veganUnlike Vegetarians, who find it acceptable to use animal byproducts such as eggs or milk in cooking, vegans eliminate all animal-related items from their diet.

Motivations for going vegan include:

  • It can be far healthier
  • Allergies or diet restrictions may prevent consumption of meat or animal byproducts
  • No harm comes to any animal
  • It's better for the planet -- raising farm animals uses a great deal of our planet; vegan diets consume less of it


  • Eat a dark green vegetable (broccoli, asparagus, kale, etc.) at least 3 times per week. 
  • Make it a goal to experience at least one new fruit or vegetable every week
  • Eat the rainbow -- eating lots of different colors on your plate can help boost your chances of getting a good variety of nutrients.  Plus, it's more enjoyable!
  • For proteins, consider soybeans, beans and rice, and tofu

We have a variety of vegan recipes on BigOven: