As a busy working mom the last thing I want to think about is what to fix my hungry household for dinner. But as surely as the sun rises and sets, dinner time always comes. Before I became a vegan I often solved the dinner dilemma by stopping by the store for a rotisserie chicken, which I would serve with instant mashed potatoes and frozen broccoli. That was on a good day. But all too often I would dial up Domino's for a pizza, swing by the nearest Chinese takeout, or plop my family (and my life savings) down in a restaurant to satisfy ourselves with good food that was not necessarily good for us.
Since becoming a vegan, mealtime -- and meal preparation -- is something I now look forward to. We have found plenty of nutritious and affordable, easy meals to keep us fueled and satisfied. We still eat a lot of the same foods we ate before we became vegan -- fruits, vegetables, beans, and pasta -- but we have tried a wider variety of these and learned that sometimes a baked sweet potato is just as satisfying a main course as any piece of meat.
Recently I asked Joy if it seemed we were stuck in a rut buying and preparing the same foods week after week. She was quick to reply that even though it might seem that way at times, we were stuck in a rut before we went vegan -- living on hamburgers, pizzas, restaurants meals, and a whole lot of junk food.
I suppose that if I had to choose my rut, this is the rut I'd choose -- one where the food is nutritious, our family spends more time together preparing meals, and no animals are harmed in the making of our food. Guess a rut isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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