Why Vegan?

Vegan (noun): Someone who refrains from using animal products and consumes no dairy, eggs, or meat.

WHY AM I VEGAN?

I went vegetarian at 17, and at the beginning of 2011 went vegan. I’m a huge animal lover and the more I read about how animals were treated and what they went through so I could eat cheese or an omelet, I knew eating meat—and now dairy and eggs—was not how I want to live my life.

Why am I vegan? I think these cute animal photos from Gentle Barn say it all.

WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?

I eat a lot. Vegans can get just about any version of non-vegan food from Daiya cheese to Tofurky Italian sausages. It’s amazing what we can eat. I try to eat as much whole foods like kale, quinoa, fresh fruits, and more, but I do indulge in vegan cupcakes and ice cream as well.

If you’re veg-curious, I suggest checking out Mercy for Animals FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide, packed with all the info to get you started.

Here’s some of my posts about vegan eating:

HELP! I HAVE A VEGAN FRIEND/SISTER/CO-WORKER VISITING. WHAT SHOULD I MAKE THEM?

Don’t stress out that all you can give them is an apple. Here are some of my favorite vegan products. (Disclaimer: Of course, fresh fruits and veggies are the best options, but if you want something to pick up in addition.)

Gardein (frozen foods) has amazing fake chicken, beef, burgers. You can use it in any dish that you usually make with meat like chicken parm or a beef stew.
Tofurky (frozen foods) has vegan pizzas (plain, sausage, and roasted veggies). Just pop it in the oven and heat it up.
Daiya cheese (refrigerated) has a mozzarella and cheddar vegan cheeses, among many flavors. My husband makes great grilled cheese sandwiches with this cheese!
Eat Pastry (refrigerated section) makes prepared vegan cookie dough that you literally scoop out and bake. Delicious!
So Delicious Purely Decadent (frozen) is my favorite soy ice cream. Tons of great flavors. Chocolate Peanut Butter Zigzag is my favorite.

I’M VISITING [INSERT THE CITY]. WHAT ARE GREAT VEGAN OPTIONS?

Berkeley/Oakland
My Favorite East Bay Eats

Los Angeles
My 5 Vegan Must-Eats in Los Angeles
My 5 Favorite New Vegan Eats in Los Angeles

Paris, France
My Top 10 Vegan Eats in Paris

Portland, OR
My Favorite Vegan Eats in Portland, OR

WHERE CAN I FIND VEGAN RECIPES ONLINE?

Everywhere. Google what you’re looking for and you can find it easily. Here are a few of my favorite good blogs & resources.

Post Punk Kitchen (Everything you’ll ever need is there)
VeganStoner.com (easy, simple, cheap)
Bittersweet blog (vegan desserts galore)
Healthy Happy Life blog (great recipes)
Choosing Raw (delicious raw and healthy recipes)
Yummy Plants (A great introduction to newbie vegans)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE VEGAN COOKBOOKS?

I love collecting cookbooks. I can’t get enough of them. Here are my favorites:

Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Vedge by Rich Landau & Kate Jacoby
Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
Vegan Diner by Julie Hasson
Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

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