With the popularity of healthy living and eating consciously, it's likely that you may have to make vegan food for an upcoming holiday event, dinner party or get-together. Vegan food is any type of food that does not contain animal products--so it's important to check the ingredient list on anything you serve. Thanks to the popularity of veganism, finding vegan friendly food is now almost as easy as finding food for non-vegans.
Naturally Vegan Foods
Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts are all naturally vegan, and anything made exclusively with them will be vegan. Margarine and oil are both vegan; although butter is not, there are vegan substitutes for it. Rice, lentils and tofu are all popular vegan foods that you can incorporate into main dishes easily.
Processed Vegan Food
Many options exist for processed vegan food. Most grocery stores offer vegan alternatives like veggie burgers, veggie dogs, soy milks and nondiary ice cream. Many people don't know that some of their favourite junk foods are already vegan, such as chips, certain brands of popcorn and some cookies. You can checklists of vegan food online before going shopping, such as the lists at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals "Accidentally Vegan" section, or the Happy Cow Compassionate Eating Guide.
Cooking vegan food can be a little tricky at first, but vegan alternatives exist for almost every non-vegan ingredient. Many soups are already vegan, as are vegetable and fruit-based dishes and pasta dishes. For more complicated substitutions of traditionally nonvegan dishes, check out some vegan recipe sites, such as the Vegan Chef.
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