When someone in the family becomes vegan
When someone in the family becomes a vegan is does take some re-adjustment. My son became a vegetarian some time ago and more recently a vegan (however he does stress he really loves his cheese). My only contact with vegan food wasn't a great experience and therefore I had a very stereotypical idea of what vegans ate and I all I could ever think of was lentils, loads of lentils!
The first thing I did was go and buy a stack of cookbooks for him and do some research online. In the era of blogging there is just so many great websites and I will now admit that some of the recipes look fantastic. Here are two of my favourite blogs that have simple recipes that anyone could cook, I am sure there are plenty more out there that are as good and yet to be found!
However when a young person becomes a vegan (and not around other vegans for advice) it is so important to guide them down a balanced diet and make sure they are getting all the goodness they need. It is so easy to miss out on some vital vitamins and minerals and and this can effect them both physically and mentally.
And a very special thanks to Sandy at Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too blog as she so often has photos of all the ingredients she uses in her vegan dishes which is such a help when I go shopping with my son. She has also introduced me to new ingredients such as nutritional yeast that I had never heard of but very high in Vitamin B. Its with this sort of knowledge I can assist my son and his diet.
Once a week I take my son out for lunch to a restaurant and of course, we need to make sure they have a vegan option. One of our favourite restaurants make really lovely dishes that are so beautifully presented and finally I have found dishes look great and taste great. I think in the past vegan/vegetarian meals were not presented very attractively (personal experience) and it really put me off.
Whilst I have no intentions of becoming vegan, I have certainly embraced my son's food decisions and will help him a long the way. It is no longer as daunting as I first thought and there really is so many options available. And I never thought you could make a vegan chocolate cake that looks this good, dairy free.
|Recipe - this is in fact really handy for those of us who aren't vegan but run out of eggs!|