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Be easy Vegan

Be Easy Vegan: Navigating the Plant-Based Life with Style and Sass ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงžโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿถ๐Ÿบ๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ“๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฆ™๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿจ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆก๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฆข๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆœ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿข๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿš๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆž๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ‘๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿฆ‚๐ŸฆŸ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‰๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅญ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฅ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŒฝ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜‡

I also want to acknowledge that I am on the traditional lands of the Lkwungen peoples and I do pray I respect their traditions ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿž

So, youโ€™ve decided to go vegan. Congrats๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜ป

Youโ€™re now part of the elite squad of plant-munchers, herbivores, and tofu connoisseurs. But how do you navigate this leafy labyrinth without losing your mind or taste buds? Fear not, my aspiring vegan virtuoso. Welcome to โ€œBe Easy Vegan,โ€ where we turn the vegan lifestyle from โ€œWhy did I choose this again?โ€ to โ€œIโ€™m basically a plant-based rockstar.โ€ ๐Ÿคฉ

### Step 1: The Art of the Substitution

You donโ€™t have to say goodbye to your favorite dishes. No more wistful stares at cheesy pizza or weepy farewells to scrambled eggs. The world is full of vegan alternatives that can fool even the most die-hard carnivores.

Vegan Shakshuka from Feast and Fallow, Vancouver, Canada ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฆ…

- Cheese: Nutritional yeast is your new best friend. Itโ€™s cheesy, itโ€™s nutty, and it doesnโ€™t involve milking anything with hooves. Or, if youโ€™re feeling fancy, thereโ€™s cashew cheese. Yes, it sounds nuts, and it is. Deliciously so.

- Eggs: Meet the flax egg. Mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water, let it sit, and voila! Itโ€™s like magic but with seeds. You can also go the chickpea route with aquafaba (thatโ€™s the fancy term for chickpea brine) to create meringues and mousses that will make you question everything you knew about beans.

### Step 2: Mastering the Grocery Store

Grocery shopping as a vegan isnโ€™t just grabbing kale and calling it a day. Itโ€™s an adventure! Itโ€™s like a treasure hunt where the treasure is cruelty-free and delicious.

- Produce Aisle: Yes, get your greens, but donโ€™t forget the colorful array of bell peppers, berries, and exotic fruits. Jackfruit can be your new pulled pork, and avocados are basically green gold.

- Vegan Aisle: Most stores now have a vegan section. Itโ€™s like our secret clubhouse. Here, youโ€™ll find dairy-free milks, meat alternatives, and all the snacks you thought youโ€™d miss.

- Label Reading: This might be the least glamorous part, but itโ€™s crucial. Look out for hidden animal products. Casein and whey are sneaky little dairy ninjas. Honey is bee labor, and gelatin is just a Jell-O nightmare. Stick to words you can pronounce and ingredients that wouldnโ€™t freak out your grandma.

### Step 3: Eating Out Without Freaking Out

Spicy Pickle Tofu and bac'n breakfast wrap from Yates St Coffee bar downtown Victoria, BC, Canada ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿคฉ

Restaurants can seem daunting, but remember, youโ€™re a savvy vegan now.

- Asian Cuisine: Sushi rolls without the fish, veggie-packed stir-fries, tofu, and tempeh โ€“ youโ€™re golden.

- Italian: Pasta primavera, marinara sauces, bruschetta, and donโ€™t forget the glorious risotto (just ask them to hold the parmesan).

- Mexican: Burritos, tacos, fajitas โ€“ the bean, rice, and guacamole trifecta is here for you.

Pro Tip: Always call ahead or check the menu online. Many places are more than happy to accommodate. And if youโ€™re feeling particularly brave, you can channel your inner diva and ask the chef to โ€œveganizeโ€ a dish. Just remember to be polite and maybe tip a little extra for their efforts.

### Step 4: Dealing with the Haters

Ah, the critics. โ€œBut where do you get your protein?โ€ they whine. โ€œDonโ€™t you miss bacon?โ€ they sneer. Hereโ€™s how to handle them:

- Protein Panic: Legumes, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, nuts, seeds โ€“ your protein game is strong. If youโ€™re feeling cheeky, ask them how much fiber theyโ€™re getting.

- Bacon Blues: Thereโ€™s coconut bacon, tempeh bacon, mushroom bacon. Basically, everything but Kevin Bacon.

Remember, youโ€™re not just eating; youโ€™re saving animals, reducing your carbon footprint, and being a general badass. If someone canโ€™t handle your kale crown ๐Ÿ‘‘, itโ€™s their loss. Kael too ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜˜

### Step 5: Keeping It Fun

Donโ€™t let your diet define you. Youโ€™re more than the sum of your salad. Host a vegan potluck, experiment with recipes, and treat yourself to vegan doughnoughts (yes, they exist, and they are heaven, talking about you frickin delights and empire). ๐Ÿฉ

Vegan strawberry rhubarb crisp sitting at The beach at Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC, Canada ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ“

Follow vegan influencers, like meโฃBre๐Ÿ•Š join online communities, and share your journey. The vegan life is full of creativity and compassion. So, throw on your best leaf-print outfit, embrace the hummus, and remember: youโ€™re not just a vegan, youโ€™re a plant-based pioneer.

Be easy, be breezy, be vegan.

Chatgpt said Planet Vegan by 2100 ๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

And bees work hard, vegans don't ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ˜ป

And until her spay my puppy eats sardines and freeze dried salmon, I'm sorry I do trust my vets ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿคฉ but she is free to choose if she would rather eat Vegan Gather dog food with crushed almonds and some hemp hearts ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ’ she did want to try my vegan tofu breakfast wrap too ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ˜ป

We came across this lemon on the beach today, had 2 rotten lemons in my fridge the other week and fruit flies in my medicine cabinet on my toothbrush ๐Ÿ˜‡


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