I recently started learning more and more about food, nutrition and the huge impact is has on so many things. It really intrigued me and it shocked me to learn all these crazy facts about food and our planet. I've always loved animals and been really into the environment so it sort of felt so logical that I should become a vegan. I live with my parents and brother and they have trouble understanding that I want to quit all meat as well as all animal products. I've been eating as little of as I can, but there aren't many options for vegans here. So I'm trying hard to find ingredients and recipes I can make, but the choice is too limited for me to go entirely vegan. For example, my the tofu in my local supermarket contains an ingredient of milk, making it much more difficult for me to find a good alternative to meat at dinner.
Do any of you have some tips for simple things that I could find and use?
Alma, I would suggest switching to beans as your main source of protein if you can't find good tofu. There's a huge variety out there but to start out with I'd try black eyed beans, azuki beans and kidney beans. Good luck!
There was a post not too long ago somewhere on the forum that talked about starting with "real foods" first rather than alternatives which was pretty good. That is exactly what I did and it works for me. In fact, I still don't eat Tofu, or meat alternatives to this day. I eat a lot of whole grains: whole wheat pastas, brown rice, quinoa, barley, etc and a bunch of different veggies and legumes(beans) etc. Examples of meals that this are spaghetti and red sauce, chili, vegetable stew, etc. Most people are very accepting of those dishes too. Also, if you family is having trouble understanding you may want to not use the "V" word so much around them and just make food like this that is "normal" to them. Before you know it they may come around if they don't think it's so strange. =)