It’s not vegan food, it’s food that happens to be vegan

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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “vegan food” or “vegetarian food”? Do you think of vegan food as that creepy stuff that has no substance or taste? I think some people get caught up with the term “vegan food” and not the actual food. I have heard many times by non-vegetarians when vegan food is mentioned, “I don’t want to eat vegan food, I’m not much into that“. What does that even mean? There is perception that vegan food is in a food group all by itself but that can’t be farther than the truth. People eat vegan and vegetarian food all the time without thinking about it. If they only realized that this is categorized as “vegan food”, hopefully they would see that’s all it is, food.

Here are some examples of vegan food that many people veg and non-veg enjoy:

  • Spaghetti and Vegetables (no meat or cheese)
  • Black Beans and Rice
  • Chili (no meat or cheese)
  • French Fries
  • Re-fried Beans (no lard) Chimichanga’s
  • Black Bean Burrito (no cheese or sour cream)
  • Hummus Wraps
  • Falafel
  • Many Indian and Asian dishes are vegan as well

There is so much more…the list could go on. What makes food vegan is excluding the animal products, mainly meat, dairy and eggs. Regular grocery stores are stocked with alternatives that can make any dish vegan. Just by substituting with soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk you can turn a recipe to vegan without anyone noticing. You can replace eggs with bananas, applesauce, ground flax seeds, tapioca flour and an alternative egg re-placer, my favorite is made by Ener-G.

While watching the Today show this morning, a vegan chef of Portia de Rossi was cooking vegan ” fried chicken”. The interesting point that the chef made was that he was not a vegan chef before working for Portia and Ellen. He found that all he had to do was substitute his recipes making them vegan. The important thing he found was that people didn’t even tell the difference.  That’s what is great about “vegan food”, it’s just food….and really good food I might add!

The Today Show Goes Vegan {Video} with recipe

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8 responses »

  1. Congrats on starting this blog. It looks beautiful. You have much wisdom in this subject and look forward to much learning and a healthier life style.

    All the Best

    Ron

  2. love this post…brings to mind the hilarious reactions i get from my french family-in-law when they spy the fixings i bring out on holidays. seriously, you would think that i’m eating monkey brains while they all feast on pb&j sandwiches. they almost NEVER taste it – that would be outrageous – and i have come to think of my cruelty-free cuisine as quite cutting edge, indeed! for the record, it’s not that i’m a terrible cook – i swear! just that many old school frenchies are allergic to food if an animal wasn’t involved in its production!

    • Hi Ann! Thank you for your comment. I totally know what you mean about being looked at like your food is from mars! If only people would see that it’s just food. When my non-veg family come over, we try to make something that “looks” like what they would normally eat. They still ask if it’s “vegan”, I just reply, “I made this especially for you knowing what you like to eat”. Once they try it they are super surprised when I reveal that it was in fact vegan. 🙂

  3. Excellent post! There are so many misconceptions about vegetarian and vegan cuisine and I’m glad you have created this blog not only as a resource for those who are already vegetarian, but also to educate those who are interested in learning about it but aren’t sure where to start. i can’t wait to read more.

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