Lifestyle, Recipes

What I Eat in a Day: Vegan Edition

Now, if you have been following my blog for a little bit, or you happened to read the side description, you might be aware that I am a vegetarian.  What you may or may not be aware of, is the fact I’m transitioning over to veganism.  Honestly, it is going much smoother than I originally anticipated.  I’ve been vegetarian before as well as vegan, but I didn’t have a lot of references or meals to help me eat something other than one meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or eat nothing but storebought, expensive pre-made meals.  So, to help share some things that I eat, I thought I would do a little “What I Eat in a Day” type of post!

tofuscramble

First up, breakfast.  Now, my vegetarian everyday breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, two vegetarian sausage links, guac, and coffee filled creamer and Splenda.  Well, not too much has changed.  I make tofu scramble with two vegan breakfast sausage links, guac, and coffee with a splash of unsweetened almond milk.  I’ve tried several different recipes, but in the end, I came up with my own and honestly I can’t tell the difference.  Hell, I feel the picture below truly looks like eggs!  What do you think?  If you are interested in a breakdown of my vegan breakfast including how I make my tofu scramble, I’ll have a post later in the month going over it.  Including the coffee, the caloric value of my breakfast was 270 calories.

bocaburger

Now, lunch.  On this day (which was this past Monday), I had a few errands to run.  Breakfast was around 6am.  Lunchtime came around 1:30pm and boy was I famished.  At first, I couldn’t think of anything to make.  Don’t you hate that?  You are so hungry yet you have no idea what you wanted?  Eventually, I thought of something simple.  A Boca Spicy Chik’N Burger with fries.  I heated up my oven, cooked the fries and patty, and assembled the burger.  I found buns at Safeway that are 120 calories per bun and they are the perfect size for the burger.  They also fit the Beyond Meat Burger as well.  I did a teaspoon of vegan mayo, a teaspoon of dijon mustard, the patty, two slices of tomato, couple slices of yellow onion, and of course guac.  I think I have mentioned it here before, but definitely on my Instagram, guac = life.  I eat guac every day, no exaggeration or lie.  I also served the fries with a side of ketchup.  The total caloric value of my lunch was 500 calories.

Last, but not least, dinner time!  I was looking forward to dinner all damn day.  Not because I was starving or anything.  No, I was looking forward to making Carne Guisada tacos.  To give a little backstory, I am originally from San Antonio, Texas and I was raised on Mexican/Tex-Mex food.  It is literally in my blood.  One of my favorite tacos to eat (usually for breakfast honestly) was Carne Guisada tacos.  It’s beef in a gravy, put in a tortilla and usually covered in cheese (and when I say covered, I mean doused in cheese).  It may not sound pleasant to some, but for me, it was straight heaven!  I’ll be doing breakfast taco recipes in the future, but for now, back to the Carne Guisada tacos.  Now, I am very particular about spices that I use.  There is one spice in particular that I actually order online from the company’s website because it is pretty much only sold in Texas, least that I am aware of.  It is called Bolner’s Fiesta Brand Fajita Seasoning.  I order the restaurant size and order multiple at a time.  I got through a large container about every 2 months.  Well, I forgot they had Carne Guisada seasoning.  So, on my last order, I purchased a small bottle to try out.  This day was the day I was putting it to use!

carneguisadatacos

Before I started prepping the seitan that I was going to use for this recipe, I needed homemade tortillas.  Yes.  I make homemade tortillas.  I didn’t use to, but moving up to Seattle they do not have decent tortillas in the slightest.  Luckily, homemade tortillas are super easy to make.  It literally requires 4 ingredients, flour, olive oil, water, and salt.  In my case, I use fajita seasoning for extra flavor.  It takes no time at all and it is well worth it!  The Carne Guisada part was beyond easy.  I just diced up some seitan, browned it up a bit in the pan, added water, then stirred in some of the Carne Guisada seasoning.  Let it simmer for a bit and then added it to the tortillas.  I also added about a tablespoon of Hot For Food’s The Nacho Cheese sauce from her book and a tablespoon of guac on each taco, because again, guac = life.  Quick note, next time I won’t add as much Guisada seasoning, it came out a bit too salty, but with that being said.  FUCKING AMAZING!  It reminded me so much of Carne Guisada tacos in Texas.  I mean, my eyes were bulging right out of my skull with how good this came out!  You bet your ass this recipe is going to be in constant rotation.  I am going to tweak it a bit and do a full break down of what I did, just in case anyone is interested.  Plugging everything in, these two tacos, including the guac and nacho cheese sauce came out to 463 calories.  Next time I won’t use as much seitan either, I didn’t need as much as I did.  So for this day, my total caloric intake was 1,233 calories.  My daily aim for my caloric intake is between 1000 and 1200 a day, if I go a bit over, I don’t stress about it.  I felt satisfied all day, I ate things I truly enjoyed, and that is what is important on a fitness journey.  Never depriving yourself and figuring out ways to make things work.

Well, I hope you found this somewhat interesting and hell, maybe this will give you some food inspiration as well!  If it did, let me know!  I think that is enough babbling for one post, I’m over 1000 words at this point!  So, thank you for stopping by and until next time!

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