Veggie Challenge Day 6 Recap

Day 6: the second-to-last day of the veggie challenge.

You can do it! Don’t give up because you’re almost there! Resist the temptation of meat (and maybe dairy)! YOU CAN DO IT. Especially now that you’re equipped with this inspirational picture from Pinterest (side note: I love Pinterest. It’s so underrated among people my age).

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First up for the day 6 recap is a lovely picture of sweet potato black bean chili that Seneca made. It looks so warm and hearty, as it’s packed with sweet potato chunks, black beans, corn, and pepper. 

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Below is a photo of Linde’s “peasant salad” from Rose’s Express (a local restaurant). It’s a bowlful of greens with cheese, onion and pepper. Mmm! 

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Below is the Marie Catrib’s three “salad” sampler that I devoured for lunch. I say “salad” because they’re not the healthiest or the salad-iest dishes… but they ARE freaking incredible. I got my three favorite salads: peanut noodles (with peppers and peanuts), jeweled rice (cumin-y rice with cranberries and peanuts), and an herby beet and carrot medley. SO TASTY. 

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Sarah made zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, with tomato sauce (below). It looks like the perfect light and easy dinner. I love how vibrant it is! 

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Enjoy the LAST DAY of the veggie challenge! The final recap will be on the blog tomorrow.

xx Ellie

See the other daily recaps!

 

Veggie Challenge Day 5 Recap

Day 5 is done / hasn’t it been fun?

Only 2 days are left/ so far I’ve been so impressed,

Everyone is doing so well/ this challenge has been swell!

Like my mini poem? I wrote it in english class.

I hope the above poem rings true for you if you are participating in the veggie challenge. I hope it’s been especially fun to create delectable food such as the food pictured in the day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4 recaps.

Today was yet another day full of deliciousness.

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Above: Anna’s amazing and colorful veggie stir-fry with quinoa, cashews, and soy sauce. 

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Above: Bailey’s mouthwatering dinner of veggie dumplings with quinoa and peas. She paired this yummy dinner with an apple and soy milk hot chocolate ( 😍 ).

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Above: I went to lunch at a local Lebanese restaurant with Anna and a few other friends. I devoured this falafel salad, which is topped with *literally* the best salad dressing ever. It’s lemony, parsley-filled, and addicting. The tahini dressing on the side is the perfect contrast to the crispy falafel. YUM. 

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Sweet potato fries like Seneca’s (pictured above) are a wonderful snack, lunch, or dinner. They’re a great contrast of crispy and crunchy. 

The day 6 recap will be up on the blog tomorrow!

xx Ellie

Veggie Challenge Day 4 Recap

The veggie challenge is more than halfway over! Holy cow! Or should I say holy tofu? #veganjokes

I can’t believe that there are only three more days of the challenge. I hope everyone that’s doing it is enjoying it!

Here are some day four meals. Once again, they look very scrumptious.

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Fallon and Seneca made a hearty vegan stew!

It’s packed with big noodles, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Can you say “perfect winter meal?”

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Anna made quesadillas stuffed with black beans, kale, avocado, and hummus.

That is MY KIND OF quesadilla. She paired her crunchy quesadillas with chips and salsa. MMM.

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Anna’s dinner: Spicy Cauliflower Power Bowl.

The bowl is chock-full of quinoa, black beans, avocado, kale, and sriracha cauliflower. She said it was so good!

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Dani works at Potbelly, a sandwich shop, so she made herself a sandwich melt at work full of tomato, spinach, avocado, and provolone cheese.

Paired with broccoli cheese soup and crackers, it’s a perfect cold weather meal.

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I had one of these chocolate chip zucchini muffins for snack.

The recipe will be on my blog next week (after the challenge is complete). They were perfect!

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I made lava cakes yesterday with a recipe from Chloe’s Kitchen.

They were the perfect way to satisfy my sweet craving. I topped my warm lava cake with vegan vanilla ice cream and it was bowl-licking good.

I’ll be back again tomorrow for the day 5 recap! Get ready for some extreme yumminess.

xx Ellie

P.S.- Here are the other recaps:

Veggie Challenge Day 3 Recap

I’m honestly so impressed by what people are making for the veggie challenge. Their meals look so delicious! Check out the recaps from day one and two here.

Let’s start the day 3 recap off with this mouthwatering Tikka Masala that Lexie tried from Trader Joe’s.

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This tikka masala is a great healthy convenience food as all you have to do is heat it up in the microwave for 5 minutes. It’s authentic-tasting and full of protein so you should give it a try! Lexie enjoyed a side of cara cara navel oranges (that look like grapefruit!) with this Indian dish.

Sidenote: What is your favorite plant-based convenience meal? It’s always good to keep meals in the freezer for when you don’t have a lot of time to cook!

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I want to faceplant into this delicious Thai noodle bowl that Seneca made. IT LOOKS SO GOOD.

 

 I combined leftover brown rice with spiralized zucchini (zucchini noodles = zoodles) and roasted veggies for a nutty, earthy, and insanely delicious veggie brown rice and zoodle bowl for lunch.

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This lemon tempeh Piccata might not look like it, but it is SO TASTY. My mom made it for dinner using THIS RECIPE with tempeh from Trader Joe’s.

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Emily J. is already vegan, so she is trying “Raw Until 4” instead of the week-long veggie challenge. She’s stuck with it for the past few days, which is extremely impressive. Here is a big bowl for banana ice cream topped with goji berries, coconut, cashews, and almonds she made for lunch (along with a side of the most perfect avocado I’ve ever seen).

I’ll be back tomorrow for another delicious recap!

xx Ellie

P.S.- Count how many times I used the word “delicious” in this post for kicks and giggles. 😉

Veggie Challenge Day 2 Recap

Happy Monday! The veggie challenge is going strong. Day two went well (here’s the day one recap). People are making delicious-looking food, they’re not “cheating,” and they’re (hopefully) having fun with their food!

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Look at Lexie’s GORGEOUS smoothie. Now look again. I love this photo edit of Lexie’s smoothie of nondairy milk, spinach, avocado, frozen banana, strawberries, and chia seeds. Keep up the good work, Lexie!

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Sam’s veggie wrap with guacamole from Zoup looks so crunchy (which is a good thing)! Zoup is a national soup chain, so before Sam sent me this photo, I had no idea that they made anything besides soup. They have two vegan soups, some vegetarian soups, and a vegetarian salad and wrap. I may need to go give their butternut squash soup a try sometime soon.  Good job Sam! 

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Anna made a hearty mix of rice, kidney beans, cheese, avocado, and salsa. It looks the the perfect winter meal! Go Anna! 

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Look at all of the delicious food Seneca made! I’m so impressed!

Clockwise from top: pineapple tofu / ingredients to make fruit smoothies / blueberry muffins / spinach, avocado, tomato, and quinoa power salad.

Here is the “Pineapple Not-So-Fried Rice” I made for dinner as well as the onions roasting (I thought they made a cool pattern so I had to take a picture). This rice dish is one of my favorite meals ever. Recipe HERE.

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Thanks for the pictures, veggie clubbers! See you tomorrow for a day three recap!

Stay warm on this cold day!

xx Ellie

Veggie Challenge Day 1 Recap

The “Veggie Challenge” has begun!

Ten people are doing the vegan challenge and fifteen people are doing the vegetarian challenge! Two students (that I know of, there might be more) are also getting their family members to do the vegan challenge with them! How cool is that?! And, the challenge has spread out of the EGR veggie club! At least a little bit. To one person. To my best friend who goes to a different school. So it hasn’t really spread much… but it’s awesome that there are SO MANY people doing the challenge!

A super earthy picture that goes well with the “Veggie Challenge.” Found on Google Images.

Also, there are five vegans already in veggie club, and some of them (including me) are trying out “Raw Until Four.” However… I already failed the first day. Because chocolate. You can’t have chocolate until 4 PM with “Raw Until Four.” (!!!!!) I have an addiction to chocolate so I can’t do that. I tried to restrict myself from the dark, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness but utterly failed as I ended up eating half a (vegan) chocolate bar and a bowl of (vegan) ice cream (which was delicious, so I don’t regret eating it at all). Yup. I can’t do restriction, which is ironic because I’m vegan so I’m already restricting a bunch of food. So I guess I can sort of do restrictions? I don’t know. I DO know that I don’t want to deprive myself of chocolate so I AM NOT GOING TO. But I do need to eat less of it. My mom and I eat a bag of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips in three days. There are twenty-three servings in a bag. Whoops (#sorrynotsorry).

It’s okay though, because chocolate is basically salad.

Sorry for the side note about my chocolate addiction. I just thought you should know that chocolate rocks and you shouldn’t deprive yourself of it. 

Back to the challenge.

I think it’s going really well so far for everyone that is doing it. I think it is difficult for people to not eat meat, but I BELIEVE IN THEM!

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Emma is doing the vegetarian challenge and shared her meals with me:

  • Breakfast: Potato pancakes from Trader Joe’s (Side note: I didn’t even know that potato pancakes were a thing, but they sound so good! Also, we got a Trader Joe’s in our town this fall and it’s SO NICE.)
  • Lunch: Rice and bean enchiladas
  • Dinner: Vegetable pizza from Sbarro 

Great job, Emma! I’m so proud of you and everyone else that’s doing the challenge. Way to go for trying something new and possibly difficult!

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Emma’s drool-worthy veggie pizza from Sbarro. It’s topped with cheese, kale, and tomato.

Emily is doing the vegan challenge. She followed the meal plan for the first day so she had a strawnana smoothie for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and “Orange You Glad I Made Crispy Tofu?” for dinner. YUM! I had orange tofu for dinner too so we were meal twins!

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Emily and I were tofu twins! 

Sarah also did the vegan challenge and made some absolutely delicious meals! I’m so impressed. Just look at them- they’re so vibrant and pretty!

Here’s what she had:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal with raisins, almonds, and almond milk.
  • Lunch: veggie taco with hummus, zucchini, broccoli, onions, spinach, and salsa.
  • For snack she said she attempted to make homemade granola bars, but they turned into granola. She said it was still delicious!
  • Dinner: quinoa with herbs, garlic, onions and roasted broccoli with peppers.

Sarah said she’s feeling great which is awesome! Her meals look great too. Especially the taco. 

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I don’t have any feedback from the “Raw Until Four” girlies (all the vegans in the club are girls). I do know that “Raw Until Four” is very challenging, especially since the meal plan includes 7 bananas, dates, and 2 oranges for breakfast. Yes, you read that right. SEVEN FREAKING BANANAS. For ONE MEAL. Craziness. It sounds yummy, but I just don’t think I could eat that many bananas in one day, let alone in one meal.

I had two bananas blended up with spinach, chia seeds, and cinnamon for breakfast so I was raw but not insane. Then I had falafel for lunch because my mom made them for me. I broke the raw-ness. I’M SORRY. But I had the falafel in a salad with spinach, colorful raw carrots, cauliflower, and hummus so it was mostly raw (?). Then I ate chocolate so I totally broke the rawness but it’s all good.

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My colorful and delicious falafel salad.

I think from now on I’m just going to cut my sugar intake, eat healthier, and do “one dessert a day” (a handful of chocolate chips would equal one dessert). I’m also going to continue to drink smoothies for breakfast because 1) they’re tasty, 2) they’re filling, and 3) they’re good for you!

I hope you liked this vegan challenge round-up! Send me pictures of your food if you’re doing the challenge so I can add it to the round-up. I’ll post a day two round-up tomorrow so be on the lookout!

xx Ellie