Have you ever felt like God was calling you out of your comfort zone? It doesn’t always have to be something drastic or life altering as a move to Africa or to become a missionary – although those are the most obvious examples. Sometimes it is much smaller. So much so that it doesn’t seem like anything at all.
It starts as a tiny whisper. A little bit of something niggling in your soul. Because it is so small it can sometimes be ignored. Pushed down an forgotten about. It is easy to not give it a second thought. Or so we assume. But God has a way of making waves with that tiny whisper, especially when we ignore it.
I can’t really explain this well. Because sometimes God just tells me things with that little niggling in my soul – big things and small. But this!? I just must have imagined it – because why would God want me to be VEGAN!? It made no sense so what did I do? I ignored it. Because being a vegan seemed crazy – I’d only ever met crazy vegans who hate me because I liked to eat eggs and yogurt and who thought I was the worst person ever because I like leather AND I sometimes use wool to crochet with. They were just downright mean about it! So….why would God want me to do that? Besides, I was already a vegetarian and that was pretty close, right?
It started with a shampoo bottle. Have you ever had one of those headaches where your HAIR hurts? I kept getting those, over and over. And I don’t even have long hair. So I was at the store looking for a different shampoo and I came across one that looked good and smelled even better. It was a tad pricier than I’d normally buy, but I am the only female in my house and I know my guys don’t really care to smell like coconut and flowers. So I figured it would last awhile.
I started using it and before long, my hair felt much better and the hair aches were gone. One day while in the shower I decided to take a closer look at the label and see why it had worked so well and I noticed it was 100% vegan. I thought that was strange, because no one eats shampoo. But I put it back on the shelf and didn’t give it another thought. Until my hands started to ache and crack. My soaps and creams made it worse. So, I tried a new soap that was (can you guess it?) vegan. And my hands cleared up. So I bought the hand cream and they’re even better.
So my hair and my hands were feeling much better but my stomach wasn’t. It seemed it didn’t matter what I ate, I felt awful. I tried to ignore it, but eventually I couldn’t. So I sat my husband down and said, “honey, I’m going vegan.” And he said, “I will too.” I couldn’t believe him. I didn’t believe him. My carnivorous husband, who was not a vegetarian and turned up his nose at my veggie food, was going to go vegan with me!? Ha! I even muttered something like “you’ll never last.” And he said, “I think God wants me to support you in this and I’m just going to go for it.” And he has.
It’s only been a week. But everything I’ve made I thought he’d hate, and he’s gobbled it right up. Even my boys are enjoying meal time (although they’re still eating meat daily). Just for fun, I thought I’d share what we ate in a week. And then share something else really cool with you…
I made this with sauteed onion and garlic, then added in pureed pumpkin, coconut milk, and a few spices. Threw the pasta with it and had a really savoury and delicious meal.
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This was so delicious. You’d make it the same way that you would regular shepherds pie, except use lentils instead of ground beef. In place of gravy, I used BBQ sauce. For the mashed potato top I mixed in garlic, vegan butter and soy milk. So so good!
For this one, I made a “cheesy” topping from soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, tumeric powder, and some spices. Then just proceeded to make my pizza as usual. Yum.
Peanut Thai Noodles
Was this ever a hit! And best of all, ready in just fifteen minutes. My kids gobbled it up and asked for seconds. Hubby too!
Creamy, Dreamy Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese
This isn’t cheese, obviously. But I did make it with tofu and it tasted delicious! (Looks great on my leather couch backdrop too, ironic!?) 😋
Okay, everyone needs a treat, right? We love dessert pizza and would occasionally get it from our local pizza place for a delicious treat. I needed a vegan alternative, so I made one! The crumble top was made with vegan butter and the icing made with soy milk, making this traditional treat veganized.
Chickpea Noodle Soup
We got a round of the first colds of the season, so this was so needed! A delicious tasting broth made this soup just what the doctor ordered.
Super Quick Mac and “Cheese”
This was super fast (less than ten minutes!) and made with a bunch of spices and seasonings from my pantry. Made for a great meal on those too busy to cook nights!
I’ve been surprised that veganism is delicious. But God surprised me with something else. My tummy started feeling better, AND my regular chronic pain started to lessen. It was truly an answer to prayer.
Sometimes we forget God has our best interest in mind, and we fight it because we think we know better. Being vegan was not something I’d have chosen for myself, but it’s been a great change for me. Sometimes you just have to go where God leads, even in the simplest ways.
Even when it comes to food.