Posted by: Kennedy | February 8, 2011

Vegan Challenge: Day 1

It’s only 8 p.m., but I think I can safely say I’ve survived the first – and perhaps most difficult – day of the Vegan Challenge.

I totally indulged my inner non-vegan eater over the weekend with all kinds of amazing Super Bowl treats – cheesy black bean dip, cheesy flat bread veggie pizza, chili, pumpkin loaf – the works.

Here’s hoping all that cheese, meat and butter is enough to last me through Sunday.

Today, I was up at the crack of 4 a.m. to catch my train back to the city. I normally head back from my parents’ place on Sunday evenings but given the football game festivities I opted for the bright and early commuter train on Monday.

At approx. 4:30 a.m., I realized the first flaw in my master plan. No dairy = no coffee. I was a good four hours away from a soy latte at Starbucks. Thank goodness I learned to drink tea without milk or sugar. Not sure I would have made it today without some form of caffeine.

I went straight from the train to school, where I picked up another tea, wrote a test and handed in an assignment. Lunch was the $5 vegan soup made by the ladies at IHN. Cauliflower. Yummy and satisfying.

An apple and a few handfuls of almonds and sunflower seeds got me through the day – barely. I arrived home exhausted and starving. I had nothing in my kitchen after being away all weekend and hadn’t even started my meal planning for the week.

I quickly sat down to make a grocery list. As I trolled my trusted vegan bloggers’ recipe pages, I got more and more excited. There are so many amazing sounding meals out there that I haven’t made!

$50 later, my fridge and kitchen cupboards are chock full of veggie goodness. I seriously can’t wait to make some of this stuff.

For tonight’s dinner, I decided to take it easy on myself and make a new favourite of mine:

A sweet potato, kale, and quinoa mixture I now refer to as “Bittersweet casserole.”

I promise: a brand-spanking-new recipe is on deck for tomorrow night.

But for now, I’m going to bed to sleep like a log. Night y’all.



  1. You can do it, friend! Persevere!

    • Love the vote of confidence m’dear – thanks! Any veggie tips from the kitchen of MK?

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