How To

Go Vegan in Just 7 Steps

So, you've decided to go vegan or have considered it and you don't know where to start? You are in the right place!

I transitioned to a vegan diet in 2009 when I learned about factory farming. I was horrified and immediately decided that I would not participate in that nonsense. I couldn't do it with a clear conscience. I was vegetarian for one month, until I realized that the dairy cows and hens didn't have it much better. I went vegan the next month and haven't looked back.

Yes, there have been times when I wanted to taste certain flavors and textures, but I either tried to recreate them or just moved on. Even though, 2009 wasn't that long ago, the vegan food industry has come a long way and there are vegan substitutes for almost everything! Lucky you!

Here are 7 steps to go vegan...


  1. Decide why you want to go vegan & realize that going vegan isn't the only option

  2. Decide if you want to quit all at once or take small steps

  3. Learn about animal products and how to find them on food labels

  4. Learn about your options for replacing meat in your meal

  5. Remove and replace non-vegan food in your home

  6. Pick 3 vegan go-to meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner

  7. Stay encouraged and continue to learn

Step 1: Decide why you want to go vegan & realize that going vegan isn't the only option

Each person has his/her own personal reason for going vegan. Maybe you...

  • Have learned about factory farming and want to make changes to save animals,

  • Know about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and want to make changes to save the earth, or

  • You want to eat less meat to improve your health

Congratulations on your decision to make a difference!

A quick Twitter search reveals that many people feel compelled to go vegan, but don't feel like they can.

They say things like, "I want to go vegan but...

  • chicken is so f$%in good. I can go without the rest of that sh*!

  • the concept of giving up egg noodle is terrifying but the treatment of chickens is also terrifying whelp

  • I love hamburgers

  • idk where to start on giving up eggs and bacon, which are two of my favorite things

  • I can't! Meat is sooo good! But I still love animals."

  • i love pasta with cheese so much send me to hell

  • I like hot wings and bacon too much

  • I want to eat steak too

My personal vegan godmother (she actually doesn't know this, but I gave her this title) Colleen Patrick-Goudreau says,

Don't do nothing, because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything.

You don't have to go vegan to save animals, the earth or improve your health. Any change you make matters, and makes a difference. Your goal should be to do something.

You don't have to be vegan, but you should exercise your decision-making power to make a difference.

Maybe you are like some of the people on Twitter and you don't want to take the leap because you don't want to give up certain foods - eggs, bacon, hamburgers, cheese.

Consider this.

What if you ate those foods once a week, but the rest of the time you didn't? What if you ate them once a month?

Do you think that would make a difference? It absolutely would.

Whatever your why is - the animals, the earth, or your health. Just eating less makes a difference and is a worthwhile, admirable thing to do.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Just eating less makes a difference.

What you eat and what you don't eat is your personal decision and should feel right to you, not anyone else.

Step 2: Decide if you want to quit all at once or take small steps

Let's say you've decided you want to go vegan and go "all in" right away and remove all animal products from your diet. Depending on your personality and desire, you can either stop eating all animal products at one time, or stop eating one at a time over a longer period of time.

This is your personal journey. Do it in a way that feels right to you.

A Warning about Sharing Your Journey

Something weird  happens when you tell people "I'm going vegan." Sometimes they become very defensive and say things that feel antagonistic and even downright mean. In the beginning, I wanted to tell people because I was excited and still in shock with what I had learned about factory farming. But I quickly learned that sharing wasn't worth the rude comments that I heard, particularly from those closest to me. I encourage you to seek out like minded people in your town by using or online through all of the many online forums and groups.

A Warning about the Vegan Police

There is an unofficial group of vegans that some of us refer to as “the vegan police.” These vegans often have good intentions when they point out people's missteps along their vegan journey. However, to the person who is just trying to figure everything out, they can actually be discouraging and frustrating. If you encounter "the vegan police" along the way, don't engage with them or let them steal your excitement and desire to live a more compassionate and healthy life.

Step 3: Learn about animal products and how to find them on food labels

The easiest way to go vegan and limit the amount of label reading you have to do is to make the bulk of your diet whole foods. These include fruits and vegetables in the produce department. They also include foods that have may have a label, but that label only has one or two ingredients like, nuts, seeds and grains.

The primary ingredients you want to look for on labels of prepared food are eggs and milk.

Lucky for you, these ingredients are common allergens and in 2006 the FDA required all food manufacturers who produced foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration to comply with comply with FALCPA's food allergen labeling requirements. This is shown on labels as a "contains statement" and it's typically in bold at the end of the ingredients list.

However, there are times when eggs or milk isn't listed in the "contains statement," so you'll want to scan the ingredients list and look for things like:

  • casein/calcium caceinate

  • cream

  • egg whites

  • lactose

  • milk

  • milk fat

  • nonfat milk

  • skim milk

  • whey

Pro Tip

Don't assume an item is vegan just because the front of the package says: veggie, non-dairy, or vegetarian. Always read the ingredient list.

Get in the habit of reading labels and work toward buying fewer foods that come in packages with a long list of ingredients. It gets easier.


Step 4: Learn about your options for replacing meat in your meals

Following are 7 ways you can replace meat in your meals.

  1. Vegetables

  2. Beans

  3. Tofu

  4. Tempeh

  5. Seitan

  6. TVP

  7. Commercial meat replacements

Before we get into the list, let's manage expectations. There are instances where replacing meat will be less noticeable when you are going vegan. But in many instances, don't expect the replacement to taste like meat or give you the same feeling when you eat it. Remember, that's not always the goal.

The goal is to do less harm - to the animals, to the earth, to your body. That's it. Remember - Do something. That's our goal here.

Get your mind right :) and let's go through this list.


Vegetables can be used to replace meat. Think about dishes like portobello mushroom burgers where the burger replaces the meat. Chunky vegetables, particularly starchy vegetables can replace meat in stews. Smaller bite-sized vegetables can be a great substitute for meat in marinara sauce for a pasta dish.


Beans get the worst rap ever. They really do and it's a shame because they are so good for you. The health benefits are amazing and they are super cheap, whether you buy them in a can or cook them from scratch. They are the main reason why the "cost excuse" doesn't fly.

Many chili recipes already include beans, so you can just leave out the meat and you've got a meat-free meal. Black bean burgers can fill in on the days that you aren't eating meat too. Beans are also a great replacement for meat on salads.


Tofu is tricky. I'm not going to lie. But once you know how to prepare it, you're in business.

Here are 2 of the easiest ways to cook it:

Press, Dry Fry & Add Sauce

  1. Press the tofu to get the water out so you can later get the flavor in. Use a tofu press or use this method. I prefer to press my tofu for at least one hour, so this requires advance preparation.

  2. Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces. (Watch me cut it in this video)

  3. Dry fry the tofu. This means that you are heating a nonstick pan over medium heat, without oil and browning the tofu on each side. You may have to do this in batches. The tofu should be in a single layer in the pan.

  4. Put all of the tofu back in the pan, pour in a thick sauce, toss to coat and heat through and serve with rice and vegetables. A thick sauce that you buy in a bottle will work best, like an Asian sauce or barbecue sauce.

Press, Marinate & Sauté

  1. Press the tofu (see above).

  2. Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces and place in a container. Cover the tofu with your marinade. One of the bottled marinades will work perfectly. Marinate your tofu for 30 minutes or an hour.

  3. Sauté the tofu in a pan, in a single layer with a little oil. Once it's brown on the bottom, turn it over and brown the other side.


Tempeh is fermented soybeans. It looks strange (and honestly somewhat unappetizing) in its uncooked form. It was one of my favorite foods to eat when I became vegan, because it gave me something to chew.

To prepare tempeh, cut it so it fits into your steamer basket and steam it for 15 minutes to remove the bitterness.

Then you have several options:

  1. Bake it with a thick sauce

  2. Marinate it and brown it in a skillet or bake it

  3. Braise it

  4. Brown it in a skillet and toss with sauce


Seitan, pronounced say-ten, is made with vital wheat gluten flour. It has the meatiest texture of all. Making your own takes some skill and knowledge, but several companies sell it and Asian restaurants often use it for faux meat in dishes. Many upscale vegan restaurants will also have it on their menus.


TVP is textured/texturized vegetable protein, also known as textured soy protein (TSP), soy meat, or soya chunks (read more on Wikipedia). It comes in different forms, like crumbles, chunks and strips. It's the simplest to prepare. All you have to do is rehydrate it in boiling water.

plant-based Meats

Food science and technological advances have been amazing for vegans. Companies like Gardein, Beyond Meat and Field Roast have done an amazing job of mimicking the texture of meat with vegan chicken, beef, pork and fish.

Click below to get recipes highlighting these ingredients!

Step 5: Remove and replace non-vegan food in your home

This is a critical step once you've made the decision to change your diet and go vegan. Depending on what you decided for step 1, you may want to do this all at once, or a little at a time. You may want to eat what you have and not replace it or you may want to give it away or throw it in the trash.

Here is a list of foods that you'll want to remove from your...


  • Meat (including fish)

  • Milk

  • Eggs

  • Butter

  • Cheese

  • Sour Cream

  • Cream Cheese

  • Coffee creamer

  • Yogurt

  • Mayonnaise

  • Salad dressings with milk or eggs in the ingredients list


  • Pizza

  • Frozen dinners with milk and cheese in the ingredients list

  • Frozen desserts with milk in the ingredients list


  • Chicken/Beef broth or stock

  • Canned soups with animal products

  • Box food mixes with animal products in the ingredients list

When it comes to replacing these items, I recommend only replacing some of these right away, if you eat them several times a week.

  • Milk

  • Butter

  • Coffee Creamer

  • Cream Cheese

  • Yogurt

  • Salad dressing

Check out this master list of vegan substitutes for brands that you should look for in your local grocery store. You'll typically find non-dairy milk near the dairy milk. However, the other items are typically in the organic/natural section of the grocery store.

Go to a few stores and look around. Find the organic/natural section and see what they have. Make a mental note of who has what.


I do not recommend replacing the eggs right away, because different egg replacers work for different recipes. Ener-G powdered egg replacer is nice to have on hand, if you bake. Follow Your Heart recently released a VeganEgg that you can scramble, but it's in high demand and currently out of stock in many online stores.

Step 6: Pick 3 vegan go-to meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Start by making a list of the meals you eat over and over again. Think about how they could be easily veganized.

Let’s look at some examples.


  • Cold cereal // Veganize it: Use non-dairy milk

  • Oatmeal // Veganize it: Use non-dairy milk or water

  • Yogurt + Fruit + Granola // Veganize it: Buy vegan yogurt

Lunch (made at home)

  • Salad with Grilled Chicken // Veganize it: Buy vegan chicken or swap chicken for black beans

Lunch (bought at a restaurant)

  • Pizza: Hold the cheese

  • Sub: All veggies, hold the cheese

  • Asian: Sub tofu for the meat


  • Pasta with Meat Sauce and a Salad // Veganize it: Swap meat with vegan crumbles or TVP and use a milk/egg-free vinaigrette for salad dressing

  • Meat + Vegetables + Baked Potato // Veganize it: Swap meat for tofu, tempeh or a commercial meat substitute and use vegan margarine on your potato and vegetables

After you have veganized your regular meals, browse the internet and check out a few vegan cookbooks from the library and try a few new recipes.

Step 7: Stay encouraged and continue to learn

You’re not going to be perfect and that's okay. Perfection isn't the goal. Making a difference is. There are several books that you can read and documentaries that you can watch to learn more about the benefits of a vegan diet.

Vegan Meatless Mondays Made Easy


Eating one vegan meal a week can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. I created this guide to show you how very easy it can be and to wipe away all of your excuses.


  1. What is Vegan Food?

  2. Meal Ideas

  3. Super Easy

  4. Easy

  5. Medium Difficulty


Vegan food isn’t a special type of food. Vegan food is really defined more by what it doesn’t include, which are animal products. Animal products include the flesh of animals themselves (land and sea animals as well as insects) and their “secretions” as Colleen Patrick-Goudreau puts it (gross but accurate). These secretions include honey, milk and eggs, which as a result includes foods made with milk and eggs, like cheese, mayonnaise and yogurt.


Following are for breakfast, lunch and dinner that range from Super Easy to Moderately Difficult or Medium. None of these ideas are Very Difficult or Hard. Those listed as Medium difficulty just take more time than the others.

Super Easy


  • Plain Bagel or Toast with Margarine or Avocado and Fruit

  • Cereal and Milk with Fruit

  • Overnight Oatmeal

  • Yogurt and Fruit


  • Garden Salad

  • Salad with Vegan Chicken (store bought)

  • Taco Salad

  • Veggie Sub without Cheese (restaurant)

  • Veggie Wrap without Cheese (restaurant)

  • Vegan Burger (store bought), Vegetarian Baked Beans (store bought) & a Side Salad

  • Vegetarian Sushi (restaurant)


  • Tacos with Tomatoes, Rice, Corn, Black Beans and Salsa

  • Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

  • Pizza without Cheese (restaurant)



  • Cooked Oatmeal with Fruit

  • Cream of Wheat with Fruit

  • Grits with Fruit

  • Pancakes & Sausage/Bacon

  • Waffles & Sausage/Bacon







How to Order Vegan Pizza


Ordering Vegan Pizza

A pizza without cheese is vegan (as long as the crust doesn't contain milk or eggs). If you're not vegan, I bet you never considered that, right? And don't think that just because there's no cheese, that it doesn't taste good. With an amazing sauce and lots of fresh veggies, a cheeseless pizza can be delicious and satisfying!

Yes, the waitress may look at you strangely, but assure them that you want "pizza without cheese."

The Crust Issue

Luckily, because of the large number of people with food allergies these days, you can typically go to a restaurant's website and find out if the crust contains milk or eggs. In most instances, the offending ingredient is milk. I've searched the websites of some of the popular pizza places and given you the scoop:

Make it at Home, but Not from Scratch

If you don't want to make your own dough from scratch, Trader Joe's carries a pizza dough that's vegan. You can also make personal pizzas at home with pita bread and tortillas.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Spread your sauce on the tortilla or pita, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
  3. Add your toppings evenly on pizza.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

Add Vegan Cheese

I'll be brutally honest here. Vegan cheese still has a little ways to go. It doesn't taste like dairy cheese, but it's closer than it's been. Try adding some of the shredded cheese to a pizza and see what you think. Give each of the brands a try - Daiya, Follow Your Heart. You may like one more than the other.

How to Press Tofu without a Tofu Press

Don't want to spend $40 on a tofu press? I'll show you how to press your tofu with books and a towel. And yes, you MUST press your tofu :)

Checkout Erin's Method and Experiment over at Olives for Dinner.

If you decide to buy a tofu press, I'm pretty sure you won't regret it. I have 2! I bought my tofu press several years ago from TofuXpess.

Get Some Practice Pressing Tofu

Here are a few of my favorite tofu recipes:

Braised Tofu

Braised Tofu
Braised Tofu
Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu
Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu

10 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

This was requested by one of my subscribers. Enjoy!

Resource Mentioned: Knife Skills Playlist


poeticbeauty7 requested a video about food recommendations and kitchen essentials for those of you who want to transition to a vegan lifestyle. She said that she's ready to transition, but still wants to make tasty meals for her family. And who can blame her?

Here are 10 tips for transitioning to a vegan diet deliciously.

1 / Have a mindset of openness and exploration in the kitchen

The first essential tool that you should have in your kitchen is a mindset of openness and exploration. I imagine that if you’ve been watching my videos and other YouTubers, you probably already have this.

2 / Decide to make time to cook and experiment in the kitchen

You should also decide to make time to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Eating this way is so much more enjoyable when you cook. You’ll have far more options and you'll never be bored.

3 / Get a good knife, cutting board and a blender (and maybe a food processor)

There are many tools that are considered essential for someone adopting a vegan diet, but the 3 that I use consistently are a chef’s knife, a cutting board and a blender. That’s it. Sometimes I use my food processor, but in most cases, the blender is all I need.

4 / Teach yourself knife skills

Along with the last tip, I highly recommend that you get a good chef’s knife and teach yourself knife skills - like how to properly slice, dice and julienne. There are lots of YouTube videos out there for this and I’ve pulled some into a playlist.

Using proper techniques will make you a lot more efficient in the kitchen over time and chopping your vegetables into uniform pieces helps them cook evenly. And your food will look better :) And you know we eat with our eyes first.

So those are some of the things that I consider kitchen essentials. Following a vegan diet really can be as simple or complicated as you make it.

5 / Buy ingredients as you need them

When it comes to food recommendations, I’m not going to give you a list of items that you should always have in your pantry or refrigerator.

[Tweet "By ingredients as you need them, not just because they are on a vegan pantry list."]

My pantry and refrigerator probably aren’t stocked compared to many others and I always plan my meals and then buy what I need to make those meals.

The only things that I make sure I always have are milk and margarine. And they're are other things that I have on hand because they come in large sizes and a single recipe doesn't usually use them all up, like flour, baking powder, vital wheat gluten and TVP.

Now, I'm going to admit that I do have a lot of spices. So, the bottom line is you don’t need to follow anybody's list and buy everything on it. Buy ingredients as you need them for recipes.

6 / Identify what you make that's already vegan

Identify meals and foods that you make that are already vegan.

For breakfast, there’s cereal that doesn’t have milk or honey in it - dry cereal. Oatmeal, grits & cream of wheat are all vegan. And it's pretty easy to find vegan bread for toast and plain bagels are usually vegan.

For lunch and dinner, vegetarian burritos and tacos without cheese are vegan. The same goes for any pasta dish, whether it is a warm pasta with marinara sauce or peanut sauce or a cold pasta with a vinaigrette that you might eat in the summertime.

Sides like rice, potatoes & other vegetables are vegan too.

Snacks like tortilla chips, salsa and hummus are vegan. And sorbet is vegan.

7 / Identify what you make that can be easily veganized

The easiest things to substitute are milk, butter and margarine, cheese. So if something you usually make includes these ingredients, just pick your favorite non-dairy milk, get some earth balance and pick you favorite non-dairy cheese.

Other things are not quite as simple, but pretty easy with the help of Google.

You can make french toast vegan, vegan pancakes and vegan biscuits. You can buy vegan breakfast sausage and bacon. I’ve made vegan quiche and tofu scramble is a great substitute for scrambled eggs.

For lunch and dinner, the meat in sandwiches can be swapped out for more veggies, tofu or tempeh.

And really, there are so many possibilities once you start thinking in terms of what you eat and not what you don’t eat.

8 / Rethink the plate

Along with that idea, we need to rethink our plates. Most of us think that a plate should have a main dish and a few side dishes. Well, you don’t necessarily need a main dish per se.

Your plate can have 4-5 foods that may traditionally be thought of as side dishes. You don't even have to eat them on a plate. You can put them in a bowl and drizzle a delicious sauce on top.

And so, when you’re planning your meals, try to think outside of that box and just prepare foods that you enjoy. Fix enough so that you're satisfied and don’t worry so much whether or not they go together or if you have a “main dish.” Just make sure that you have enough that satisfies you.

One of the things I learned when I first went vegan was that, you know, just 4 vegetable dishes wouldn't keep me full. I needed to have something starchy in there, whether it be a starchy vegetable or rice or something like that. And that would keep me full. So just play around with it.

And if you feel like you must have a main dish, there are lots of options for those as well, but just don’t get stuck on that idea. Eat lots of colorful, delicious food that you'll enjoy and you’ll be just fine really.

Remember that the delicious part is on you. Experiment with recipes and spices and don’t be afraid to add salt and pepper, at a minimum.

9 / Try unfamiliar vegetables and learn new recipes

What I also suggest is that you take some time to explore the produce section of your local grocery store. Despite what everyone who ever talks to me about what I eat thinks, I do not shop at Whole Foods. My nearest Whole Foods is about an hour away.

And you can buy vegetables, legumes, fruit, grains at your local grocery store. It doesn't need to be a specialty or health food store. All of the stores near me sell tofu and one sells tempeh. Every once in awhile if I’m experimenting or need something like nutritional yeast, I’ll have to go to a grocery store that’s maybe not as close or just not one of my regular places that I shop, but most of the time, when I’m eating whole foods, I can get what I need at my local Walmart, Food Lion or Martins.

So I recommend you find recipes for vegetables that you haven’t eaten before and try them out. Buy a few cookbooks and experiment. And if you’re like me, you grew up eating the same few vegetables fixed the same way. And since changing my diet, I’ve really discovered several vegetables that I’ve come to love.

So, try to see if you can find a new vegetable to try in each color that you really enjoy and that you can kind of work into your weekly menus.

Red. Everyone has had tomatoes, but I love red bell peppers! And last year I tried beets for the first time and I haven’t tried rhubarb yet. I’ve got to add that to my list.

Orange and Yellow. I also love orange and yellow bell peppers! They're so sweet. Most of us are familiar with corn, yellow squash, carrots and sweet potatoes for this category. But butternut squash is a vegetable that I had never tried before I changed by diet and now I love butternut squash, particularly in soup. And it’s also good roasted too. There are several other varieties of squash that I haven’t fixed yet. I have fixed spaghetti squash, but I haven’t prepared acorn squash or delicata squash.

Green. In the green category, we're all very familiar with cabbage, lettuce, peas, zucchini, broccoli, spinach. Most of us probably grew up eating some type of leafy greens, maybe not kale, but probably collards are mustard greens.

Just make sure you know and learn how to prepare these green vegetables in a way that is best for the vegetable. And a tip is that boiling, especially for a long time, is generally not the best way to prepare these green vegetables.

I thought I hated brussels sprouts because my mom boiled the frozen ones, but cooking fresh brussels sprouts with less heat, roasting them and even eating them raw changed my mind about brussels sprouts. I also thought I didn’t like asparagus until I learned how to do a quick sauté with a little lemon juice, salt and pepper. And I never ate avocados growing up, but now I love them. And I still haven't prepared artichokes yet. I've eaten them, but I haven't prepared them.

Purple. I cooked eggplant for the first time about 5 years ago. Loved it! I still want to experiment with this more now that I’m vegan. I want to do that eggplant parmesan - a vegan take on that. And purple cabbage is pretty common and great in a stir fry.

White. In terms of white vegetables, we always think about potatoes, onions and mushrooms. And I had eaten regular button mushrooms before I became vegan, but I’d never prepared portobello mushrooms before. And I've actually only cooked shitake mushrooms when they were mixed with some others, but I haven't fixed them on their own. Have you tried jicama and parsnips? I tried both of those for the first time in the past year or so. So, that was cool.

So take a look around the next time you go to the grocery store and pick up something you’ve never cooked before, then come over to YouTube and find out how to prepare it. That’s what I always do.

10 / Don't give up on a vegetable on your first try

If you or your children claim to not like a particular vegetable, don’t abandon it forever - just try preparing it a different way. Boiled broccoli tastes very different from steamed broccoli that's seasoned well, roasted broccoli and raw broccoli made into a slaw.

And definitely don’t buy into the “I don’t like vegetables” comment. Vegetables are as good as the cook who prepares them. So, become a great cook and you won’t have a problem getting people to eat your food. If you stick with it, you definitely will improve with time.

And you'll notice that putting more focus on vegetables and grains than the meats when you're cooking takes a slight shift in your mindset, but it can be really fun.


So, here they are again - 10 ways to transition to a vegan diet deliciously.

  1. Have a mindset of openness and exploration in the kitchen.

  2. Decide that you will make time to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

  3. Get a good knife, cutting board and a blender and maybe a food processor.

  4. Teach yourself knife skills.

  5. Buy ingredients as you need them for recipes instead of having this perfect vegan pantry.

  6. Identify meals and foods that you make that are already vegan.

  7. Identify some that can be easily veganized.

  8. Rethink your plate.

  9. Try unfamiliar produce & learn new recipes.

  10. And don’t give up on a vegetable on your first try.

I’m always planning future videos so let me know if there’s a particular vegetable that you’d like to see me prepare that I haven’t prepared or if there’s a vegetable that I’ve fixed that you want to see cooked using a different technique. Also let me know if there’s something that you haven’t seen veganized that you want to eat.

I know this was a little long and different from what I usually do, but I wanted to put some thought into poeticbeauty7’s question, so thanks poetic beauty and thanks to all of you for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Cooking for a Vegan: It's easier than you think

If you’re reading this article, you might have a vegan friend, colleague or family member coming over. Maybe you’ve known the person was vegan for a while. Maybe you just found out. In either case, I applaud you for doing research that will help you cook for your vegan guest. That says you care and that means a lot. Pat yourself on the back, because whether you realize it or not, many people don’t even try to find out what to cook for a vegan family member or friend. The person just shows up and there is nothing they can eat except carrot and celery sticks....maybe a salad.