Vegan Without Sacrifice

Sunday night is pizza night here at the Stay Vegan compound.  After tonight's pizza, I had a bit of a revelation which ties into the previous post on How I Stay Vegan.  I realized that we can take any food from the restaurants that we loved so much before becoming vegan, and recreate them sans animal. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but when you really think about it, it's like skipping a big part of the original sacrifice that was made when becoming vegan (too bad it took me four years to figure this out).

I recommend finding the menu of your favorite pre-vegan pizza restaurant and doing your best to recreate it. Use soy cheese and mock meat if you want to make it a little more true to the original.  Or even better, recreate an entire meal that you shared with someone special.  It's really the ultimate comfort food.

This isn't turning into a food blog, I swear!

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Anonymous said...

I think it's an important thing to realize (and at that, a valuable post). Several of my friends and co-workers have been puzzled about what a vegan eats--what I eat--and to demystify that, to say that meals that would look familiar to a non-vegan indeed COULD be vegan, and oftentimes taste better...well, that's nothing to sneeze at.

Paulina said...

I love doing this - recreating my favorite meals from my pre-vegan days.

Stay Vegan! said...

@Pandora and Paulina - Thank you guys for the comments. This is something we've been doing for a while, and I can't believe it took me so long to make the connection. If I had figured this out when I first became vegan it certainly would have made the transition much easier.

And to expand on what Pandora said, doing this could be a great way to show your friends how great vegan is. If there is a restaurant that you used to eat at together, that you can't anymore, invite them over and recreate the meals that you had.

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