When I received the free vegetarian/vegan starter kit from PETA I knew then that I have to start my plan of becoming a vegetarian. It’s one of the plans stocked in the “maybe someday” zone of my mind.
I knew that finding vegetarian food in Calgary is a huge challenge second to avoiding the unhealthy food I get used to all my life.
I plan to spend my weekend walkabout in parks, galleries, or museums. But then a few weeks ago I decided to spend my Saturday to visit Real Canadian Superstore, the grocery store where I typically shop.
I’m just trying my luck because I’m not sure if I can buy vegetarian food since I haven’t paid attention before I made the greatest decision regarding health—becoming a vegetarian/vegan.
I found the following vegetarian food in Calgary:
- Sunrise Tofu Traditional and Smooth 700 g
- Blue Menu Soy Beverage Original Fortified 1.89 L
- Veggie Patch Meatless Buffalo Wings 264 g
- Mixed dried fruits and nuts
It isn’t hard after all to buy vegetarian food in Calgary. After my quest, I still yet have a lot to learn in cooking:
I found out that tofu absorbed water like a sponge. Leaving it for a while out of the fridge can drain the water; you have to constantly throw away the water several times if you plan of frying the tofu. I like cooking tofu with vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and carrots. It’s easy, fast, and healthy.
The Veggie Patch Meatless Buffalo Wings are easier to cook. I cooked the wings for 30 minutes in the microwave. However, the tofu beat the wings when it comes to taste.
The wings taste a little bit spicy and I have to take a look at the label again. It doesn’t says anything about the flavor. I could have enjoyed the moment since the wings are my first vegetarian food resembling chicken nuggets if only I can tolerate spicy food.
What I enjoyed the most in my quest for vegetarian food in Calgary are the mixed dried fruits and nuts. The Quaker Original Oatmeal, my favorite breakfast, tastes even better when I add the mixed dried fruits and nuts for my breakfast or lunch. I feel much full with just few spoonfuls.
Before I converted to vegetarianism, I loved drinking soy beverages. So the only issue now is choosing he flavor among my favorites: almond, coconut, and plain. To my surprise the coconut soy beverage tasted sweet. At least, I have many choices and decisions to make.
My next quest will lead me to other grocery stores like Walmart. I wonder what else I can buy that would add up to my list of vegetarian foods.
Do you have any favorite vegetarian store or grocery store?