In my family, a big part of the excitement at traditional holiday time is the food. But I am the only one who follows an oil-free plant-based diet. So how does this plant-based girl feed her family of omnivores at Easter?
When I first started following a plant-based diet it was a bit tricky maintaining my food values on major holidays. My omnivore family looks forward to a traditional feast on special occasions, and by that I mean the meat and the usual slew of side dish they have grown to know and love over the years. It is definitely OK to add new side dishes and change things up but some of our family favourites only come out once or twice a year and they are longed for, which just makes them harder to pass up or tweak to make them healthier. They say that old traditions die hard and there are certainly some traditions around food that my family wants to keep. I think we’re pretty normal in that regard – that other families feel the same way. Happily, I have come up with a solution that has worked beautifully with the fam and requires almost no extra time and effort on my part. I do not have to prepare a bunch of new and separate dishes just for me. Watch my interview with Kate McGoey-Smith of Forksmart where we talk about plant-based food-related challenges. I also share my solution to staying true to my plant-based values at holiday time, and other times too. It’s a simple strategy that would work for anyone and it isn’t as hard as you might think!
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