Veganism is a form of vegetarianism that includes eating fresh, whole, plant-based foods and avoiding the consumption of and use of animals for any commercial production. For many vegan-naysayers, the thought of following a diet with no meat and especially sans eggs and dairy is impossible. However, Ulm says the key to embracing and being surprisingly satisfied with a vegan diet is to change your expectations and experiment. "Stay open-minded and take the time to learn how to make foods that you really love, not poor imitations of foods you no longer eat," she suggests. "That being said, there a few specialty products that I can recommend that might make your transition easier."
As you are aspiring to change your meat-eating ways, give the following vegan ingredient substitutions a try:
"There are all sorts of wonderful and delicious foods out there that will show you what being vegan is all about," says Ulm. "It's a myth that vegan food is boring, flavorless and uninspired…you can be compassionate to the planet without giving up great food."
Recipes adapted from the vegan cookbook Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm.
Made with whole grain spelt flour and readied for the griddle the night before, these pancakes are perfect for a lazy weekend morning or even during the week when you wake up simply craving a plate of comfort.
Serves 4 as a side dish
Risotto is the ultimate in comfort food. This delicious recipe soothes the soul with rich flavors and a toothsome texture.
For many, comfort food means pasta. This intriguing recipe adds a surprising sweetness with dried cranberries and maple syrup, and a delightful nutty taste with pepitas.
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