My vegan challenge, halfway through – by Mr Vox

When November came I was already 80% vegan as my wife (Vegan Vox) is vegan and most of the food I ate was already vegan. This happened when I went vegetarian – I was only eating meat when I went out to eat and ate veggie when at home – and the same has happened going from vegetarian to vegan.

Over the past 11 months, since my wife went vegan, I have tried a lot of different vegan foods, mainly trying substitutes, and I haven’t really liked many of them so far. I can tolerate it if it’s there but not necessarily choose to have it, so I haven’t been eating much ‘cheese’, if any, and I’m still toying with milk and what kind works where.

So lets move onto milk. I have found two chocolate milks I really like: coconut and almond. I am struggling with milk for cereal. For me, plain soya, even the sweetened one, isn’t cutting it. For my tea and coffee the soya milk is okay, but I think I need something a bit tastier and I’ve heard that almond milk is great for tea and coffee.

Cheese, cheese, cheese! It’s all about finding great cheese; this is what I have struggled with the most. Mainly I’ve tried Vegusto cheeses and some are okay and some not. The Piquant is my favourite as that is the one I can tolerate as a cheese to put in a sandwich etc. I sort of like the ‘Melty Moo’ that they do, but it’s not very melty; it seems to have a kind of skin when it’s heated, but it is soft inside so spreading might help. The Tofutti herb cream cheese is very nice to spread on crackers etc. I have missed my pizzas and toasted sandwiches/paninis a lot since the start of the Vegan Challenge. I know there is a pizza cheese around and I think we tried it once, but it didn’t work so I am not sure if we were doing anything wrong!

Toiletries… I have been more aware of these now, as a lot are not suitable for vegans and contain milk, honey etc, so checking ingredients on toiletries, as well as food, is more important to me as a vegan as many items are vegan but don’t state that they are.

I feel I am more open to trying new ingredients and foods as I was still quite afraid of trying new types of food even as a vegetarian, as it was easy to just have things without meat. So I stuck to cheese and tomato pizzas, veggie burgers that are made with cheese, and quick things like cheese on toast were always go-to foods for a quick fix.

I have enjoyed trying new foods so far this month during the challenge and I am excited about trying more alternatives out over the rest of the month. I will be trying Vegg out in the next two weeks too. I will be back at the end of the month and let you know how the challenge has progressed.

If you would like to read more, as well as see more photos of Mr Vox’s food, please visit the blog Vegan Vox.