In reviewing the suggested meal plans for the four-week vegan boot camp, I find that Iím glad itís just a suggestion. There are recipes and shopping lists available, so that if I wanted to, I definitely could follow the plan exactly. But I find that, living alone as I do, I have way too many leftovers to cook full meals that often. Plus (and this is no oneís fault but my own poor planning), I donít have nearly all the supplies it would take to follow the plan exactly.
Still, I have no doubt that Iíll be adhering to the spirit of the plan, which calls for four meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert). Thereís a precise, day-by-day, 28-day meal plan, and then thereís the one Iíll be following, which calls for a ďdinner plate,Ē rather than a specific recipe. My dinner plates will often be yesterdayís vegetable noodle dish, especially when I still have some left over and donít feel like plunging into making gnocchi with red sauce. Anyway, I donít have any gnocchi. Or red sauce.
But the spirit of the plan will inform my dietary decisions, and I will get to the store some time during the week to stock up on some of the recipe ingredients I neglected to buy in time. The ďofficialĒ grocery list for week one includes water chestnuts and raw pecans and four kinds of tofu. I havenít even had the courage to buy one kind of tofu yet, so I have no choice but to modify. I thought of waiting and starting next week instead, but that would just force me to do it by the book, and that was never going to happen.