36:02 (#229 of 530)

The plain alpro soya yoghurt is horribly sweet and vanillay, have to go for the unsweetened one with red on the label

southwesterly - 10 Jan 2020 15:47:31 (#230 of 530)

Nuts are a good answer too, I agree - you can just throw some peanuts on something mushy and pretend you are eating Pad Thai.

artant - 10 Jan 2020 15:49:19 (#231 of 530)

Surely the sweet, vanillay one is the vanilla Alpro. I avoid that because of the sugar but I actually rather like it (especially with fruit): it’s a bit like custard!

Alpro plain does have sugar though so yes it’s the unsweetened that’s the one to go for. I think the Alpro Greek style one is also sweetened but Sojade Greek style isn’t.

butterflyeffect - 10 Jan 2020 16:27:58 (#232 of 530)

I've just chewed through most of a bag of veggie Colin the Caterpillars. Will try out suggestions, thank you all.

LardyStuffer - 10 Jan 2020 16:48:11 (#233 of 530)

You'd have thought that but the plain one is far from it and was horrible when I tried to make tzatziki with it!

artant - 10 Jan 2020 17:10:49 (#234 of 530)

The plain Alpro does have sugar but it’s very different to the sweet custardy vanilla one. Sojade is organic and unsweetened though so I’ve been sticking with that.

LardyStuffer - 10 Jan 2020 17:20:35 (#235 of 530)

Yes, the vanilla one is really disgusting. The plain one, just a little bit!

Will have to try the sojade

Really should try to make my own

binturong - 10 Jan 2020 17:41:04 (#236 of 530)

Dried mushrooms - shitake for preference - have a decent amount of chewiness if not overhydrated. And add umami. As do fresh shitake or oyster mushrooms - the stems in particular - fried to give some crunch around the edges.

Roasted carrots give you something sold to get your teeth into. Cut into nice big chunks, and don't overcook them.

binturong - 10 Jan 2020 17:47:37 (#237 of 530)

Sourdough bread.

goldfinch - 10 Jan 2020 17:49:07 (#238 of 530)

I was going to suggest sourdough as well.

Catspyjamas17 - 10 Jan 2020 18:36:31 (#239 of 530)

I'm sorry it isn't agreeing with you, be. I know some people don't get on with pulses digestively but I've always been ok with them. Did get rather farty one day but I think that was due to eating loads of red onion in the form of salsa.

I feel better for not eating meat, crisps, bread, cheese, milk and sugary stuff. Meat and bread haven't agreed with me for a while. I forgot and had a bread roll with soup earlier in the week and the digestive effects were not worth it!

Today I had scrambled eggs (with Oatly), avocado, plum tomatoes and mushrooms for breakfast. Lunch was left over veggie chilli, dinner was a poached egg, curly fries and baked beans. Vegan except eggs, I think. Have lost half a kilo since Tuesday.

JohnIlly - 10 Jan 2020 19:40:03 (#240 of 530)

Having a crap will lose half a kilo.

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