It’s no exaggeration to say that I was not an enthusiastic supporter of my daughter’s decision to go vegan.
I told her, The thing you most want—enthusiastic support from me—is not something I can provide. I can, and will, support you in becoming vegan, but I can’t be enthusiastic.
You can imagine how well that went over.
I followed that gem up by telling my daughter she didn’t need my approval, that she didn’t need me to be happy, for her to make the decision to go vegan.
(Yes, everything is a lesson and I thought this was a good opportunity to support some separation. She’s a teenager after all.)
I’ve been a vegan cook for 8-9 months and it’s really not a big deal.
Some background: As a family, most of the food we had been eating BV (Before Vegan) was vegetarian.
I eat chicken, fish or meat about once a month. My husband frequently eats meat at lunch. And, before the vegan-thing happened, my daughter had been pescatarian for a number of years.
Oh, and we talk about ethical eating a lot. And we have done so for my daughter’s entire life. (Pasture raised, free range, you get the idea.)
So I shouldn’t have been surprised that this would lead my daughter to become vegan.
For the record: My lack of enthusiasm didn’t stem from any concern over my daughter’s health.
I was sure she could (and would) have a nutritious and well-rounded diet.
It didn’t stem from any concern about how my daughter was going to forgoing the pleasures of exploring different cuisines. We travel a lot and if she wants to miss out, that’s up to her.
No, my lack of enthusiasm came from the added burden I thought she was putting on my dinner-cooking chore.
How was I going to cook vegan meals without spending a lot more time in the kitchen?
Many people are surprised when they learn that I don’t love cooking. I love eating delicious meals that align with my values. So I cook.
You wouldn’t think it would be a stretch to go from cooking vegetarian meals to cooking vegan meals. That’s turned out to be true. It’s not that hard. But back then? I thought it was going to be a pain in the ass.
What have we been eating for dinner lately?
Sunday Store-bought ravioli (one package vegan, one package with real cheese); store-bought tomato sauce; salad
Monday Vegetable fried rice with no egg, using coconut oil which makes it delicious beyond belief, avocado tossed in at the end
Tuesday Split pea soup, roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potato, bread, salad
Wednesday crescent roll ring (using vegan store-bought crescent rolls), filled with caramelized onions, mushrooms and olive spread; salad
Thursdaycrispy cauliflower (recipe – we either don’t make a sauce or we make a quick peanut/soy sauce); leftovers; salad
Let me know. I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you’re a vegan cook too.
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~