I am a vegan wife and mother to a meat eating family. I will share with you recipes I have tested and changes I am making to encourage my family to lean into a vegan diet.

About

The Vegan & Mom.

I’m Nicole.  I am a vegan mother and wife to a meat-eating family.  I have been on a journey with food for the past year and a half.  I have been a vegetarian since February  2010 and have loved it.  For the first 4 months of my vegetarianism I was actually vegan.  I loved the way that I felt, but I began to eat cheese and that put me back into the vegetarian category.  I have decided to go back to a vegan diet for many reasons that I will share later.

The Little Meat Eaters.

These are my kids who were raised on meat (because I have only been a vegetarian for a year.)  They love hamburgers, bacon, chicken and other animals!  My daughter is almost 13 years old and my son is 6.  They are happy, healthy kids who don’t quite realize the food journey that we are taking.

The Husband.

This is my wonderful hubby who is very supportive about what I do.  He has lifted weights 5 days per week for the past 22+ years and has always had a diet high in protein (i.e. animals!)  He is open to exploring new foods and flavors and has enjoyed eating different kinds of foods during the past year.

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  1. Hi Nicole,

    I have been on my own “food journey” since having my son 4 years ago. I have swayed between vegan and vegetarian and am now trying to go back to vegan (cheese is my weakness!). My son eats meat (only chicken) and my daughter 1 year old has never eaten meat before, instead she loves beans and eats them like they are candy! My husband was a meat eater until recently when he was ordered to go on a meatless/low fat diet for 2 months after a major surgery. I’ve taken this opportunity to introduce him to the world of meatless options and so far he’s been pleasantly surpirsed. I have read the same exact books as you and some others like “Skinny Bitch” and many of Michael Pollen’s books, all of which lead me to my food own choices. I struggle with the fact that I still purchase and cook meat for my family and am therefore contributing to all of the major issues that go along with those purchases. I’m so glad I found your site and am looking forward to picking up some of your tips for adding vegan meals to my family’s routine!

    thanks
    Lindsay Joyce

    • Hi Lindsay,
      What is it about cheese? It’s sounds like your husband is on his own journey too (whether he likes it or not). I didn’t think my husband would be as open as he is to try new foods. He is to the point now that he would rather not eat beef unless it is good quality, grass fed beef. He’s not veg yet, but he’s making better choices than he was!
      Thanks for you comment.

  2. Hi there! Really like your blog. I, too, stick out like a vegan sore thumb in my family:) My husband and in-laws are heavy heavy meat eaters and really don’t understand that plant based nutrition can meet the body’s needs. Glad to know I’m not alone:)

  3. this is such a great idea for a blog! I’m a six-year vegetarian with a long time meat eating boyfriend (he’s a very meat and potatoes kind of guy). We are moving in together for the summer (I’m a college student) and to make matters more interesting, I’ve become lactose-intolerant which has led my flirtation with going vegan to go from a choice to a necessity, at least when it comes to everything but eggs (I’m a bit of an athlete, health nut, and enjoy having a slim figure, and I have yet to give up my egg white omelets after my morning workout)

    Hes pretty flexible about eating vegetarian for me and he even got pretty good at vegetarian cooking, but as he works full time and I’m still looking for a job cooking dinner is mostly going to become my responsibility, and I want to serve him food he likes, not force him to vegetarian or vegan all the time. He love vegetables and is a healthy eater, but its not really a meal for him without meat as this is his favorite part of a meal. (and as I’m the only vegetarian in my family I have no problem and know how to cook meat)

    I wish I could find a good website or cookbook that has vegan recipes that have easy add meat options. Things like stir fry, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and build your own Mexican food are good options I see often and we like, but more variety would be nice. It would also be nice to cook ‘real meals’ as I actually enjoy grocery shopping and cooking…Keep up to good work, and I would love any suggestions on a vegan cookbook with ‘add this meat’ options..that would be a dream come true!

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