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Vegan Eating: Vegan Scramble

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’re likely familiar with my friend Carrie the Vegan Agnostic/Atheist.  Amongst the many discussions I’ve had with her, I’ve asked quite a few questions about her Vegan diet.  When I first began communicating with Carrie I honestly couldn’t fathom how a person could live a healthy life if he or she avoided all foods that contain animal products.  Not eating meat is hard enough, but no eggs?  No butter?  No milk?  No… well, you get the picture.

I love eating and enjoy many types of food.  I’ll try just about anything.  So, since speaking with Carrie, I’ve decided to have “Vegan” days from time to time.  A new food that I haven’t tried?  Well, that’s almost as exciting to me as new technology.  On one of my Vegan days I found myself in Chico, California, which is where I first met Carrie at a booth she was manning for Farm Sanctuary.  I felt like eating in a restaurant for dinner so I emailed Carrie for a recommendation.  Not only did she tell me the name of a great restaurant, she also listed her favorite dish in detail, right down to desert.  It was delicious.

That day I realized something: I liked taste and texture.  I didn’t really care whether or not I was eating “meat”.   What I mean by that is this:  I could never cook a chicken with no spices whatsoever and enjoy eating it.  It would be way too bland.  What makes the chicken taste good is the seasonings or sauces added to it.  The same can be said for beef or pork: if there are no seasonings I’m not eating it.

So with that in mind I made the mistake of purchasing vegan hot dogs and taking them to a Barbecue at John‘s house.  John BBQ’d steak and real hot dogs while I BBQ’d my vegan hot dogs and slathered on the sauces.

Yuck.  Not good.  At all.  Not even a little bit good (good thing God invented beer – at least THAT part of the BBQ was a success  🙂 ).

So much for my initial theory that it’s all about seasoning and texture.  But then again, I reminded myself, it was just a hot dog.

Not one to give up so easily, I’ve continued having Vegan days.  Sometimes 2 days a week, sometimes 3 days a week, sometimes just 1 day a week… each week has been different.  But I am starting to regain my theory of seasoning and texture.

The last time I went grocery shopping, just a few days ago, I purchased no meat or anything with animal products.  Why?  It’s my experiment.  I live alone and need something to amuse myself with.  I want to find out if I can cook for myself at home for an extended period of time, and do so using strictly vegan recipes.

For breakfast, I love eggs: egg sandwiches, omelettes,  fried eggs with salsa poured on them… yum!  I told Carrie I could never be a Vegan because I just couldn’t give up eggs.  Then one day she gave me a recipe for Vegan Scramble, which you can see here (I had this for breakfast just this morning – click to enlarge):

Vegan Scramble

Here’s how I prepared the dish (thanks, Carrie):

I took some extra firm tofu and mixed it with vegan bacon, vegan sausage, minced garlic, pico de gallo, garlic salt, turmeric and nutritional yeast, and sautéed it in Earth Balance, a butter/margarine substitute. It was very delicious and washed down well with Silk, a soy based “milk”.

Yesterday afternoon I was talking to an acquaintance who works for one of the auto dealerships I have as a client.  When the topic of conversation turned to Vegan cooking he let me know that his wife and daughter both began eating strictly vegan diets several months ago.  His daughter was overweight, but has since lost 60 lbs and feels great.  Hearing about his daughter’s weight loss perked my ears up.  While he’s still eating meat, my friend also enjoys the animal-free food the ladies in his life present to him, and usually can’t tell the difference between real meat and meat substitutes when it’s cooked the right way.

Am I going to become a strict vegan?  Nah.  But if I have a choice between two tasty menu items, one animal free and the other not, I’ll likely choose the healthier item.  I still eat meat.  In fact, just this past weekend we had a huge fish fry on the camping trip I mentioned in my last blog post.  And I’d never force my son to change his eating habits, so when he’s with me I’ll cook the foods he wants to eat.  But I have to honestly admit that when I’ve enjoyed an animal-free day I feel… healthier.

Maybe that’s just psychological.  Maybe not.

Comments?

30 thoughts on “Vegan Eating: Vegan Scramble

  1. it’s probably psychological because you’re spending more time thinking about what actually goes on your plate. when you make an effort to eat better, you feel better. i always feel heathier when i eat more vegetables, but not necessarily less meat or cheese.

  2. it’s probably psychological because you’re spending more time thinking about what actually goes on your plate. when you make an effort to eat better, you feel better. i always feel heathier when i eat more vegetables, but not necessarily less meat or cheese.

  3. thats a great idea! Im vegetarian and have been wanting to go vegan for a while but didn’t know how to get into it … having vegan days for while might be the catalyst i need … thanks for the idea!

  4. thats a great idea! Im vegetarian and have been wanting to go vegan for a while but didn’t know how to get into it … having vegan days for while might be the catalyst i need … thanks for the idea!

  5. I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life (my father is vegetarian, as is half of my family), and have been vegan for long periods of time.

    The “secret” with good vegetarian and vegan cooking is to think differently. Don’t think what you normally eat with meat and replace the meat with something else, like a meat substitute. Rethink your eating. Be creative with vegetables, salads, beans, etc.

    I almost never eat any of those meat substitutes, and most of my non-veggie friends love my cooking. It can be tasty, and cooking gets so much more fun and creative. And if you balance things properly you’ll have all the nutritients you need.

  6. I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life (my father is vegetarian, as is half of my family), and have been vegan for long periods of time.

    The “secret” with good vegetarian and vegan cooking is to think differently. Don’t think what you normally eat with meat and replace the meat with something else, like a meat substitute. Rethink your eating. Be creative with vegetables, salads, beans, etc.

    I almost never eat any of those meat substitutes, and most of my non-veggie friends love my cooking. It can be tasty, and cooking gets so much more fun and creative. And if you balance things properly you’ll have all the nutritients you need.

  7. Beans are wonderful and so is tofu!

  8. Beans are wonderful and so is tofu!

  9. I find the concept of faux meats just ironic.. Maybe I’m totally missing something but I guess I lump in people who want vegan diets with those who wish to eat organic foods and don’t like processed foods. The idea of just how over processed most soy products are and how vegan meats like tofurkey are processed foods that are also artificially colored and flavored. Those sorts of foods just frighten me, So very unnatural yet people eat then that tend to want to live a natural lifestyle. The vegan diet as it is today wouldn’t be possible without giant pollution producing factories processing soy to the point that it looks and tastes like bacon.

  10. I find the concept of faux meats just ironic.. Maybe I’m totally missing something but I guess I lump in people who want vegan diets with those who wish to eat organic foods and don’t like processed foods. The idea of just how over processed most soy products are and how vegan meats like tofurkey are processed foods that are also artificially colored and flavored. Those sorts of foods just frighten me, So very unnatural yet people eat then that tend to want to live a natural lifestyle. The vegan diet as it is today wouldn’t be possible without giant pollution producing factories processing soy to the point that it looks and tastes like bacon.

  11. I became a vegetarian in stages starting in March and became full-fledged in May. It has been a successful 3.5 months so far, and I haven’t looked back. I am a vegetarian for economic and ecological purposes, and I feel no guilt eating fish if the occasion presents itself, and I do. Vegan is how you put it in the beginning. I think: No EGGS?! no MILK!? I’m certain I could do it because I think we all can do just about anything we put our minds to, but for now I am just a veggie. I think any change at all is good, even if you are like you and just have vegan days. Great idea!

    As far as speaking about Obama, feel free to link or copy and cite my posts, haha, if you really want. I am all for positively speaking in politics and not bashing, but I am a full fledged Obama girl.

  12. I became a vegetarian in stages starting in March and became full-fledged in May. It has been a successful 3.5 months so far, and I haven’t looked back. I am a vegetarian for economic and ecological purposes, and I feel no guilt eating fish if the occasion presents itself, and I do. Vegan is how you put it in the beginning. I think: No EGGS?! no MILK!? I’m certain I could do it because I think we all can do just about anything we put our minds to, but for now I am just a veggie. I think any change at all is good, even if you are like you and just have vegan days. Great idea!

    As far as speaking about Obama, feel free to link or copy and cite my posts, haha, if you really want. I am all for positively speaking in politics and not bashing, but I am a full fledged Obama girl.

  13. Justin, I agree, but I’d add to that that if you really want to be vegan or vegetarian, it is better to eat like a vegan or vegetarian, rather than like a meat eater that doesn’t eat meat. If done properly, it is a lot healthier as well.

  14. Justin, I agree, but I’d add to that that if you really want to be vegan or vegetarian, it is better to eat like a vegan or vegetarian, rather than like a meat eater that doesn’t eat meat. If done properly, it is a lot healthier as well.

  15. I think that looks really good! I’d gladly eat vegan all the time if someone would cook it for me!

  16. I think that looks really good! I’d gladly eat vegan all the time if someone would cook it for me!

  17. Tracy,

    I love it. I’ve had the same thing for breakfast all week. The first time I made it took awhile, but now that I’m used to making it I’m finished cooking it in less than 5 minutes. I have all the ingredients needed for it in one plastic container in my refrigerator. I pull it out of the fridge and just get it done. 🙂

    My plan is to keep picking Carrie’s brain for Vegan dishes, one at a time, learning to cook them well before moving on to the next. Between Carrie’s recommendations and the Internet, I have a few of them under my belt now.

  18. Tracy,

    I love it. I’ve had the same thing for breakfast all week. The first time I made it took awhile, but now that I’m used to making it I’m finished cooking it in less than 5 minutes. I have all the ingredients needed for it in one plastic container in my refrigerator. I pull it out of the fridge and just get it done. 🙂

    My plan is to keep picking Carrie’s brain for Vegan dishes, one at a time, learning to cook them well before moving on to the next. Between Carrie’s recommendations and the Internet, I have a few of them under my belt now.

  19. Donny,
    You must repent of your vegan ways. It ain’t natural, I’m tellin’ ya. We have a veep candidate who shoots moose(s?) for, cryin’ out loud. Have you tried the manly breakfast recipe from my blog yet? That would be polish sausage, tater tots, and cayenne pepper. The essence of simplicity and flavor. Manly. Meaty. Godly.

    Bill

  20. Donny,
    You must repent of your vegan ways. It ain’t natural, I’m tellin’ ya. We have a veep candidate who shoots moose(s?) for, cryin’ out loud. Have you tried the manly breakfast recipe from my blog yet? That would be polish sausage, tater tots, and cayenne pepper. The essence of simplicity and flavor. Manly. Meaty. Godly.

    Bill

  21. Don, sweet post. Nice to see someone fighting against the meats as well as the fats.

    Personally, I went through a “vege” period. I didn’t eat any meat. It wasn’t so bad. But, somehow or rather, meat just got back onto my plate. Nowadays, I eat all things with a giving of thanks, and it’s OK. Don’t have to worry about whether the food is ex-animal or not.

    Dave Park once shared, “I’m glad God invented the barbeque.” And he proceeded to roll his tummy.

    Not to discourage you from eating vegan. I still refrain readily from red meat, although if it’s the only thing on the table, free for all. It’s more of a health choice, rather than moral stigma. It’s their motivations that are… (Why care about animals if the human race is dying?)

    Just wanted you to know. Jesus ate fish, which is meat. And personally cooked (bbq?) it, to crisp perfection.

  22. Don, sweet post. Nice to see someone fighting against the meats as well as the fats.

    Personally, I went through a “vege” period. I didn’t eat any meat. It wasn’t so bad. But, somehow or rather, meat just got back onto my plate. Nowadays, I eat all things with a giving of thanks, and it’s OK. Don’t have to worry about whether the food is ex-animal or not.

    Dave Park once shared, “I’m glad God invented the barbeque.” And he proceeded to roll his tummy.

    Not to discourage you from eating vegan. I still refrain readily from red meat, although if it’s the only thing on the table, free for all. It’s more of a health choice, rather than moral stigma. It’s their motivations that are… (Why care about animals if the human race is dying?)

    Just wanted you to know. Jesus ate fish, which is meat. And personally cooked (bbq?) it, to crisp perfection.

  23. Glad you’re enjoying the scramble, Donny! Did I send you my recipe book yet? I have only actually typed out 8 of my recipes, but they’re winners.

    Isn’t tofu scramble the BEST? Mm mm mm!

  24. Glad you’re enjoying the scramble, Donny! Did I send you my recipe book yet? I have only actually typed out 8 of my recipes, but they’re winners.

    Isn’t tofu scramble the BEST? Mm mm mm!

  25. I’m gonna have to check out that recipe book when Donny gets it! Okay Donny?
    I made a vegan cake once and it was scrumptious.

  26. I’m gonna have to check out that recipe book when Donny gets it! Okay Donny?
    I made a vegan cake once and it was scrumptious.

  27. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Hallelujah Diet. Pure Vegan with a biblical base. I disregard the god stuff, but you’ll probably like it.

    http://www.hacres.com/home/home.asp
    http://www.hacres.com/diet/diet.asp

  28. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Hallelujah Diet. Pure Vegan with a biblical base. I disregard the god stuff, but you’ll probably like it.

    http://www.hacres.com/home/home.asp
    http://www.hacres.com/diet/diet.asp

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