A few months ago, I made a declaration of veganism. I wholeheartedly wanted and still want to change my eating habits to protect animals, our environment and my own health. That said, I’ve found it challenging (though NOT impossible) to maneuver my way through certain meals – especially when that meal is cooked by a friend or family member and especially during the holidays. It’s hard enough to politely pass on the ham four times per meal let alone flat out refuse to eat the veggie option because it’s laced with butter or ditch the dessert due to its creamy topping. So, at least for now, I’m vegan-ish.
What does vegan-ish mean to me? It means I’ll be partaking of vegetarian dishes and desserts whenever a vegan option isn’t easily accessible. For example, when my best friend’s amazing mom makes her praise-hands-worthy pasta salad that features a creamy Italian dressing, I’m going to eat it. And when my cousin’s peach cobbler comes to the table around Christmastime, I’m going to enjoy every bite. When I can control what I eat by cooking or ordering my meals (which I do an extremely large percentage of the time), those meals will be vegan.
To supplement my vegan-ish ways, I will continue cooking vegan and vegetarian meals and start recreating classic meat-and-dairy dishes using vegan substitutes for my family. And while I will not be begging anyone to become vegan, I will instead encourage everyone to reduce their meat and dairy intake by posting delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes and showing others how simple it is to find easy vegan food swaps like the ones below…
Accompanied by tomato, sprouts, a bit of mustard and a smear of Vegenaise (another easy swap) on toasted Rye bread, avocado makes an amazing meat substitute for a lunchtime sandwich.
Almond milk is a delectable alternative to dairy milk. My little ones love it and can’t even tell the difference (Ella prefers the vanilla version though). Try coconut (not a real nut) or soy milk if you suffer from nut allergies.
For an even meatier substitute, try portobello mushrooms! They are absolutely excellent in place of meat in Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and other classically meaty dishes.
Scrambled tofu is a super satisfying substitute for regular old eggs. Due to tofu’s fairly neutral flavor, it is so easy to add your favorite seasonings and mix up a meat-free breakfast in minutes.
So Delicious Ice Cream
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this ice cream is effing (that stands for “fudging”, right?) brilliant. My all-time favorite is still the Dark Chocolate Truffle made with cashew milk. So… delicious!
That’s it for today so have a happy Meatless Monday and thanks for reading guys! I’ll be back tomorrow to share our 2016 Christmas photos!