I've been vegetarian for about four months now, and I'm currently going vegan. Why, exactly, is a long story, but it's on my profile if anyone's interested.
My method of changing is simple; at the moment, I'm vegan four days a week, and vegetarian three. Next month, I'll add another vegan day, and another in December, and then be totally vegan in January. I'm doing it this way so I have time to find good recipes, and learn how to deal with things like sudden chocolate cravings. Regarding the latter, I highly recommend Chloe Coscarelli's recipe
for chocolate cupcakes. Another good source of recipes is Vegan Dad
, who I'm sure most of you are familiar with.
I have a blog
(actually, I have several, but only one is currently relevant) which details things like recipes, or struggles I've had in going vegan. The biggest struggle, for me, was getting used to eating vegetables. I was raised on chips (fries), so vegetables elicited a very suspicious reaction from my tastebuds. Luckily, that thing about getting used to new foods after thirty tries turns out to be completely true. It helped that I made a rule about not having a meal without some kind of fruit or veg - I now eat lettuce and broccoli and everything. But not cucumber, not yet. Cucumbers are evil.
I generally try to follow Canadian nutritional guidelines (despite being British!) as they list more grains and vegetables, and less meat/dairy substitutes than the UK or US.
Finally, I have a question, if you would be so kind. Last week, I made a three course Italian (vegan) dinner - 'cheesy' garlic bread, lasagne, spicy garlic potato wedges, pina colada desserts (that is, pineapple jelly, set with agar agar, and coconut cream), and Turkish Delight. My question is...how the hell do I top that? I'm thinking something cajun/creole inspired, which is ambitious, considering I never cooked cajun as an omni, let alone a Vegan. All I have so far is vague ideas about pecan pie and Vegan Dad's recipe for seitan hot wings. I am open to suggestions. I don't need recipes or anything, just vague ideas. Help?