I am not a nutritionist. But I am aware of my own gastronomic and gastric requirements. Vegan dishes are regarded by some as lacking in essential ingredients: meat. Three years ago I met a young vegan lady through a mutual friend. Little did I know when I was introduced to Jennifer that she would almost change my dinner plate.
It was bound to happen. After she slipped me some publications on the wonderful world of veganism I decided to give the culinary component a shot -- with her guidance, of course. Jennifer cooked up a storm, and during the event, she gave me notes on what it was she was doing with what food items and ingredients, and what each and every one contributed to the nutritional indexes.
What a fabulous meal that was; quite possibly the greatest I've ever experienced. This was the best part: When I awoke the next morning I was not compelled to run for an emergency food source. My metabolism is such that even if I chow down on something based around meat the night before, by the next morning I am more than a little peckish. Jennifer's vegan plate somehow convinced my brain that I was not starving, even hours later.
After I recounted the story to another vegan friend he told me why I had felt so satiated: "She probably packed it with nutrients."
For some reason I've not been able to go off meat completely, even if it continues to be a small portion of my dinner plate. The issue of animal abuse is something that bothers me. What will it take to convince me to go over? No doubt I'm not alone in facing that dilemma.