Since I didn't know exactly how long it would take to get crispy, I brought out the cook book:
Mark Bittman recommended 3-4 minutes on each side, so I started with that. I found that I needed to add a minute or so per side to get it as crispy as I wanted although I may have been "crowding the pan" a bit:
As I looked in the pan and looked at my brown rice, I decided that even though I was also having a salad, my plate needed a little green, so once the mushrooms came out, I threw in some spinach. The final product:
(i ended up adding another little bit of tofu and man my salad was boring...all i had left was lettuce and carrots...not a very fun salad)
Overall, a pretty good dinner, but I think there was a little too much soy sauce and not enough rice wine vinegar in my marinade (which makes sense because I thought I had more in the bottle when I was planning the marinade...) so it was one of those meals that I really enjoyed, but didn't really want to go back for more even though I was still a little hungry.
Since I was still hungry after dinner, I decided on a dessert of an english muffin, almond butter and jam:
I'll post a few other thoughts about my day as a vegan tomorrow, but here are a few thoughts for now:
- Was I hungrier than usual? Not all day, but I am now. I think the fact that my BodyPump instructor really kicked our asses today is catching up with me. I might have to have a little bowl of cereal and almond milk if I'm still feeling hungry in half an hour.
- I think I had too much soy, but that is because I wasn't planning on this morning's latte.
- I had to read a LOT and had to do a decent amount of googling. Just as about to put a piece of gum in my mouth I thought "oh crap, what if it isn't vegan"...it was.
- Food blogging is HARD. I'm not a good food photographer (as you can see by today's pictures) and I had to try to remember to take pictures. I definitely didn't get all the ingredients in (like with today's breakfast), but I tried my best.
- I succeeded! (well, so far anyway, i'm not in bed yet) And with only one or two cravings. I really wanted chocolate milk after my work out and I couldn't snack on a couple of my "go to" crackers because they have honey in them. It was easier at work than at home because there are more non-vegan options here at home.
- Honestly- for the day it wasn't hard but I really do rely on dairy (and love dairy) for a lot of my meals so more than a day or two would be tough for me.
Hope you enjoyed my day as a vegan food blogger. Again, for more posts and info on vegan week and vegan for a day, check out Eating Journey and Silly Tater tot.