Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WIAW Vegan Treats

I have been vegetarian for a year.

And last week I decided I was ready to make the leap to vegan.

I decided that cheese was no longer going to hold me back from obtaining my goal.

I have inadvertently, although it coincides nicely with Jenn's theme, decided to fall into some healthier habits.

So let's dig into the eats this week.
For breakfast I have really been stuck on drinking this cinnamon bun smoothie:

And of course there is plenty of water...must stay hydrated.
This weekend I had the same lunch on Sunday as I did dinner on Monday...socca pizza.

The socca recipe is care of Laura from Sprint 2 The Table.
Oh my goodness this is fabulous, and I may never go back to traditional pizza again.
To make the recipe a little more frugal/cost effective I ground my own flour (a stride I am taking to fall in healthier habits).  If you haven't tried this I promise it is easy peasy, I posted about it here.

To top pizza I used Dianne's, from Veggie Girl, cashew cheese.  I was a little timid to try this but once I tasted it...I was in, this stuff is the bomb.  I think my next batch will include a little sriracha (I like to kick things up a notch).

I finished topping the pizza with Trader Joe's Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic:
This combined with the cheese as well as spinach and tomatoes from my garden made for a meal that was out of this world...and one that apparently I needed to eat twice in two days.

Now I can't forget about dessert, because it was equally as delicious as the rest.

The impetus for making dessert was my 9 year old...he really loves pie.

So I used Mama Pea's vegan whole wheat crust, which I found in her fantastic book :)

And made this vegan apple pie (recipe will be posted tomorrow):

So these are my eats and I have to say the first week of being vegan was very tasty.  I look forward to growing my knowledge and branching out to more deliciousness.

On aside, as I am a proud little mama, my baby girl Caroline started ballet.  I was filled with joy last night as we attended her first lesson.

All of my fond memories of taking dance flooded back as I got her dressed.  I hope she enjoys it as much as I did :)

Happy Wednesday to you all and be sure to head over to our lovely hostess Jenn's place and check out what other bloggers had to eat.  I guarantee it will be some good stuff.


  1. I've had the intention to try socca pizza many times, but never done it. I'm going to have to look at the recipe up!! You have some great meals - my love for cheese and yogourt definitely holds me back from making the leap to vegan - good for you to just go for it!

  2. I've been vegetarian for several years, and often think of going vegan, but there aren't any cheese alternatives here and I do love feta and parmesan. Your food sounds really good! Have a wonderful day. Tammy

  3. I love that you've gone vegan; we both made this decision at pretty much the same time,it seems! :)
    Your socca pizza looks delicious,I wish I had chickpea flour so I could give it a try.
    Also,I hope your little girl enjoys ballet. I've been wanting to do ballet myself when I was younger,but my dad never supported this wish. Haha,I guess he didn't like the thought of me wearing a pink tutu... Oh well.

  4. Wa-hooo! Way to go vegan! And to nom on some socca ;D So easy, delicious and cheap, definitely my go-to dinner.

  5. Oh! Your daughter is crazy adorable!! What a great pic, hope she loved the ballet!
    Good for you for going vegan. I have heard how good it is for health and have contemplated it since I eat almost no meat as it is...but the cheese thing is hard for me. I just really really really love cheese. I look forward to hearing how the conversion goes and maybe I'll get inspired!

  6. Yay for you trying vegan. Good luck!

    And socca pizza looks good. I might have to try that recipe!

  7. The pizza and the pie look amazing! Your little girl is so cute in her sweet little outfit.

  8. I'm so glad you liked the socca! It can take on just about any flavor - play with the mix ins for fun. :)

    Thanks for the link back!!

  9. Now my fond memories of dance are floating back! I can't wait for that apple pie recipe!

  10. Wow, this is incredible, Rachel! I had no idea eating vegan could look so good! I'm a big cheese person, too, but that pizza w/o cheese looks pretty darn amazing! I've made a recipe from Sprint 2 The Table before...I think because you suggested her site!

    Good luck with your new diet! I know you can do it!!

  11. I just came across your page today.. love it btw.. and am curious what you put in your "cinnamon bun" smoothie. It sounds delicious!

  12. Way to make a day of vegan eats so lovely and appealing! That socca pizza looks fantastic.

  13. What a great start to your vegan venture! All your eats looks so tasty and satisfying. 'Cinnamon bun smoothie' sounds scrumptious! Have you posted the recipe yet?
    And what a beautiful picture of Caroline. She looks perfectly angelic :)