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Going Vegan

July 28, 2012 in Blog

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Well, I think it’s fair to say that there are some things you simply never in visage yourself doing and I’m sorry to say that going vegan was one of them. Considering that my favourite foods include cheese and yoghurt, I’m a little worried about how this is all going to pan out, but I am mostly optimistic at this point.

Becoming a vegetarian (a transition made eight years ago) has been one of the best choices I have ever made. I have felt healthier and better knowing that I’m am doing some good for the planet and making in a difference (even in the smallest way). Adapting to vegetarianism was relatively easy, a contrast to some of the horror stories I have been told. I’m hoping that becoming vegan will just be another niche I can easily slide into. I am also hoping that I will not become one of those malnourished skeletons going, “Oooh, look how skinny and ‘healthy’ I became when I became vegan.”

I’m waiting to break the news of my becoming vegan to my friends, who are probably going to think it’s a little pretentious and a bit “green”.

I’ve decided to include a vegan recipe (not my own unfortunately) in every post. I’m not really sure why :) Anyway, today’s recipe is Gypsy Soup to warm you up on those cold winter nights.
Ingredients (to serve 4):
- 3-4 tbs. olive oil
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 cups chopped, peeled sweet potatoes (or winter squash)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped, fresh tomatoes
- 3/4 cup chopped sweet capsicum
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 3 cups stock or water
- (spices) 2 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 tsp. basil, 1 tsp. salt, dash of cinnamon, dash of cayenne, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbs. tamari
Making it:
In a soup kettle or large saucepan saute onions, garlic, celery and sweet potatoes in olive oil for about five minutes. Add spices, except tamari, and the stock or water. Simmer, covered, for fifteen minutes. Add remaining vegetables and chickpeas. Simmer another ten minutes or so – until all the vegetables are as tender as you like them.
Note: The vegetables used in this soup are flexible. Any orange vegetable can be combined with green… For example, peas or green beans could replace the peppers. Carrots can be used instead of, or in addition to the squash or sweet potatoes. Etc.

This is one of my favourite soups of all time so to anyone who makes it, I hope you enjoy!

2 comments to 'Going Vegan'

  1. Yum! You can always go Thai or Chinese types of food, not much dairy in them, although could be other things I don’t know about.

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