The Gentleman’s Guide to DATING a Vegan

Vegan Love

(Guest post by The Vegan Hubby!)

A quick guide to dating someone who doesn’t eat meat or dairy.

 

Dating can be tough at the best of times. Adding in the vegan wild card into the mix can make your head

explode. But have no fear! Here is a handy-dandy list of things to know when the girl/boy that you are

courting eats no meat or dairy:

 

1. It takes a while to get the hang of things

Expect to make mistakes. A lot of mistakes. You will have a ton of good intentions that go awry,

but that’s okay. Vegans are a very grateful group as a whole and they will appreciate your

efforts. Yes you might have spent a full afternoon looking up recipes and cooking up a storm and

envisioned your vegan counterpart to be bedazzled by how amazing you are. Don’t let your ego

get destroyed when you missed some ingredient that you’ve never heard of that turns out to

not be vegan, forcing you to order out.

2. One size does not fit all vegans

As crazy as it might sound, not all vegans have the same food beliefs. Find out exactly what your

special someone is comfortable eating. Things like honey may or may not be fine to eat. Plus

some “cheat” a little more than others. Either way, you will never know until you ask.

3. Think ahead, but most importantly think

Perhaps you’ve been going to a particularly nice restaurant that has made previous dates fall

in love with you. Don’t assume that this place will work for a vegan date as well. Surf and Turf

might swoon a regular date, but it will leave you with a hungry and annoyed vegan date. Think

ahead and call the restaurant to make sure that they can accommodate a nice vegan meal.

Better yet, take them to a vegan restaurant and branch out a little yourself. You’d be surprised

how good vegan restaurants can be! Plus you get bonus points.

4. There’s more to this than just food

Don’t harp on the vegan subject for the entire date. Vegans get asked so many questions about

what they eat that sometimes it seems like they don’t get to talk about anything else. While it

may be mind-blowing to you that someone can go a day without cheese, they’ve been there and

done it so many times it just not that interesting anymore. Have some fun and be someone who

stands out from the rest of the boring “but what do you do for protein?!?” people.

5. Don’t be stupid

Being a vegan is serious. At least in the food poisoning sense. If you haven’t eaten any meat in

years, you can be quite sure that you will not have a fun date if your vegan date ends up eating

some. Taking the pieces of chicken out of the chicken soup does not make it vegan soup (I’ve

made this mistake myself when I first started dating my wife and it seemed very reasonable at

the time. It seems flat out stupid now). Yes it’s annoying that you have keep figuring out new

ways to cook but you will be happy you did in the long run!

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Being a Vegan

Veggies

(Guest post by The Vegan Hubby!)

The 4 basic things you need to know about being a classy vegan.

 

Living a vegan lifestyle is important on a multitude of levels. Unfortunately, some vegan’s forget their

manners when interacting with their meat-eating counterparts. Follow these 4 simple rules to always

being a classy vegan, which really is the best kind of vegan.

 

1. Keep it simple, Vegan

When talking to non-vegans always remember to keep the conversation relatively simple. This

is different from talking to them like they have the IQ of a cow (don’t do that either!). You

have spent countless hours pouring over information on diet, nutrition, exotic foods and vegan

cooking. Most people have not! Do not start off a conversation telling people about which

brand of B-12 supplement is legitimate and which is run by corporate moneybags. Nor should

you tell them all about which enzymes digest which nutrients at which point in the digestive

process, not unless they specifically ask of course. It might be fascinating to you but it zooms

over their heads like a high flying bird. Not only did you just not get your point across, but you

have effectively made sure the person stopped listening to you altogether. While they may have

genuinely been interested in the vegan lifestyle before, they have made up their mind that it’s

too complicated for them. All they wanted was some good food.

 

2. Don’t give vegans a bad rep

You might be crazy in the rest of your life, but when talking about vegan subjects, keep the

craziness to a minimum to keep people from thinking that vegans are the crazy ones. One of

the biggest complaints I hear about vegans is their general tendency to be, to put it nicely,

unpleasant. I was talking with one vegan girl who tried to argue the point that people who eat

meat/dairy are modern day Nazis. Such an argument was not only outrageously ignorant but it

also made me wonder if all vegans are this crazy. Yes there is a lot of animal cruelty that goes on

for the sake of meat and dairy production, but there are ways to talk about it without accusing

people of being Nazis. Thankfully I recognized that this might just be an isolated incident, so my

faith in the vegan community was not shaken. Be crazy on your own time.

 

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Can’t Believe It’s Vegan Pancakes

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To a non-vegan, the highest complement they can think of to give your culinary efforts is “I can’t believe it’s vegan”.  Kind of subtly insulting, but they usually mean well. These are great for introducing a newbie to vegan cooking or just as a delicious, melt-in-your mouth standby for Saturday mornings.  This recipe serves 2-4, depending on what you consider a serving.  For my weekend indulgence, serving sizes get a little bit more, um, “American sized”.

Ingredients:

1.5 c. unbleached flour (or whole wheat if you’re feeling extra virtuous this morning)

3.5 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1 T. sugar (only if using unsweetened almond milk)

1.25 c. vanilla or plain almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)

1 t. vanilla extract

Vegan chocolates chips (or other add ins)

2 T. Earth Balance margarine, melted

+ Earth Balance to grease skillet

Recipe:

Sift (or stir well) together dry ingredients.  Stir in vanilla, non-dairy milk, and melted non-dairy butter.  Mix until smooth.  Heat skillet (cast iron is best) over medium heat.  Grease. Add 1/4 c. batter per pancake to skillet.  Top with chocolate chips, blueberries, whatever.  Flip.  Remove when fluffy and golden on each side.  Serve with warm maple syrup.

New Blog Posts Coming Soon!

Although I’ve had this blog for a year now, I’ve posted sporadically at best. That’s all about to change – stay tuned for new recipes, reviews, and giveaways coming soon! Let me know in the comments what you think I should cover.

Food for Thought

First Spring Blooms

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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The Top 5 Vegan Cookbooks for New Vegans

Vegan Cookbooks

Vegan cooking suffers from an image problem.  There are some amazing vegan cookbooks out there, but there are also too many cookbooks that require 27 hard-to-find, expensive ingredients per recipe or feature yet another flavorless veggie patty idea.  An Amazon search for “vegan cookbook” gives you a cool 2,832 options vying for your hard-earned money (I, on the other hand, make no money off you purchasing any of the below).  Here are the Top 5 Vegan Cookbooks that won’t be collecting dust on the shelf:

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet - Alicia Silverstone

Pros: Healthy, delicious recipes, clear directions, a wealth of information about making the transition to veganism

Cons: Some of these recipes do require a special trip to the store until your shopping habits catch up to your new lifestyle

Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes. - Lindsay S. Nixon

Pros: You actually have these ingredients in your pantry (ketchup, oats, beans, etc.), Recipes are quick and easy, Great for budget cooking

Cons: Some of the desserts are too high in sugar

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your BodKim Barnouin

Pros: This is the cookbook that should have followed up the original Skinny Bitch  (let’s all forget the over-processed horror that was Skinny Bitch in the Kitch) – beautiful photography, unique but still easy to follow recipes, lots of information about the vegan lifestyle

Cons: These are not 5 minute recipes – be prepared to actually spend time in your kitchen

The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein

Pros: Healthy Mediterranean style recipes that don’t rely on meat substitutes

Cons: No pictures.  Recipes are geared at experienced cooks.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero, Rebecca Bent and Sara Quin

Pros:  Delicious treats. Many varieties for varying skill levels.

Cons: Remember, vegan doesn’t necessarily mean healthy.  These are still cupcakes.

 

What cookbooks do you recommend for new vegans? Are there any that you would recommend new vegans not buy? Leave a comment below!

Hot Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake

Hot Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake

Delicious chocolately goodness that makes an amazing dessert for company and an even more amazing breakfast treat.

Hot Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake

1 c. flour (white whole wheat)

3/4 c. organic sugar or evaporated cane juice

2 T. cocoa

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk

1 t. vanilla extract

2 T. olive oil

3/4 c. chopped walnuts (chopped fresh)

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. cocoa

1.75 c. boiling water

Mix first 8 ingredients and spread in greased 8×8 pan.  Combine walnuts, brown sugar, and cocoa in separate bowl.  Add boiling water to nut mixture and mix well.  Pour over batter in pan.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Do not overbake or you will lose the pudding part and be left with a mere chocolate cake/brownie.  Serve warm.

Wise Words

Sand hearts

~ Kahlil Gibran ~

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Trail Mix for Grownups

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Ah, trail mix.  As a girl (and girl scout) I loved grabbing handfuls of that peanut-y, M&M filled goodness after running around outside.  Then, sadly, I grew to realize that many “healthy” trail mixes are worse than candy.  Sure, we all know M&M’s aren’t good for us, but the oil-roasted peanuts and “yogurt” covered raisins are just as bad.  Luckily, this quick mix below is a much healthier and even more delicious version.  Omit the chocolate if you will be outside in the heat for too long.

Grownup Trail Mix

1/2 c. raw walnuts

1/2 c. raw pecan halves

1/2 c. raw almonds

1/4 c. dry roasted peanuts

1/3 c. dried cherries

1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate bits

Put in glasslock or other lidded container and shake to mix.  Add twisting and shaking dance moves for optimal mixing.  Portion out in 1/4 c. servings.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Hubby loves Brussels sprouts.  I love him anyway.

This simple, pop-it-in-the-oven-and-walk-away recipe turns the dreaded sprout into a flavorful side dish.  And who doesn’t feel a little virtuous and grown up when voluntarily making Brussels sprouts for dinner?

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 lb Brussels sprouts

1-2 T. EVOO

sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Wash and dry Brussels sprouts and remove any sad-looking outer leaves.  Toss with olive oil to coat and spread on ungreased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste.  Bake at 400 about 35 min.  Shake tray midway through to “flip” sprouts and cook evenly.  Serve warm.