Vegetarian Mamma

Vegetarian Mamma shares recipes that are vegetarian and some vegan. Recipes are gluten free and often free of peanuts, tree nuts and dairy. We also dish on life as a family with multiple life threatening food allergies. Home of Gluten Free...

Cindy is a winner of Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms - 2013

What's your favorite vegan or vegetarian friendly product?

We have a few products that we could not live without. We love our Hemp and Oat milks, our Daiya 'cheese' and our Batter Batter flour which is vegan and gluten free.

What's the biggest misconception people have about being a vegan or vegetarian?

I think the biggest misconception is that there is "nothing" to eat if you are vegetarian. That is NOT the case. We have plenty of healthy and filling options. We enjoy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as beans and grains.

What's your best tip for families who want to start living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle?

When we stopped eating meat, we found it was easier to gradually start eating less and less "meat" focused meals. We started with 3 veg meals a week, the moved to all veggie breakfasts and lunches and before we knew it we were not consuming meat products anymore. For us it helped to make the change gradual and not cold turkey. Its been almost 10 years and I can't imagine going back.

Another tip: we did not enjoying consuming "fake meat" products such as veggie hotdogs or veggie burgers at first. They did not taste great to use at first, however now we really enjoy them. I think staying away from those products at the start might help your transition.

What's a great, freezable dish to bring to a new mom? Please share a link to your recipe.

Cindy Gordon

A great dish to take to a new mom would be some zucchini corn cakes! These little handcakes freeze well. Because you make them in a big batch the new mom can take out and thaw as many or as little as she needs! It helps to stretch the meal! These little zucchini cakes are loved by adults and children!
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