When folks discover that I don’t eat any animal products, their first response is usually “why?” and that is closely followed by something like “what on earth do you eat?”
In response to the first question, for me the answer is simply because I refuse to be responsible for and contribute in any way to the horrific cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals that is widespread throughout all the animal-farming industries, including the dairy industry.
The second question always puzzles me. What do you mean what do I eat? I eat vegetables and fruits and legumes and nuts and grains! So many different things! But it seems so many people have been brought up on meals which have meat as the main ingredient, that they find it hard to imagine a meal without it, and they don’t realise there is a whole world full of wonderful ingredients, tastes and textures available.
I have followed a vegan diet for 3 years now, and was vegetarian for 4 years before that. I eat so much better now than I ever did as a carnivore. I have a lot more energy, and my immune system is much stronger than it used to be. I do take a weekly B12 tablet but no other supplements, and my iron, calcium and other blood levels are all perfectly fine. I have discovered delicious foods I never would have considered trying before, and I am never bored. In fact, the challenge is not finding something to cook, it is trying to choose which recipe to try next!
So here, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite cruelty-free recipes, in the hope that it might inspire some of you to try going meat and dairy-free too, and for those reading this who have already adopted a vegan diet (YAY for you! xx) you might find some of these recipes become your favourites too.