It’s been contended for years that not only is a vegan diet the most conscious diet one can follow, but many also believe that it is the ‘greenest’ diet. It’s important to remember and note, of course, that veganism is not simply a diet, it’s a lifestyle – and an awesome one, at that!
Vegan cuisine forgoes the use of any animal product, or any product derived from animals whatsoever. This means not only eschewing meat, eggs, and dairy, but foods such as honey. Honey is made by bees, therefore it belongs to the bees! Even without all these foods and food groups that are staple in the standard diet of omnivores, vegan cuisines are variable and delicious!
No matter which city you live in, you’re bound to have a wide variety of vegan or vegan friendly restaurants to choose from to have a lovely meal. All you have to do is a quick Google, ask Siri, or check your local Yelp listings. Once you’ve chosen a place, you can go on a friend date or something more intimate with your sweetie and have a delicious pad Thai with tofu, or a delicious Vietnamese seitan creation.
These foods are not only rich in vegetables and other health foods, but the lack of animal products means that they’re lower in fat, absent in cholesterol, and still piping with wonderful flavors!
Once you’ve tasted of vegan splendors out on the town, you could (and should!) hit up the local health food store to pick up some ingredients for your own vegan feast. Maybe you’ll make it into a dinner party for work associates, or maybe you’ll bring a dish to a family dinner, but either way, you’ll be showing others that meatless, animal friendly meals are still yummy to the tummy!
Finding a recipe to work with is easy. The internet is a wonderful resource with literally thousands of vegan food blogs to peruse. There are bound to be plenty that suit your palate, be it Southern comfort food, Cambodian delights, or even vegan sushi! You can also check with your local food market vendors and ask what their favorite meat free recipes are.
Once you have found your niche in vegan cooking, you can explore whole new venues in the vegan lifestyle. It may be certainly worth considering to eliminate more and more meat from more and more meals. Meatless Monday has been around forever, but why not make all dinners meatless? They are healthful and delicious without animal products!
Once you get ready to step outside your comfort zone of vegan cuisine, the next place to look is a matter of choice. The options are out there, and they are all of them a matter of personal choice and selection! There are dozens of fantastic vegan cooking podcasts available to download for free, for instance, which can give you countless helpful tips in the kitchen, be it how to cook a jicama or how to properly slice your root veggies.
Another option to explore are vegan and vegetarian cooking classes. These classes are often hosted at local community colleges and learning centers, and, for a fee, you can continue to expand your view of vegan cooking. It might be worth it to take a friend along—pay their fee as a small gift and allow them to also experience the joys of vegan cooking.
Tasty, plant based meals come in many shapes and sizes and span the breadth of a world of ethnic cuisines. Vegan burritos are a cheap, fun, quick, and easy meal to whip up after a long day at the office. You can even make them ‘build your own burritos’, and set up containers of chopped veggies, vegan protein sources, and tortillas so you and your family can have fun coming up with your own unique and delectable combinations.