Since I am the only vegan in my extended family, people sometimes wonder how i can buy&cook meat , chicken , eggs and dairy without trouble.
well I wouldn’t say it is the best case scenario but this is my family and i love them so.
just in case u think throwing tantrums and refusing to cook non vegan food or even making a fuss about letting these things into your home will help-well-no . it wont. it will be an endless source of foul jokes about you and your “trendy ideas” (and no it will not help to correct them with the actual facts or give futile lectures about the environment and clean eating and how they really should watch Gary yourofski and forks over knives.)
believe moi-been there-done that..
Now I will say it upfront so there is no misunderstanding if u r or want to become a vegan because of taste or other issues you have with non vegan foods and u r in fact revolted by meat or eggs for instance than this is not the tip for u in any way.
but many people turn vegan for ethical reasons and not only are they not disgusted by meat etc’, but they really miss it and find that buying and cooking these foods for their family tempts them too much-just like any other restrictive diet .
I know this sounds harsh but I think we should face the truth veganism is a “diet” in the official definition of the word’ and let’s face it , it is restrictive.
So – if u fall to the category above you can definitely stand the smell and looks of non vegan foods, and u r even tempted by it how can u continue with your life as usual when living with an omnivore family?
If u happen to be the chef in your house hold, than i suggest you sit with yourself and decide where u draw the line and maybe no line needs to be drawn which is great .
I can tell u that for me personally cooking salmon-and steaks is something I couldn’t do , because baked salmon (with rosemary leaves and coarse salt ) was one of my favorite dishes. and medium well steaks .
After I decided that I don’t mind cooking everything except the 2 mentioned I told my family that business as usual, and then started with my plan.
my plan was simple “if u can’t beat them tempt them”.
Since becoming vegan I gradually learned to prepare tasty vegan foods which are also super nutritious and whenever anyone is hungry there is a lovely choice of vegan food.
meat and dairy products are there too – but since the vegan food is so tempting and new and different many times they find themselves opting vegan by choice-and not by force.
I make tons of salads, vegan burgers, grilled veggies, vegan ice cream, vegan buns and cakes- and the only milk in the house- again by choice- is soy milk- which means that smoothies and coffee -are vegan too.
I believe that gradually I shall conquer them and they too will understand the multiple benefits of veganism and in the mean time we can live in peace and harmony which is important too.
enjoy- the cooliflower.