(Closed) Any vegans out there?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not vegan but I do end up eating a vegan diet 70% of the time. I tried it for a few months and found that I feel much better when I eat eggs and fish. I support the vegan ‘do no harm’ credo so I make sure to purchase my eggs from the local farmer’s market where I know the chickens are being treated well.

The only vegan cheese that I’ve found somewhat palatable is Daiya Mozzerella. Vegenaise is surprisingly delicious – I actually prefer it to regular mayo.

Have you tried looking up the accidentally vegan product list on PETA? I found it very helpful when I made my foray into veganism.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hey there – I’m vegetarian, not vegan, but there are a few recipes we make over and over again that are free of all animal products.

I HIGHLY recommend Mark Bittman’s cookbook How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. It has lots of great vegan options, but also stuff with eggs and cheese. His “Spanish-style braised lentils with smoked paprika” is in our regular rotation; it’s amazing. It’s also really easy to improvise on, depending on what you have in the fridge/pantry. I often thrown in a bunch of chopped chard for a super-healthy one-pot meal.

Our other weeknight go-to is roasted chickpeas and vegetables. It’s not so much a recipe as a general approach – toss canned chickpeas and chopped veggies (practically anything you have on hand, except root vegetables that take a super long time to cook) with olive oil, spices, salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the chickpeas are crispy. SO good.

ETA: I have never had vegan cheese that I liked. Earth balance spread is a good butter alternative, though.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I heard that Candle 79 cookbook is great.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’ve been vegan for 14 years and was vegetarian for  years before (I was 8 when I became vegetarian).

I became vegan because I read an article when I was 12 about chickens being bred with no beaks and no legs because they go crazy in the coups. That was too much for me. I researched what the step beyond vegetarian was and found veganism. It was SO hard back then. My parents were against it (even my veg dad), and it was really difficult to plan food because I was so young and there were so few options.

These days, it’s great! I cook (pretty well, I might add). I love vegweb.com, but I often just use recipes for inspiration.

Eh, vegan cheese is hit or miss. It grows on you. If I’m honest, it took three full years for me to enjoy drinking soymilk. Tofutti cream cheese and sou cream, though, are really, really good. I also make own veganaise. A lot of things you don’t expect are vegan. Like a PP suggesting, PETA’s accidently vegan list is a good place to start. I spent the first year going through the grocery store and reading ingredients.

Also, my husband isn’t even vegetarian, and I do all of the cooking. I never make dead animal for him, and he’s still happy and healthy. His diet does include dairy, and I’m okay with that.

If you have any specificc questions, I’m happy to give my best answer.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m vegiterian because I can honestly say I just don’t like meat (I’m a very picky eater and wish I wasn’t!)  I would never be vegan because I honestly think it would be too difficult to get all of the nutrients required for a proper diet (not impossible, but hard).  I don’t have any particular favorite recipes, just browse blogs and pinterest for new ideas every so often.  Currently I’m on a “green shake” kick with spinach, OJ, berries, flaxseed, and mango.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m trying to keep an mainly vegan diet – ditto on the cheese, but where I fail is when I’m traveling and don’t have anything to snack on, which happens on the road, or sometimes at work.  Any suggestions from successful vegans?  Thanks!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

@Burghbound:  Hmm… I’m the queen snacker, so I think I may be able to help. I’m a huge fan of home-baked pita chips and little to go containers of hummus, with carrots and celery, too. I keep pretzels in my desk (read the ingredients… some aren’t vegan), and I’m a sucker for crackers (triscuits and wheat thins). And of course, celery and peanut butter and various fruits and veggies to go.  I also like to snack on dry cereal… it’s sweet, crunchy, and pretty low in calories if you portion it correctly. Oh, and nuts. Silk yogurt is actually really good- my favorite is the black cherry of just plain vanilla. I also bake a lot… my current favorite is a coconut-oat-chocolate chip-walnut bar. Yum! 

And if you need to stop for fast food, Wendy’s is my favorite– baked potato and a side salad. Great lunch!

Yes, the cheese sucks. You just get over it 🙂 Ooh, though if there’s a Zpizza in your area, totally check it out. They have amazing vegan pizza with Daiya cheese.

Hm… it’s only 10am, and now I totally want pizza…

 

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