What’s stopping you from being vegetarian or vegan?
Part 2 of this mini-series addresses the second fear from last week’s post which you can see here if you missed it.
Are you scared of being deprived?
At first, I was worried about missing some of my favorite comfort foods – mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pizza and buffalo wings. All of these things were in my top favorite foods. I felt scared thinking that I could never have those things. Boy, was I wrong! There are so many alternatives available to you. There are alternatives for cheese, butter, milk, sour cream, pepperoni and even wings!
Here are some of my favorite comfort food recipes or products that I have found and enjoy.
Mashed potatoes can be easily made vegan. In my house, my husband is the mashed potato maker. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never had the magic touch that is required to make really good mashed potatoes. In the past, we used butter, sour cream, salt and pepper. To make them vegan is so simple. Just replace the non-vegan products with vegan alternatives. Vegan butter (Smart Balance or Earth Balance) and Tofutti sour cream are easily found in most grocery stores. I also like to add chives to my potatoes.
I feel like macaroni and cheese is a staple comfort food for everyone. I traditionally bake my macaroni and cheese with jalapenos and chipotle breadcrumbs. It was a staple in my house. In order to get that cheesy comfort in a quick fix, I turn to Earth Balance macaroni and cheese. It comes in cheddar and white cheddar flavor. I have tried both products and they are excellent replacements for that quick dinner side dish. I do prefer the white cheddar flavor. The instructions couldn’t be easier and all you need to add is vegan butter and your non-dairy milk of your choice. I prefer to cook with oat milk or unsweetened almond milk.
Pizza. Everyone loves pizza. If they say they don’t, I’m pretty sure that can’t be trusted. What’s better than pizza? Having it delivered to your door. There are a lot of options when it comes to pizza. PETA’s website is a great resource if you are ever in doubt of which crusts may or may not be vegan. Follow this link for tips if you are dining in at your favorite pizza joint. I don’t have access to a lot of these restaurants so I usually opt to follow this link for common pizza delivery options. The crust is the biggest concern since ordering no meat or cheese is a easy decision. My favorite crusts are Domino’s thin crust and Pizza Hut’s Thin ‘N Crispy or Hand Tossed Crust. I have never been a fan of meat on my pizza. Pretty much every time I have ordered pizza it has been full of veggie toppings so it was a pretty easy transition to just get used to no cheese. If you are eating at home, you could add some vegan shredded cheese or vegan pepperoni and broil the pizza for a few minutes.
Buffalo wings were always my favorite happy hour bar snack. When we lived in the city, a local bar that we visited frequently happened to have a vegan chef where I tried cauliflower wings for the first time. I haven’t had chicken wings since that night. Now the restaurant serves theirs deep fried, but this baked recipe is even better with less calories! I follow hot for food’s cauliflower wing recipe pretty closely. You can get the recipe here. For the sauce, I use one part of Frank’s Red Hot and three parts of a honey or sweet barbecue sauce.
Hopefully this shows you that you can still have your favorite comfort foods – cruelty free!