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What Does a Vegan Eat?

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What Does a Vegan Eat?

“What does a vegan eat?”

It’s a common concern, and a question that has become something of a joke amongst vegans, for the simple reasons that a) we’ve all heard it at one time or another, and b) the opportunities are endless for delicious, exciting food that is free from any animal-derived ingredients.

Vegan cookbooks that now number in the hundreds are readily available online, in bookstores and in health food stores. Vegan cooking sites are all over the internet, and there are even vegan cooking classes online and available on DVD.

Learning how to replace foods you are used to with foods that are new to you might seem to be a challenge initially, but once you are on the other side of the transition, you will find that preparing food is no more difficult than before.

If you’re not used to preparing food, you might find that being vegan requires you to plan ahead a bit more, and to prepare foods yourself. On the other hand, if it suits you, you could eat pre-packaged, pre-prepared foods all day long, and still remain vegan. Having said that, this author recommends a diet based on whole-foods, for both environmental and health reasons.

With a little culinary courage, you will find that it is easy to re-create your favorite foods: cakes, pies, puddings, milkshakes, pasta dishes, cream sauces, omelets, lasagna, pancakes, French Toast… Even traditional meat dishes such as roast beef can be reproduced using a meat substitute called seitan which, when prepared properly, can easily pass for sliced meat or ground beef. (Because it’s made from wheat, seitan is not appropriate for those with gluten allergies)


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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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11:28AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

I don't touch seitan due to gluten sensitivity and don't think it's particularly healthy, so it's fine by me. There are other fabulous alternatives to meat, from organic, GMO-free soy to lentils, mushrooms and quinoa. I had no problems switching to an entirely plant-derived diet when I went vegan and my diet is so much more diverse now than it has ever been. Mind you, that is also with me staying organic and gluten-free. Giving up gluten was far tricky than giving up animal byproducts, but I've gotten quite good at cooking without it and I don't really miss it much either. The best thing I have done for myself, animals and the environment in many years is go vegan. And, even better yet, my husband made the change with me. Wonderful!

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11:59AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Go Vegan, healthy way to live

9:55AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012


6:23PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:22PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:01PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I went vegan, thinking that I was limiting myself... and I am amazed at how much more open I am to new culinary experiences and adventures. Thank-you to all the encouraging people on Care2 who helped to convince me to take the leap from vegetarian to vegan... and to PETA for that awful video of what happens to male chicks - that convinced me never to eat another egg. I made vegan brownies for the first time the other day using vegan becel and apple sauce - they had to be refridgerated first but they are delicious!

4:39AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Animal products are a tiny portion of the food choices we have.

4:46AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

All SORTS of wonderful things! Go to the Vegan Society website or look in a vegan cookbook. It is not a limited diet!

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