Today marks a whole entire week into Veganuary, and I am honestly really exhausted from being constantly hungry. Perhaps I wasn’t eating enough calories to keep me full for longer. Perhaps I was eating the wrong things. It’s all up in the air, but I was losing patience, increasingly cranky, and the hunger pangs just won’t let up!
I had such little will to keep going on as Vegan for the rest of the 31 days but that would be too easy. I am fiercely determined to keep this going till Chinese Near Year, and continuing till I complete all 31 days.
Why Chinese New Year?
Because I want to. And I will make the exception on the very few days that my extended family get together once a year to celebrate tradition, with the traditional chinese foods I’m used to.
Anyway, today I didn’t feel like innovating any recipes at all, so I headed over to the Japanese Supermarket in search of ANYTHING I could simply pop straight into my face-hole or into the air-fryer, and get lunch over and done with so I could continue with work. I was so resigned and underwhelmed on this day, that I was going to be happy with Japanese rice wrapped in seaweed.
I spent at least 30mins meticulously reading through all the instant things that I can add water to, in hopes that I may be able to discover the ONE BRAND I SO NEED RIGHT NOW, but all cup noodles have egg white powder, and even Miso soup has a thing called ‘Dashi’ which is made of Bonito flakes (fish flakes). UGH! Kill me!
Just as I was aaaaaalmost about to give up and go drink a plant-based oatmeal shake or something, the Vegan gods shone upon my pitiful visage by bestowing upon me this marvellous discovery…
But as I was about to head to the checkout counters, I noticed some sesame sauce next to the Gyoza fridge section. And the Vegan Gods again, allowed me the strength to pick up the phallic bottle and read the ingredients..
I had a winning combination for foods for lunch and I was thoroughly and utterly thrilled to put these together!
All I had to do was oil a pan lightly, line them up next to each other on the pan (like in the photo below), and let them fry till their bases turn golden brown. Then, add a third of a cup of water, and put a lid on to let it steam the rest of the way!
Again, I rummaged my fridge for any leftover veggies I may be able to find, and while not the most complimentary, I found Brussels sprouts, which I tossed in the pan with some of the sesame dressing right after I pan-fried the Vegan Gyozas.
I was very happy with how they tasted, and they really did satisfy my craving for ‘normal’ food.
But not for long…
Made by Cait Beyond Sausage + Vegetable Curry
As you know, this day had been extra challenging for me, as I didn’t expect to be so hungry throughout the day! According to the boditrax scale at the gym, I’d lost a bit of muscle and gained a bit of fat too, which added on to my frustration about the vegan diet. I was even losing drive to innovate my vegan home-cooked meals.
It wasn’t until about 530pm, that I decided to keep trucking forward with more enthusiasm (because Zenos had been so supportive), and I know seeing me so down-trodden was hurting him a little bit. Also, I remembered that I’d gone to the little ‘Fairprice Finest‘ at basement 1 of Funan Mall a few days back, and chanced upon some Beyond Sausage; They had 2 types, bratwurst flavoured, and spicy Italian flavoured.
Determined to cheer up my beloved boyfriend, I grabbed my Auntie Bag, and headed back to the supermarket to pick up some vegetables because I was going to make Zenos’ FAVOURITE food – Curry!
*Any leftover veggies you have (as usual), but I used…
Red Peppers / Capsicums
Salt + Pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp oil
1 small box of coconut milk
1 tbsp curry powder
(For the rice)
2 cups Brown Rice (I only always use brown rice)
3 cups of water
(For the Beyond Sausage)
2 Beyond Sausages
1 tsp oil
(For the Curry)
Chop up the garlic, and slice the ginger
Roughly cut up the vegetables
to a hot wok, heat 1 tbsp oil
throw in the garlic and ginger to fry up a little bit
now throw in ALL the veggies
now throw in the curry powder
after pan-frying for about 5 mins, add coconut milk
salt + pepper to taste
cover and let simmer about 10mins
(For the Rice)
put 2 cups of brown rice in rice cooker
add in 3 cups of water
let it cook
(For the Beyond Sausage)
add 1 tsp oil to a pan
pan-fry all round the beyond sausage till golden brown
Rice on plate first
Then beyond Sausage next to Rice
Then as much curry and veggies as you want to fill the plate
And there you have it!
Top it with some cracked salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
I’ve taken a cross section photo of the Beyond Sausage so you can see what it’s like. Personally, I really enjoyed the texture and the flavour of the beyond sausage. The spices really makes the pea proteins (or whatever plant-based proteins they’re made out of) taste a lot like a real Italian sausage!
Also, the up-side to cooking this dish, is that I really built back my confidence in going on with my Veganuary challenge, and I can’t wait to keep creating and sharing more recipes with you!
Look out for my next post, where I uncover more supermarket fake sausages, and finally find the perfect protein cure to my hunger pangs! Also, if you work around the CBD, you’re in for a treat!