5 Tips For Eating And Cooking Vegan When Your Family Does Not

eating and cooking vegan when your family does not

Are you the only vegan in your house? Are you making meals for the non-vegans and yourself? If so I applaud you. I know it can be harder to stay on your path if you are surrounded by meat and dairy. If this is your situation and you are struggling to figure out how to keep everyone fed and satisfied, here are 5 suggestions for eating and cooking vegan when your family does not that will help to keep everyone happy.

1. Think of the side dish as your main dish.

A large kale salad can be paired with almost anything. A dish like Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage is another good option. Choose a dish that will be filling and satisfying to you. Be sure to make enough for you to have a larger portion.

2. Make it vegan first.

When making a dish such as a stir-fry or spaghetti, cook the meat portion on the side (if necessary) and add it to the completed dish after you get your portion out. You might just serve the meat separately all together. Then those who want it can add it on their plates.

3. Serve all vegan meals as often as you can, maybe 1-3 times per week.

You don't even have to tell anyone it's vegan. Many meals will satisfy all of you. Pasta dishes are good choices. Lentils or beans and soups or stews are also good. Getting your family used to eating and enjoying non-animal based meals will be better for all involved. Just be sensitive and do your best not to push it or make a big deal about it. You are aiming for a gradual shift in awareness and tastes.

4. Have options.

Serving burgers or chicken sandwiches? Have a veggie burger or ckick'n patty option along with the "regular" version. Create a taco or burrito buffet where everyone can add the fillings of their choice.

5.  Plan for left-overs.

Make a double or triple batch of a vegan favorite. Then you can eat that on a day where your family's meal is not vegan friendly. Pack up a few servings to stock your freezer with things you can pull out for yourself when needed.

Being the only vegan is your household can be a challenge. But also being the family cook opens the way for making sure all of you are happy and satisfied. Try these 5 tips to make eating and cooking vegan when your family does not work fir everyone in the house.

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Lifestyle Coach, CEO at Opare Institute
Supporting you by bringing you flavorful and satisfying vegan and raw vegan recipes, inspiration and online training and one-on-one coaching to help LOVE YOUR VEGAN LIFE! I am an educator and revolutionary who has teamed up with my physician/dietitian husband, Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, MPH, CA, to address the growing health problems in the Afrikan/Black community by building a Nation of Black Vegetarians and Vegans.

2 Comments on “5 Tips For Eating And Cooking Vegan When Your Family Does Not

09/09/2015 at 8:45 pm

Yeah I am the only vegan in my household however prior to my conversion I rarely if ever would venture into the kitchen to cook anything but I now realize that has to change.

Ama Opare
09/11/2015 at 10:26 am

Osiah, please do venture. It makes such a difference in being able to sustain your lifestyle over the long haul.


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