Vegan Deli

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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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The Comforts of Home

As our 5 year anniversary of embracing veganism approaches, my husband and I have noticed that we often take our vegan kitchen for granted. We are lucky to have pots and pans that have never touched meat, and many that have never seen animal products at all. I feel a definite sense of peace when I consider that our plates have never held dead animals and our forks have never been used to pull apart flesh. Our kitchen is a sanctuary where we never have to worry about hidden ingredients finding their way into our food: like that bit of chicken broth in the sauce or a few misplaced sprinkles of cheese in that burrito. When we are eating food that we have prepared in our home, we are 100% certain that our food has not been tainted with cruelty. We've shopped for the ingredients themselves, read the labels, and know what each and every thing that passes through our lips contains.

All that changes, however, when we decide to take a break from our normal lives and head out the door on a vacation. As we leave our home-sanctuary behind, we step out into a world where we are no longer certain of the ingredients in our food, and no longer in control of it's purity. How are we supposed to relax when we're worried that our next bite may contain hidden animal products?

Non-vegetarian travelers have the luxury of being able to dine virtually anywhere. For us, it's not so easy. When we arrive in an unfamiliar city, the first thing we do is open up the phone book and start calling restaurants, trying to compile a list of suitable alternatives. Recently, we've been able to do some of this research ahead of time using the Internet. Either way, a substantial amount of time of every vacation is taken up searching for vegan-friendly restaurants - not exactly what we had in mind when we booked the trip!

One option that we've enjoyed lately is staying in a condominium or hotel suite with kitchen facilities. We are able to prepare simple meals, like vegan breakfasts of soymilk and cereal or fresh fruit. Meals like this are easy to prepare even if we only have access to a small hotel refrigerator, and take the pressure off of us for securing at least one meal a day. But exploring the culinary specialties of the area is supposed to be part of the travelling experience. Sometimes it's hard for us to feel like we aren't missing out, even though our dietary choices are precious to us.

Maybe someday we'll be able to pull into a vegan fast food restaurant while on the road, grab a cruelty-free bite at the airport without asking a million questions about the ingredients, or just pop into any random restaurant that catches our eye while sightseeing without having to scan the menu looking for that one possibly vegan dish. Without meaning to, we find ourselves focusing on food while we're supposed to be relaxing and enjoying a new environment. Is it really a vacation when one of our basic needs becomes such a challenge to satisfy?

I can't help but breathe a sigh of relief when we come back home. Once again I can depend on the 'safety' of our food source. While I love to visit new places, returning home always fills me with appreciation for our vegan kitchen. Sometimes, there's no place like home!

P.B.
Missouri

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