Recently, we have decided to re-embark on the journey towards more sustainable and ethical eating. Prior to this decision, we have been consuming a fairly hefty amount of dairy and eggs, and while we try to buy organic and humanely-raised of these products, we sometimes don't. I was reading an article the other week about the animal industry in the United States, and how incredibly wasteful and inhumane it is, and felt hopeless at convincing Americans to change their habits and then I realized that in a way I am also contributing to this when I buy these products, even in small quantities. Tim and I discussed it at length and decided we would give veganism another shot.
I have qualms about veganism as well -- I'm not entirely convinced that Weston Price doesn't have it right, and we need mass amounts of animal products for a healthy body. I think full-fat milk products, local organic eggs and meats are probably pretty wholesome and delicious. But I do know that the way more animals are raised in our country, and most of their by-products, are produced under horrible conditions and are a huge waste of energy and pollutants. It is hard to be vegan without relying on the fake meat and cheese products -- and these are chockful of weird ingredients and preservatives, which is also something we avoid. So... what do we eat? So far, Atticus loves tofu (and we found an awesome local producer), we are fine with milk substitutes, and we've been doing lots of greens, micro-greens, potatoes, and broccoli, waiting for the bounteous crop this summer from our CSA. My friend Karen is moving back to Utah, and we raided her food storage and took home cans and cans of beans and oatmeal and whole wheat. One of my recent favorite discoveries has been creamy pasta sauces made with cashews. But this is a question we are not entirely sure of, so we welcome your feedback. Leave your favorite vegan recipe, or snack ideas, or kid-friendly cuisine, websites, etc.