There are a lot of preconceived notions about being vegan, especially when there are children involved…
Where do you get protein?
Isn’t she going to be deficient in calcium?
You just eat salad, right?
It’s just not for me, I need meat.
Blah, blah blah. I have not had a single bite of animal products in almost six years now and B’s two year anniversary is this summer. Evie has been vegan since conception all the way down to the prenatals I am taking. We are all thriving and love the way we eat!
We spend no more than $100 on food a week and that’s including our mostly organic produce and coffees out. We are privileged in the fact that we can afford and have access to beautiful organic foods BUT do not think that organic is necessary to be a happy, healthy vegan. We had a decent phase of life where we bought the cheapest, easiest foods every simply because that’s all we could afford. Without getting into ethics, environment or health, everybody could do with feeding their family a plant based meal every now and then.
Here are a few recipes we frequently cook up, or have modified slightly to appeal to our taste buds more:
Spanish Veggie Paella– We add cauliflower or broccoli and top with a little bit of nutritional yeast.
White Bean Soup– Not only is this meal ridiculously cheap, it’s actually filling and doesn’t require an hour over the stove in the evening.
Buddha bowls- I don’t have a recipe for this one. All we do is bake sweet or yukon potatoes or make quinoa as a base, roast broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts or sautee greens, roast chickpeas and drizzle tahini and lemon. It’s REALLY easy and we eat these bowls at least once a week.
Black Bean Brownies– Don’t knock ’em till ya try them! We use a gluten free baking flour for me. These brownies are sure to make me feel a little bit better about eating a whole pan of something.
So there you go! Most of these recipes are used bi-weekly in our house and are super easy to adjust to whatever you have on hand or for picky eaters. If you would like any information about eating plants and why we’ve chosen this for our family, be sure to get in contact! It’s not as hard as everyone thinks.