Everyone is buzzing about today’s much anticipated “Try Vegan” Oprah show.
Oprah and her entire staff (nearly 400 people) are going vegan for one week. O’s Vegan Challenge. Show guests will include the brilliant Kathy Freston and Michael Pollan. Also, Lisa Ling will give Oprah viewers a rare look inside some of America’s farms.
Get Inspired and Go Vegan! This post will help you step inside the vegan lifestyle (for a week or more!) You can also forward this post to someone you know who is not vegan, but might be curious. They might be inspired to give the vegan lifestyle a try!
“A week of vegan” can be done! And I want to help. I’ve whipped up an HHL Go Vegan Guide. It includes my fave shopping list items, favorite newbie-friendly vegan recipes, a few wellness tips, inspiring links/resources and cooking tips/techniques. Get inspired and try vegan with Healthy Happy Life!..
My GO VEGAN Guide below.
My Oprah Show re-cap follows the guide.
Wanna Try Vegan? Here are my resources for you if you are trying vegan for the first time, or maybe just want to brush up your vegan diet with a refresher guide to recipes/tips.
Kathy’s HHL Go Vegan Guide
Included in my guide below:
1. Shopping List (feature items to try)
2. Wellness Tips
3. Kitchen Tips/Cooking Techniques
4. Inspiration Links
5. Newbie Recipes to Try
1. Kathy’s Vegan Shopping list includes all my favorite must-have vegan pantry items. But here are a few ingredients that I highly recommend you add to your vegan kitchen (I’m not including basics like fruit/veggies – but you should always have a wide assortment of produce on hand!)..
Grade B Maple Syrup
Field Roast Spicy Chipotle Vegan Sausages
Sprouted Grain Bread
Seasoned Rice Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar
Breakfast Chai tea
Good vegan Cocoa
Steel Cut Oats
Vegan Buttery Spread for baking
Farro, Sprouted Grain or Kamut Pasta
Mache (variety of dark leafy greens)
Soy Yogurt or vegan probiotics
Gardein products (like vegan buffalo wings)
see my entire vegan grocery list here
2. A few favorite Wellness Tips:
Vegan Dining Out Parts: 1 and 2
Vegan Protein Ideas List
Healthy Fast Food: 5 Easy AM Upgrades
Cold-Season Wellness, gone vegan
Vegan Help for Seasonal Allergies
Vitamin D Discussion
Juicing for Health (and fun!) Series
Healthy Vegan Desk-Side Snacks
10 Juice Recipes to Start Your Day!
Healthy Fats 101
All About Tempeh (my favorite vegan protein!)
Non-Dairy Milk Guide
3. Vegan Cooking Techniques/Kitchen Tips:
How-to make fluffy Quinoa!
Juicing At-Home 101
How-to Make Cashew (nut) Cheese
Guide to Soaking Raw Nuts
Vegan Salads 101
Green Juice 101
20 Smoothie Tips: blend like a pro
Cooking Tofu Tips and Advice
4. Inspiration Links:
PCRM Vegan Kickstart iPhone App
Discuss: Fake Meat Products, aka vegan chick’n
Vegan Smoothies! iPhone App
Are You Hungry?? Video
10 Skinny Dip Recipes!
Best Vegan Blogs List
People! Interviews! Check out these inspiring vegan people.
..please feel free to add your own off-site links in the comments section!
5. My Favorite HHL Vegan Newbie Recipes:
Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
Try these recipes vegan newbies!!..
Curried Carrot Tahini Salad with Tofu Cubes
Smoky Tempeh Wrap
Cheezy Roasted Broccoli/Golden Quinoa
Rockstar Pesto Pasta
Cheeze and Peas Mac n Cheeze Pasta
Vegan Ricotta Cheeze Lasagna
Vegan Desserts (I’m really bad at selecting from these – so I’d advise browsing all my vegan dessert recipes!)
Banana Berry Smoothie
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
Easy Energy Almond Banana Shake
Lemon Mint Water
Tu-Nut Pitas (tuna-free!)
Mean Green Soy Burger
Vegan Chickenless Salad Sandwich
Vegan Club Sandwich
Fruit Rainbow Wraps (kid-friendly!)
Tempeh Sandwich w/ Olive Tapenade
Vegan Grilled Cheese
Black & White Cheezy Panini
Daiya Cheesy Quesadillas
Tahini Apple 2-Minute Salad
Seedy Tahini Cole Slaw
Grilled Portobellos w/ Zesty Lemon Dressing
Wilted Spinach/Balsamic Shrooms
Savory Roasted Potatoes
Vegan Cashew Cheese
Raw Almond Spreads: 3 ways
Perfect Butternut Sage Dip
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Orange Glow Muffins
Morning Melon Bowl
Lime Papaya Bowl
NOTE: I encourage you to include your own links/vegan resources in my post comments!