October is VeganMoFo (aka Vegan Month of Food). Hundreds of vegan bloggers all over the world participate. Here’s a little about it, straight from the VeganMoFo website:
The idea is to write as much as you can all month, about vegan food. The blog entries can be about anything food related — your love of tongs, your top-secret tofu pressing techniques, the first time your mom cooked vegan for you, vegan options in Timbuktu — you get the idea, right? If not, browse around on some of our round-ups and you’ll catch on fast!
So this month I will post more often and stick to the subject of vegan food (for the most part). I have chosen a theme as well: Demystifying Vegan Food. It’s important that people understand what real vegans eat. What I mean by “real vegans” may be better explained by describing what I don’t mean. I don’t the amazing vegan bloggers who create their own recipes and have beautiful photographs accompanying them. Don’t get me wrong. We need those bloggers. I need those bloggers.
Most people don’t eat that way on a daily basis. I know I don’t, so I want to show you what an average vegan may eat on an average day. It’s not weird food, just real food. I don’t have a lot of hang ups around food either. I eat cooked and raw foods, gluten, soy, nuts and oils. I strive to eat a whole foods diet but sometimes I eat processed foods as well as white sugar and flour. I don’t get worked up about this stuff — as long as it’s not the majority of my diet. I’m all about making it easy — first on myself and then for others. You know, it’s the “oxygen mask on the airplane” thing.
I decided on this theme after an experience I had last week in an art class. I was playing around with a t-shirt design for It’s Easy Being Vegan and the instructor walked up, read my screen and said, “No, it’s not.” I asked him why. Some other students heard our conversation and a discussion ensued on the difficulties of being vegan. Blah, blah, blah.
So for VeganMoFo I will do my part to demystify vegan food with a daily photo diary of the meals I eat. You will see it’s easy being vegan. Sure, sometimes I may cook something more complicated, but mostly I don’t. When I can include the recipe in the blog post, I will. I will at least give you the source for the recipes I do cook. If you ever have questions about vegan food, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to help.