Began flirting with the vegan lifestyle today. Does anyone have any ideas on how this will work with a very busy family of 4. We are out almost every night with sports, etc. Some of the recipes seem very involved. Not to mention that I've never heard of some of these vegetables.
It sounds like your best bet is to cook meals on the weekend that can easily be freeze/thawed. Stews, chilis, and soups usually freeze really well and can be eaten over brown rice added to them for more substance. My husband and I usually double almost every recipe and freeze some for another time. This works out really well for those busy weeks!
Get to know your green grocer or your farmer's market really well, and get the whole family involved. Especially if this is a decision for the entire family. If it is just for you, continue to cook per the norm for the rest and just leave off the meat for yourself. I've learned new vegetables since I started and find that they are really rather yummy! Leeks are my new fave (leek and potato soup, yum). Have the kids help and if you don't have time to prepare quick snacks to take to the sporting events, get the veggies pre-chopped/sliced and grab a yummy hummus to use for dipping. There is nothing that says you have to prepare all of the food yourself. In fact, if you have a Whole Foods (or any other store like that) around you, you can get some prepared vegan foods from there deli/hot plate area. Have fun with it!
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