Well, here I am starting my first-ever VeganMoFo with a bang: A day late and with a crappy cell phone picture of soy hot dogs. Here, look at the processed goodness:
|It's a food.|
I have been vegan for nearly four years, and I feel like I constantly have to improve my cooking skills to "prove" to my non-vegan friends/family that vegans don't just eat soy "meat" and soy "cheese" and live a miserable, overly salty existence. The result of that perceived pressure is that I've actually become a decent cook, but you know what? Sometimes I just want to say "fuck it" and boil up some processed soy meat. And that's what I did today.
I think there's a lot of conflicting information out there about what you "should" and "shouldn't" eat as a vegan, and after a while it all makes your head hurt. Personally I became vegan because I found factory farming to be appalling, so for me the main focus of veganism has just been to avoid eating meat and other animal products, not necessarily to count every gram of sodium or drip of oil that goes into my food. That's not to say that I don't think it's a good idea to throw some veggies in there from time to time (no, not just pickles and ketchup), but I think the real secret to success (and longevity) of a vegan diet is to eat things you like and include some "comfort foods" from time to time.
Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that my theme for MoFo this year will be Whatever I Feel Like Eating. Sometimes I get insane bursts of energy and make several gallons of kimchi in an afternoon. Sometimes I eat nothing but tater tots for days straight. I'm not making any promises. In any case, welcome to my blog and try not to be too jealous of my hot dogs!
Do you enjoy processed vegan "meats" as an occasional or regular part of your diet? Or do you prefer to stick with whole foods?