Former model Kathy Freston, bestselling author of "Veganist," is turning "Extra" Lifechanger and explaining how becoming a vegan can help more than just your waistline.
In her book, Freston points out that choosing a vegan lifestyle does not mean sacrificing the foods you love, and gives vegan alternatives for some of your favorites. "Extra" talked with the author to get the lowdown. Watch!
Here are Kathy's suggestions for a week of delicious vegan food:
Monday Breakfast: Steel-cut oatmeal, sliced bananas, walnuts, rice milk Lunch: Whole grain pasta with veggie sausages, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli; salad Dinner: Seitan Parmesan with tomato sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes
Tuesday Breakfast: Bagel with Earth Balance butter Lunch: Sandwich with vegan cold cuts, non-dairy cheese, avocado, pickles; tomato soup Dinner: Tacos with "meat" crumbles, non-dairy cheese, guacamole; salad
Wednesday Breakfast: Bagel with almond or peanut butter Lunch: Split pea soup with tempeh bacon, (non-dairy) cheesy toast; salad Dinner: Stuffed butternut or acorn squash with tofu; sautéed collard greens
Thursday Breakfast: Frozen waffles with Earth Balance butter, maple syrup Lunch: Black bean and soy cheese quesadilla with guacamole; salad Dinner: Pan-seared Gardein fillet with shiitake mushroom sauce; mashed potatoes and braised Brussels sprouts
Friday Breakfast: Brown rice (I make several days' worth at a time), chopped dates, almonds, non-dairy milk poured over Lunch: Cabbage, thyme and meatless ground beef soup; 7-grain garlic bread Dinner: Coconut curry tofu with whole grain wild rice and green beans
Saturday Breakfast: Brown rice with blueberries and almonds; hemp milk Lunch: Smoked paprika pinto beans with quinoa and sautéed kale Dinner: Charred seitan skewers, wheat berries; chili broccoli
Sunday Breakfast: Whole grain pancakes and blueberries; tempeh bacon Lunch: Chili with pinto beans, tomatoes, peppers, and onions, soy sour cream; salad Dinner: Seitan Parmesan (seitan fillets with melted non-dairy cheese, tomato sauce), collard greens, mashed potatoes
Excerpted from "Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World" by Kathy Freston. Available from Weinstein Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group.