Cafe Vegan NZ

I started Cafe Vegan as a resource for new vegans. My aim is to assemble lots of quick, easy recipes made out of easy to obtain ingredients. Please feel free to submit any suggestions. Ideas for vegan-friendly NZ eateries are also very welcome! I'd also like help putting together lists of vegan ready-made foods.

Help! My child’s gone vegan!

Deciding not to eat meat and cheese isn’t the worst thing your teenager can do to you, but it’s still a bit of a shock when the rest of the family’s sitting down to the Sunday roast and your child bursts in declaring that they are now a vegan and proud of it, and, by the way, they’ve got a shared lunch tomorrow and need to take a cake.

This site aims to give you a quick set of recipes and ideas which you can use now to make sure your vegan doesn’t fade away or just end up eating nothing but Whittaker’s chocolate. (Yup, Whittakers make a chocolate suitable for vegans and very good it is too, but even my daughter couldn’t survive on just that, try as she did.)

If you’ve got pots of money (and live in a large town), you could rush off to the nearest health food shop and spend a fortune on vegan stuff, but actually, you should be able to find most of the things you want in your supermarket. With the price of meat and dairy the way it is, you might actually save money!

There are heaps of good vegan cookbooks out there which you can enjoy at your leisure. I can recommend Incredibly Delicious, Recipes for a New Paradigm, which is a huge American cookbook published by the vegan community where my daughter lives. Alison and Simon Holst’s Meals Without Meat, is a great kiwi vegetarian cookbook and some of the recipes are vegan.

If you already like to cook, adding some vegan recipes to your collection is an interesting learning experience, because you can discover all sorts of substitutes for ingredients that you might have previously thought were essential. And if your child wants to join in too, it can be a great way to get closer and have some fun together while preparing the family Christmas or even regular meals. And if you’ve never had good vegan food before, you may well be quite surprised by how delicious and healthy it can be.

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