Posted by Tim Vidra / Friday, January 7, 2011
12 Day Vegan Challenge: Day and Meals 5-7
Well this diet is a lot easier when you are sitting at home and can plan your meals. On the road, not so much. I had a revelation for fast food (FF) companies who advertise on the interstate. Put a little star burst on your roadside advertisements that say *Vegetarian Options Available*. I am going down the road so hungry but sign after sign of the normal FF companies was awfully tiring to see.
Breakfast over the course of 3 days consisted of Starbucks venti black coffee, fruit, and plain oatmeal. Lunches, as suspected were brought in and not vegan friendly. In preparation for that I traveled to Lowes Foods and picked up a garden salad and grape leaves stuffed with rice. One food find for my salad was a dressing called La Martinique true French vinaigrette and man this stuff was good.
Dinner Tuesday night we headed to Firebird's and I was jonesing for some beef. Luckily, Mary talked me through it on the way over and I regained my senses. After telling the server I was vegan and getting a couple of snide co-worker comments the server came back and said the chef would prepare a vegetable kebab with a spicy black bean salsa on a tortilla. ** Photo taken with my droid
A simple plate but the marinade for the vegetables and the spice in the black beans was really good! I came to the conclusion most restaurants know vegans are out there and they are also prepared when and if they happen to come into a place where the menu is loaded with meat of all types.
Overall I am hanging in there but I must say I am struggling especially on the road. You cannot just stop and eat - you have to plan and ask, which means lots of raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts. I have learned you have to be creative (the dressing) in changing the flavors of these so that you are not just eating a salad.
I am now counting down the days 5 to go. Off to Ellwood Thompson's for the vegan friendly hot bar as they are way more creative than I feel right now.
E.A.T. local E.A.T. well E.A.T. your veggies (for 5 more days)