Crack Open a Can of Vegan

Veganism has taken off in recent years, capturing thousands to follow this respecting the Earth trend. Those who are vegans make a big deal of restaurants having vegan options on their menus, but what do vegans make at home? One simple recipe is soup – vegan revamped.

Respect the Earth – Respect Yourself.

So What is a Vegan?

 explains what is a vegan and what vegans eat. 

“In fact, online searches for the term vegan have risen by more than 250% over the last 5 years.

Veganism is currently defined as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it for food, clothing or any other purpose.

Vegans avoid all foods of animal origin. These include:

  • Meat.
  • Chicken.
  • Fish.
  • Shellfish.
  • Eggs.
  • Dairy.
  • Honey.

Moreover, vegans avoid foods containing any ingredients that come from animals.

This includes albumin, casein, carmine, gelatin, lactic acid, pepsin, shellac, vitamin D3, whey or certain animal-derived E-numbers.

Foods containing these ingredients can include some types of beer and wine, marshmallows, frosted mini-wheats, certain gummy candies and chewing gums.

Foods That Vegans Choose to Eat Instead

Vegan Burger

Avoiding animal products doesn’t mean you must survive on veggies and tofu alone.

In fact, many common dishes are already vegan or can be adjusted easily.

Some examples include bean burritos, veggie burgers, tomato pizzas, smoothies, nachos with salsa and guacamole, hummus wraps, sandwiches and pasta dishes.

Meat-based entrees are generally swapped for meals containing the following:

  • Beans.
  • Lentils.
  • Tofu.
  • Seitan.
  • Tempeh.
  • Nuts.
  • Seeds.

Dairy products are usually replaced with plant milks. Scrambled eggs can be swapped for scrambled tofu, whereas raw eggs can be replaced with flaxseeds or chia seeds in various recipes.

Honey can be swapped for plant-based sweeteners, such as molasses or maple or rice syrups. In addition, vegans tend to consume a variety of whole grains, as well as a wide array of fruits and vegetables (23, 24).

Finally, vegans can also choose from an ever increasing selection of ready-made vegan products, including vegan meats, fortified plant milks, vegan cheeses and even vegan versions of your favourite desserts.”

 does a beautiful job summing up what a vegan is and what they can and cannot eat via What is a Vegan and What Do Vegans Eat?MintelPieChart-2

The world has experienced a drastically large increase in vegans in the past 6 years or so and let me tell you it has reacted postiviley. Becuase who doesn’t want to give back to the Earth? Where does one find Vegan Food? One great example is highlighted in this article by 

“For those who follow a vegan diet, finding food at restaurants can be difficult, but less so in Chicago. The city boasts more than 40 vegan restaurants to choose from, including the popular Chicago Diner, Native Foods and Upton’s Breakroom, which are known for classic veggie-based grub.

Ethnic food has not been left out of the vegan community, but it is not what most people think of when they think of veganism. However, ethnic vegan restaurants are blossoming and creating an alternative to the veggie burger or tofu scramble that everyone’s vegan best friend will not shut up about.”

One example is the restaurant, “Baba’s Village serves and even delivers vegan Indian and Pakistani dishes.

Owner Malik Mohammed said the restaurant prides itself on being one of the only downtown-area Indian restaurants that uses meat substitutes. He said his chefs use soy meat in the ginger chicken and Jalerazi dishes with ample vegetables to create the right texture and protein he knows people want.”

It is all fine and dandy that the Vegan scene is making great advancements with vegan oriented restaurants, with many of their menu’s becoming vegan-driven, like the companies mentioned in The Columbia Chronicle’s article: The ethnic side of veganism: Chicago offers so many meatless choices, you’ll never get bored . But what do vegans eat at home?

-One simple, easy, and delicious menu option vegans make at home is soup.

Individuals are cracking open their own cans of soup, revamped, homemade, VEGAN style.

Here are some twitter posts that are not only funny but accurate.

Oh the irony of the spices being used to season meat…

Here are some great blogs that have fantastic soup recipes. Let me tell you vegan or not your will want to “crack open a can” of these vegan takes on soup:

Oh She Glows

Vegan Richa

Oh My Veggies

Simple Vegan Blog

Oh man these Vegan soups look fantastic! Like this one for example:

 

Or even this one:

 

 

So don’t let the fire-storm of vegan debates on social media strain your belief that vegans are constantly on the search for restaurants that serve meals that are appropriate for them. Vegans create beautiful dishes at home and especially with the new trend of vegan transformed soups, which will be sure to make none vegans swoon and drool. Crack open your own can of vegan soup and enjoy!

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Author: JOL_Designs

|MRU Information Design Student| Soup Fanatic.

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