Yesterday, World Vegetarian Day kicked off Vegetarian Awareness month. There’s never been a better time to explore vegan and vegetarian cooking! Use these resources to jump-start your journey down the veggie path, towards a healthier, greener, and more compassionate kitchen.
Get Started Right Here at Eat Drink Better (of course)!
- Complete Guide to Vegan Cooking for Beginners
- What Vegans Eat (Pie Chart)
- Food Labels for Ecovores: Avoiding Hidden Animal Ingredients
- You Don’t Have to be Vegan to Eat Vegan Food
- Eating Vegan at National Restaurant Chains
- 21 Vegan Holiday Recipes — Healthy Holiday Menu Planning
- Good News: Eating Well Takes No Will Power!
- Eating Vegan: Dealing with Social Situations
- The Nope Files: Failed Anti-Veg Argument #1, ‘We Need Meat for Protein’
- Eating Vegan: Plant Sources of Iron
- Eating Vegan: Calcium
- The Nope Files: Failed Anti-Veg Argument #2, ‘Eating Meat is Natural’
- Healthy Diet Makeover, Phase One: Foundations (series of 3)
- 8 Vegan Recipes for Kid-Friendly Breakfasts
- Soy — Devil-Fruit, or Bean? (Hint: Bean)
- Why Organic Meat Doesn’t Mean Humane or Healthy Meat
- Milk Facts: What About Humanely Raised Milk and Dairy Products?
- A Joyful Weaning: Embracing a Dairy Free Life
- Ecovore Resolutions: New Food For a New Year (on why a plant-based diet makes sense, on so many levels!)
Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s podcast, Vegetarian Food for Thought — one of the very best resources for new vegans, or newly veg-curious folk — free on iTunes, or through her website. Glance over past episodes, and listen to whatever catches your eye: you’re sure to find excellent ideas and information, exceptionally well-presented! Goudreau covers it all, and does it beautifully: health issues, ethics issues, environmental issues, and delicious vegan cooking. Great podcast for newly vegan or veg-curious folk — and for experienced herbivores, too.
She also just released The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, which is an amazing tool for new veg-heads!
Other recommended podcasts (all free on iTunes)
Web resources for nutrition/ health information related to veg eating — pay special attention to B12 and Omega 3 fats:
- Vegetarian Resource Group
- Ginny Messina, RD
- Jack Norris, RD
- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Excellent recipe sites:
- Vegan Baking
- Vegan Dad
- Post Punk Kitchen
- Happy Herbivore
- Dr. McDougall’s Recipe Index
- Bryanna Clark Grogan also offers a great site for both information and recipes — highly recommended.
- Quick-Fix Vegan
- Vegan on the Cheap
- The Joy of Vegan Baking
- Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day
- Vegan Unplugged
- 1000 Vegan Recipes
Veg-friendly restaurant exploration: Happy Cow.
‘Must-see’ books and movies for the newly vegan (or veg-curious):
The Ultimate Vegan Guide offers an excellent introduction to vegan eating, providing a very informative and comprehensive overview in an accessible and easy-to-read style. Author Eric Markus has generously made the first edition available free, here.
Also seek out:
- Forks Over Knives
- Eating Animals
- Diet for a New America
- Vegucated (available via Netflix streaming)
- Melanie Joy — Carnism: the Psychology of Eating Meat (free YouTube video)
- Colleen Patrick Goudreau — From Excusitarian to Vegan (free YouTube video — note there’s some minor trouble with audio at first, but it quickly resolves)
Many of the above are reviewed here, if you need help deciding where to start!
Farm to Fridge shows some of the ‘standard practices’ in the animal ag industry, that people pay for every time they buy the nice neat ‘cutlets’ (or whatever) under cellophane in the supermarket. It’s pretty stomach-turning — I couldn’t get all the way through it, but if you’ve got omni family members giving you a hard time: show ’em this, and they’ll leave you alone! Or, if you’re just starting to think about going veg and need that last push, this film should pretty well do it. Fair warning: though it’s not an undercover video, it depicts graphic awfulness. But if you can’t watch it… why would you support it?!
Ready, Set, GO (Vegan)!
As the connection between food, health, and environment becomes ever more clear, plant-based cooking grows ever more seductive. Our society struggles with chronic diseases like diabetes, stroke, atherosclerosis, and cancer, while research repeatedly shows a plant-rich diet to be effective in prevention and treatment of these debilitating conditions. The connection between animal agriculture and environmental degradation can no longer be denied, leading more and more eco-minded foodies towards an increasingly plant-based kitchen.
Armed with some knowledge (and recipes!), new veggie cooks can look forward to a joyful and delicious transition towards a healthy, eco-friendly, and compassionate kitchen. Enjoy the journey!
And if you find a great new-vegan resource that I haven’t mentioned, please share below!
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