Monday, September 14, 2015
Vegan Mofo: Share Something Vegan with a Non-Vegan
For today's post, Mofo-ers are supposed to share something vegan (and delicious) with a non-vegan. Well, this is pretty easy because I live with a non-vegan. My partner Paul is an omnivore through and through. I've tried for 11 years to break him of his cruel meat habit to no avail.
But he's always making baby steps. Over the years, he's learned to love some vegan foods. Today, we went out to sample some new, homemade vegan ice cream at our neighborhood bar, Midtown Crossing Grill.
That's Paul sampling the vanilla. Midtown Crossing's owner Octavia is making the coconut-based ice cream from scratch, and she'll soon begin serving it with sundaes. The vegan vanilla ice cream will be served with cobbler, and the chocolate will be paired with a vegan cookie. We were just doing a little quality control testing. And since Paul still eats dairy ice cream, he made a good tester. It's been so long since I've had dairy ice cream, I don't remember much about it. I do know that this homemade ice cream is delicious though!
Paul and I don't actually eat together since we're on different schedules, and Paul isn't really a fan of home-cooked meals. He prefers his food from a box or a bag — ravioli in a can, chicken noodle soup, frozen burritos, Stovetop stuffing. It's awful, but it's what he likes. He has developed a few healthy habits. He now prefers cashew milk over dairy milk.
Don't worry. We each have our own carton. Both of us like the Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk the best! So I write Paul's name on his, so we don't get them mixed up. He tears through a carton in a couple of days, and mine can last almost 2 weeks if I don't share.
Paul also loves black bean burgers. We went camping at Reel Foot Lake with some friends recently, and I brought some Gardein Chipotle Black Bean Burgers for the grill. My friend Nico and I ate one burger each (that's mine with tomato and avocado in the pic). But Paul made a double patty with the other two!
And yesterday, we split two vegan doughnuts from Imagine Vegan Cafe. We each had half a vanilla and half a chocolate doughnut. Yum!