What is The Vegan(ish) Experiment?

Our family (me, my husband D, and our four-year-old Molly) started 2009 with a mostly-vegan, macrobiotic-inspired diet (although I have to admit, the strict macro rules have pretty much gone out the window). I have seen a marked improvement in my chronic migraines, and I'm enjoying proving that we can make amazing, mouth-watering, memorable food without animal products. For a more in-depth intro, click here.

I stopped updating this blog quite awhile back, when life got in the way. I'm still keeping a mostly vegan kitchen, though, and loving it. Have fun browsing my recipes!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day 1: The Experiment Begins!

Well, we're starting tonight! As soon as Molly wakes up from her nap, it's off to the store for groceries. Luckily, the supermarket around the corner has a nice selection of bulk foods and health food. And we'll have to hit up the Asian store and Whole Foods for a few things, too.

I promised my readers a menu, and I've made one. We're starting off with a dinner composed of two dishes which we already know and love - and they both happen to be vegan-macro-friendly. I've planned out our meals for the next 8 days, but will just share today and tomorrow with you for now. Check back for pictures and reviews of the dishes.

Breakfast every day is cereal with soy milk. I'm not a huge breakfast person.

Thursday, 1/1:


  • Chickpea curry on brown rice (one of our favorite dinners; contains a nice blend of spices but no curry powder. Molly likes it too!)
  • Escarole Siciliano (we LOVE this greens recipe. We are using 1 head of escarole tonight.)
Friday, 1/2:

  • Leftover chickpea curry
  • More Escarole Siciliano, made fresh from a second head of escarole

And finally, a preview of what's to come in the next few days: barley mushroom soup, baked tofu with lemon-tahini marinade, quinoa pilaf, tempeh peanut sauté, homemade hummus, couscous with peanut sauce ... yum!

So it begins!


  1. Good Luck! Your menu sounds divine! My very best friend is a vegan and I am going to direct her to your blog, I know she would love to read about your journey!

  2. Thank you, Michelle! Please do send your friend by. I think that this lifestyle change will not always be the easiest, and it's nice to have support. :)

  3. Good luck with your new way of eating. I look forward to reading about how it is helping you.

    One question I have, though, is about fermented soy products and soy in general. Fermented products, including soy, are migraine triggers for me. So are large amounts of soy. Also, because they are phytoestrogens, do you worry about creating imbalances of hormones?

    All The Best,

  4. Hi Barbara,

    I haven't noticed problems from fermented products, but triggers are such an idiosyncratic thing. (Also, I don't get hormonal migraines, so that might have something to do with it.) I think it's mostly about finding your own triggers - which it sounds like you have - and figuring out how to live without them!

  5. Hey, I noticed that you had soy milk and cereal everyday and i think there are health issues to consider. First, the soy milk is not recommended to be taken everyday due to it's estrogen-like effect. Please read more about it ,it's been well studied. Second, cereal is a processed food with a lot of sugars and salts, so having it everyday might not be the best thing to do..


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