Before I became a vegan, I was a vegetarian for 8 years (husband was for 9.) We had begun discussing “going vegan” right before our daughter was born and had decided that she would absolutely be raised a vegan. We put off going vegan for quite a while because my husband wasn’t sure if he really wanted to give up cheese (Italian man, haha) and so we waited and figured eventually we would make the transition. I had watch a couple documentaries “Forks Over Knives” & “Food, Inc.” included and that was is for me. Of course, this was one month before my son was born. I regret waiting so long. Anyways, here we are and here we will stay. Being vegan is a lifestyle and it is one I am very passionate about. My children have never consumed dairy/animal by products/meat and I am very proud to say that. I know a few people who are transitioning from being a carnivore to a vegan and so I figured I’d put together a little beginner’s guide. I know it is a lot easier to make the transition if you know what is what and if it’s good! So, here we go :).
My all time favorite vegan recipes:
Stuffed Shells (See my blog post about menu’s to see what I changed in this recipe)
Vegan Mac and Cheese
Best vegan nacho cheese (I only used 2 & 1/2 cups of water, 3 tbsps of lemon juice, and 1 tsp of salt. I skipped the pimento because I didn’t have any.)
Best Vegan parmesan cheese
Vegan Chicken Salad
Best Vegan Ice cream
Best “milk” alternatives
Starbucks drinks made vegan (how to order & what to order)
List of Fast Food places with their vegan options
Great Vegan “meat” alternatives
Nutritional yeast = life… Also.. Cashews.
Other than these recipes and links I’ve shared my diet mainly consists of Fruits and vegetables! I usually have pineapple, banana, apple, grapes, strawberries, tangerine, and kiwi for breakfast (FRUIT IS NOT THE ENEMY! Sugar in fruit is extremely healthy and NOT AT ALL BAD unlike Women’s magazine and some other silly sources try to tell you.) For lunch I usually have one of the above dishes or some other form of pasta/rice, etc and for dinner I enjoy steamed veggies! My go to veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and potatoes. I love these steamed with a little bit of vegan butter and some pink Himalayan salt!
I also make my own potato wedges a lot because most fries are NOT vegan or even vegetarian as they usually have some beef flavoring, etc. This is super easy and cheap! I wash my potatoes, preheat the oven to 350, cut potatoes into wedges, put them on the pan with some olive oil or coconut oil (Whatever I have on hand,) pepper, salt, for about 35 – 40 minutes and TA DAH! Yummy!