I have have been a vegetarian for a few years and recently went vegan. I read alicia book (which is what helped me along with becoming vegan) Now I am really interested in becoming a Superhero. I find on days that I try it, I can't find/think of anything to eat or make. I find I just end up eating the same things. Oatmeal for breakfast and stirfrys and rice for lunch and dinner. I'm the only vegans/superhero in a family of 5, and if I made any dishes (such as from the book) I know i'd be the only one who would end up eating them. I can't seem to come up with many good recipes that I can only make 1 or 2 servings of. It always ends up just being rice and vegetables. I really want to be superhero, hoping it will help with some of my health problems. I just can't get enough variety. I need some help and motivation!!
I am in college and still living at home with four other family members. Maybe they are super supportive or something but I have won them over with my vegan/raw dishes. When my night to cook comes around they can't wait. Maybe you should try some of Alicia's recipes and either save the left overs in the freezer or ask if anyone would like to try some. The best and easiest way that I have found to introduce my food is through dessert and side dishes to what ever everyone else is having. Soup is a great thing to make single servings of and fully loaded salads (with nuts, fruit, seeds, and really anything you might have)
What helps too is changing up the presentation of your food. Buy some new utensils (bamboo), cool japanese serving trays, pots, bowls, new tea cups. When you get ready to plate your foods plate it pretty haha. I do this for myself and when i eat with other non-vegan/superheroes. What I find is that I gain a more self-appreciation for making my own great meal and I get a lot of people eyeing my food because it looks amazing.
You don't have to be lonely anymore! We are all here for you! I think you will find that Alicia has created an amazingly supportive community here and everyone is super helpful. I have met some of the most wonderful and inspiring people here you can possibly imagine.
As for your food, I think Katherine offers some really good advice. In fact, I think I'm totally going to try some of her ideas. Thanks, Katherine! Personally, I'm single, so I am constantly in the boat that you are. Personally, I end up making a lot of soups (and chili) and then adding some whole grains in them if I want them to be more filling or need additional fiber or protein. Don't forget about whole wheat pasta too with pesto or garlic or a tomato sauce etc. Also, whole foods has a bunch of really good vegan frozen dishes for when you just want something like right then! Another idea would might be to make dinners for the entire family that are vegan that they don't know are. For example, there is a member here on this site that has a blog, it's called the "Sneaky Vegan". She posts recipes that are vegan that she has successfully passed by her family as the "real deal" so to speak. It's brilliant!
Also, I keep a blog too as a hobby (I am a physician that advocates a plant-based diet) and currently I am conducting a study on the health benefits of a plant-based (vegan) diet. The participants have switched from either a sad or vegetarian diet to a vegan diet and will be on it for 60 days. It started less than 2 weeks ago. The participants are blogging about this experience in real time as they experience it. Many of them have posted delicious ideas, so it may be worth your time to check out their pages. I hope that helps a little. Kindest Regards, Jenna (www.theplantrx.com)
Thanks so much for your help and suggestions!! I've been thinking of making some recipes and freezing them ... maybe I will do that. I like the bowl idea .. I actually just had one for lunch with carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and leftover brown rice! Simple but pretty good. I will check out those posts on the link you gave me too. Maybe I can get my family to try some of alicia's recipes if I make them. I think they sound delicious!!
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