What’s a vegan diet? Here’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner from one ordinary day. Spicy black bean tacos, salad, and polenta!
The feedback on my first What Vegans Eat post was really positive. Many people said they’d like to see more pictures from regular days of eating to get a sense of what’s a vegan diet. I’m going to do one post a month to show normal, everyday vegan meals.
What’s a vegan diet?
A vegan diet is one that doesn’t include any animal products – including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey.
Here are my ordinary vegan meals from one day in October…
Now that the mornings are getting cooler, I’ve been returning to a favorite cold weather breakfast – creamy polenta. The kind I like is organic and finely ground. It has a smooth texture that’s akin to mashed potatoes and cooks in just minutes.
I start by sautéing a minced clove of garlic in extra virgin olive oil or infused Ethiopian oil. Then I add a cup of water and a small part of a bouillon cube until it starts to simmer. I slowly pour in 1/3 cup of polenta and stir until it becomes thick and pulls away from the pan. I add a splash of cashew milk, a spoonful of nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt.
The whole process takes less than ten minutes, and it’s really filling and warming.
(To see a full recipe and my preferred brand of polenta, check out this creamy polenta recipe.)
For lunch, I had a salad with creamy cashew dressing and half of an avocado. On the side, raw sauerkraut and homemade turnip pickles. I made a cup and a half of roasted chickpeas and topped the salad with a handful of them and cracked pepper.
Before I went on a hike a few hours later, I pulled out the remaining roasted chickpeas from the refrigerator and finished them off for a snack.
That night for dinner, David and I made one of our household favorites – spicy black bean tacos.
Some family friends had plucked all of their tomatoes before the first frost, and we were lucky enough to end up with a bunch of them. I made a big batch of salsa and guacamole while David made the black beans for the filling.
On the side, we had some chips for dipping, and of course, lots of hot sauce and jalapeños.