Hesitantly Vegan

I want to become vegan. I’m hesitant to announce this to anyone because I’m finding it takes a lot of planning and change. I can’t just reach for what I used to reach for when I was hungry. I have to come up with a new way of eating, of making old favorites or of making new favorites. I checked out a stack of vegan cookbooks from the library, and I’ve been trying a couple of new recipes a week. I bought a vegan veggie burger cookbook too. It just got here today, and I’m super excited about trying some of the recipes in it as well.

So far, my favorite new recipe is this Thai coconut soup that I made last week. It was really scrumptious, and I’m planning on making it again this week. I also made hummus yesterday for the first time. It turned out pretty good too. I’ve been using this cookbook called Vegan Planet. I really like it. It has 400 and some vegan recipes in it. I haven’t even begun to dip into them yet. I think I’ve made 4 recipes so far.

If I’m honest, the real reason that I’m interested in becoming vegan isn’t to lose weight or to be healthier, although both of those things are nice. The real reason is because I want to be kind to animals, and I’ve felt slightly guilty eating meat for years. I just wish I didn’t like it so much. Especially turkey. What does a vegan eat on Thanksgiving is what I want to know. I suppose I can eat stuffing and cranberry sauce. That’s a start.

I’ve gotta stop looking at the things that I wouldn’t be able to eat and start looking more at the things that I would be able eat, and I definitely need to stop going to McDonald’s. I get into nothing but trouble there.

While we’re on the subject of being vegan, something I’ve been thinking about for weeks now… Happy World Vegan Day! Apparently World Vegan Day is today, November 1st.

Cranberry Chicken

I made this in the crock pot for dinner tonight. I got the recipe from the Crockin’ Girls cookbook. If you like chicken, like simple recipes with only 4 ingredients and have a crock pot, this just may be the recipe for you. Here it is, in case anyone’s interested.

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 16 oz bottle of Russian dressing

1 can of whole cranberry sauce

1 packet of onion soup mix

Spray the bottom and sides of the crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the chicken in the pot. I cut my chicken up into smaller pieces before putting them in to save on cooking time, but that’s not necessary. In a separate bowl, mix together the other three ingredients. Then pour the mixture on top of the chicken. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Since my chicken was cut up into smaller pieces, it was done in under 3 hours on high. Serve with rice or egg noodles or couscous. Enjoy! (: