Vegan Week ~ An Introduction

by kitchenarian on August 14, 2011

I have wondered many times what it would feel like to be vegan. Could I really give up the love of my life, goat cheese? What would I do if I couldn’t add fresh milk to my morning espresso? Where would I be without real butter? I love butter!

Back in January when I set up a few cooking goals for myself for the new year, I listed vegan cuisine. I wondered what it would be like to be vegan for a week. When I started The Kitchenarian, my purpose was to expand my cooking knowledge, explore new cuisines and keep a journal of my experiences.

So I’ve had this vegan idea brewing in the back of my mind for a while and recently thought that if I was going to do this thing, I should do it while all the fresh summer produce was still plentiful. So, guess what? It is vegan week here at The Kitchenarian. It’s a week long foray into the world of veganism. I am giving up all meat, seafood and dairy and adopting a diet of of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts for seven days….168 hours…10,080 minutes….

I already know I can’t do this alone, so I have asked some experts to help me out. Throughout the week, I will have guest posts from some dedicated vegan and food conscious bloggers:

JL from JL Goes Vegan
Tiffany from Como Water
Nikki from The Tolerant Vegan

I am so excited to share their stories and recipes with you. I’ve often wondered what makes an individual give up entire food groups in their diet. Is it more than a strong belief in animal rights issues or personal health issues? I believe it is. I am excited to start this culinary journey.

It will be a fun and delicious week. I will publish a new post every day for the next seven days. There is lots to share and talk about as I explore this new food lifestyle. Please join me.

Goodbye butter, good-bye brie cheese. I will see you in 7 days! And, yes, if you are wondering, there is tofu in my future….

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The Culinary Lens August 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

An excellent idea. Moving outside your comfort zone is always interesting. I will be following right along during the week


JL goes Vegan August 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’m so excited to hear how this week goes for you! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this adventure!


yummychunklet August 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

Looking forward to reading your experiences with going vegan this week!


Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

I am truly excited for this. I have experimented with vegetarian diet in the past. I don’t consider myself a vegetarian but we (my husband and I) don’t eat a ton of meat or poultry. We often eat vegetarian meals but I often wonder what it would be like to completely give up all animal-produced products. I’m really looking forward to your posts this week!


Snippets of Thyme August 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I can’t wait to follow along with you for 7 days. I’ve wondered the same thing but have never really decided to try this out for real. Good luck exploring. I imagine it will introduce all sorts of new recipes and ingredient options.


Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I cannot wait to see how it goes. I use Mama Pea of Peas and Thank you for any vegan recipes I have ever tried. Normally once my husband gets wind we go to more vegetarian dishes than vegan but they can be delicious. Cannot wait to hear how it goes.


A Little Yumminess August 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Looking forward to finding out how it goes…I am thinking of doing this myself


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

What a great challenge for yourself. Looking forward to reading about it.


Ann August 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm

AWESOME! I have wondered the same thing and I can’t wait to see what you make! Buzzing this with great anticipation!


Irena August 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

Fantastic, why not, I tried and I was felling very good after:)


Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family August 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

I am excited for you. As a vegetarian trying to make the vegan leap (I am having a hard time giving up cheese)…I can’t wait to see how this goes for you.


Tiffany August 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

What a great introduction! I am looking forward to all of your posts this week… and of course, thanks you for inviting me to take this journey contigo! 🙂


melody polakow: Vegan for 3.33 a day August 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Good luck! I have a “Goaty Cashew Cheese” recipe that I love on my blog. I will warn you, it’s not goat cheese.. BUT.. when you mix it into your salads, pasta, soups, pizza… it will give you the satisfaction and round out the dish… I hesitate to call it cheese because it’s not.. but it’s super good! I hope you try it.


Kelly August 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

you are going to feel fantastic at the end of your week! What a wonderful idea! I’m a former vegan but I always feel so great on a vegan diet.


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