I've recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and my doc's orders included going completely off meat, fish, dairy, eggs and nuts. As someone whose staple diet included lots of the above I'm a bit daunted and have been living off of homemade hummus and spinach.
Any recent vegan converts want to share how they stay the course..after 10 days my nerves are starting to fray!
Hey, Iri. That's tough when you have to make the change all at once. My best tip is to get every vegan cookbook you can get your hands on and see which ones work for you. (I've gotten a lot through second-hand bookstores and on swap.com.) Once you find ones that match your individual tastes and cooking skill, it will be much smoother sailing.
Check out the Post Punk Kitchen website - it's amazing! I go on and on about it and have loved every meal I've created using their recipes. The people who make the site have also released a few books. It's well worth spending a few minutes checking it out.
I haven't got a link for it, but if you Google Post Punk Kitchen or PPK it will be easy to find.
Pasta w/marinara, vegetarian chili (add some bulghur to give it that meaty texture), rice & bean burritos (don't forget the guacamole & non-dairy sour cream), stir fries, soups, tabouli made with quinoa instead of bulgur, veggie tacos & enchiladas, tofu scrambles, grilled veggi kebabs, veggie sushi rolls, veggie pizza. If you're concerned about where to get your protein: tofu, quinoa, mixing grains & beans, seitan (make your own, it's so much cheaper) and occasional faux meats. There's protein in most everything, but the foods just listed have more.
You mentioned no nuts, but can you have seeds? I loooove a lemon-tahini dressing to dip my raw veggies into...wonderful on cooked greens, but it's especially delicious on falafels (stuffed in pocket bread w/cucumbers, pickles & lettuce....divine!)