Thanksgiving, Christmas and a trip to Texas, the breakfast taco/queso/Tex Mex capital of the world, really threw me off the vegan wagon. In the last week or so, I have resumed my vegan lifestyle and paired it with the Serotonin Power Diet, something I have had success with in the past with very little effort (that works best for me).
It is almost time to start making those New Year’s resolutions (God! The holidays crept up on us this year) and the New York Times recently posted an article called, “No Meat, No Dairy, No Problem,” about a great resolution for your health: going “semi-vegan.”
Among your other resolutions — do more good? make more money? — you’ve probably made the annual pledge to eat better, although this concept may be more often reduced simply to “lose some weight.”
If defining this betterness has become increasingly more difficult (half the diet books that spilled over my desk in December focused on going gluten-free), the core of the answer is known to everyone: eat more plants. And if the diet that most starkly represents this — veganism — is no longer considered bizarre or unreasonably spartan, neither is it exactly mainstream.
Many vegan dishes, however, are already beloved: we eat fruit salad, peanut butter and jelly, beans and rice, eggplant in garlic sauce. The problem faced by many of us — brought up as we were with plates whose center was filled with a piece of an animal — is in imagining less-traditional vegan dishes that are creative, filling, interesting and not especially challenging to either put together or enjoy.
My point here is to make semi-veganism work for you. Once a week, let bean burgers stand in for hamburgers, leave the meat out of your pasta sauce, make a risotto the likes of which you’ve probably never had — and you may just find yourself eating “better.”
The article goes on to provide several yummy-looking recipes and it got me thinking more and more about the great options out there for vegans and even for non-vegans who just want to skip the meat/cheese/butter/milk once in a while to be healthier. It’s not that hard, people… it truly isn’t.
I’ve got plans for some new Meatless Monday posts, trying out new cookbooks, and all kinds of fun, heart-healthy and planet-friendly stuff. Hoping you’ll come along for the ride. In the meantime, enjoy this little number from Tumblr: