Types of Vegan Diets: A Diverse Mix

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If you put a group of vegans in a room, do you think they’ll agree on what to have for dinner? If your answer is ‘no,’ then you’re probably right.

From a dietary perspective, what vegans have in common is eating foods that come from plants. While this may already seem like a specialized way of eating, there’s enormous room for variation on a plant-based diet. In fact, the more you start looking into it, the more types of vegan diets you start to recognize. Without getting too far into the weeds, I wanted to share a few of the main types of vegan diets.

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Vegan Cooking: 10 Pantry Essentials

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Don’t you just love a nice punch of flavor without a lot of effort? There are times when I simply don’t have the bandwidth to put more than two or three ingredients together for a meal. And when that’s the case, I reach for powerfully-flavored pantry essentials that add zest, spice and richness to foods. Here are some of my go-to items in vegan cooking.

Liquid smoke – It’s pretty remarkable what a few drops of this curious little condiment can do. I first became aware of it because it was called for in several recipes throughout Veganomicon. Since then I’ve started seeing it everywhere! It adds a smoky, (yeah, I know) savory, bbq flavor to marinades, veggie burgers, and enchiladas. Great with breakfast dishes, too.

Nutritional yeast (aka “nooch”) – I mostly use this nutrient-rich condiment in cheesy sauces and gravies. Stuffings, rice casseroles, and potato dishes all benefit from its nutty flavor. It can also form the basis of a mac and cheeze. Fair warning – If you’re new to nutritional yeast, go slow. The taste can take a little getting used to.

Chipotles in adobo – The perfect combination of sweet, smoky and savory, I love chipotles in dressings and sauces, including my Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Chipotles. Typically, I don’t use the entire can in a single recipe, but you can freeze the remainder for later.

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Vegan Las Vegas: Trip Recap

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This past week we enjoyed a few days in Las Vegas, Nevada, somewhere I’d never managed to visit before. I’m not a gambler, but I was excited to go primarily because I’d heard about how friendly the city of Las Vegas has become to vegans in recent … [Continue reading]

Egg Substitutes in Vegan Cooking

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Eggs can be tricky. It’s simple to find alternatives to a plate of eggs -  a vegetable-packed tofu scramble or a savory chickpea flour omelette comes to mind. But achieving the moist quality of baked goods and other traditionally egg-laden recipes … [Continue reading]

Vegan Cheese Substitutes That Aren’t Cheese

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Many new vegans find themselves missing cheese, but don’t particularly care for cheese substitutes or don't have easy access to them. I get it. Back in the days before Daiya and Teese, the cheese substitute situation was bleak. I looked at what was … [Continue reading]

What Do Vegans Eat? A Week in the Life

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Occasionally I like to reflect on what I'm eating by keeping track of my meals for a week. I'm not obsessive about it, but one thing I've found is that when you write down everything you eat, you can clearly see patterns, things you're doing well, … [Continue reading]

How To Deal With Negative People

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Many new vegans struggle with the occasionally unintentional, sometimes minor, but at times very hurtful behavior of friends and family because of their vegan diet. I don’t like to focus too much on the topic of negativity, and I’m fortunate to deal … [Continue reading]

Shopping for Vegan Food Products Online

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Do you ever wish you could add some extra spice, novelty or pizzazz to your vegan diet?You may try some new spices. Perhaps you introduce some new seasonal vegetables to your salads. Maybe you experiment with some different recipes. And yet, you … [Continue reading]