VeganMoFo: Sticking With The Plan

It’s been four days since I started focusing more on eating healthily, and I think I’m doing…okay.  I did really well Friday, including doing a 45 minute pilates video.  Saturday I only walked for 25 minutes or so, and ate pretty well except for some bbq chips.  Weekend are always hard for me, we usually have people over and barbeque and hang out, and there’s usually a bag of chips out.  In comparison with Sunday though, Saturday was great.  We went to a sports bar to watch the Raiders game at 1, so I found myself stuck and hungry, and the only thing there that I could eat was french fries.  So that was my lunch.  And dinner ended up being blue corn chips with salsa, and a whole wheat hamburger bun by itself.  I don’t think I ate too much necessarily, but the quality of food was pretty bad.  But it happens, and I’m back on track today.

As an aide for the plan, I spent some time compiling a list of recipes that either fall within my guidelines or can be adjusted to.  I’m posting them below mostly for my reference, but also as a tool for anyone else who might be looking for the same kinds of recipes.  I started in on the list over the weekend.

A few weeks ago Megetarianmade the VegNews Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and upon searching just now I see that Jessy just tried it too.  For anyone who hasn’t seen the recipe, you can find it here.  The sauce is made from blended potato, carrot and shallot.  I knew it was going to be plenty good, but had a hard time refraining from throwing a bunch of nutritional yeast in it.  I did make a few changes – I used brown rice veggie spirals pasta (in the attempt to vary my grains), and instead of blending margarine with the breadcrumb topping, I left the breadcrumbs plain then sprayed on some olive oil when the dish was assembled.  Oh, and I added steamed broccoli.

The texture was right on, but if I make it again I will definitely add nutritional yeast and maybe another thing or two to pump up the “cheesy” factor.  As is it seems like more of a saucy casserole than a mac ‘n’ cheese.  The recipe says it makes six servings which is probably a good size for a side dish.  It definitely only made four full-meal servings for us.

For grilling Saturday night I made Jerk-Spiced Portobello Steaks from Vegan Planet.  I wasn’t sure how well the rub technique would work.  I was worried the spice mix wouldn’t really stick, but it definitely stuck well enough.  These “steaks” were sweet, spicy, mushroomy, and downright great.  Served on a whole wheat bun with lettuce and grilled peppers – red, green and jalapeno.

We bought a whole bag of potatoes, so Sunday morning I tried my hand at hash browns.  Hash browns are hard to do right.  I think maybe I’m afraid to use as much oil as good hash browns would require.  They didn’t look very nice at all, but they tasted good enough.

And now, the longest list of mostly healthy vegan recipes anyone could ever need, in no particular order.

Squash Spice Bread – VT (Vegetarian Times) Oct 07 pg 82
Sunset Sweet Potato Biscuits – VT Oct 07 pg 66
GF Tempeh Stroganoff – VT Oct 07 pg 78
Vegan Moussaka – VT Nov/Dec 07 pg 64
Eastern European Red Lentil Soup – VT Nov/Dec 07 pg 81
Slow Cooker Vegetable Vindaloo – VT Nov/Dec 07 pg 37
Banana Buckwheat Pancakes – VT Jan 07 pg 77
Seitan Meatballs with Winter Tomato Sauce – VT Jan 07 pg 74
Oven Baked Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms – VT Nov/Dec 06 pg 35
Three Sisters Casserole – VT Nov/Dec 06 pg 61
Spicy Tofu Bento Bowl – VT Nov/Dec 06 pg 84
Crispy Breakfast Bars – VT Oct 05 pg 77
Corn & Quinoa Chowder – VT Nov/Dec 05 pg 28
Marinated Kale & Cabbage Salad – VN (VegNews) Jan/Feb 08 pg 58
Creamy Golden Potato-Squash Soup – VN Nov/Dec 06 pg 67
Cheddary Cheese Soup – VV (Vegan Vittles) pg 83
Chickpeas A La King – VV pg 119
Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – VV pg 126
Unrolled Cabbage Rolls – VV pg 127
Miso Soup with Edamame – YRR (Yellow Rose Recipes) pg 48
Cajun Spiced Tofu – YRR pg 158
Hot & Sour Soup – LDV (La Dolce Vegan) pg 104
Beauty & the Beet Borscht – LDV pg 116
“Chicken” & Rice Soup for the Soul – LDV pg 121
Winter Vegetable Bisque – VP (Vegan Planet) pg 85
Savory Amaranth Porridge – VP pg 221
Adzuki Beans & Winter Squash Saute – VP pg 277
White Bean Cassoulet – VP pg 290
Tofu Vindaloo – VP pg 312
The Ultimate Veggie Burgers – VP pg 462
Indian Split Pea & Vegetable Cake – VV (Versatile Vegetarian) pg 46
Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage with Peanuts – VV pg 46
Thai Salad with Tofu – VV pg 97
Falafel Sandwiches – VV pg 112
Chili sin Carne al Mole – VWAV (Vegan with a Vengeance) pg 68
Black Bean, Mushroom & Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers – VWAV pg 83
Black-Eyed Pea & Quinoa Croquettes with Mushroom Sauce – VWAV pg 88
Chickpea Broccoli Casserole – VWAV pg 96
Orange-Glazed Beets – VWAV pg 117
Ethiopian Seitan & Peppers – VWAV pg 167
Chickpea Mash Stew – EV (The Everyday Vegan) pg 84
Spicy Thai Stew – EV pg 88
Mushroom Pecan Burgers – EV pg 114
Creamy Potato Leek Bake – EV pg 124
Baked Herbed Spaghetti Squash – EV pg 146
Apple Swirl Loaf – EV pg 163
Cinnamon Cornmeal Muffins – EV pg 166
Simple Whole Wheat Pancakes – PP (The Peaceful Palate) pg 22
Oatmeal Waffles – PP pg 25
Antipasto Salad – PP pg 60
Green Velvet Soup – PP pg 72
Winter Squash & Hominy Stew – PP pg 83
Pilau – PP pg 97
Chinese Bulgur – PP pg 101
Pasta Primavera – PP pg 108
Cabbage Rolls – PP pg 123
Mjeddrah – PP pg 124
Tofu Croquettes – PP pg 126
Neat Loaf – PP pg 128
Yellow Split Pea Dal – PP pg 131
Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes – VCON (Veganomicon) pg 60
Creole Stuffed Peppers – VCON pg 61
Lower-Fat Cauliflower Hummus – VCON pg 68
Snobby Joes – VCON pg 98
Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf – VCON pg 115
Mexican Millet – VCON pg 118
Mediterranean-Style Baked Lima Beans – VCON pg 121
Seitan Cutlets – VCON pg 132
Double Pea Soup with Roasted Red Peppers – VCON pg 140
Baked Potato & Greens Soup – VCON pg 146
Tempeh Shepherdess Pie – VCON p 167
Spaghetti Squash Mexicana with Tropical Avocado Salsa Fresca – VCON pg 178
Braised Seitan with Brussels, Kale & Sun-Dried Tomatoes, VCON pg 182
Pumpkin Saag – VCON pg 184
Spaghetti & Beanballs – VCON pg 189
Almond-Quinoa Muffins – VCON pg 227
Applesauce-Oat Bran Muffins – VCON pg 229


  1. VeggieGirl said

    You’re doing great with the plan so far – stay positive!!! 😀

  2. jessy said

    i think you’re do’n great! the weekends are really though for me, too. it’s also hard when you’re out some place & hungry – and the only option isn’t the most healthiest, but hey – it happens! sounds like you’re doing really well! fo ‘sho!

    we totally added in nooch to our mac n’ cheeze. i think i just love it too much! it was a tasty casserole though, indeed. and i really love your idea of putting some broccoli in there, too. brilliant!

    i have always wanted to try those samosa stuffed potatoes, and i’m gonna have to check out the adzuki beans & winter squash saute – i must have overlooked that one and it sounds awesome! i love me some adzuki beans!

    glad the portobella steaks were yummy – they look awesome! mmmmmmmmmm! your hash looks tasty as well. we don’t use a lot of oil either – i quite like ’em that way! yay!

  3. Ricki said

    Great list! I can’t wait to go look up some of those 🙂

    I love the sound of the portobello steaks–we’re having them for dinner this week (though not jerk-spiced). I would also assume the spice mixture wouldn’t stick, but these look great!

  4. Carrie said

    Thanks for compiling that list – it works well with my “plan” too! 🙂 Glad to hear you are sticking with it…and I feel your pain about weekends. Weekends = baking = eating baked goodies for me.

  5. Veronica said

    That is quite the compilation of recipes! I can’t believe how few of these I’ve tried even while owning La Dolce, VWAV, and VCON.

    It’s always admirable to try to get your diet on track and make healthy choices, but don’t get discouraged by a bad day or two – the fact that you get back on track always matters more. Honestly, getting out of sorts after extra chips or a dessert always makes things worse. But hooray for sticking with the “plan” as much as you have!

  6. Susan G said

    That is quite a list! Certainly the answer to “what’s for dinner!”

    I had to laugh when I saw your butterscotch chips – I just did a post myself on them!

  7. I’ll have to look that portabello steak recipe up. I’d never noticed it before b/c Vegan Planet is BIG book! And don’t fret about falling off your healthy eating plan. As long as you make up for it the next day and don’t let it happen all the time, you’ll be fine.

  8. Diann said

    You are doing great! That mushroom burger looks really great. And you are right about hashbrowns. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten them right.

    Thanks for posting that list. Three Sisters Stew is one of my most favorite meals.

  9. Melisser said

    Mmm, that list makes me hungry!

  10. Erin said

    That portabello “steak” looks GOOOOOOOOOD. Yum!

  11. when I go out or know I’ll be on the go, I always pack myself a bean burrito (on sprouted tortilla), PB&J (sprouted bread) or Luna/Cliff bars. I also like to carry an apple with me. Sometimes I get weird looks at the baseball game but at least I’m eating well!

  12. veganhomemade said

    Yes, everyone should try the jerk-spiced portobello steaks, they were really good!

    Happy Herbivore – That’s a great strategy. I normally take food everywhere with me, “just incase”, but for whatever reason that day it seemed like I had NO FOOD. I’m sure once my pantry and freezer is back up to stock it will be easier.

  13. […] dinner.  It was chilly last night and this morning and I was craving soup, so I perused the list of recipes that fall into my plan.  I decided on Double Pea Soup with Roasted Red Peppers from Veganomicon, […]

  14. Mandee said

    I always have food with me too even if it’s just a nut bar or a banana or two.

    And I just got that Mac N Cheese recipe and knew I had seen it somewhere, here! I think I will try it as I haven’t liked the taste of nutritional yeast so far but maybe I will like this recipe!

    I’m glad you are having success with your plan, I wanted to do more oil-free cooking but lately I’ve just forgotten about it.

  15. […] roasting, sweet potatoes, tofu, vegan, VWAV, Yellow Rose Recipes I made another recipe from my healthy list.  The Cajun Spiced Tofu from Yellow Rose Recipes has received good reviews around the internets, […]

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