Being Vegan is a beautiful thing. I work hard to showcase the benefits and beauty of my new lifestyle. However, I get that it’s not that easy for everyone. Case and point, my wonderful boyfriend. A lover of chickens of the fried variety (pause while I cry) and ice cream, despite his lactose intolerance. Thankfully, my lifestyle and eating habits are slowly turning that carnivore into a herbivore. So, what do a vegan and a mostly vegetarian eat? It has been a long road of nothing but side dishes and lots of smoothies but we are finally getting a groove and dishes that work for both of us! Below are some of my favorite go to meals for dinner time!
Jackfruit, my heart.
Amen for jackfruit being the star of 2017. This versatile fruit has been an absolute life saver for our dinner nights. Fresh, canned or our personal favorite, is Upton’s, which is kick ass for tacos, sandwiches or on top of rice. We normally just heat up the prepackaged jackfruit and add a few extra spices, peppers and onions and eat with Food For Life bread or corn tortillas. Pair with some rice or quinoa and a veggie and voila, dinner is served!
Pasta, por favor.
Pasta is seriously the simplest and quickest meal for us to share. Pick up your favorite pasta, mine is fuselli, and sauté your favorite veggies. Make some homemade pesto, it is so much better than store bought. I am obsessed with this super simple recipe from minimalistbaker! If you must, grab some bread and pop in the oven with some oil and garlic salt. Toss everything together and enjoy with a vegan glass of wine! I like Yellow Tail, sauvignon.
Craving take out? Make some super simple stir fry! Make your rice of choice and grab your favorite veggies. My go to’s are broccoli, peppers, carrots, onion and snap peas! Chop and toss in the wok with oil for a few minutes so they’re still a bit crunchy. Add your favorite spices, cashews or sunflower seeds and top over rice. Want something a little sweeter? Add pineapple, it’s orgasmic.
Grab some egg roll wrappers and stuff with a pre-made bag of broccoli slaw to recreate spring rolls! Sauté the slaw with some oil, fresh ginger and spices before stuffing the wrappers and popping in the oven for 10 minutes.
If all else fails and we can’t compromise on dinner, we either make or own dinners for the night or go somewhere that offers vegan friendly options. Sometimes, I’ll want breakfast for dinner, which is even better. Who doesn’t want potatoes and pancakes? Having different diets isn’t impossible, we make it work. One day, I hope he goes vegan but he will do it in his own time. We’re able to compromise and still eat dinner together almost every night. It’s also nice if we go out for festivals or events, my diet always wins because he’ll usually end up liking the vegan option anyway.
Does anyone deal with this? How do you handle it? What is the hardest part for you? The easiest? Is diet a deal breaker for you? If you’re in a similar boat, what type of foods do you and your significant other enjoy? Let’s start a conversation! Hope I got some ideas flowing. I can’t wait to hear from all of you!