Hey thanks for dropping by! I’m an illustrator and Dad of 4...yes 4, ranging in age from 19 to 13 months. This is my first blog under “Vegan Dad” and it’s really just a place for me I throw down thoughts, feelings & frustrations about my plant based journey. I decided to wrap this blog in with my illustration site because ultimately these life changes I’ve made have touched every part of my life.
So, where to start. When I met my wife in 2010 she had already had experience with a vegan diet - I on the other hand had no idea what vegan was, and when I heard it involved not eating anything from an animal, I couldn’t wrap my brain around why the hell anyone would subject themselves to such torture! No pizza? KD? Chicken burgers?? But besides the whole animal cruelty thing, I dove into reading the amazing health benefits from adopting a vegan lifestyle - specifically the great content from Forks Over Knives. It became clear the more I researched, that this was not a fad diet, but a way of life. And having a 13 month old at 40 - I want her & my other kids to see me as an example as I get older, not a cautionary tale.
Long story short, over the next few years I’d attempt the vegan way of life, but slowly the draw of the processed goodies and the sweet sweet allure of bacon & burgers would bring me back to the dark side. I also questioned why I was doing it to begin with, even after researching the astounding health benefits. This back and forth continued until September of this year when something just clicked. I just told myself I could no longer eat the things that weren’t good for me. Not without some hiccups - especially with kids in the house, but it’s been 2 months and still going strong. I even made it through Halloween, and only ate a few mini coffee crisps, and that’s saying a lot for me.
There’s tons more I’ll touch on in future blogs, but it’s taken me forever to just sit down and finish this, so for now I’ll leave you with a super simple recipe, because at first when starting your plant based journey, keeping it simple is what will keep you motivated.
The Spicy Spud Bowl
This is a super simple bowl you can make even with a baby by your feet (that blurred figure is our 13 month old Callie, who bum shuffles at super sonic speeds).
A WARNING - I’m not much for measuring because I live on leftovers so when in doubt make lots!