I never would have thought that getting rid of all animals and all products made from animals out of my diet would be so much fun. But guess what? It really is! The part about it that I love the most so far - aside from the loving animals part - is that it has totally changed my relationship with food. And has catapulted me into all kinds of news flavors, textures and combinations. I kinda feel like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz when she opened the door of her black and white world and walked into a place filled with exuberant color and throbbing life. I've gone from the same 'ol same 'ol uninspired menus to fun eating... playing with exciting creations day after day. And discovering new ingredients. I need to start another blog just to post everything. But no time for that right now. And just ask me if I feel deprived? Not at all; in fact, I feel just the opposite.
Tonight I'm making Heidi's Asparagus Tofu Stir-Fry for supper and today I'm making some seitan from my friend Jo Stepaniak's cookbook, Vegan Vittles to use to create a stroganoff tomorrow night. I also need to get my grocery list together for shopping tomorrow since I'm out if ginger and a few other key ingredients I use a lot. Even grocery shopping has gotten more fun since it is no longer a rote event. I love discovering new things and reading about them and picking them up - and then trying them!
And, I must say, that getting rid of all the animal products in my diet I feel so much sharper in my brain. Yeah, I'm sure that sounds funny, but it's true... sharper and more creative and more alive. Veganism is way more than diet and here is one good article on it, Sowing Seeds of Compassion, by Jo Stepaniak.
But for now, I'm playing around with the eating part of it and need to get the grocery list together and decide what I'm going to have for lunch today!
Artwork by Magda Francot