The most important thing you need to succeed as a vegan is confidence. When you first become a vegan and people start finding out everyone is suddenly a doctor, nutritionist, biologist or anthropologist (/sarcasm) and they begin to use their deep knowledge of these subjects to tell you why you are wrong.
It is important to be prepared to handle their questions, not just for their benefit, but for your own. You don’t want to leave an exchange feeling like you made a mistake going vegan. The content in these videos and resources has provided me with plenty of knowledge and confidence about my choice and I hope they can help you as well.
This book should be required reading for any vegan. It will empower you with the answers to the most common anti-vegan arguments. Even if you don’t plan on arguing, it will help strengthen your resolve.
Earthling Ed is one of the most well-spoken and calm vegan advocates active today. His speech is compassionate and convincing. If you are vegan for ethical reasons, this will give you plenty of amazing ways to explain your point of view to others.
I am vegan for ethical reason, the health benefits are a convenient side effect. However after watching this speech and realizing that nearly all of the world’s health problems can be prevented or reversed just by adopting a plant-based diet I was shocked. Imagine the economic benefits if we all but eliminated obesity, diabetes and heart disease by adopting a plant-based diet.
This is something shared on reddit which really resonated with me. It’s an essay about a man who most people would obviously label a maniac, but then asks the reader to determine the difference between this man’s behavior and one’s own.
Recipes and Ingredients
Remember it took you an entire lifetime to develop your pallet and explore food choices. It takes some time and practice to get to that level on your new vegan diet. The good news is you will probably end up trying plenty of new food you have never experienced before. Here are some good staple recipes to get your started on vegan cooking.
Everyone has a “once I tried tofu and hated it story” don’t let that stand in your way. Don’t be afraid of tofu. It has a very mild flavor much like egg whites. It stands up really well to cooking and can be prepared in nearly every possible way!
If you have ever had “Mock Duck” at an asian restaurant, that is made out of seitan. Lots of the fake meat products on the market are made out of this. Seitan is essentially dough, but with a bunch of seasoning and flavoring mixed in. It can be a very rewarding recipe to have in your arsenal.
Ramen has been a saving grace for me. It’s super cheap, easy to make in a short time and you can put anything into it to liven it up. Try throwing in some seaweed, tofu, beans, spinach, mushrooms, pea pods, whatever you have! Not all ramen is vegan, meat-stock is often used. Here is a vegan ramen I buy in bulk.
Pasta is a vegan staple. There is a ton you can do with it and all of it will keep you satisfied. This video has some great suggestions to get you started, don’t be afraid to get creative. You can also make cold pasta salads with all kinds of beans and vegetables tossed in.
There are tons of ways to make vegan cheese sauce. This is the first one I tried and really fell in love with. Cheese sauce usually has a bunch of heavy creams and butters in it. But not this one! It’s made from blended potatoes and carrots. You will be amazing how close it comes.
This is a product most people have never even heard of until going vegan. Suddenly it’s required in every recipe. Nutritional yeast is a fungi (like baking yeast) and tastes somewhat nutty. It is often used in creamy sauces to convey a cheese-like flavor. You can buy it in most grocery stores, but I like to buy it on Amazon.
Another product I hand idea about until well into my new vegan life. Soy curls are dried soy strips which need to be hydrated with something (veggie stock or some other flavorful liquid) and they gain the consistency of chicken strips. They are perfect for stir fry, salads or wraps! I couldn’t live without them anymore.