As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more and more interested in what to eat for sustained energy as well as for beauty benefits. (Hello, antioxidants for radiant skin!) Recently, my brother Kevin shared this video with me about a 70-year who has followed a raw, vegan for most of her life—and looks 30. Definitely piqued my interest in eating vegan pretty quickly.
I’ve actually been following a partial vegan diet for a while now without realizing it, since I’ve been exploring more and more vegetarian dishes and limiting meat consumption over the past few years, but I’m excited to explore more.
Here are a few I’m planning to try in the next few weeks:
Fake-Out Mac ‘n Cheese – Especially excited about this one because it’s cheese-less so Brian can eat it.
Pumpkin-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Ginger Glaze – I don’t care if pumpkin season has passed. I need these.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan – I want to sprinkle kale almond parm on everything.
Layered Salad with Oil-free Orange Ginger Dressing – I love orange + ginger anything
Raw Taco Salad for Two – Ground walnuts sub-in for ground beef. Amazing!
To be honest I’ve always felt a little skeptical of and a little intimidated by vegan recipes. (And soy scare me.) Honestly, I’ve never felt totally clear on what a “vegan” even is. In case you’re wondering too: Vegans abstain from the use of animal products, particularly in diet. Think: no meat, dairy, eggs, or leather boots. From what I’ve read, more do so for ethical reasons than environmental or health reasons, although veganism is gaining popularity as celebs like Beyonce and Jay-Z go “partial vegan.” The truth is that technically, a “vegan” could eat loads of junk food and avoid consumption of animal products.
Personally, I feel like I already eat a really well-balanced diet of whole foods. I’d just like to expand my recipe repertoire to include more non-animal-based vegan recipes.