Vegan Food For Meat Lovers

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Are you part of a “multivore” family? In an “inter-palate relationship?” Are you tired of making separate dinners because not everyone in your household is vegan?

Many of us have families and loved ones who may be open to vegan food now and then, but have no intention of giving up animal products.

As a result, you might be inclined to prepare multiple meals for everyone’s different preferences.

To be perfectly honest, sometimes I don’t even feel like making one meal, let alone several. And I’m certainly not a fan of running my home kitchen like a restaurant.

So how do you honor your vegan diet AND satisfy the meat lovers in your home? Sure, they can make their own food. In fact, if my boyfriend wants meat with his meal, he can buy it and prepare it, and we’ll share the rest of what we’re eating. Similarly, if we order takeout, he may order a meat option. We’ll also get tofu and some other vegetable dishes, along with some rice that we’ll share. It works out well, and often he finds that his meat dish isn’t as good as the veg ones. :-)

Do I love having meat on the table? Not really. But at the same time, I try to focus on what’s great about the vegan food we’re enjoying, rather than what’s wrong with a portion of what he’s eating. And the fact is, he’s come to love countless vegan recipes, baked goods, meats and cheeses, and is almost always game for delicious plant-based foods. Win!

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Gardein Beefless Hoisin Ginger

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Gardein products are some of the most handy, delicious shortcut items I keep on hand for quick weeknight meals.

Ever tried them? They’re pretty amazing. And no, I don’t have any relationship with the company. I just like their products and what they’re doing.

Gardein specializes in plant-based chicken, beef and fish products and offers gluten-free and seasonal ‘holiday’ options. They’re made from soy, pea and wheat proteins, as well as grains. (All of their products are vegan). But the taste of many of Gardein’s products is realistic enough to stop a vegan in their tracks, and fool 99.2% of meat eaters (according to my in-depth research). You’ll find Gardein in the frozen food section at major chains throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in restaurants and other food service establishments.

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Best Cookbooks for Easy Vegan Recipes

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On a recent trip to Oregon, one of my goals (besides relaxing and getting away from the computer screen) was to prepare some simple vegan meals that my omnivore parents would love. And I wanted to be able to have these meals ready in under 30 … [Continue reading]

Quick & Easy Vegan Cooking Methods

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Vegan cooking on a busy schedule can be a challenge. So many times I used to come home from a busy day and said, “Yeah, there’s no way I’m cooking.” But there are certain vegan cooking methods that lend themselves to whenever you're short on time … [Continue reading]

Tips On Going Vegan For Busy People

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One of the most common concerns I hear from prospective vegans is that they don’t have time. The idea of figuring out what to eat, where to shop and what to cook seems daunting. They’re usually afraid that this vegan lifestyle they’re considering … [Continue reading]

5 Surprising Myths about Veganism

Surprising Myths About Veganism

The longer I’m vegan, the more I realize that so many people have goofy perceptions about what vegans eat and what life on a vegan diet is like.Whether they think we subsist on cardboard or soylent green, or live with hunger and regret for the … [Continue reading]

Non-Vegan Ingredients To Avoid

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Don’t worry about the little stuff. That’s what I always tell people who are just starting out going vegan. Focus on the larger areas of your diet and the positive impact you’re making and don’t get too concerned with the minutiae until you’re … [Continue reading]

Healthy Vegan Snacks On the Go

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Believe it or not, I’m a little ‘Type A" about my snacks. Whether I’m commuting, or just running from one place to another throughout the day, I *always* carry a snack. Usually two. Luckily, if I find myself stuck, there are a fair amount of vegan … [Continue reading]