Light Bulb Moments In Going Vegan

going vegan lightbulb moments

There are moments in going vegan that people often describe as:

Something just clicked.

A switch was flipped.

A light bulb went on.

Suddenly, I got it.

I love these descriptions because they add a bit of drama to a story, and they refer to casting light into darkness. This makes sense because we’re talking about improving your life, the lives of animals and illuminating important issues in our food system and the environment.

But for me these changes didn’t happen overnight. A switch didn’t exactly flip. I may sometimes describe it like that, because metaphors are helpful in explaining things. But going vegan for me was (and is) more of a long, gradual awakening with periodic mishaps and occasional disruptions.

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Thai Edamame Salad

edamame salad

You don’t see a lot of recipes on this site for labor-intensive or instruction-heavy dishes like chocolates or sushi or cheese or fermented things.

I know, people make that stuff. Good for them. I like to look at their food pictures.

But these days complicated recipes aren’t for me. My schedule doesn’t allow it. And frankly, it’s not usually the way I want to eat. I can’t imagine you do, either.

Plus, I often feel a bit let down when I dig into a labor-intensive meal I’ve prepared. (As in…”That’s it?”). I feel more energized from cooking a quick, tasty recipe than a time-consuming, overwrought one.

Don’t get me wrong. There was a time when I loved big, elaborate recipes – mashing, basting, rolling, weighing, measuring, molding, sculpting, etc. Now I just leave those sorts of preparations to other qualified people.

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Roasted Vegetable Strudel Recipe

vegetable strudel top

Many people don’t realize that store-bought frozen phyllo dough is simply a mix of wheat flour, water and a bit of salt. It’s totally vegan and a versatile ingredient for creating easy and elegant savory and sweet recipes.My Spicy Swiss Chard and … [Continue reading]

Gardein Fishless Tacos

gardein fish tacos side

Gardein Fishless Filets may be my favorite of the Gardein product line. They're super convenient to grab from the freezer on a busy weeknight, and I love the slightly greasy, crispy batter and the flaky inside texture. It's not exactly like a real … [Continue reading]

Beet Smoothie with Orange & Fennel

beet smoothie

I've come around to enjoying beets, but until now, haven't prepared them very often. It's mostly the mess factor, where pink juice seems to splatter everywhere in my tiny white kitchen as soon as I even think about the vegetable. But there's no … [Continue reading]

Kabocha Squash Salad

kabocha squash salad

When this nuisance of a cold started, I was downing quarts of soup per day in an attempt to feel better. Then as I continued to pull out of it, I found myself craving crunchy vegetables and varied flavors. I sometimes think of eating whole, fresh … [Continue reading]

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible: A Review

vegetarian flavor bible

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page is a mega guide to the essence of ingredients. And while the book has already received countless accolades for 'Best Cookbook,' it offers far more depth and utility than most recipe-centric cookbooks. … [Continue reading]

Vegan Pressure Cooking: A Review

vegan pressure cooking

Invented in the 17th century, but popularized after World War II, pressure cooking always seemed antiquated to me. The idea of cooking under pressure evoked dented, sputtering aluminum pots and frayed electrical cords. Pressure cookers seemed a bit … [Continue reading]