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.