The days of picking on your vegan friend are over. No more cracks about Birkenstocks and bean sprouts despite the fact their vegan bikini bod is two piece swimsuit ready year-round. Vegetarians and vegans alike deserve our praise! Full time veganism or vegetarianism isn’t for everyone. But incorporating it into your diet every so often will benefit your health, increase animal welfare and reduce your environmental impact. Now, I know what you’re thinking (I love meat, never ever will I be without a burger or brisket) and that’s A-okay. But have you ever enjoyed just a salad of greens and veggies for lunch? Or a dinner of pasta (sans eggs) and veggie primavera? Well guess what friends, you are officially a part-time vegan.
Even without an entire diet of fruits and veggies, there are certain foods that you may have eaten that you haven’t realized add to your new part-time vegan title. Here’s a quick list of foods you probably won’t believe are vegan.
Noted as the world’s favorite cookie and one of the most popular around, Oreos are in fact vegan friendly. Despite the creamy center one might mistake for frosting, there are no dairy products in this bite-sized snack. The only drawback is the nice glass of milk to dunk your dessert. But hey, almond milk just might do the trick instead.
I know, right?! This one just makes me laugh, because I can picture the pigs of the world rejoicing. Bacos from Betty Crocker are not actually made from bacon. Instead, the mystery ingredient is…..soy! Don’t confuse with real bacon bits, however, because the name of those are fairly self-explanatory. Dazzle any salad with this vegan topper and let this little guy rest easy tonight.
Ore Ida Tater Tots
One of the best parts of elementary school was being served these potato pals in the cafeteria. So get this, your part-time veganism began at a very young age. Ore Ida serves up a vegan friendly snack that may not be the healthiest option around, but could certainly get you out of any meat jam.
Betty Crocker did it again. Get ready to get creative. This universal ingredient is not only vegan approved, but also can be used to create a variety of other dishes. Think, pizza crust, beer biscuits, pumpkin raisin cookies, pancakes! Just make sure the ingredients you add to the Bisquick are vegan as well. Slathering a pizza crust with mozzarella cheese would just be defeatist.
Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos
Despite the face their Mother and Father Dorito counterparts (I’m talkin’ Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese) are made with milk, cheese, and whey, the Spicy Sweet Chili flavor is vegan approved. Just be careful not to consume too much, the MSG in these flavorful snacks is high and heavy.
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
I know what you’re thinking, “but they’re so buttery and delicious!” Indeed, Pillsbury nailed it with these dinner sides. Yet, it’s a variety of vegetable oils that give these flaky baked buns their flavor. Top with a drizzle of almond butter and sliced almonds and voila, vegan snack in a cinch.
These options may not be the healthiest around, and we certainly do not advocate kicking off your vegan pride by guzzling down Oreos and tater tots all day, but our hope was to inspire you into thinking being vegan isn’t as difficult as perhaps you imagined it to be. You could already be a quarter of the way there!
Give this healthy Vegetarian Pad Thai recipe a go and let us know how it turns out! I see sexy swimsuits in your horizon Bon Appetite!
1 pound Asian-style rice noodles (you can even use fettuccine if need be)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp hot sauce (Sriracha, boom)
1/4 cup sugar
1 block tofu, diced
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/4 cup chopped or crushed peanuts (optional)
4 green onions (scallions), sliced
1) Cook noodles according to package instructions.
2) Whisk together the soy sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, hot sauce and sugar.
3) In a large wok or skillet, sauté the tofu, onion and garlic in sesame oil for a minute or two, stirring frequently. Allow to cook for another minute or two.
4) Add the cooked noodles and the peanut butter and soy sauce mixture. Stir well, and allow sauce to thicken as it cooks for about 3 minutes. Top with peanuts, bean sprouts and green onions and serve hot.
Feel free to share your vegan friendly recipes with us!