I’m Chapel and I eat meat, my husband is Jason, a vegan since 2001. When we first met I had heard the word “vegan” but had no idea what it meant or how it was different from “regular vegetarians.” I’ve come a long way since then and now I consider myself to be about 75% vegetarian. I still crave a good steak or burger now and then, and when I do I just give in. Maybe I’m just a really really terrible vegetarian. But Jason does most of our cooking so I eat vegan a lot of the time.  I’ve learned a lot about how to make my favorite things vegan, but it can be a pretty tricky gig.

Jason and his garden.

So, hey, this is a new writer suddenly appearing in this blog. Don’t be fooled by the similar font. I am a new person–the “Jason” mentioned in the previous paragraph (the font may look the same, but how I’m having to type is completely different–I’m wearing a Band-Aid because I cut my finger moving a laser disc player (seriously) earlier today. So, as Chapel said, I’ve been a vegan for a while and gotten used to staying true and passionate about my lifestyle while not compromising the people in my life or being preachy about it (though this likely still happens). I cook dinner most nights and I’ve learned to make things work well for both of us. We live in a small rural town in Utah, so we’ve had to learn that the “essentials” of vegan living aren’t actually that essential at all.

And now I hand the rest of this entry back to Chapel….

In our time living together I think that our cooking has evolved a lot. I have learned how to take things like cookies and cakes that seem to be totally dependent upon eggs and dairy and make them both decadent and vegan. And Jason has learned how to take things like tofu and nutritional yeast and make them appealing to someone who is used to cheese and chicken breasts.

And now we have added to our slightly messy household our daughter Scout (nickname), who is just over a year old and eats lots of breast milk (we’ve had a few discussions about whether or not this is vegan), all the veggie/vegan favorites (she loves beans, kale, avocado, among other things), as well as cheese and occasionally meat. We haven’t really decided yet how we’re going to address the vegan thing…I am sure at some point I will have to answer, “why doesn’t daddy eat meat,” and then the follow up of “why does mommy eat meat,” which will hopefully be fielded by Jason. And hopefully he won’t answer, “because she’s mean and likes to kill animals.”

We are doing the natural, crunchy parenting thing, or as my mother-in-law likes to call us, hippy-ish, and we love it, though it is certainly not without its struggles. But then, isn’t that what parenting is about? Hope you enjoy our journey with us.


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