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Feb 5, 2013 04:56 AM

Meat Eater Goes Vegan for A Month. Tips, Recipes Within...

J.Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats eats vegan meals for a month during the 32 days between 1 February and 4 March. This is the second year he has done this. He catalogs his experiences and his recipes...

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  1. Boy was I pleased to read he has never tasted a vegan convenience product he liked and is encouraging people to cook.

    Whether vegetarian or vegan, I always felt from the beginning of my switch that you had to get away from typical North American eating habits if you were going to stick to the diet.

    Eating out of box probably makes it feel like taking medicine to some people, hence the bad rap with those who've never tried good meat free eats.

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    1. re: Toucan67

      I completely agree Toucan - there are SO MANY good foods out there that just don't happen to include meat. I just get confused when I see vegetarian "lunch meat" and the like!

      1. re: Toucan67

        Such a great point. When I first went veg in the 1980s, my parents (now in their 70s) were totally confounded (they still are - their brains only recognize food when it is American-style). Mom kept trying to broil tofu on those hideous metal "sizzle plates" that you could run under the broiler and stick in a melamine or resin holder for the table (ick, they remind me of burned on meat juices). As we all know, treating a slice of tofu like a pork chop is generally not a winning idea....

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        1. I love this idea. Unfortunately my husband wouldn't go for it. But I've been reading along and am making a dish of his tonight (husband is away - ha!). Thanks for pointing this out. I've really gotten a lot out of it.

          Don't think I could ever go with vegan cheese though, sorry to say.

          1. There are some really good recipes there.

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            1. re: pikawicca

              Yeah, a lot looked good to me. Tonight's is the chickpea and spinach stew with tomato and ginger. Smelling very good.

            2. It is really fun to see somebody tackle vegan food prep with a fresh and creative eye. He's a freakin' genius.

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              1. re: MplsM ary

                Totally agree. Good to see it from a fresh and heartfelt perspective.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  He has several riffs on Fuchsia Dunlop recipes on his recipe list, Dan Dan Noodles and Ma Po Dofu and more. I'm going to have to try them... they sound too good not to.

                  1. re: Gio

                    I loved sneaking the vegan Ma Po Dofu into my husband's diet - and he loved it. Ha!

                2. re: MplsM ary

                  love him! excited to try his recipes!