There are few things I miss since going vegetarian a few years ago, but now that dairy is out of the question, I have been mostly vegan for the past 2 1/2 months (ok, some ice cream has fallen into my mouth a couple of times, but that's it). For the most part, I can make anything that I had before in a vegetarian or vegan way. The problem is when I go out. Now I don't go out very much and definitely even less with kids, but when I only sleep for a couple of hours continuously, and try to run, maybe work that day, straighten up the house, make lunches for the next day, etc. I am pretty tired and making a lovely dinner is not a priority. Of course, I would rather be in the kitchen making a yummy dinner than cleaning the house or doing laundry. So I have had to down play dinner for a past few months. One thing I used to love is cobb salads. I never made them at home, but I used to order them a lot. Now I know they are not healthy, but boy they were yummy. Well this is something I really can't order anymore, so I had to come up with something I could do at home.
Vegan Cobb Salad
2-3 cups romaine lettuce
1/2 plum tomato
1/4 avocado, chopped
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 strips of veggie bacon (I used Smart Bacon by LightLife)
1/4 cup celery
1/4 cup non-dairy cheese (I used Daiya cheddar shreds)
2 tablespoons of your favorite dressing (I wanted creamy so I went with Goddess dressing)
- Make bacon according to packages (I have microwaved it and cooked it on the stovetop, if you have the time use the stovetop)
- Spread out lettuce
- Take each ingredient and line them up over the romaine
- Sprinkle on the dressing
Yes, simple directions, but like I said, this was never something I made, I usually just ordered it in restaurants. I haven't found a restaurant that does vegan cobb salads, so this is a great way to get my fix. The chickpeas are a great substitute for eggs here. And I usually got mine without chicken anyway, so I don't miss a thing with this version.
Do you have any meals you now make at home that you used to get only when you were out?