How are you gonna make it as the only vegan at the table this holiday season?
If you don't have a game plan, you're gonna want to stick around because this is gonna be a lifesaver.
Since I'm from a small town in Alabama, and even though I've been vegan for 7 years have yet to make a in person connection with a vegan I know a thing or two about feeling like the black sheep of the family.
Though being the only vegan at a family gathering can be triggering, if we prioritize self care we can still show up lovingly, and kindly this holiday season.
I've heard so many vegans tell me that even though they went vegan for compassion (compassion for themselves, the animals, and the earth) they have lost that feeling of compassion over time and now they just feel jaded to the outside world (non vegans).
If you've been around here for anytime you would know that your girl is NOT about that.
I believe you can still have meaningful relationship with non vegans, my husband is an omnivore, and though I hope one day he goes vegan I am able to celebrate his little steps now.
It isn't always easy to be a kind vegan during the holidays though...
It seems like seeing all of these people and being asked all the condescending questions about your lifestyle pushes you to your limit. I know it's pushed me before.
In my vegan for the holiday guide I give you 3 self care tips to help you show up in love this season.
When we are healthy inside we can overflow that onto others.
Be sure to click the link below to grab that for free!
But, while I have you here, let's go over 3 ways to live kindly this holiday season.
Prepare yourself by practicing self-care before that family gathering.
As I mentioned above, it's only in being kind to ourselves that we can be kind to others.
Make sure you check in mentally with yourself to be sure you're okay so you can be the most loving,
kind version of yourself.
This will look different for everyone! For me it means making sure I get at least 30 minutes of alone time
every day so I can regroup and process.
Don't take the questions / rude comments to heart.
This is hard especially for me because I don't take criticism well and I can't stand when that particular comment/question is an uneducated assumption.
Remember that you were once uneducated about veganism too, we all start somewhere.
If it's a rude comment or question try your best to shut the conversation down in a kind matter,
because it will not lead to anything productive.
Keep your head up, you can do this!
Don't isolate yourself.
I want to remind you that though veganism is an amazing part of your life it's not the only part of your life. Celebrate this season, let your heart be filled with the joy of this season.
Don't just eat your salad in the corner, let this season open up your heart and fill it with the ones around you!
Though veganism has changed your life, family is what life's all about.
Enjoy this season!
Spread kindness this year, girl! Trust me it will be worth it!
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It's recipe Friday, girl and I am TOTALLY here for this one!
I am always looking for plant-based recipes that will make my omnivore husband enjoy his veggies.
Today's recipe is a go-to dinner in the Cordeiro household because it's so easy, yummy, nourishing, and filling!
Looking for a meal to impress your non-vegan partner or even just satisfy your own hunger?
Keep reading to get my lentil stew recipe!
It's totally one of those foods that looks like mush but should be given a chance.
Don't knock it before you try it, girl!
As always let's break down the ingredients first
Lentils - I am absolutely a fan of lentils because they are so filling, and an easy substitute for meat. I am not usually looking to substitute meat since I've been vegan for 7 years but, since it's such a good source of protein it definitely leaves you satisfied without that sluggish feeling. (I recommend soaking your lentils at least 4 hours beforehand. This helps so much with digestion. If you are struggling with gas since going vegan because of all the legumes it might be because you don't soak your beans before cooking making them harder to digest.)
Veggies - As you can see here I recommend using zucchini, onion, green pepper, and tomatoes in this stew but honestly, I just throw in whatever veggies I have on hand! Carrots, broccoli, celery, eggplant, mushrooms, you name a veggie and I've probably used it in this stew!
Baked potato - I am not one to tell others how to live their lives but the only way to eat this stew is on top of a baked potato. It just takes it to another level! Grab a potato, bake it until it's soft, cut it open, and our stew on top. Game changer, believe me!
Okay, now that we've gone over the ingredients, let's get down to business...
2 cups dried lentils (soaked at least 4 hours beforehand)
1 medium onion
1 small green bell pepper
1 medium zucchini
4 cups of water
2 tbs cumin, oregano, paprika, and cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste.
Place your potato in the oven at 450° F.
Saute vegetables together in pan.
Once veggies are soft, add in lentils, saute for about a minute.
Add in water, and spices.
Bring to a boil.
Once the soup is boiling, cover and turn down to low.
Let simmer for about 45 minutes or until lentils are soft.
Pull out baked potato after 45 minutes or when soft.
Cut baked potato open and spoon soup on top.
Zoe Worlund Cordeiro
Zoe grew up in the heart of the South, Huntsville, AL. After spending most of her life avoiding animal products, she became a Vegan six years ago and hasn't looked back! Zoe is passionate about loving people, stewarding the planet's resources well, exploring new places, and pursing a relationship with Jesus. After a two-year cross-cultural & international relationship, Zoe said "Yes!" to her Brazilian-designer husband, Gabriel. After their wedding in March of 2020, Zoe settled in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil and they hope to travel the world together.