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
- 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!