What I Ate Wednesday: Vegan Edition

How about a peek at a nearly vegan day?

Even though I no longer follow an exclusively vegan or vegetarian diet, or really any specific diet for that matter, it isn’t unusual for me to go a few days at a time without consuming any animal products. With all the tasty options available, like almond milk creamer and coconut milk ice cream, it definitely doesn’t feel like much of a challenge!

Morning:

Un-pictured: Water, probiotics, and coffee with homemade almond milk creamer.

watermelon cut on a cutting board

Followed later by a large bowl of organic watermelon! A sweet and refreshing way to start the day.

Lunch:

bowl of guacomole, glass bowl of red pepper slices, and bag of baby carrots

Quick guacamole, made with a whole avocado and fresh pico de gallo, served with a bag of baby carrots and a sliced red bell pepper.

This is a great option for busy work days, when you need to eat while seated at your desk!

Mid-Afternoon:

morning glory muffins

A vegan muffin experiment, made with coconut flour and flax eggs. This recipe is definitely not worthy of posting, unless I decide to start a “bloopers” page… they taste good, but the texture hardly passes for a muffin.

Of course, I’m still going to try to make Austin eat one for breakfast!

Dinner:

bowl of yellow curry with vegetables

We rarely order take-out in our house, but when we do, we stick to our favorite Thai restaurant, which uses very little oil in their dishes.

I ordered the yellow curry, with vegetables only– extra broccoli, please! It was a nice mix of cabbage, onions, carrots, broccoli, and a few peas. Since I skip the rice, I usually wind up eating two bowls worth.

chocolate coconut milk ice cream in a small white bowl

Followed by some homemade coconut milk ice cream for dessert. This was an experiment gone very, very well.

I’ll be sharing the recipe in the near future!

Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? What’s your favorite kind of take-out?

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Emily

The watermelon and your ice cream have me feeling very hungry right now!

My favorite take out is probably Indian, because there is such a huge variety of vegetable dishes and so I can get a few different ones and have a big veggie plate (also w/- the rice). It’s also probably, I think, the most reliable kind of take out cuisine where I am.

    Megan

    I love Indian food, too! We have to drive pretty far to enjoy our favorite restaurant, though, so it’s a rarity. ๐Ÿ™ I need to learn how to make a good version of Baingan Bharta!

      Emily

      So do I, because I hear so many good things about it online, but it is never on the menus over here! We do get great eggplant dishes though, so perhaps I’ve had it under a different name. Please do publish any great recipe for this you find though – just so I can be sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

Joanna

I notice you take in probiotics every Wed…so im assuming every day. Is it safe to do so? and are there any side effects?

    Megan

    I do take probiotics most mornings! I think it’s safe to do so, though I do try to change-up the brands I use. I’ll typically switch brands once I polish off a bottle, and sometimes I do give my body a week or two off completely. I think friendly bacteria is a good thing, but you don’t want your body to get into a habit where they aren’t as effective, by overusing the same products. The only side effects I’ve ever felt are from increasing my dosage (the recommended dosage, but too much for me!) and in that case, I just felt a little nauseous throughout the morning.

    Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope

1) That chocolate coconut ice cream looks amazing! Please share the recipe when you have it ready ๐Ÿ˜‰

2) I have to agree that Thai dishes are up there with my faves. Give me a sweet/savory green coconut curry and I am one happy girl.

    Megan

    When Austin and I started dating, we ate at a Thai place almost every week– and I always ordered the green coconut curry! It was so spicy, I had tears streaming down my face… but I didn’t care, it was so good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

jeanne

That ice cream looks awesome and something I could totally make in this heat wave. I haven’t been baking at all, but I’ve been indulging in Trader Joe’s blueberry bran muffins which are pretty much the best muffins I’ve found…no sugar and really just fruit, wheat and salt…that’s my take out for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    Wow, I’ve never tried those, but they sound great! Love the simple ingredients. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jenna @ Spinach In My Teeth

Chinese take-out! I love when I can find steamed sole with veggies. So light and healthy, not the usual words to describe Chinese food!

Sharon

I really enjoy your posts. Regarding the muffin, do you think it is impossible to make a vegan muffin using just coconut flour? It seems you really need to use eggs when using that flour. What do you think?

    Megan

    The eggs definitely provide a better structure– I can’t get the muffins to “rise” without it! The muffins I made with flax eggs actually taste amazing, but you have to get past the idea that they look like a hockey puck… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Sharon

      Thanks for the reply. Perhaps you can post it anyway so some of us might try it – especially since it tastes good. There must be some way to make egg free coconut flour baked goods.

Cheryl

Oh wow, can’t wait for the coconut milk ice cream recipe. Please post soon!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ashleigh

Miss you so. love see in that watermelon creep in there. xo

Cadie

Can’t wait to see the recipe for the homemade coconut milk ice cream. So Delicious is my favorite brand, but I’ve never tried making my own.

Jennifer

I love Thai take out as well! Not as heavynimfeel as Chinese take out! Also love avocado rolls! Question about probiotics: I’m not sure when to take them. Before a meal? ( and how long before, if so) or with a meal? Also intake a digestive enzyme also and I’m not sure if that is counter productive or not?

    Megan

    Probiotics are best when taken on an empty stomach, either first thing in the morning, or at least 30 minutes before a meal.

    I’m still torn on the digestive enzymes… some people swear by them, and some people think they’re unnecessary. I usually only use them if I know I’m going to be eating a heavy or miscombined meal.

Mandiee

The Thai food sounds great! I rarely have take-out, too, because I don’t like how much sauce and oil most place use. Where do you go for yours? I just moved to LA, so maybe I’ll finally have access to good take-out!

heather

I really enjoy your website! Especially the “what I ate Wed” section. I feel healthier just reading it ๐Ÿ™‚

Not sure if you have ever checked out the cookbook “Baby Cakes” by Erin McKenna…all the recipes are from her gluten and dairy free bakery. She might have some unique ideas for your muffins.

Keep posting…it’s very inspiring!

    Megan

    Yes, I do have her cookbook! Delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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