I was introduced to vegan food and I…

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think there is anything wrong with having meatless (or any animal product) meals!  I do so quite often!  Usually I cook around 2 vegan meals a week and about 2-3 vegetarian meals a day.  I try to reserve meat products for special occasions.  If you want to look into more vegan meals the book Vegan with a Vengence is absolutely fantastic.  Veganomics is also really good but some recipes require a bit more time.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m vegetarian, so not quite as strict, but I’ve noticed lately that a lot of my friends have started having “meatless meals” once or twice a week. Healthy and environmentally friendly, plus gives you the opportunity to try new things 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Silly_love:  I eat mostly vegan/vegetarian, and our grocery bills are much lower as a result. When we cook a meal with meat, we’re always surprised by the cost. 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Silly_love:  I haven’t found it to be much of the case unless you go organic.  Tofu is cheaper than good quality meat products.  Initially if you don’t have your staples though it can get pricy (legumes, tamari, etc) but once you have that its not too bad.  The trick is 1) buy bulk when you can 2) if you have time buy dried legumes rather than canned 3) buy produce that is on sale rather than the “unique exotic” items.

For example a super delish meal I make is lentils with mushrooms (kinda like a stew), its super hearty and not too pricey.  I use regular mushrooms the most since its least expensive and it adds texture and then throw some other kinds for taste, usually whats on discount, or if I want to splurge I get the ones I like (but not the crazy expensive kinds) like oyster or shitake.  I also bought some bulk dried forest mushrooms in costco and I use that if I want to spice it up.  The water used to rehydrate the mushrooms is thrown in the stew to enchance the mushroom flavour.

I believe the pricier ingredients is soy cheeses which I personally avoid as I don’t like the taste (I love cheese to much), so for the because of that I stick to my regular cheeses.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

That’s great! You’re definitely not breaking any rules by partially introducing veganism into your diet (unless you’re actively calling yourself a vegan but still eating meat—that’s bound to piss some people off, lol).

I’m pescetarian (I eat fish, but no other meat). For meat substitutes, I really like Morningstar, Boca, Quorn, Gardein, and Tofurky.

My mom is allergic to dairy, so I grew up eating a lot of dairy substitutes. Coconut milk products are amazing! Coconut milk ice cream, coconut milk coffee creamer, etc… it’s all delicious! And although I haven’t tried it, I’ve heard Daiya makes a good cheese substitute.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

It’s great you had such a good experience! I’m vegan, and most folks love what I cook. Good food is good food, I think 

I’ve loved http://www.vegweb.com for recipes for years. You can make a mean tofu curry, delicious shepard-less pis and even a tofurkey BLT (the B is actually better-than-bacon tempeh).

Ooh, and don’t forget a tofu scramble for breakfast– add in lots of veggies and a healthy dose of garlic, and it’s awesome.

And to answer your question, no one will judge you for having vegan meals but not being vegan 🙂   

Post # 10
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Worker bee

@Silly_love:  good for you! Great to hear that you had such a positive experience with vegan food.

I am not vegan, but this summer I have been enjoying this DELISH and super easy vegan one-ingredient ice cream that you make with frozen bananas (http://www.thekitchn.com/stepbystep-instructions-for-on-97170).

You basically take slices of frozen bananas and put them through a food processor until you get ice creamy goodness. I put a spoonful of peanut butter in there (so technically I make two-ingredient ice cream!) as well, and it’s soooooo good that way. It’s so easy to make and so super quick, and it really hits the spot when you’re craving ice cream. 

 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve been wanting to try vegan for a while now. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@jerzepi:  I’ve made that and can vouch for its deliciousness 😀

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

haha. My family in california only ever buys soyrizo because they don’t like how many parts of the pig end up in the traditional kind. 😀 Glad you enjoyed it!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

@Regina Phalange:  I know, right? It’s so ridiculous good and unthinkable that it’s actually healthy!

 @Silly_love:  I know that sorbets tend to be vegan anyway so no new news there, but FI and I have also been subsisting on gin and tonic sorbets this summer…..a bit more work than the one-ingredient ice cream, but still no need for an ice cream machine. It really hits the happy hour spot! 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have started enjoying eating non-meat meals once in a while. Not that I have gone for a “meat alternative” option, just not having meat in it. Our old pastor and his wife left our church just under a year ago and as they are vegetarian all the food at the leaving party was vegetarian. It was really nice and it is really amazing how many meat-free foods there actually are. So again, not just meat alternative but actually meat free. 

I don’t think I could ever go veggie – I like my meat too much but I could certainly eat a vegetarian option. 

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