This past Saturday, my family agreed to let me cook vegan for them for an entire day. I told them that what I wanted for my birthday was a day for the animals: delicious cruelty-free food and a visit to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.
The food was awesome. My dad and I made blueberry, chocolate chip, and regular pancakes for breakfast. Vegan butter, syrup, extra choco chips, and a variety of fruit was also available. For lunch, we were at the sanctuary, so we made a car picnic out of the 2-hour drive. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, and chips. And dinner, my personal favorite. Gardein “beef” burgers, vegan cole slaw, vegan potato salad, french fries, and a homemade dipping sauce. We also had alll the burger toppings: vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and condiments. Lastly, dessert was vegan cupcakes.
It certainly wasn’t the healthiest day, but I wasn’t about to freak out my Omni family with a bunch of green smoothies and quinoa vegetable dishes, lol. I needed to make food comfortable for them, and that’s really the (not-so) secret to getting people engaged in the vegan discussion. While my sister is vegan, I know the rest of family won’t be switching over anytime soon. I’m just glad they were willing to try my rabbit food. •
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