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I am so happy that you have been enjoying Veganuary so much! As I said, this challenge (to eat only vegan in January) should first of all be fun and not create pressure. If it doesn’t always work out perfectly that’s ok too. It’s just about getting to know the vegan cuisine, testing new foods, reducing prejudices about vegan food and, for example, “veganizing” your favorite foods. All tips on eating vegan and Veganuary can be found here!
A big question that I received from you guys was what you could eat at work. I’ll turn the question back to you: what do you usually eat at work? So far I have been able to veganise so many dishes that my answer would be very long 🙂 In my first real office job, I brought a simple dish with me every day, e.g. Rice with vegetables and chickpeas, or curry, or salad, or homemade soup that I only had to prepare with hot water, etc. In my last office job, we had our office almost right next to two supermarkets and we had a kitchen in the office. So I always bought food for the week on Mondays and always prepared a big salad for lunch during the week. Without knowing I was preparing so-called Buddha bowls back then before they were called Buddha bowls!
Buddha bowls are a fancy name for a very simple dish: just a bowl full of different yummy stuff piled up 🙂 There is not a single recipe for a Buddha Bowl, but rather a general guideline: Combine salad, vegetables, carbohydrates, nuts or seeds with a protein and a delicious dressing. You can prepare all the ingredients in the evening and then put the dressing on the next day. So today I don’t have a strict recipe, just an inspiration. You can easily adjust your Buddha bowls to your preferences!
A few ideas:
- lettuce with spiraled zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, chickpeas, millet, sesame seeds and silken tofu dressing
- Ruccola with peppers, baked sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, lentils and a vegan yoghurt dressing
- Carbohydrates: e.g. Whole grain rice, quinoa, greens, pasta, millet, baked or boiled potatoes
- Nuts and seeds: e.g. Cashews, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seed, hemp seeds, etc.
- Proteins: e.g. Chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, tempeh, tofu, fermented tofu from typhoon (unpaid advertising), smoked tofu, seitan, vegan sausages, vegan burgers etc.
- Dressing: e.g. Silken tofu dressing, yoghurt dressing, vinegar oil dressing, cashew dressing, peanut sauce
Also, you can find more ideas in the book written by my blogger colleague Annelina Waller “A bowl full of luck” (unpaid advertising) or if you just google for Buddha Bowls 🙂 I just throw everything that I have at home together in a bowl! And as I said, with the spice/sauce ideas, which I mention again and again, almost every dish is yummy: soy sauce, miso-pasta, yeast, herbs, micro-greens, mustard, some sweetness, etc. Have fun with experimenting!
You can find my other Veganuary recipes here: