Recently I encountered a very special friend, who said to me ‘Vegan is stupid, you can be a vegetarian but not eat dairy!’ I simply stared back…she repeated this several times, eventually stating that her idea of a vegan is someone who only eats raw vegetables and fruit.
Unfortunately I have realised that this is a common misconception. Being vegan does not mean everything you eat is raw. I must however admit, most of my lunch time meals are raw salads, but mostly for the convenience factor – they are easy to get when you’re out to lunch with friends (dressed only with olive oil and lemon juice of course..) and very easy to prep the night before and stick in the fridge for work the next day.
For the most part though, evening meals can consist of pasta (whole wheat, organic pasta or brown rice pasta), tortilla wraps (whole wheat), brown rice, or my most recent favourite, organic brown rice noodles, for example, with stir fried vegetables or any ‘fake’ meat product made from soy. Make sure you read the ingredients though, some of these soy meat products contain milk.
Just remember, being vegan does not mean you have to only eat raw.