Monday, January 23, 2012

5 Vegan Alternatives: Don't do nothing just because you can't do everything

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has said in her podcast:
Don't do nothing just because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything.
I agree.

So you're not planning to commit to being vegetarian, or vegan. Even though you know it's better for you. Why not do what you can? Reduce your meat consumption - do Meatless Mondays! Eat less cheese by just not buying it unless it's on sale. Try soy milk just to see if you like it. Choose a baking recipe that doesn't call for eggs.

I've been making some specifically vegan choices for awhile now. Because now that I know the truth about how these animal products are produced. AND I know of animal-friendly alternatives, so transitioning is easy! And some normally-animal-product things have amazing alternatives that are arguably even BETTER than their animal-based versions.

Case in point:

near Kellogg St SE & Union Ave SE

  1. Soy milk > cow's milk
    ...or some other non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk. I only really like milk in my coffee, and I prefer soy milk over cow's milk. It just has a nutty, warmer flavor and makes for a great latte!

    Earth Balance-vegan spread
  2. Soy butter > cow butter
    OK so I grew up eating margarine. Er, vegetable spread.... whatever the heck it's called that comes in a tub, not in sticks. So since the taste I acquired for "butter" wasn't really real butter, making the switch from a dairy-based butter to soy was pretty much the easiest thing ever.

  3. Tempeh > beef or any other meat
    Tempeh is this amazing fermented-soybean product that is delicious. It's similar to tofu in that they're both made from soy, but tempeh has a much firmer texture, and is chewy, nutty, and super easy to cook. We love to eat tempeh on buns as a burger, or chopped into cubes on salads or in any other dish that might have meat.

    The Plaza Theatre
  4. Nutritional yeast flakes > Buttery/cheesy popcorn topping
    We mostly use nutritional yeast flakes (aka "nooch") to make this amazing queso dip, but it also rocks on popcorn. Pop up some popcorn in an air popper, melt a little soy butter to drizzle on, then top with nutrition yeast flakes and salt. SO good.

    Vegetables and Fruits
  5. Vegetables > processed shit
    If you've ever had simple roasted vegetables, you'll know what I mean. Potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes are amazing just roasted in the oven and topped with a little salt and pepper. Steaming broccoli and cauliflower is the best and most delicious way to eat those veggies. If you're used to eating processed from-the-box or from-the-can veggies and food, you might be surprised at how good just plain, fresh veggies are. Even if you're not vegetarian, you should be eating vegetables!
I've also discovered dozens of recipes that are vegan, and full of delicious veggies and flavors. But that's for another post. Try a non-animal alternative today; you might just like it more!

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