Luckily it's nothing too difficult, as I had to relearn cooking basics when I went vegetarian a few years back. Therefore I am more apt to trying new things, using new ingredients, and trying to find ways to cook yummy food at economical prices.
But it sure requires some planning. With the training, I need to make sure I'm getting lots and lots of carbohydrates and eating enough calories. I'm not calorie-counting or restricting any foods, but the long runs often suppress my hunger, and I occasionally have to force myself to eat large enough portions. I also need to make sure that I'm getting lots of protein and not eating completely like a rabbit. So I've literally sat down with pen and paper and made a list of meals that I deem appropriate to cover all my nutritional requirements and started to check them off.
Since I decided to try veganism in January, I've had many days when I definitely was not: days of lying in bed with a sinus infection and not wanting to cook so succumbing to frozen pizza; the copious amounts of chocolate that I received for my birthday; the vegetarian meals prepared specially for me in social situations (could I really ask them to make it vegan then?); and the week in Istanbul where vegetarian in itself is a foreign concept.
But I can proudly say that the last several days were 99.5% vegan! I had just a dollop of yogurt splashed atop a curry dish that was prepared for me at my bible study on Monday. Until I figure out how to do this completely on my own within my own four walls, I'll still feel slightly obligated to eat vegetarian food prepared by other people.
Some of the things I've enjoyed so far have been:
- gnocchi with vegan white sauce and mushrooms
- spaghetti sauce with tempeh
- wraps of all sorts with hummus, avocados, beans, veggies
- sweet potato curry soup with Adzuki beans (highly recommend it-- recipe here
- sweet breakfast rice with raisins, nuts and fruit
- banana and peanut butter cookies
- tomato chickpea spread
- leek and veggie quiche
- soy pudding cups
What I've found works is simply finding things that look good and making a plan, or at least keeping in mind the tasty recipes that I've seen online or in cookbooks.
Also having fun with it makes it easier.