Sunday, March 6, 2011

Confessions of a Vegan Junkie

I am vegan.

I love vegan junk food.

Yes Virginia, one can be vegan and not eat any healthy greens.
Foods that I love: chips, anything fried, ice cream, french fries, Vegenaise, bread, Daiya cheese, sweet potato fries, cupcakes, cookies, Tofurkey, meat alternatives, shakes, burgers, mac n cheeze, tofu, pizza, the list goes on & on...yes, everything in moderation is not a bad thing but, I must confess- there are days on end when greens don't make it onto my plate, sigh.

 Now, let me just say that all these dishes are not necessarily "junky" and are definitely fine in moderation of course....I just like them a whole lot more than in moderation. This is obviously not how I eat all the time, just a roundup of some "bad" faves.

Cue the confessional evidence:

My favorite at Veggie Dim Sum House, hotbed of white flour decadence- the fried turnip cake which the Fcat pointed out long ago, was just mostly flour with teeny bits of turnip & mushroom...hey, leave my turnip cake alone, I'm part Chinese and grew up on fried turnip cake (the non vegan version has tiny bits of Chinese sausage & dried shrimp). They make it to perfection at Veggie Dim Sum House, even grandma said so.
 Dumplings- fried doughy goodness with "non" meaty filling, yep, 'nuff said.
This is hands down the most amazing sandwich I've ever had- the Tofu Banh Mi at Brooklyn Standard Deli in Greenpoint- crispy deep fried tofu topped with pickled daikon carrot & cilantro aioli, crunchy on the outside & soft melty tofu on the inside- trust, this is divine.
Cupcakes & donuts from Babycakes:
Vegan "Italian Sausage Roll" from Vince's in Williamsburg- sausage, peppers, onions, vegan cheddar & mozzerella and red sauce, wrapped in doughy goodness.
My favorite falafel pita sandwich (french fries optional, hell yeah- pile on the fried food!) from Hoosmoos Asli- so perfect after a day wandering around in SoHo or Nolita...
Vegan coconut custard pie from Hannah Kaminsky's My Sweet Vegan- I could easily polish off a whole pie in the course of a day or two, flaky crust & the most custardy non-egg custard ever...
Mac & Cheeze from S'Nice leftovers & taken home & baked to perfection.
Gardein's Buffalo Chik'n with vegenaise as a dip...
The Butterfinger shake at Terri NYC is thick, creamy & dreamy. My junky tendencies are so not what The China Study authors advocate as an ideal vegan diet.
I love carbs and I love vegan cheese- vegan pizza at Pala- one spicy red pie with cherry tomatoes & asparagus & a white pie with Field Roast sausage & mushrooms.
 
Every now & then, I have a vegan hot dog- we buy whole wheat buns in an attempts to make it healthier, but honestly it's just that combo of ketchup, mustard & sauerkraut with the Smart Dogs as a vehicle for said combo.
 Other days call for grilled daiya cheese sandwiches with a side of pickles...
 
 A little over a month ago, I went to Kris Carr's book signing for her new book, Crazy Sexy Diet. I've met Kris before & what impressed me most each time was how she just GLOWED. This is a woman who has cancer. She radiates sunshine and I needed to get with that program asap!

But of course addicts & junkies need a fix, especially when there is talk & thoughts of giving up the drug...so of course right after the signing, we headed over to Cafe Blossom where I promptly ordered a shake and soy-bacon-cheeze burger with sweet potato fries. Definitely gorged myself as if it were to be my last meal...
To be honest, I haven't gotten with the program yet- comfort foods are hard to wean from especially during a depressing winter, but I did start incorporating green monster smoothies into my day and that is a step in the right direction. Now that spring is coming, where I would normally do a juice cleanse, the Crazy Sexy Diet 21 day cleanse might be a better option. Time to come clean: sweep out the emotional crap & eat more whole foods. Will let you know how it goes...

10 comments:

Leinana Two Moons said...

I am right there with you. In fact, just reading the beginning of your post had me craving fries, veggie burgers, mac & cheese, and pizza! :)

Amanda said...

all of that looks amazing. viva la junk food!

kellywhitephillips said...

I will fess up to my soy-bacon-cheeseburger-from-blossom crush. I'll be in nyc this week and my goal is to a) try the soy quarter pounder at v-note b) eat babycakes and c) balance it out w quintessence and yoga

P.S. let me know if you wanna do quintessence! that would rock.

Andréa N. said...

Yummy post! I LOVE vegan junk food too! Mouthwatering photos... xoxo

Vegyogini said...

I love your honesty! Is the Crazy Sexy Diet cleanse basically just an all whole foods cleanse?

Theresa said...

This post is full of everything that I love, or would love to get my hands on. Super yummy - and a great batch of ideas for places Andy and I need to go when we visit NYC later in the year!

VeggieGirl said...

Enjoy the deliciousness, dear Vko! :) xoxo

Susan G said...

I hear ya - I have been trying to eat beans at every meal and it is tough, even for a (very) long time veggie.

Heidi said...

I am so in love with this entire post - I want everything! It cracks me up every time someone says, "You are skinny because you are vegan" - if they only knew how much delicious decadence there is out there :)

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

OMG, this post totally made me drool! And I'm having a salad for lunch... Damn you! Haha

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