So one thing you hear a lot of people saying in regards to a vegan diet is 'What will you eat?' and a lot of people feel they will miss the fullness they get from meat. So far I haven't missed a thing! The mushroom sandwich is awesome, the mushrooms are just as satisfying as any meat...use portabellos if you are really missing meat.
Here is a tasty recipe that I vaguely followed from "The Kind Diet" (http://www.thekinddiet.com/) and I changed it around to make it my own. You should do the same, change the veg or starch to ones you love!! This one is a Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew...yum! Here goes...heat a big pot on medium, add 1/4 cup of oil (olive or safflower) once pan is nice and hot, then add 1 medium chopped onion. Be sure to keep a close eye so the onions don't burn. Once they become translucent (2-4 min) add some tomatoes and chopped garlic cloves. I LOVE garlic so I would use 4-5, if you don't so much use 2-3. As for the tomatoes, since it is not tomato season, I bought Edens Choice canned plum tomatos...SO good! Canned tomatoes are plucked and canned when they are ripe, unlike whole tomatoes you would get from Mexico this time of year, which are plucked when they are green and sprayed with chemicals so that they will be ripe when you get them alllll the way in Canada! Try to get Organic canned tomatoes also, and use as many as you want 6-12. Save some of the tomato juice for later. Cook this mixture for 3-5 min, then add 5 cups of vegetable stock (preferably organic and low sodium) and one cup of tomato juice from the canned tomatoes. Peel 3 medium sweet potatoes and cut into cubes. Toss those into the pot and add 1 cup of lentils (green is what I used) Bring the mix to a boil (stirring to avoid any burning) and add in a sprinkle of the following, curry powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Add more of one or the other to create a taste you love! I like curry so I add extra of that. Once mixture has boiled, turn down to a simmer and cook for approx. 30 min, or until potatoes and leaks are cooked. That's it!! You can eat on its own, or cook some Quinoa or brown rice and serve over that. Also I add in some flax seed, but no need if you don't have any :) This makes a lot so hello leftovers!! I love food that will feed me for a few days.
To finish it all of try this yummy dessert! Use one box of brown rice cereal crisps. In a pot put 1 1/2 cups of brown rice syrup, heat at medium until liquid. Then add in 3/4 cup of all natural peanut butter, stir until smooth (try using a fork to get chunks out). The pour the syrup mixture over the brown rice crisps in a large bowl. Stir so everything is evenly coated. Set aside and let cool. Then add 3/4 cup of carob chips (vegan friendly..not so great on there own but awesome in this recipe!) Then lightly grease (with oil) a long dish and press in mixture! This is a vegan/healthy version of rice crispy squares!! Really tasty!! ENJOY!!