I feel like there is this connotation with the word “vegan” that implies you are constantly at home soaking beans, sprouting grains, making homemade granola, and whipping up legendary cashew cream-soaked dishes full of perfectly balanced nutrient levels while calculating your amino acid intake and still finding some time to hug trees and picket animal-testing laboratories.
I have discovered that just as there can be unhealthy vegetarians, there can also be lazy vegans.
And sometimes, I think I’m one of them.
Especially when I have the entire product line of PB&Co.* in my pantry right now and am obsessively in love with this almond butter I got with a Groupon from NuttyGuys.com, which I’m pretty sure went defunct after the Groupons expired.
*Except Smooth Operator and Crunch Time, because they are boring. And The Bee’s Knees, because it’s way too easy just to mix in your own honey. But that one is the only one not certified vegan anyway…so I couldn’t eat it even if I had it.
*What does one call a hummus maker? What is your job title exactly? Bean basher? Tahini temptress?^
^Or temptor, if you are a male. Otherwise that might be awkward.
I’m also pretty sure that one of the reasons I make so many soups and stews is that I then have to exert no energy in packing my lunch for the next day (or five).I might add a few handfuls of spinach to it as a minor attempt at ‘shaking things up’…but I often don’t even feel the need to wash it in between use. (I mean..it’s the same stew, right?)And when it comes to dinner, you’d think I’d tackle one of the beautiful winter squash I’ve had sitting on my counter for a week or so (including two or three kabochas that I freaked out about the moment they arrived at the store).But for some reason that seems to require too much physical exertion and a really large knife, when I could just toss every random veggie I’ve got in the crisper……into a pan with some frozen veggies, where they steam in the frozen veggie ice. [I don't even have to open the pantry for oil!]Stir in some store-bought pasta sauce with a smushed up veggie burger or two……and then mix in some pumpkin noodles I discovered last year at the Asian grocery store that take 3 minutes to cook (perfect when you are both lazy AND impatient).
But goll, y’all, if it isn’t one of my favorite things to eat.(And this would be the spaghetti that tasted so delicious cold the next morning.)