Learning Vegan 101

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Seven (mysterious, mostly vegan food additives)

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My general rule of thumb when I’m out grocery shopping for my family is: The shorter a product’s list of ingredients, the better! However, unless you strictly abide by a raw or whole food diet (which is the way  I’m personally beginning to lean), it’s next to impossible to know what every single ingredient is. […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Six (Why you gotta get yourself a cast iron pan)

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Vegans – new ones especially – may find themselves fretting about how to get enough iron into their bodies. The concern is real. Iron deficiency (which, by the way, occurs in omnivores, too) can lead to anemia and issues like fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, irritability, increased susceptibility to common illnesses, unwanted weight loss, and other serious health troubles. […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Five: Stocking Your Vegan Pantry (with a little help from this friend)

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Every vegan is bound to have a slightly different list of pantry must-haves, but – generally speaking – the basics are the basics are the basics. Here you’ll find the fresh, frozen, dried, canned, boxed, bagged, bottled… etc… foods, spices, condiments, and beverages I make sure our kitchen is always stocked with (or at least […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Four (The Nitty Gritty on Some Sneaky Ingredients)

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Vegans don’t eat meat, fish, eggs, or dairy. This is an easy concept for those of us who choose a plant-based diet and an easy rule to follow for an omnivore trying to prepare a meal for a vegan friend or family member. Easy, peasy. Right? Maybe not. Obviously, I wouldn’t go out and pick up a steak or […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Three (Don't B Deficient)

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When you feel compassion toward animals and that feeling moves you to become vegan, giving up eating meat, fish, eggs, and dairy isn’t a hard thing to do. That my vegan meals lack nothing in the way of variety, flavor, or texture makes the choice to live without a reliance on animal products even easier. […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Two (What the Hell is Vegan Sugar?)

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Not all sugar is created equal. If you read my Really Easy Recipes post from last week for Bok Choy Salad, you probably noticed I recommended that vegans recreating the dish use their preferred brand of vegan sugar. Since that post came out, many people have asked me: What is vegan sugar, exactly? Sugar is vegan […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part One (Q & A)

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Saying you’re a vegan is the easy part. Putting the words into action is not as simple. If you’re vegan or heading in that direction – especially if you have kids – you probably know what I’m talking about. There’s a learning curve, isn’t there? There’s so many things to figure out, but for now […]