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What would a typical vegan meal be?
There is so much flexibility and diversity
with vegan eating that there really is no "typical"
vegan meal. Often new vegans just replace their old
animal-based foods with cruelty-free versions and analogs.
Others explore the vast range of vegan ethnic cuisines
and incorporate a variety of foods from different lands
and cultures. Some vegans eat quite simply, centering
meals around whole grains, beans, and vegetables, while
others are attracted to gourmet dishes and exotic specialty
foods. There are clusters of vegans who practice a fish-free
macrobiotic diet, or a "living foods" (mostly raw) diet,
or a fruitarian diet. And, of course, there are those
who fluctuate among all of these approaches and maintain
The beauty of vegan eating is that there
are no rules and no need to follow the antiquated pattern
of meat, potato, and vegetable. Hence, being vegan can
open the door to a world of unlimited culinary possibilities.
Many vegans claim they never ate so well or with so
much pleasure prior to becoming vegan. With certain
foods off limits, vegans tend to become more open and
creative with their meal planning and more willing to
try new foods. In essence, each meal becomes an adventure,
an opportunity to experiment with unusual ingredients
and seasonings, and a chance to test out innovative
ideas. A vegan meal can be as plebeian as a hearty soup
with crusty rolls or as sophisticated as delicate pastries
stuffed with imported mushrooms and savory smoked tofu.
All vegans have a different tale to
tell about their favorite styles of eating, and the
potential combinations are endless as well as exciting.
There is no particular standard. The "typical" vegan
meal begins and blossoms in each cook's imagination.
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