List of what people have said to be to try to convince me Veganism was bad

Vegan Arguments

I want to dive deeper into why I have decided to be a more vocal vegan advocate. Previously I was a pretty quiet vegan, not wanting to bother anyone and wanting to make my own food choices without bothering others. I have found the lack of information and the misinformation people have about vegans is alarming. So I am creating a list of resources on my blog so that you can have everything you need for the vegan journey!

Since deciding to really focus my energy on not only being a better vegan but also spreading more information about being vegan, I have had seriously mixed reviews. My boyfriends was so supportive, he thinks it’s great I have passion and willing to eat anything I cook. I have had close friends tell me they are proud of me for standing up for my convictions. I have also had people point out every single time I have slipped up on my vegan journey, as a way to say I am not a “Real” vegan or to shame me? Why point out moments months ago when I wasn’t a vegan as an argument that somehow I shouldn’t be taken seriously as a vegan? From a friend, how is that supportive? From a not friend, does attacking my short comings help distract from your own moral inconsistencies about food?

Lets be honest. Being Vegan is alot like being the only one in th group who doesn’t drink. I am currently taking a break from alcohol and when I go out with friends I get the reactions: 

  • Oh just have one drink. 
  • Well I personally don’t have a drinking problem, let me tell you 4 ways I have cut back drinking
  • IS it ok if I drink around you?

Telling people you’re vegan is pretty similar.

  • Well you’re not like a real annoying vegan right, like if I make you food with milk in it you’ll still eat it right?
  • Well I personally don’t eat that much meat, I only eat meat for these reason and let me justify why it’s ok for me to sometimes support animals getting murdered
  • Are you going to be offended if I eat meat around you?

I am being a little bit of a drama queen, but why does everyone tell me they don’t eat that much meat. IF it was true for every person who tells me they dont eat that much meat, I swear there would be a lot more vegan options. Why do people have this need to justify their life choices to me as if my actions are somehow a judgement on them.

I think it is morally wrong to kill and eat animals. I am not judging you necessarily but I am grossed out and disappointed in out society. I understand we are all a host of walking contradictions. Now, you might argue that you don’t kill the animals yourself, but the reality is that if you’re eating them, you’re indirectly contributing to their death. In other words, to kill them with your own hands or to let someone else kill them for you is in essence one and the same thing. I admit, I used to be like that too. I would eat animals and their byproducts for almost every single day of my life, without really caring about the consequences of my eating habits. However, at some point I realized how much suffering was inflicted upon animals because of my dietary choices.

One of the funny things about avoiding meat or eating vegan is that you learn more about nutrition than you probably ever really cared to know. For some reason, this particular dietary choice is put up against constantly. 

My resources:

How to Go VEGAN a FREE Guide 

Vegan Thanksgiving FREE e-Book

Vegan Christmas FREE E-book (coming December 15)

How to be Vegan in a nonVegan house

Why I stopped Eating Fish

Why I stopped Eating Cheese

Why I stopped eating Eggs

EVERY Argument I have gotten against being Vegan and a Response

6 Week Vegan Challenge (coming January 17th) 

List of what people have said to be to try to convince me Veganism was bad

Here is my rational and reasoning for all the arguments that have been leveled against me by non vegans. I Love animals. Why would I kill them? That’s a question most people don’t seem to ever contemplate on.

Now, you might argue that you don’t kill the animals yourself, but the reality is that if you’re eating them, you’re indirectly contributing to their death. In other words, to kill them with your own hands or to let someone else kill them for you is in essence one and the same thing. I admit, I used to be like that too. I would eat animals and their byproducts for almost every single day of my life, without really caring about the consequences of my eating habits. However, at some point I realized how much suffering was inflicted upon animals because of my dietary choices.

  1. You don’t get enough protein on a vegan diet

Most americans eat too much protein! Also more people don’t know enough about Nutrition to have such extreme opinions about nutrition! Are you tracking your macros? Do you know how many grams of protein youre supposed to eat a day?

According to the Dietary Reference Intake report for macronutrients, a sedentary adult should consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. That means that the average sedentary man should eat about 56 grams of protein per day, and the average woman should eat about 46 grams.

There is plenty of protein in plant foods, especially beans, legumes, pulses, grains, nuts, seeds, and some vegetables. Make sure you have a quality plant protein powder or blend to help you get enough protein in your diet. Space your meals out every 3-4 hours to ensure you get regular protein feedings

  1. You won’t get enough nutrients

Plants make all the nutrients we need, all the essential amino acids and precursors our body uses to make essential nutrients from. Legumes provide lots of protein, greens have calcium, seeds offer nice doses of iron, and so on.One single exception would be vitamin B12 – which is made by bacteria, not animals. The reason why omnivores aren’t very often deficient in this nutrient is that the animals they eat have been getting vitamin B12 supplements with their feed.

Where do you get your magnesium?

  1. You can’t live without meat

I have been a vegetarian since I was 10. I have not died from lack of meat.

Truth is, if you follow the evolutionary biological theory of ‘meat made us human’ (which has some gaps!) then you must also follow the evolutionary theory that people are what they needed to accomplish their purpose, which in the days of ‘becoming homo sapiens’ was simple: don’t get killed or die before you procreate. (Also, its protein that made the hanged in our brain chemistry, not meat specifically.) It’s just that animals were the easy way of getting tons of protein all at once, rather than having to spend all day gathering enough nuts, seeds and veg. But we don;t like in the eat quick or die phase of ourexistence anymore. ALSO we have developed food and calories on a scale never before emagined. We have a whole host of food sources with higher numbers of calories then we have ever been exposed to before (thus the growing obesity all over the world) Not only  do not NEED meat. We really don’t need the calories. 

So, riddle me this steak-lover: How come people who eat a plant-based diet live longer than those who eat a diet rich in animal-based foods?

  1. Bacon tho

We really shouldn’t be eating pigs. 

First Pig is not good for you. Especially bacon. According to the World Health Organization, processed meat like ham, bacon and sausage causes cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer actually classifies processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. Researchers found that consuming 50 grams of processed meat each day raises your risk of colorectal cancer by a very significant 18 percent.  There are reasons that the meat of the pig becomes more saturated with toxins than many of its counterpart farm animals. The first reason has to do with the digestive system of a pig. A pig digests whatever it eats rather quickly, in up to about four hours. On the other hand, a cow takes a good 24 hours to digest what it’s eaten. During the digestive process, animals (including humans) get rid of excess toxins as well as other components of the food eaten that could be dangerous to health. Since the pig’s digestive system operates rather basically, many of these toxins remain in its system to be stored in its more than adequate fatty tissues ready for our consumption.

This comment usually comes directly after a combative stranger finds out I’m vegan. Believe it or not, I haven’t tried to convert them, nor pulled out my picket sign for a protest. Usually, I don’t even say a word. Sure, I could argue this point effectively, but what’s the use? This comment isn’t meant to be a dialogue; it’s meant to shame me into admitting my dietary inadequacies. 

Second pigs are like dogs with DNA super close to humans. Not only can pigs learn to play computer gaems, they can learn more tricks then dogs! The mirror test – an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr to measure self-recognition – has been passed by very few non-human animals. Even children are not capable of passing the mirror test until they are about two years old. Dogs and cats never have and probably never will be able to pass. Great apes, bottlenose dolphins, elephants, and magpies, however, show their capacity for self-awareness by passing the mirror test.  But what about the pig? A study done at the University of Cambridge seems to show that pigs are capable of understanding that it is not a foreign pig they are looking at in the mirror – something most animals are not capable of moving beyond. Generally, non-human animals who see themselves in a mirror will react to their reflection as if it is an animal they have never seen before. Pigs also show an understanding of how mirrors work by using the reflected images to search their surroundings to find food. What clever pigs! 

Pigs can develop deep friendships. pigs are capable of forming lasting bonds with both pigs as well as other species. Pigs are known to constantly communicate with each other and mother pigs even sing to their young while nursing. And as for humans, maybe pigs should be man’s new best friend! There are countless stories of pigs saving their guardians lives in various situations, from heart attacks to house fires. But don’t give up your dogs just yet. Pigs and dogs are actually capable of getting along quite well!

So you would take an animal who has a life span of 20 years, kill it after 7 months  so you can enjoy your Bacon. Ok but you’re awful tho. 

  1. Chickens lay eggs anyway

Yes but the problem is using an animal as a commodity! 

Chickens do not produce eggs for humans to eat, they produce them as part of their natural reproductive cycle. To take eggs from chickens for profit or sustenance is exploitation, which is not permissible for those following a vegan lifestyle.

breeding chickens for eggs is ethically akin to breeding humans in order to harvest their fingernails. Sure, we don’t really need our fingernails, but we can agree breeding a person just for their fingernails would be exceptionally lame — almost as lame as the conditions would probably be in the hypothetical factory farms full of millions of fingernail-growing humans.

For some vegans, it’s the conditions in heavily industrialized egg farms that makes our consumption of eggs unethical, but even smaller farms are problematic by the standards of most:  Even hens who live on small, outdoor, ‘humane’ farms are usually killed after two to five years, as their egg production naturally goes down as they age, It is a simple fact that farmers, whose bottom line is profit, won’t continue to spend money feeding birds who are not producing a large number of eggs for them to sell.

  1. Cows make milk anyway

Besides humans (and companion animals who are fed by humans), no species drinks milk beyond their natural age of weaning or drinks the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months—sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before they’re 2 years old. Cow’s milk does not suit the nutritional needs of humans, so it’s no wonder that consuming it and its derivatives causes us so many problems.

In order to keep producing milk for humans, dairy cows have to become pregnant and have calves. This is done forcibly, typically through artificial insemination.  Calves are generally taken away from their mothers within 24 hours of birth, causing immense distress for both mother and calf. Both have been seen to cry out  for each other as they are separated. The mother has to endure this happening 4 or 5 times  before she is considered ‘spent’.  Males, who are of little use to the dairy industry, are either killed shortly after birth or sent away to be reared for veal, while females follow the fate of their mothers – milked continually throughout their lives.  The unnaturally high production of milk leaves dairy cows susceptible to mastitis , a painful udder infection. In severe cases of the infection, the cows are killed. This happens in great numbers, as mastitis is the most common cause for ‘premature culling’ according to AHDB Dairy. Meanwhile, many suffer lameness  due to their unnatural surroundings. They are generally kept indoors for at least half of the year. Life expectancy of a dairy cow is less than a quarter of its natural lifespan; dairy cows are considered spent between 7 -8 years at which age they are slaughtered. If allowed to exist free of exploitation and slaughter, however, dairy cows can live 25 years or more.  Farms exist for profit, not to make sure the wants and needs of cattle are met. Even when welfare standards are higher than normal, cows and calves still have to endure eventual separation, are used and not respected, and they all die long before their time. Veganism is about neither using nor abusing non-humans, who all have a right to life and freedom. These animals cannot consent to being raised for milk and meat. Whatever conditions we keep them in, farming them is always an abuse of power.

  1. We need to support sustainable farming

I understand this argument. And if you’re going to eat meat, it better come from small local farmers and animals not being fed grain and soy and corn. Your’e still killing an animal for a meal. A dairy cow that can live for 20 years, we kill it and eat its meat after 8 months so you can have 20 minuets of enjoyment, you deprive that cow of 19 years of living? Dairy cows live roughly 5 years. Pigs live over 20 years but we kill and eat them at 7 months. Chickens live up to 15 years but most factory farms only keep laying chickens alive for 20 months. 



Soy milk is a popular dairy replacement, soy sauce is a staple in Asian cuisine, and tofu is common in most healthy diets. It has become an additive in breakfast foods, protein products, and breads. It is a common meat substitute for burgers and hot dogs in the vegetarian community. Proven research supports its benefits, while new studies may show the dangers of soy. So, what is real? Japan and China are countries that have always been known for their high soy consumption. Their populations have lower rates of heart disease and various cancers than Western countries. The average daily soy intake in these Asian countries is 9 to 10 grams. But the controversy began in the 1940s with a study recorded in the Australian Veterinary Journal. Soy was found to contain isoflavones; naturally occurring estrogenic compounds that may cause negative effects. The study indicated that sheep who grazed on isoflavone-rich clovers experienced fertility issues and breeding problems. Current scientists are also exploring the possibility of isoflavones stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells. The fact that 90% of all the soy produced is a GMO (genetically modified organism) may be problematic. Some GMO soy products have been found to contain residue from glyphosate, a globally used herbicide, which detracts from its nutritional profile. With soy being present in popular health-conscious items like cereals, smoothies, and energy bars, researchers worry that too much soy might be dangerous. Continued research hopes to provide a more accurate insight into the benefits and side effects of this contentious Asian bean. 

Soy is a unique food that is widely studied for its estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects on the body. Studies may seem to present conflicting conclusions about soy, but this is largely due to the wide variation in how soy is studied. Results of recent population studies suggest that soy has either a beneficial or neutral effect on various health conditions. Soy is a nutrient-dense source of protein that can safely be consumed several times a week, and is likely to provide health benefits—especially when eaten as an alternative to red and processed meat.

You can hate soy, and maybe you have an allergy or it affect you personally different, there are plenty of ways to avoid soy and be still be vegan.

  1. I am like a lion!

We are hardly built like a lion or wolf. Anatomically, our digestive systems much more closely resemble herbivores’. However, that’s beside the point. Biologically, humans aren’t meant to fly, swim underwater for forty-five minutes, or sit in chairs for hours a day. Furthermore, considering dairy products, admittedly different but probably applicable, in no way are we “meant” to nurse from another species or as adults. However,  I find it’s just easier to note that animals weren’t meant to be domesticated, bred into unnatural oddities, and raised as they are now.

  1. The morality of a behavior is decided by society.

Ok good lets be better humans and stop killing animals.

Rights are an abstract human construction to guarantee a life of justice and fairness which leads to a better legal and moral system. Animals, for obvious reasons, cannot comprehend what a right is, similar to a child. Both animals and children have moral worth deserving of their right to be safe and live life in their subjective way. We understand that we can’t hold animals morally accountable for their actions but why should that be the metric for giving it moral rights? Would we hold a 3-year-old child morally accountable if he slaps an adult? No, most of us wouldn’t, but just because children don’t have moral accountability, it doesn’t mean we can strip them of their right to safety, life, and freedom from abuse. Similarly with animals, we should not deprive them of their right to live without being subjugated to abuse. How do we decide which rights to give to animals would that be an arbitrary decision? If we decide which rights are helpful for animals based on the consequences of establishing them, it wouldn’t be arbitrary. If we give animals the right to own property, for example, what benefit would that give them? None, the animal would be indifferent to it, no benefit and no harm. What about the right to life and be free from captivity and suffering? We can evidently calculate the consequences of applying this right. As we established, animals have the capacity to suffer, hence why this right would mean that animals would be free and live their intended life without being subjugated to physical or emotional abuse, making this a clearly beneficial right.

  1. A vegan diet is, or may be, unhealthy.

Any diet can be unhealthy!

  1. Plant-based agriculture still causes harm to animals.

This argument is as annoyingas the but plants feel pain too BS. So we agree killing things causes pain? Great you agree with me. Don’t eat meat!

If you want more info on this, this site does a great job!

  1. Not everyone can be vegan; it’s an elitist stance.

What complete nonsense.

Elitism involves promoting a perceived superiority of some sort. It involves the idea of according less moral value to the “inferior.”

As 2 seconds of thinking make clear, veganism is not elitist in any way. On the contrary. Veganism is about rejecting the idea that it’s morally acceptable to exploit sentient nonhumans because they are “inferior.”

Nonvegans believe in the “inferiority” of animals. It is they who embrace elitism.

Should a vegan believe that s/he is “better than” or “superior” to a nonvegan? No, Of course not. It’s not about judging people; it’s about evaluating the morality of conduct.

Is the vegan ethic of egalitarianism better than or superior to the position that it is morally acceptable to exploit the vulnerable? Yes, of course it is. A moral position is always better than an immoral one. A position that protects fundamental rights is always better than one that violates fundamental rights.

To say that veganism is “elitist” is like saying that thinking that all humans are equal morally is “elitist.”

The next time someone tells you that veganism is “elitist,” take that opportunity to educate that person in a creative, nonviolent way that the opposite is true.

No medical condition is known to absolutely prevent being vegan. However, conditions like herpes, kidney failure, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and anemia may make it much harder to be vegan. In some cases, it may be unsafe for those with autism or eating disorders to be vegan, too.

  1. Veganism is an arbitrary ethical line, or a slippery slope.

If you are arguing a slipper slope argument on anything, you have already lost. Veganism is a moral position that opposes exploiting and otherwise harming nonhuman animals. This includes what we do directly, such as hunting or fishing. It also includes what we support as consumers, which affects many more animals.

We have to draw lines somewhere and saying lets not exploit living things I think is a completely reasonable line!

What I wish I could ask all those people who send me angry anti-vegan comments, or people in my life who make back hand anti vegan jokes:

  1. If you love animals, why do you kill them?
  2. If my food choices make you this uncomfortable, what do you need to work on in your own actions?
  3. Have you ever tied to actually go vegan? And why wouldn’t you?

Here’s why I stopped Eating Fish

Why I stopped eating fish!

Yes I would sometimes get fish when I go out, mostly traveling because Vegan options can be few and far between. And I am known for getting a california roll when I am in a big hurry. When I did eat fish I would feel insanely full and get very bloated. My rational for eating fish was I could catch a fish and kill it myself. If you’re not willing to kill the animal yourself you shouldn’t be allowed to eat it, I still firmly believe this. But just because for survival I could kill a fish, doesn’t mean I have to. I am not on the brink of survival, I have options. And If traveling and food is an issue, thats on me to plan better. I can do better research before hand or have snacks handy so I am not forced into a situation like being in no where wisconsin and the only thing I can eat is like a fish fillet at mc donalds. Gross. 

But here is the thing. I think I was wrong to eat fish before. And not to punish myself or something but to recognize my shitty behavior and change it is growth. I don’t think I can in good conscious eat fish anymore. If you have seen me eat fish in the past, that is who I used to be. I can’t change my past but I can change my future. I am acknowledging my inconsistent behavior and doing something about it.

Except for those living in coastal communities — or even inland if we’re talking freshwater species — for most people, eating fish is a choice, not a necessity. Some people believe that the sole purpose of fish is for us to eat them. They are seen as commodities. Yet wild fish, like wild birds, have a place in the natural ecosystem which outweighs their value as food. They’re part of the systems that make the planet function in our favor, and we should be protecting them because of their importance to the ocean. They are carbon-based units, conduits for nutrients, and critical elements in ocean food webs. If people really understood the methods being used to capture wild fish, they might think about choosing whether to eat them at all, because the methods are so destructive and wasteful. It isn’t just a matter of caring about the fish or the corals, but also about all the things that are destroyed in the process of capturing ocean wildlife. 

I used to justify the eating of fish by it being this occasional thing that i did but I seriously had to ask myself: is it more important that I consume fish, or to think of them as being here for a larger purpose? Today, marine fish are being caught with methods that our predecessors could not even imagine. Our use of large-scale extraction of wildlife from the sea is profoundly detrimental to the environment. We’re using modern techniques capable of taking far more than our natural systems can replenish. Think about it — the factory ships that use enormous nets or log lines, some of which are 50- to 60-miles long, with baited hooks every few feet, they take more than can be replenished naturally, and they take indiscriminately. Worst of all are the bottom trawls that scoop up the whole ecosystem. And most of what’s taken in them is simply discarded. With respect to the ocean systems, they’re just leaving a hole. A huge space that is not going to be filled overnight. It’s not eco-conscious to eat tuna — maybe thousands of plants make a single pound of Blue Fin Tuna. It’s also difficult to replenish that species of fish, as they take years to mature. Not to mention that you’re consuming all of the toxins that the fish has consumed over the years.

Fish’s Flesh Contains Toxic Chemicals

The consumption of fish flesh is also harmful to humans. Both wild and farmed fish live in increasingly polluted waters, and their flesh rapidly accumulates high levels of dangerous toxins. The most prominent of these are polychlorinated biphenals (PCB) and mercury, which can harm the brain of anyone who eats them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that fish can accumulate thousands of times the level of cancer-causing PCBs found in the water in which they live. And according to The New England Journal of Medicine, fish “are the main if not the only source of methyl mercury,” a substance that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, fetal brain damage, blindness, deafness, and problems with motor skills, language, and attention span. As if all that weren’t enough to make your stomach turn, remember that seafood is also the number one cause of food poisoning in the United States!

More resources:

Read more about going Vegan on my blog.

Interested in starting a vegan lifestyle? 

I am a Vegan Health coach and I am currently taking new clients!

My resources:

How to Go VEGAN a FREE Guide 

Vegan Thanksgiving FREE e-Book

Vegan Christmas FREE E-book (coming December 15)

How to be Vegan in a nonVegan house

Why I stopped Eating Fish

Why I stopped Eating Cheese

Why I stopped eating Eggs

EVERY Argument I have gotten against being Vegan and a Response6 Week Vegan Challenge (coming January 17th) 

A Vegan Hanukkah

It’s Chanukah time … or Hanukkah … however, you spell it, it is a time for festivities and delicious food! Hanukkah is the holiday that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It is a holiday of miracles, when a tiny quantity of oil that should have only lasted one day burned for eight days. To commemorate this miracle, it is traditional to eat fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (doughnuts). It’s also a time for family gatherings and dinners filled with delicious foods. I want to show how to celebrate this holiday VEGAN!

My goal with making vegan Hanukkah recipes is for everyone at the table to enjoy (and when a non-vegan goes “this is vegan?!”, it’s usually a sign that my vegan recipe was delicious!) Now I want to put a disclaimer that while I celebrated many jewish holidays growing up, I never had my bat mitzvah. And I want to show you yummy recipes that are ethical and vegan, I am not trying to offend anyone’s beliefs!

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, takes place over eight days and eight nights. The winter holiday, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. When I was a kid though I remember the sour cream, the apple sauce and peeling SO many potatoes!!

Here’s the story of the holiday: In the second century, Seleucids ruled Israel. The rulers attempted to force the Jewish people to accept other religious beliefs, killing many who attempted to fight back to maintain their traditions.  A group of poorly-armed Jewish people, led by Judah the Maccabee, fought back and against all odds, defeated the Seleucid army. When they reclaimed the Holy Temple of Jerusalem and attempted to rededicate the temple by lighting the Menorah, they only found enough olive oil to last one day. But, by a miracle, the oil lasted for eight days. And gave them time for reinforcements to come. 

This is the season of miracles and of believing in the good and the light of the world!! Hanukkah is the festival of lights, and it’s also a festival of oil. For this holiday, Jews celebrate the miracle of a tiny bit of oil lasting eight long nights with family gatherings, food, and games. Observers whip up dishes such as potato pancakes and jelly donuts and play dreidel, spinning for a handful of gelt.

7 Simple Steps for the Ultimate Vegan Hanukkah Celebration

Many Hanukkah dishes are not vegan, but it’s easy to make traditional food without using any animal products. Here are seven vegan recipes to try during the festival of lights.

1. Vegan Matzo Ball Soup

Making matzo balls without eggs is easy. This ultra-comforting recipe uses quinoa flakes as a binder and they’re baked in the oven to prevent them from falling apart. It’s also packed with celery, potatoes, carrots, and fresh dill.

Get the recipe here.

2. Vegan Challah

Packed with fruit and nuts, you’ll want this vegan challah on your dessert table. This fluffy, braided bread is traditionally enriched with eggs. But, this recipe uses dairy-free yogurt with a thick texture instead. Save the leftovers to make vegan French toast.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Challah Bread (3.5 hours + Egg-Free) 

This traditional bread is served at Jewish ceremonial occasions such as Shabbat and other holidays. It is shared and enjoyed by many people worldwide. Typically, the bread is made with eggs and honey. In my vegan challah recipe, we use aquafaba and white sugar to recreate the texture and sweetness of traditional Israeli water challah bread! Get the recipe here!

3. Vegan Sufganiyot

Nothing beats homemade donuts. These Hanukkah sufganiyot are classic yeast donuts made without eggs or dairy. They have a light, fluffy texture, are filled with delicious jam, and are topped off with orange zest.

Get the recipe here.

4. Vegan Brisket

Brisket is part of the Hanukkah tradition, and it’s easy to make it vegan. This plant-based brisket is made from a blend of chickpeas and seitan, so you’ll need a food processor or powerful blender to get the job done. It’s tender, juicy, and perfectly spiced.

Get the recipe here.

5. Vegan Latkes

Made from potatoes and sweet potatoes, these vegan latkes are crispy and easy to make. Instead of eggs, they use potato starch and chickpea flour. Serve with fresh dill and dairy-free sour cream.

Get the recipe here.

6. Vegan Gelt

It’s not Hanukkah without gelt. Vermont-based brand Lake Champlain Chocolates makes Organic Dark Chocolate Gelt. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also made from fair-trade chocolate.

7. Vegan Kugel

Looking for a vegan kugel recipe? You’ve come to the right place. This egg-free potato and carrot kugel is crispy on top, just the way it should be.

Get the recipe here.

hether you grew up with Hanukkah or it’s your first time celebrating this Jewish holiday, you must know that food plays an integral role. Lighting the menorah (or chanukiah) and reciting the blessings takes precedence, but afterward, it’s time to eat. From sweet to savory and appetizers to desserts, here are the veganized Jewish dishes that should be enjoyed during any Hanukkah celebration—even if it’s a celebration of one. 

Vegan Hanukkah Recipes


Finding vegan Hanukkah recipes can be challenging… especially when celebrating the holiday around non-vegans. Whether you’re vegan or looking for egg-free, dairy-free or gluten-free Hanukkah recipes, serving these vegan Hanukkah recipes will please everyone & make your Bubbe proud


A Vegan Thanksgiving!

My last post was all about going Vegan This post I wanted to dive deeper. HOW DO DO A VEGAN THANKSGIVING!

The best way to get people to trust in vegans is to provide access to yummy food. If people could see how tasty and easy it is to go vegan, I think we’d have a lot more vegans!

I always get asked, WHAT DO YOU EAT. And here is literally a guide to a yummy enjoyable thanksgiving that is cruelty free!

If you’re wanting to go vegan this thanksgiving but planning on going to families house, don’t stress! Bring new dishes and if you’re going to a group thanksgiving bring a side that won’t be competing with someones famous recipe.  In my experience, if there are two dishes that are the same, but one is vegan and the other is not, you might as well decorate your serving bowl with caution tape. A lot of people won’t be going past it. I’ve heard that children have to be introduced to a food 13 times before they try it. Sometimes I don’t think adults are that far off. People tend to gravitate towards what is familiar. If you give them the option of what they have always had or something new, most people will pick the former. If you just say, hey, it’s gravy, and there aren’t any classifications, people are more likely to just try it and like it. Also, in my experience people seem less hesitant about trying store-bought items. Maybe they already trust Trader Joe’s? Or the local take-out place already seen as legitimate? For whatever reason, I’ve found that if I bring a prepared item still in its container or takeout packaging, people are more willing to try it.

Remember you don’t have to eat everything on thanksgiving and focusing on enjoying the time with your loved ones is much more important that how much food is on your plate. Don’t feel pressured to eat meat for the sake of “tradition.” 

Besides your obvious: Roasted green beans, mash potatoes, and bread. A super easy option is to bring hummus or dips and a plethora of veggies to dip! The more dips the better! There are almond butter”cheese” spreads and bean dips, as well as vegan ranch dressing. Bring veggies and vegan dips to a thanksgiving is great because everyone can enjoy them!

Sigh. Mashed potatoes. They’re as much a part of Thanksgiving dinner as pumpkin pie. You can get so many amazing Vegan potato recipes. this guide includes my favorites! An easy way to make your favorite recipe vegan is swap out half and half with a plant based option and get some vegan butter. Potatoes are so yummy and this little swap is so easy to get your thanksgiving more ethical!

Tofurkey options

  • Grilled Tofu! Easiest option is grill a block of Tofu!
  • Buy a premade Tofurkey meat in the health section of the grocery store, like $12 at Smiths! Tofurky, the brilliant brand name that revolutionized Thanksgiving and mock meats forever, makes a lot more than a tofu turkey. Or their competitor Meatless brand. From the makers of Gardein brand plant-based meats comes this seasonal product, Plant-Based Turk’y Roast, a “boneless” breaded fake turkey roll stuffed with cranberry rice dressing. 
  • Replace the Ham with a vegan option like the Field Roast Sage and Garlic Plant-Based Celebration Roast!
  • Make your own Tofurkey! A homemade turkey alternative can be a fun and healthy addition to your meatless Thanksgiving table. In just a few steps you can have a stuffed tofu “turkey” breast to impress any guest. The tofu is blended until smooth, seasoned with herbs, and pressed and chilled. Then it is stuffed with your choice of vegan stuffing, formed into a log shape, and basted with a vinegar-Dijon-soy sauce mixture while it bakes, resulting in a beautiful golden color similar to roasted turkey skin.
  • Focus on the stuffing, a dinner of sides is still awesome and theres going to be tons of protien in the vegetables youre eating. The Veggies with the highest protein are Spinach, Asparagus, mustard greens, collard Greens, broccoli, peas! 
  • Beans! Make a vegan chili! 
  • Sauté the base veggies (onion, celery, peppers) and spices to create great flavor. Try adding corn and squash, maybe even pupkin for  a real fall theme)
  • Stir in the beans, tomatoes, and vegetable broth, then simmer until all the flavors combine. Try black beans, northern beans and pinto beans. Optional add a vegan “beef” crumble. Add green chili if you’re in New Mexico!
  • Top as desired ( frietos, nutritional yeast, vegan cheese), then serve and enjoy!

Mash potatoes are super easy to prepare the night before. The wonderful thing about mashed potatoes is, they can be made ahead of time, then warmed in the oven when you’re ready. 

Scalloped potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F 
  2. Thinly slice the potatoes into ⅛-inch rounds. (food processor, by hand, precut) I like to keep the peels on for nutrition and time-saving reasons, but you’re welcome to peel them first. 
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the vegan butter. Whisk in the flour and stir until the sauce thickens and becomes a roux, about 3 to 5 minutes. 
  4. Whisk the plant-based milk and vegetable broth into the roux. Stir in the nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt until the sauce thickens, about 5 to 8 minutes. 
  5. Layer half of the potatoes in the casserole dish, pour half of the sauce spreading evenly over the potatoes and allowing it to seep through the cracks. Layer the rest of the potatoes and spread the rest of the sauce over them evenly. Cover with tin foil and bake for 25 minutes. 
  6. Uncover the casserole and bake for another 35 minutes

Best Vegan latkes

I make really great latkes!! 

MAke the Latkah Base

First get a big bag of potatoes! Onions, flour, flaxseed, parsley, salt, garlic vegetable oil! First, Grate the Potatoes & Onion. Next, Strain the Grated Potato & Onions. Keep the film from the potatoes, toss only the water. Add All The Ingredients to One Bowl Take the strained grated potatoes & onions and add them to a large mixing bowl. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients including the flour, flax eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic powder. At this point, you’re also going to dump out the water that was strained from the potatoes. At the bottom of the bowl, there will be a layer of potato starch.

How to fry vegan latkes:

Once the batter is ready, the second step is frying the eggless potato pancakes. Here are a few tips for frying crispy potato latkes every time!

  • First, use the right oil. 
    • That means soybean oil, canola oil, or any oil with a high burning point. This is definitely not the time to use olive oil. Though I almost always go for avocado oil when roasted vegetables, I use soybean oil for frying as it is a lot less expensive.
  • Also, use the right pan
    • For frying, I always use a cast iron skillet with higher edges to help avoid oil splattering all over the place. Plus, cast iron helps to distribute heat evenly.
  • Make sure the oil is HOT before adding the latke batter in
    • To test if the oil is hot, stick in a wooden utensil. If the oil is hot, it will bubble around the wood.
  • Don’t make latkes too thick
    • Add the latke batter to the pan with hot oil and then immediately press the batter down to flatten it. If the batter is too thick, the inside won’t cook enough.
  • Fry the Latkes On Each Side for 2-5 minutes
    • It doesn’t take too much time to get a good crispy vegan latke! Each latke should be browned and crispy on the outside while cooked, but soft, in the center. The amount of time to fry each latke will depend on how hot your oil is, so make sure to watch for when the latkes get browned.
  • Lastly,  place immediately on a plate covered with paper towels 
    • The paper towels will soak up any of the excess oil making for latkes that are crispy and not soggy. Latkes are best enjoyed warm so leave them on the paper towels for just 1-2 minutes before serving!

Whether its a faux meat substitute or just extra vegan sides, having options available for different taste is a great idea. And if you’re going to a vegan dinner make sure to bring your favorite vegan dish! 

Buy Oat milk, Vegan butter, make vegan gravy and have vegan whip cream! 

The best Vegan Stuffing!

  1. Get bread you like toast it and cube it! Can be handmade or from a box!
  2. Cook your lentils( 3/4 cup)  rinse lentils in cold water, then add to a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cups veggie broth or water
  3. low boil. 
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Also prepare flax egg and set aside. ( flax egg is just it mixed with water and set aside until it solutes.)
  5. Sauté onion and celery and your other favorite veggies  in the olive oil or vegan butter and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant and translucent – about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  6. To the bowl of bread, pour most of the broth then add the remaining ingredients (sage, cooked veggies, flax egg, and lentils) and mix with a wooden spoon. The key is to make sure it is about the consistency of a meatloaf: Moist but not soggy. It should hold its shape if formed into a shape but liquid shouldn’t squeeze out of it. Too dry and it will be really dry after cooking. Too wet and it will be soggy and never get any crisp texture. If too dry, add more broth and mix again. If it’s gotten too wet, add more bread.
  7. Transfer to the prepared pan and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Then remove the top layer of foil so the top can brown. Increase heat to 400 degrees F (204 C) and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is well browned and crisp.
  8. Add vegan butter slices to the top.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Leftovers reheat well in the microwave or oven, though best when fresh.
  10. Add your favorite vegan gravy recipe

My favorite side is green bean casserole!

2 cans of green beans

1 can of vegan cream of mushroom soup (or make your own)

A bag of fried onion salad topper – make sure it doesnt have any weird ingredients like milk fat

Thinly chopped mushrooms

A little bit of flour

  1. Preheat oven
  2. In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, add vegan butter or olive oil and shallots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add mushrooms and season with a bit more salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes more or until lightly browned.
  3. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to stir and coat the veggies. Cook for 1 minute, then slowly add in veggie stock, whisking to incorporate.
  4. Add almond milk next and whisk to stir again. Season with a touch more salt and pepper and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low to thicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes more, or until thick and bubbly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  5. Remove from heat and add 1/3 of the fried onions (1/2 cup as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and all of the cooked green beans. Toss to coat well, and top with remaining fried onions.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until warmed through and bubbly and slightly browned on top. Serve immediately (handle pan carefully).
  7. Leftovers store well in the fridge for up to a few days.

There is a plethora of information about going vegan available. Whether its health statistics showing you how healthier it is to be vegan; or its the animal cruelty tolerated. Whatever your reason for going vegan. Let it be yours! Let’s all be more conscious and ethical in our choices! Thank you for taking the time to read about becoming more vegan! Your planet and animal friends thank you! If you want any more information or you’re ready to start your vegan journey and would like a coach to guide you through the process, I am a certified Nutrition vegan health coach and I would love to help make the best decision of your life easier!

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Go Vegan!

Going Vegan is the best way to show love for our planet!

People can be weird about vegans. There was definitely an attempt for them to be labeled as “crazy” or “extreme”. But veganism is about wanting to reduce and eliminate the harm and suffering of animals. That’s not crazy. When you treat people with dignity nd respect, everything is better. People aren’t always going to be friendly or welcoming towards the word VEGAN. It’s hard going vegan and dealing with people reactions .Remember dealing with people who don’t like vegans, that you are perfectly in your right to declare a need for an ethical meal. IF they don’t respect that basic fact are they really family. I often get caught up in the fear of judgment about being vegan. But remember that the morality you feel matters much more. The best way to get people to trust in vegans is to provide access to yummy food. If people could see how tasty and easy it is to go vegan, I think we’d have a lot more vegans!

I am trying to do just that with my Going Vegan guide. Let me bust the misconceptions about vegans and show you how easy it is for you to make more ethical decisions with your food! I compiled a list of all the information I wish I had when I first went vegan! My goal is to help show more people its easy to be vegan, even if its only some of the time. I want to reduce the consumption of meat overall.

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It’s way easier to go Vegan than you think!

Whatever brought you as far as this page, you’ve already taken the all-important first step on your vegan journey. Here are some tried and tested tips to help this exciting process go smoothly. I am a vegan Nutrition Health Coach. I can help you navigate the waters to becoming a vegan smoothly and healthily.

Take it slow

Keep your end goal in mind, but go at your own pace. Some people manage to go vegan overnight and if that’s the right approach for you, fantastic. But don’t be concerned if you feel you need more time. Like any other lifestyle change, going vegan not only takes getting used to, but it takes time to determine what will work best for you. It’s not a one size fits all experience and there are numerous approaches you can take.

Making small changes to your everyday meals is one of the easiest ways to increase the amount of plant-based foods in your diet. You could start by removing meat or dairy one day a week and go from there. Or you could try changing one meal at a time, having vegan breakfasts during your first week, adding a vegan lunch during week two and so on. You could even try changing one product at a time by swapping cow’s milk for almond or soya milk or butter for coconut oil or margarine. There’s a plant-based alternative for almost every type of food you can think of, so you don’t have to miss out on any of your favorite foods.

Do it right

Make sure you don’t miss out on essential nutrients. Just because you’re vegan that doesn’t mean you’re 100% healthy, as there are vegan versions of almost every type of junk food you can think of. As long as you eat a wide variety of tasty plant foods, planning a healthy diet that incorporates all the vitamins and nutrients you need will be a breeze. Check out our nutrition pages for more information, or seek advice from a registered dietitian.

Try new things

Treat your taste buds to new foods and new flavors. Leaving your food comfort zone will take you on a voyage of discovery of new cuisines. There are thousands of vegan recipes out there from every corner of the globe. Whatever your culinary preference, you’ll encounter amazing new dishes and interesting variations on your old favorites. Yet you don’t have to be an award-winning chef to achieve this. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of meals you can easily prepare from things already in your kitchen or local supermarket ingredients. Check out our Happy Cow for Vegan options at all your favorite restaurants!

Keep learning

Remember that going vegan is a learning curve. To live as a vegan in a non-vegan world takes both courage and curiosity. Veganism has been around since 1944, but it’s still a relatively new concept to many people. It’s important you allow yourself time to learn about the various strands of veganism – and remember to pat yourself on the back along the way for the progress you’ve made.

I have learned so much since I have become vegan! There was a lot I did wrong initially because I was afraid to ask questions. But that’s why I am here for YOU! If you have Vegan questions let me know! I am currently accepting new clients!


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