Most of us have some long-held desire to switch over to a vegan lifestyle. There are quite a few reasons why. For some it just comes down to appearance. There are good reason why vegan lifestyles are so popular in Hollywood. A healthier diet leads to a healthier appearance. And given the fact that much of the world seems to be gaining weight it’s natural to want a different direction. Healthy dietary changes are one of the best ways to control weight. And that leads into another reason people go vegan.
Meat free diets typically add six to nine extra years of life. And those tend to be healthier and happier years than their contemporaries experience. Of course, there’s also the underlying issue of the meat and dairy industry. Going vegan means that you’re helping to save the lives of countless animals in a way that even going vegetarian wouldn’t.
But all of this leads into the most important question. How do you actually go about becoming a vegan? The answer tends to change a lot depending on someone’s lifestyle. If you cook, for example, then you’re already well on your way to veganism. The main reason is that when you have control over a meal’s ingredients you can swap things out fairly easily.
There’s been a huge amount of work put into discovering ingredients that taste like meat and dairy. And of course, the same goes with ingredient which simulate the texture or binding properties of meat and dairy. The end result is that you can find any easy vegan recipes that duplicate almost all of your favorites.
And one shouldn’t assume that going vegan means giving up one’s favorite foods. In fact, you’ll often find that it just means that those meals become healthier. Fast food burgers are one of the world’s favorite guilty pleasures. But they’re often surprisingly easy to duplicate at home with vegan ingredients. They don’t just hit the nutritional checklist better either. You’ll often find that your homemade veggie burgers taste better than fast food variants.
Burgers are one of the more complex examples. But some recipes really do just call for swapping out an ingredient or two. Soymilk almost perfectly replicated dairy milk. And even eggs have several near perfect replacement products. And that’s not even getting into recipes that were created as vegan from the bottom up.
People often focus on replicating recipes with meat. But there’s a wide range of recipes out there that aren’t trying to copy other tastes. They instead start with the idea that a meal should simply present the amazing flavors of the vegetable world. These tend to require some skill in the kitchen. But even then, it’s only a matter of practice. For example, there’s a bit of a knack to properly sautéing a mushroom. And it’s not something easily shown in recipes.
A recipe might refer to doing so. But it’s only really learned through practice. But that practice can be fun. And every step in perfecting a vegan cooking technique comes with a great feeling. It’s the feeling of doing the right thing. And of seeing yourself growing in skill as a result of that choice.