Human Supremacist: A friend is dating a vegan and they’re coming for dinner. I looked up what that means and it has me channeling Jackson Pollock in my pants. Is it really possible to make something to eat that doesn’t include animal flesh or animal secretions? Do I need to have a second entree that’s vegan or is it okay to have one or two of the sides be vegan, knowing that’s all they’ll be able to eat? This person is the only one suffering the affliction of not being able to needlessly exploit, kill and eat innocent animals.
Steve: I can’t blame you for blowing butt nuggets, H.S. Given the aggressive marketing by and government collusion with the animal exploitation, torture and slaughter industries, it’s not hard to feel like putting a bite of anything in your mouth without bacon wrapped around it is an act of microterrorism and a threat to US national security.
But believe it or not, you probably already enjoy a lot of vegan yum without even realizing it. If you don’t, you’re probably on the fast track to an exciting cardiovascular event or string of more subtle deleterious health gremlins slowly chipping away at your quality of life.
Given that this seems to be a rare event, my first recommendation would be to consider doing a solid for your friend’s date, the environment, the animals and your own karmic bank account and just go all vegan this one time. (Or forever.) There’s never been an easier time to do that. If the thought of eating vegetables, fruits, tubers, grains and legumes leaves you feeling vexed and perplexed, you can now find an embarassingly rich assortment of plant-based vegan cheeses, proteins and other snacks that will leave you wondering if you ever want to eat tendons, skin, cartilage, fat, blood, organs, and muscle ever again.
What if I told you you could make an amazing dish that even your most carnivorous guests would salivate over — while also satisfying not only your vegan friend, but the most difficult dinner guest ever? That link takes you to five meals that will do just that.
Need more options? Follow this link for an entire lifetime worth of easy vegan recipes.
If you still come up empty, hit me up and I’ll give you my recipe for brown rice and beans. :-)