Wednesday, May 27, 2009

He Goes Vegan

While my posts have been scattered as of late, if you've been following you know that my husband recently got out of the military, and after two long years, we finally moved back in together again.  

Last we were living together I was a vegetarian.  He's always been open to eating anything, and definitely had tofu and tempeh while we were living there, but he was definitely dismayed when he learned I would no longer be eating cheese or eggs.  

So, imagine my surprise last week when he tells me that, if I cook/pack him food, he will eat vegan during the week.  Okay.  They say that it takes about a month to break a habit, so I saw his challenge, and raised it to 30 days straight.  And so Vegan Challenge 2009 begins.  

Today was the official starting date, although he technically ate vegan yesterday also, so he's already got an edge on the non-existent competition.  

Our kitchen is still kind of in shambles, with pieces of it scattered across the country (our stuff that we had in Hawaii has been in storage since August 2007, and it is now in California waiting to be shipped to us here), but I finally broke out the few tools that we have, and made my first recipe from The Vegan Table.  I mentioned it a week or two ago, and I honestly wasn't planning on buying it...but once I saw it, I had to.  People, it is beautiful.  Plus...TONS of pictures!!  I'm way more likely to make recipes if there are pictures.  

So, for dinner tonight we had the French Onion Pie.  

Sadly, it was about as gloppy a mess as it looks in the picture.  Maybe because I cooked my onions in a wok (again, making do with what I have), they were really wet, and the resulting pie was really wet.  It tasted good, but it was not very pretty.  And I think it goes without saying that I couldn't get the onions to caramelize...I can't even do that with the proper equipment.

The salad is nothing special but I just wanted to say "Oh my gosh the strawberries here are amazing" one more time.   

If you're anything like me, you may be wondering why he agreed to do this.  The impression that I get from him is that...he wants the challenge.  It also may give him some insight into something that is important to me, but for the most part he wants to see if he can do it.  He wants to see if he can eat vegan for 30 days, and more importantly, he wants to see if he can maintain or gain muscle on a vegan diet.  I, obviously, know that it is possible, but he wants to see for himself, and why would I deter him?!?  So here goes.  We're also going to start lifting together again, so I'll post our workout tomorrow.  

Also, I am behind on everyone's blog, we just got our internet hooked up today (and its not even wireless yet, I feel so lame).  I'm also REALLY sorry if you sent me an email and it took me awhile to get back to you.   You can expect me to be around with some regularity now though!!  


  1. Welocme back, Gina! I think it's great your hubby is up for a vegan challenge. And you'll be the perfect inspiration for him.

  2. oooohhh Vegan Table Looks amazing!!!!!
    I might be coming down to NYC next week and would love to grab some yummy vegan food with you if you are free!!

  3. my bf could never live without meat so i applaud your husband for his willingness to try!

  4. woohooo! best of luck to you both. i'm sure you'll cook him some amazin' stuff.

    i loooove 'the vegan table.' just got it and can't wait to try something from it.

  5. Aw, that is awesome that he is home!!!

    Men and their challenges ;)

  6. Awee I'm happy that your husband is back :)
    It's awesome that he is going to try!!
    I would still eat that onion pie in one siting hehe

  7. Perfect! I wish my man would do this! He did say he'd read Skinny Bastard if I'd buy it for him though...that's a start, I guess.

    I think most omni/vegetarian guys are changeable over time. Once they see how healthy we are and all the goodness we eat, they have to get jealous at some point. Good luck with his challenge!

  8. Awesome!!! My hubby and I were in the military in Hawaii. Now we are (free) civilians! Congrats on his new life out of the military and as a vegan!

  9. That's amazing that he's doing this! I hope he succeeds in his challenge. :D

  10. That's all so great to hear! I can't wait to find out how more of this challenge goes, and I hope the changes stick for good. :)

  11. I think that is really cool your husband is trying out the vegan lifestyle, especially because he knows how important it is to you. Sometimes, I slip CD some tempeh, but then he always ends up throwing a burger in the mix as well. :)

    Have a good day Gina. Eat some of those strawberries for me!

  12. Yay for your husband being open to trying new things! I'd give anything to get mine to give up his meaty ways :( I look forward to reading all about the challenge!

  13. Congrats! That pie looks messy awesome.

    It's probably for the best that you haven't eaten Matzo. It was usually something I ate out of necessity, and the same goes for most of my friends. Although, it is rather delicious dipped in dark chocolate :)

  14. Holy oniony goodness! That's one sexy pie - goopy or not!

    YAY - Go Mr.Vegan Strong!!!