Going Vegan, One Year Later
June 15, 2012
Last year in June, I wrote a blog called Going Vegan about my husband and I switching to a low-fat Vegan diet. Well, it has now been a year, and we are still going strong with our diet. We have found several products at our grocery store and at specialty stores that make fixing meals a snap. For a treat, we occasionally buy vegan chocolate cupcakes (they’re not so low-fat, so that is why they are a treat). For our regular chocolate craving, I’ve found non-dairy chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. Baked potato and corn chips are favorite snacks, and I’ve discovered a recipe through Pinterest on how to bake chips in the microwave without any oil at all!
Eating out with friends and family was originally a challenge. However, I’ve found enough restaurants with food items that we can eat , there are several places we can recommend. I found most of them through a website called vegkansascity.com. There are also restaurants in the area that cater specifically to vegan and vegetarian diets. Another item we like to treat ourselves with is a veggie pizza made with vegan mozzarella cheese that we pick up from a local pizza establishment.
Our church has a pot-luck dinner once a month, and I’ve found a few recipes that work well to take. We’ve been to other family dinners and luncheons and have managed to find something on the "buffet" that we can eat. My husband’s office often has lunch provided for them by sales reps. Sometimes, they bring things he can eat, other times he eats what he has available in his work space. We definitely have to be able to "fend for ourselves" when needed.
The cookbooks I mentioned in my first blog have definitely been a huge help. I’ve recently found another book through the library called The Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon. It has great color photos of the food, which helps to whet my appetite. Websites I’ve found are chefchloe.com and foodgawker.com. Food gawker is not specifically vegan, but when I type the word vegan in the search bar, I get hundreds of recipes. I have to watch the oil content in a lot of the recipes and use substitutions for the oil, or use a little cooking spray instead, but that is no problem.
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