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Cravings

Posted by slowlygoingvegan on September 14, 2009

cheesecakeSince starting this whole journey, I have been pretty good with cravings. They bother me for a little while but then I eventually forget them.

Before starting this, dairy and dairy based items filled my list of favourites…ice cream, shortbread, pound cake, cream cheese, and my favourite…cheesecake. And this is just part of the list (can you tell I am a dessert girl?).

Since I have given up dairy (well almost, I still battle the cheese thing at times :)), I don’t really crave it at all. Milk makes me sick at the thought of drinking it…ugh. I know if I do go back to the way things were, my skin would flare up again and I just would not feel good. After having something like that out of your diet for so long, adding it back can cause havoc on your system!

Luckily, I have found some amazing vegan blogs on the net and have been able to find some wonderful vegan cookbooks. Alternatives to all of my favourites exist and I am looking forward to making and trying all of them!

So I am interested to know, when you first became a vegan, what did you crave, or what do you still crave?

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15 Responses to “Cravings”

  1. Joshua May said

    as mentioned before, I miss good soy milk ;)

    but I’m missing a world of things at the moment as I try and find North American substitutes – even finding bread on shelves here is hard (it’s either HFCS or honey in so many of them).. even beyond that, the ‘normal’ soy milk is sweetened. I don’t want sweetened anything! but that’s not strictly a vegan issue!

    I miss the fantasy of a lot of things, still. the ritual, and the comforting old habits. scrambled eggs, or grilled cheese toasted sandwiches, etc. they’re such simple things, but when I sit to think about it, I realise ‘eww, eggs’.

    even following from that, I miss being able to eat anything, anywhere. convenience in general, you know? now I need to read packaging, realise it’s got some quirky animal derivative, and then move on to the next product. rinse, repeat. its frustrating.

    AND I’m finding it crazy over here – there are deals like ’2 cheeseburgers, 99c’ or whatever, but then a bag of rice is $7. the prices are absolutely ludicrous on what I considered staples. even a bag of flour is substantially more expensive than I’d expected.

    having a kitchen now is nice, though – I just scoffed a couple of cinnamon scrolls, and had some chocolate brownie earlier :)

    as for products? I guess I miss making pizza (so..cheese), and I miss Milo (which isn’t the same with non-dairy milk anyway). I miss the way butter melts into things.

    but yeah, it’s largely just comfort and convenience that I miss – but I’m working on resolving that..it was easier back at home where things were familiar to begin with, it’s a whole new world here :)

    • Thanks for stopping by again! I can only imagine how hard it is to come to another country and get used to the things that are offered here whe you were used to what was available where you were.

      And yes, eww…eggs. I can’t believe I used to eat those things either. I hear you on not being able to eat anything anywhere. When we decide to do takout now, it is usually only a small amount of places that we have to choose from, which makes it hard. And it also make takeout a hassle at times.

  2. La' said

    what I crave is not cheese itself but some food having cheese in it, especially the ones that I’ve been eating for my whole life. plus the fact that here there’s no vegan cafeterias or any other place making vegan food when it comes to eat out makes everything more difficult!

    • I agree. Where I am, I only know of 1 restaurant that offeres vegan food. I am sure there aremore, I just have to do some digging! And I am with you on missing foods that have cheese as an ingredient. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Rachel I J said

    The one thing I craved for the longest time, was fried eggs sunny side up with toast. Even as I learned to be disgusted by the concept of eating an egg, I still missed that, as it was my favorite comfort-food breakfast. I didn’t get over it until I developed a vegan version that I now make for myself and hubby almost every Sunday. Now I don’t miss fried eggs anymore… Now I just crave my vegan version!

    -Rachel (@rachelij on Twitter)

  4. hungryherbivores said

    I craved ice cream like crazy until I found Purely Decadent: Turtle Trails. It’s better than any ice cream I remember! I don’t miss meat at all. I was always grossed out by it. Now I can’t believe I ever ate it. And while I don’t crave cheese I miss how it melts nicely on things like quesadillas.

  5. Of all the things.It was the worst. (promise not to puke?)
    HOTDOGS! sorry…

  6. Cristy said

    Pizza, which is weird since I was never really into pizza before going veg. I’d eat it MAYBE once a month, sometimes once every 6 months. I haven’t sought out veggie pizza yet and, although some veg cheeses are ok, it’s not the same. And now I’m thinking about it again…haha!

  7. Taymer said

    That is an easy question I craved fish especialy fried frying fish with the seasoning in the nooks and crannies. I have to turn the other cheek when I smell this being fried because no matter how long I was vegan this Bajan style flying fish could never disgust me. I will not learn to be digusted by it because I am not I just use will power to avoid it.I craved also plates of grilled chicken and chips after but then I got turned of after a few months. Maybe it was just the concept of having a junky dinner I missed and not these things itself.

  8. Rachel I J said

    OK, since you asked! ;)
    It may seem weird, but we love it. I should take a picture sometime…

    —————————————————————

    Vegan Sunny-Side Squares

    For the centers, in a mug or glass measuring cup, combine:
    1 tbsp melted Earth Balance
    3 tbsp hot water
    1 tbsp + 1 tsp flax meal
    2 tsp nutritional yeast
    1/8 tsp turmeric
    Pinch salt
    Pinch black pepper

    Mix vigorously. Set aside while performing the next step.

    Unbox a block of extra-firm silken tofu (the kind that comes in a box). Cut off about one inch from one end of the block to make into a square. GENTLY cut 4 slices of 1/4 to 1/2 inch each. Heat a non-stick or stainless steel skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking spray, and fry the tofu slices for a few minutes on each side. They should get a little browned. This kind of tofu is very delicate, so treat it GENTLY. (I use two spatulas.)

    While the 4 tofu slices are browning, toast 4 slices of bread.

    When everything is ready, heat the flax mixture for 20 seconds in the microwave. Mix again.

    To serve:
    Put two tofu squares side-by-side on each plate.
    With a small knife, cut a 1 inch square out of the center of each and pry out and discard.
    Divide the flax mixture among the 4 holes. It’s okay if it runs out a little over the top.
    Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste over all.
    Serve with the toast and also maybe some vegan bacon or sausage.

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