I've learned that vegan food is so, so, so delicious....and it's just as easy to be chubby on a plant-based diet as on a meat-based diet (have you tried vegan cupcakes?!!!)
Also, when I became vegan, good recipes became key to my staying satisfied. In fact, a lot of my first attempts at vegan cooking were akin to stir frying sticks from the backyard until they resembled a mushy pulp.
Today, I was so excited check this out from the library:
I have a few books by Chandra Moskowitz, including Veganomican, and the cupcake book that's linked above, but this book looks outstanding.
I don't very much care for the title - it's not really a diet book. It's a cookbook using whole, plant-based foods that are packed with fiber and nutrition. The author also gives a great overview regarding getting the nutrients you need from a vegan diet (really it's not complicated).
In the spirit of good vegan food, here's what the kids and I are drinking right now:
Vegan Drinking Chocolate
(makes 4 servings)
3 cups vanilla soy milk
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
6 Tablespoons vegan chocolate chips (you can find these in any health food section - most dark chocolate is vegan too)
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
Whisk everything together in a saucepan over medium heat until it's all warm. Soy milk doesn't burn like cow's milk, so you can just give it an occasional stir.
Increase the amount of vegan chocolate chips if you're having a bad day.