I think some people imagine that being a Vegan would be boring. Um. WRONG. You can enjoy pretty much everything from your life before, except more so because there's no moral or health guilt. Well, let's be honest, sometimes Vegan food aint healthy. I'm pretty sure the milkshake I had yesterday wouldn't have helped me in anyway. So, here is a list of foods you don't HAVE to miss:
Butter: Well, that's easy, Soy spread is sold everywhere. And it tastes exactly the same.
Cheese: There are various Vegan cheeses: Notzarella for example. I don't really dabble as I don't miss cheese that much. But I guess it can be useful for some cooking (and FOOLING!)
Milk: So milk they are yet to replicate a Vegan version that tastes like real milk, (thank god, milk now makes me gag) but the non-dairy milks are amazing. Soy, Almond, Coconut, Rice, Hazelnut even Quinoa! After a bit of adjusting, you won't miss the real thing.
Chocolate: Um..there is SO MUCH VEGAN CHOCOLATE. Do you think we Vegans are aliens or something? And I think it's better, just saying.
Hot chocolate: There is nothing better than a warmed up cup of Bonsoy with a spoon of Loving Earth Chocolate Coconut Butter mixed into it (Thank you Jess)
Spaghetti Bolognaise: See recipe in My Kitchen. I missed Spaghetti Bolognaise so much that I determinedly made a Vegan version. And it's amazing.
Scrambled Eggs: Grab some hard tofu, mash it up with a fork, chuck it into a fry pan with some soy butter, salt, pepper and anything else you want: some spinach, some sun-dried tomatoes, whack it all on a yummy slice of sourdough and YOU HAVE SCRAMBLED EGGS. Yum.
Baking: I am now so arrogant that I believe I can bake anything Vegan. Oh yeah. There are so many Vegan recipes out there.....get googling. (Or just stay right here on this site...)
Pancakes: I can make pancakes easily. So can you: and Vegan pancakes do not taste different in the slightest. For the lazy ones there are even Vegan pancake batter mixes. Life is good. Chuck on some berries, melted chocolate, Maple syrup, whatever you want. All the above if you're a little nuts (and awesome. Oh...add nuts too)
Meat: Now, Vegan cuisine really has come a long way. Today, there are fake meats (to cook at home or have in restaurants) that taste exactly like the real thing. Like cheese, I don't miss meat at all, but I have tried fake meat and it tasted scarily simmilar. So, if you think you can't live without a slab of beef: you don't have to. You can have an amazing marinated "steak" anytime. For your first try: I would say go all out and hit a really nice Vegan place so they can make you a good one. If you have bad fake meat first up, you could be put off for life.
Fish: In Australia, I'm yet to find fake fish (not because I want it, just for curiosity) but my Skinny Bitch friends assure me (in their books, sadly not in person) that in America they even sell fake Tuna, that you can mix with your Egg-Free mayonnaise and you're good to go.
Mayonaise: Egg-Free Mayonaise. Done. Snap. It's delicious.
Cookies: cookies...oh god cookies. Do you really think I live without cookies? See My Kitchen.
Brownies: As above.
Ice-Cream: Australia has just been won-over by an AMAZING Vegan ice-cream called: Coco-luscious and it is actually to die for. They have so many flavours and I'm in love with their whole company.
Hmmm....this list is looking shorter than I thought it would.....that's okay, just means I can't remember much that I miss out on. Win.
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