Posted: Oct 01, 2013 9:00 AM
 
Sure, you know what it means to be a vegetarian, but what about vegan? Being vegan is not just a way of eating — it's a lifestyle. We rounded up some of our favorite AllParenting recipes that are vegan — but don't tell your guests. These choices are so tasty, nobody will be the wiser.

There is a lot of talk lately about different diets and methods of preparing foods for better health, more energy or to address specific dietary issues. Back before anyone had heard of going gluten-free or paleo, there were vegetarians and vegans following their own specific ways of eating.

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Vegan or vegetarian?

Vegans follow a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, but also excludes dairy products and eggs, as well as any ingredients that are derived from animals or foods that are processed using animal products. Most vegans also avoid using any products that are tested on animals or any products that come from animals such as leather or fur. The term vegan can mean both a person who lives and eats this way, or to simply follow the diet.

Which foods are on a vegan menu?

Following a vegan diet requires some creativity and effort to make sure you are getting the proper amounts of protein and nutrients that your body needs. Included on the menu are grains, beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables. With so many possible combinations of wholesome and nutritious foods, you may never get bored with a vegan diet.

Our favorite vegan recipes

Here are a few of our favorite vegan recipes to try — straight from the pages of AllParenting. Who knew vegan could be so tasty?

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Hungry? Scroll through our delicious recipes!

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