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What to Devour During World Vegan Month

What to devour during world vegan month?While the month of November is generally linked to massive turkey consumption in America, November also marks World Vegan Month. According to some sources, approximately 2.5 percent of the US population (or about 1 million people, as of 2013) identify as vegan, a number that is steadily growing year after year, and many more people are adopting vegan principles in more moderate ways. From “Meatless Mondays” to families who pledge to avoid animal products until dinner time, people are finding ways to eat plant-based meals without giving in to deprivation.

Here’s a little more information about vegan food and how you can enjoy a vegan menu courtesy of one of the best catering teams in Virginia.

What Does It Mean to Be Vegan?

People who are vegan avoid all animal products, including food products such as meat, eggs, dairy, and even honey, as well as animal by-products such as leather, wool, silk, gelatin, tallow, and, of course, fur. Many strict vegans will scour websites and product packaging to ensure they’re not supporting companies that test on animals, either.

Some celebrities who have been or who are currently vegan include Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, Rosie O’Donnell, former Vice President Al Gore, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, President Bill Clinton, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and actor Alec Baldwin.

What Can Vegans Eat?

If you’re currently eating an omnivorous diet, meaning you eat pretty much everything, cutting out anything animal-related might seem like a pretty daunting prospect. In reality, though, there is still so much to eat. From interesting grains like forbidden rice and quinoa to savory squashes and all kinds of heirloom beans to both familiar and exotic fruit, there are dozens if not hundreds of ingredients you’ll be able to discover once you decide to eat a more plant-centric diet.

Plus, most mainstream grocery stores now stock vegan substitutes so you can experience fake bacon, vegan mayonnaise, and all kinds of cheeses even while you’re avoiding animal products.

Vegan Catering in Vienna, Virginia

There are a plethora of online resources available to homecooks interested in testing out vegan cooking, but for those of us who are less talented in the kitchen or hoping to get professional assistance serving up vegan cuisine to a group, Saint Germain Catering offers up a range of vegan and gluten-free dishes that are absolutely mouthwatering.

Some examples:

  • Stuffed portobello mushrooms with spinach, red pepper, and parmesan, served with a mixed green salad tossed with roasted red peppers, goat cheese, pine nuts, and a tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar dressing.
  • Vegan stir fry packed with delicious vegetables, tofu, and brown rice all tossed in a soy-lime glaze
  • A tofu breakfast scramble studded with kale and sweet potatoes – the perfect pick-me-up for a morning meeting!

Whether you’re looking for a healthier, more heart-friendly way to eat or perhaps you have ethical concerns over your diet the way it is now, incorporating vegan dishes into your lifestyle may be something you want to consider. To treat your friends, family, or coworkers to delicious vegan meals – minus the meat but missing none of the flavor! – contact Saint Germain Catering or check out our vegan and gluten-free menu.

 

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