RE: replacement question
Posted Friday, January 1, 2010 at 10:02 AM
Hi, yes, you can replace some things with quick alternatives. That's better than abandoning the plan altogether, I'd think.
The "Fakin Bakin" tempeh strips by LightLife are good. They look like this: http://www.lightlife.com/product_detail.jsp?p=tempeh_smokystrips
I haven't had the Morning Star ones--and those are not vegan. They have egg whites and milk.
But Susan Levin (the plan's RD) has popped into some other threads to remind people not to stress about the meal plans, which are just guides. She has encouraged people to mix and match and keep it simple.
You might look at the threads called "Overwhelmed: Day -1" and "low-maintenance meals and snacks" for some good tips.
Here is a breakfast that my husband and I eat all the time--takes only a few minutes and we vary it based on what we have on hand:
Quickie Oatmeal with Fruit
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3-1 cup soy milk, almond milk, or other vegan milk
Any combination of chopped fresh, dried and/or frozen fruit like:
dried apricots or raisins
Nuts like walnuts or cashews (optional)
Put the oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl, top with chopped fruits and nuts, pour in soymilk and heat for 3-4 minutes.
That's it! I use the "reheat" setting on my microwave and it works perfectly. If it comes out to dr (the oatmeal soaks up the milk as it cooks) I just add more when it's done.
Apples and raisins are particularly great, and if you are used to sweetened things, try bananas--they are very sweet when cooked. You can put in cinnamon or whatever else you like, but I find with all the fruit I usually don't bother. Frozen raspberries make it bright pink, which my niece loved.
You can also use a 100% juice of your choice instead of a vegan milk--or a little of both. Blueberry juice makes it more like a cobbler.
If you don't have nuts on hand, a teaspoon of unsweetened peanut butter is really good stirred in.
OK, I'm off to make mine now. Good luck!